Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Alliance has been working in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since 2010 on the USAID funded 'Projet Intégré de VIH/SIDA au Congo' (ProVIC).
This five-year project operates in 5 provinces. We work in a consortium led by PATH, with Chemonics International and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF).
ProVIC aims to reduce the incidence and prevalence of HIV and mitigate its impact on people living with HIV. The Alliance is contracted to deliver care and support and health systems strengthening technical support in the 5 provinces.
Having recently emerged from intense, violent conflict, (and with ongoing conflict in the east) DRC’s health services are weak and gradually being rebuilt. Only a fraction of those eligible for ARVs and other HIV services receive them. While the national HIV prevalence rate remains low (1.3-1.6%), there are pockets of high prevalence in the semi-rural locations where ProVIC operates.
Care and support
Our care and support work focuses on people living with HIV, and orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).
Technical support is provided to local NGOs to strengthen self-help groups of people living with HIV and child-to-child groups. These provide spaces where communities can address their own needs in terms of care and support, and eventually reduce their dependence on the project. The groups typically have 20-25 members and are supported and in some cases facilitated by volunteers of the local NGOs.
You can read more about the self-help groups in this case study.
Health Systems Strengthening
This work aims to contribute to a lasting response to HIV in DRC by building the capacity of implementing NGOs and the government. We do this through:
- Training government social workers on ProVIC developed tools
- Supporting joint supervision and coordination meetings with government health workers
- Organisational capacity building training for the 14 Congolese NGOs which ProVIC sub grants to, on financial management and compliance.
By September 2011:
- More than 800 health care workers had been trained through in-service programmes.
- 27,200 people living with HIV and OVC had been reached through care and support, including clinical and psychological services, nutritional support, vocational training.