Democratic Republic of Congo
Malaria is a leading health problem in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)—more than 40 percent of clinic visits and 19 percent of deaths among children under age five are attributed to malaria. The National Malaria Control Strategic Plan 2016–2020 stratified DRC’s 26 provinces based on malaria parasite prevalence to allow a focus on the nine most high-burden provinces. The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) and USAID concentrates efforts in these high-transmission zones to strengthen vector control, human health, supply chain, and strategic information capacity building and system strengthening.
PMI Measure Malaria (PMM) is working to improve the coordination of malaria surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation (SME) initiatives at the national and subnational level to strengthen data quality, analysis, and use for decision making. Activities include strengthening decision making at the central level through a surveillance, monitoring and evaluation technical working group; conducting assessments and supportive supervision at various levels of the health system to improve malaria data quality and use; and producing regional quarterly malaria bulletins for sharing information and planning activities.