Democratic Republic of Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been a recipient country of the Global Fund since 2004 and has signed over US$ 2.8 billion worth of grants for TB, TB/HIV, HIV, Malaria and RSSH programmes. In addition, DRC is also part of the following Global Fund Multicountry grants of Multicountry Southern Africa SADC, Multicountry Southern Africa TIMS, Multicountry TB WC Africa NTP/SRL.
DRC was one of the five African countries which co-hosted the Preparatory Meeting of the Seventh Replenishment of the Global Fund on 23-24 February 2022. The country is both an implementer of Global Fund funded programmes and a contributor to the Global Fund. For the Sixth Replenishment of the Global Fund, DRC pledged US$ 6 million.
As reported in the Follow-up Audit Report: Global Fund Grants in the Democratic Republic of Congo implemented by Population Services International released in May 2020, DRC is one of three largest portfolios of the Global Fund. In addition, DRC grants are implemented in a challenging operating environment characterised by poor infrastructure, recurring armed conflicts and repeated outbreaks.
However, with the support of the Global Fund in DRC:
- Between 2010 and 2020 the number of AIDS-related deaths decreased by 60%, from approximately 42,000 in 2010 to approximately 17,000 in 2020.
- New HIV infections declined by 66% between 2000 and 2020.
- The proportion of people living with HIV receiving antiretroviral drugs improved significantly from only 8% in 2010 to 75% in 2020.
- Between 2010 and 2019 the number of people using long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets more than doubled, from 23% of the population to 56%.
- The number of people with suspected cases of malaria being tested nearly tripled, from 35% in 2010 to 91% in 2019.
- TB mortality declined by 5% between 2012 and 2020.
- TB treatment coverage increased by 46% between 2012 and 2020 – from 48% to 70%.
The key findings of the baseline assessment revealed that at the time the assessments were undertaken in the 20 priority countries , programs existed in all seven of the program areas relevant to removing human rights-related barriers to HIV services. But at the time the assessments were undertaken, the programs were generally not sufficiently supported in terms of funding and local capacity, were not at a scale that makes a significant difference, and otherwise lacked the scope to reach the populations who need them.
With support from the Global Fund, DRC has successfully implemented electronic health information systems including District Health Information System 2 in all 26 provinces. The country has also developed and implemented an online surveillance system in five provinces that allows real-time reporting on epidemic outbreaks. This is vital tool in preparing for and detecting future pandemic threats (Learn more).
About the action
The action in Democratic Republic of Congo is led by Jeunesse congolaises vers la voie du savoir with the support of the following partners.