The Democratic Republic of the Congo

Since 2009, MEASURE Evaluation has supported monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a country with the second largest total area in Africa and 11th largest in the world. This work involves collaborating with the country’s U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) mission to improve tuberculosis and malaria health outcomes, as well as address reproductive health, family planning, and water sanitation issues.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the continent’s second largest country by area and its third most populated. The country is rich in natural resources, but a long history of war and civil conflict have made life difficult for many Congolese.

It shares borders with nine countries—Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Central African Republic, Burundi, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, and Angola. This fact is intrinsic to discussions of health and infectious diseases, which regularly cross borders. There have been outbreaks of the Ebola virus, hemorrhagic fever, polio, cholera, and typhoid; HIV/AIDS is a serious health problem; and tuberculosis (TB) is an increasingly serious concern.[1] Malaria is endemic. It has been estimated that the DRC accounts for 11 percent of all cases of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Not surprisingly, the greatest burden of malaria morbidity and mortality falls on pregnant women and children under five years of age.

Since 2009, MEASURE Evaluation, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has worked in DRC supporting monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities and reforming and creating high-quality health information systems (HIS). This work involves collaborating with the country’s USAID mission and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) to improve malaria health outcomes, and addressing reproductive health, family planning, TB, and water sanitation issues. MEASURE Evaluation seeks to improve basic health for the Congolese people by advancing health care quality and increasing their use of health services and products.

In DRC, MEASURE Evaluation focuses on:

  • Working closely with the National Malaria Control Program Board and the HMIS Division of the Primary Health Care Directorate to enhance reporting of routine malaria data from health facilities, specifically focusing on PMI-supported health zones, providing support to M&E focal points in nine regions and the development of centers of excellence (COEs) in each region.
  • Building M&E capacity and providing technical assistance to decision makers to apply M&E results for more effective and sustainable health programming through the establishment of COEs in the nine regions.
  • Supporting the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in DRC for reporting of Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (MER) essential survey indicators through the implementation and analysis of a survey of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) beneficiary populations using the MEASURE Evaluation guide, “Collecting PEPFAR Essential Survey Indicators: A Supplement to the OVC Survey Tools,” and its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).


[1] PRESIDENT’S MALARIA INITIATIVE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO Malaria Operational Plan FY 2017

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Angola
Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Guinea
Kenya
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Liberia
Madagascar
Malawi
Mali
Mozambique
Nigeria
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Senegal
Sierra Leone
South Africa
Swaziland
Tanzania
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe


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Bangladesh
Burma
China*
India
Nepal
Thailand
Vietnam*


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Dominican Republic
Guatemala

Guyana
Haiti
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Russia*
Ukraine


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