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Democratic Republic of the Congo

In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), ICAP is working to strengthen health systems and support the national response to HIV.

ICAP has partnered with the Government of DRC since 2010, providing technical assistance to expand and improve access to adult and pediatric HIV prevention, care and treatment. ICAP support expanded quickly from 10 health facilities to more than 240 public and private hospitals, health centers, and tuberculosis (TB) clinics.

We work at the national level with the Ministry of Health (MOH), the Programme National de Lutte contre le SIDA et les IST (PNLS), and the National Reference Laboratory, and with health authorities at the district and zone level to support the scale-up of HIV care and treatment in Kinshasa and Katanga provinces. Additional partners include: the Global Fund for AIDS, TB, and Malaria; the Work Bank; local and international NGOs; and universities and educational institutions providing nurse and midwife training.

Current Projects

ICAP’s portfolio in DRC is focused on capacity building for HIV services and education for nurses and midwives.

Technical Assistance for HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment

ICAP provides technical assistance at the national, provincial, district, and health facility level to scale up HIV prevention, care and treatment in Kinshasa and Katanga provinces. The scope of work includes: expanding HIV services for prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT), integrating TB/HIV care, developing laboratory networks, establishing systems for monitoring and evaluation and quality improvement, and intensive mentoring and training for healthcare workers and peer educators. (funded by PEPFAR through the CDC)

Nursing Education Partnership Initiative

Addressing the shortage of healthcare workers in DRC is critical to meet HIV treatment goals. ICAP provides nurse training programs that support the maintenance of a skilled nursing workforce in DRC. Through the Nursing Education Partnership Initiative (NEPI), ICAP is working with nursing education institutions in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi provinces to enhance the learning infrastructure, ensure the production of sufficient numbers of well-trained nurses, and support an expanded clinical role for nurses providing HIV care. Online at nepinetwork.org. ICAP also (funded by PEPFAR through HRSA)