The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) funded programme will run for a guaranteed three years, with an optional additional two years.
The PATH team implementing the project comprises of the Alliance, Chemonics International, Catholic Relief Services (CRS), and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF).
The project aims to reduce the prevalence of HIV in DRC and mitigate its impact on people living with HIV and their families. This entails reducing transmission among populations identified as most at risk, including commercial sex workers and their clients, truckers, miners, the military and police, youth and street children, as well as people living with HIV.
The Alliance role in the project is focused on health systems strengthening and capacity development. Dr. Elyse Zambite Makuta, a senior medical professional with more than 10 years experience in this area, has been hired by the Alliance to lead this component with technical support from the Alliance Secretariat, Alliance Regional Technical Support Hubs in Uganda and Burkina Faso and short-term assistance from Chemonics.
The project will support provincial governments in their coordination and supervisory roles, strengthen information systems, optimise staff deployment and incentives, improve supply-chain management, implement quality assurance mechanisms, and scale up innovative financing schemes to increase access to health services.
Programme activities will be closely coordinated with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI) health systems project operating in DRC, and its partners, which include CRS in South Kivu, to build synergy and increase impact.