Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, ICAP supports Ministry of Health efforts to strengthen the human resource capacity of its national health sector and to improve HIV prevention, care, and treatment service provision.

Ongoing programmatic work prepares frontline health workers—especially nurses and midwives—to better respond to health emergencies including infectious disease outbreaks, sustained pandemics such as HIV/AIDS, natural disasters, and civil conflicts. Following the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, ICAP expanded its programming to include systems-level disease surveillance.


COVID-19 Emergency Response

  • current
ICAP is providing technical expertise in infection prevention and control, surveillance, procurement, and clinical services in support of the Ministry of Health’s national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ICAP launched an Infection Prevention Control (IPC) Community of Practice in East Africa to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through building a robust south-to-south learning network, the ...

GHS: Enhancing Global Health Security Efforts and Strategies to Protect and Improve Public Health

  • current
The Global Health Security Agenda supports medium- and long-term health systems strengthening efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease health threats. ...

Increasing Access to Comprehensive HIV Prevention, Care, and Treatment Services

  • current
ICAP is partnering with the Ministry of Health to increase access to comprehensive, quality HIV prevention, care, and treatment services in health zones and facilities throughout Kinshasa and Haut-Katanga provinces.Programming places a special emphasis on improving health outcomes for populations vulnerable to HIV infection—including adolescents, commercial sex workers, and men who have sex with men— ...

The CQUIN Project for Differentiated Service Delivery

  • Multi-Country,
  • current
CQUIN is a multi-country learning network dedicated to improving differentiated service delivery (DSD) for people living with HIV. Launched in 2017 with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the network convenes health system leaders from countries in sub-Saharan Africa to participate in joint learning and information exchange, with the goal of fostering scale-up ...

Tracking with Recency Assays to Control the Epidemic (TRACE)

  • Multi-Country,
  • current
Disease surveillance to stop HIV transmission in its tracks. Remarkable progress has been made toward HIV epidemic control in some high-burden countries, but many gaps remain. Identifying people with undiagnosed HIV infection, especially those who have been recently infected, is essential to realize the individual benefit of rapid treatment initiation and to prevent HIV transmission to others. ...


Program Start
  • 2010
Key Technical Areas
  • HIV prevention, care, and treatment
  • Key populations
  • Laboratory systems strengthening
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Nursing and midwifery
  • Prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV
  • Sexual and gender-based violence
  • Strategic information
  • Tuberculosis
  • Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)
Current Funders
  • PEPFAR / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • PEPFAR / Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA)

Country Director

Dr. Stéphania Koblavi Dème

Dr. Stéphania Koblavi Dème is ICAP’s country director in Côte d’Ivoire. She has over 20 years of experience as a laboratory specialist and expertise in quality improvement through laboratory accreditation preparedness, laboratory training and quality management, laboratory network development, laboratory policy and strategic planning. She joined ICAP in 2006 working in Rwanda and in 2010 supporting the start-up of ICAP programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Côte d’Ivoire, she was the strategic and planning director, overseeing and coordinating the development of program planning, monitoring and reporting systems. Prior to joining ICAP, Stéphania worked with the CDC in Abidjan in the bioclinical laboratory, where she helped establish the rapid testing algorithm for HIV diagnosis. She was then appointed medical research scientist in the immunovirology laboratory, where she explored the specific immune system response to HIV 1 and 2. Dr. Koblavi Dème holds a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Côte d’Ivoire University and a PhD in microbiology from Institut Pasteur at Université Denis Diderot (Paris VII).

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