Expansion of Community-Based Family Planning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo: Using a Systematic Approach to Scale-Up

 

Between 2014 and 2018, with funding from USAID, the Evidence to Action (E2A) Project supported the Ministry of Health (MOH) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to scale up successful pilot interventions that provided integrated community-based family planning (FP) and primary health care services from South Kivu Province to health zones in three additional provinces: Lomami, Lualaba, and Kasai Central.

The combined interventions yielded an increased uptake of contraceptive methods in project health zones. Through the integrated mobile outreach teams, 7,000 people were reached, 35 of whom accepted DMPA and 632 of whom accepted condoms. Through community-based distributors, over 30,000 households were visited and over 60,000 people were reached with awareness activities, through which CBDs distributed 5,767 DMPA, 121,078 condoms, 7,390 pills, and 4,119 cycle beads.

Based on the success of this pilot project in increasing access to and uptake of FP services, USAID/DRC approached E2A to implement similar integrated community-based family planning (CBFP) and primary healthcare services on a wider scale expanding to 15 of the 25 priority rural health zones in DRC’s Lomami, Lualaba, and Kasai Central provinces.

 


  • Publication date: May 2019