DR Congo

FPwatch

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is growing quickly, with a population that doubles every 23 years.1 This, combined with a high maternal mortality rate, makes the DRC a prime candidate for family planning market monitoring through the FPwatch project.  While the country has endured a tumultuous history, recent political stability has allowed the government to prioritize family planning. This began with the approval of a National Strategic Plan for Family Planning in 2014.2

An integrated family planning and malaria outlet survey was conducted in Kinshasa and Katanga provinces of the DRC in fall of 2015. The DRC FPwatch survey builds upon previous national surveys conducted by the ACTwatch project, ASF, and the National Malaria Control Program in 2013 and 2009. Estimates will be provided at the provincial level (Kinshasa and Katanga) and at urban/rural levels within the public and private sectors. More than 3,000 outlets were considered for inclusion in the study.

Stay tuned for results!

Nurse at a health centre in Mbanza Ngungu makes notes after having examined a woman

Published reports

1. Mukaba, T, Binanga, A, Fohl, S, Betertand, JT. Family Planning Policy Environment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Levers of Positive Change and Prospects for Sustainability. Glob Health SciPract. 2015;3(2):163–173.

2. Ibid.

Photo credit: H4+ photo Sven Torfinn. DR Congo, Bandundu province, Mbanza Ngungu, area Loma, August 2013