Democratic Republic of Congo
HIV/AIDS Assets and Strategic Focus
CDC has had a long-standing partnership with the Democratic Republic of Congo Ministry of Health (DRC MoH) since 2002. DRC is one of The United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief’s (PEPFAR) 16 long-term strategy countries. Current HIV/AIDS activities are focused in the three most populated provinces of DRC: Kinshasa, Katanga, and Orientale. Focus areas of the CDC-DRC office include: support to policy development in key technical areas; HIV prevention, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT), care and treatment for tuberculosis (TB) and HIV; sexual and gender-based violence services; HIV laboratory and related diagnostic services; strengthening surveillance, including the establishment of electronic reporting systems; and developing human resources for health through the field epidemiology and laboratory training program.
CDC works directly with the MoH and other governmental entities as a trusted agency with evidence-based technical leadership and assistance to address the DRC’s HIV epidemic. CDC provides direct technical and financial assistance to support specific program areas including: PMTCT, pediatric and adult HIV/AIDS care and treatment, TB/HIV laboratory infrastructure, HIV surveillance, and HIV/AIDS data management systems.
Building Comprehensive and Integrated Service Delivery Systems
CDC provides technical leadership in developing comprehensive, evidence-based, family-centered treatment, care, and support services. CDC’s activities align with PEPFAR and the DRC’s National Health Development Plan priorities and goals, which are geared toward sustainable health systems and health care services.
CDC is a major partner in DRC’s national plan for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV including the transition to Option B+ implementation.
CDC is the key partner providing technical support for the development of national laboratory systems, including developing laboratory quality improvement programs and two HIV reference laboratories for early infant diagnosis in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi.
CDC has been the key partner supporting the HIV surveillance systems since 2004 and in developing the HIV program data electronic reporting system in 2012.