The Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), located almost in the center of Africa, is the continent’s second largest country by area and, with a population of over 75 million, its fourth most populous nation. The country is rich in natural resources, but a long history of war and civil conflict have made life difficult for many Congolese. Malaria and yellow fever are endemic in DRC; there have been outbreaks of the Ebola virus, hemorrhagic fever, polio, cholera, and typhoid; HIV/AIDS is a serious health problem; and tuberculosis is an increasingly serious concern.
Since 2009, MEASURE Evaluation has worked in DRC supporting monitoring and evaluation (M&E) activities and creating and reforming high-quality health information systems. This work involves collaborating with the country’s USAID mission and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) to improve malaria health outcomes, as well as addressing reproductive health, family planning, tuberculosis, 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.
- Building M&E capacity and providing technical assistance to decision makers to apply M&E results for more effective and sustainable health programming.