Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)

The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) population reached 69 million in 2009, making it Africa’s fourth most populous country, with a meager modern contraceptive prevalence rate (mCPR) of 7.8%.  On November 15, 2013, the Government committed to support family planning – pledging to revitalize services by implementing and financially supporting the DRC’s recently-developed national strategic plan for family planning, reforming laws that pose barriers to planned births, and empowering women.

AFP’s partner in the DRC, Tulane International, is working with the government to support budgetary allocations to family planning according to the National Strategic Plan and Family Planning 2020 commitments. Tulane will also continue to concentrate on better policies for family planning at the national level, and establishment of several Multisectorial Permanent Technical Committees for family planning at the provincial level.

View the DRC’s Family Planning 2020 commitment.

In the tabs below, review Tulane’s Key Contacts in the DRC, their specific Advocacy Priorities for 2015-2016, DRC’s Evidence & Briefs, and Milestones toward achieving family planning goals.

2015

Kinshasa province in DRC establishes a Permanent Technical Multisectorial Committee on Family Planning

Source: AFP/DRC - Tulane
On October 30, 2015, under the high patronage of His Excellence the Governor of Kinshasa, the Provincial Minister of Health, Social Affairs and Humanitarian Actions officially established the Permanent Technical Multisectorial Committee (CTMP) for Family Planning in the City-Province of Kinshasa, the coordinating office of which is presided by ASF/PSI (Coordinator), and assisted by PATHFINDER (Deputy Coordinator). 
 
The Secretariat is held by the Ministry of Health, through the Provincial PNSR and assisted by the Provincial Division of the Ministry of Plan and the Provincial Ministry of Women, Family and Children. 
 
The majority of organizations working in Family Planning in Kinshasa were present, including the provincial political, administrative and health authorities (such as the Minister of Health, the Chief Inspecting Doctor, and the Coordinating Doctor of the National Reproductive Health Program (PNSR).) 
 
This event, made possible by the financial support of AFP/Tulane International, was preceded on October 27 by an advocacy meeting on the CTMP/FP (its history, importance, achievements, operations and challenges), which resulted in the appointment by consensus of the coordinating members of the CTMPP/FP.
 
For the Minister of Health of Kinshasa, the establishment of the provincial CTMP constitutes a means to support and accelerate the goal towards universal access to Family Planning in Kinshasa.
 
Moving forward, Kinshasa’s CTMP will plan two workshops: an AFP SMART facilitation to identify advocacy objectives and a workshop to quantify contraceptive needs for 2015-2020.
 
 

 
Mise en place  du CTMP/PF dans la Ville Province de Kinshasa
 
En date du  30 octobre 2015, sous le haut patronage de Son Excellence Monsieur le Gouverneur de la Ville Province de Kinshasa, le Ministre Provincial de la Santé, Affaires Sociales et Actions Humanitaires, a procédé à l’installation  officielle du Comité Technique Multisectoriel Permanent (CTMP) de la Ville Province de Kinshasa dont le bureau de coordination est présidé par ASF/PSI (Coordonnateur), secondé par PATHFINDER (Coordonnateur Adjoint). 
 
Le Secrétariat est assuré par le Ministère de la Santé, au travers du PNSR Provincial et secondé par  la Division Provincial du Ministère du Plan et le Ministère provincial de Femme, Famille et Enfant.
 
La majorité d’organisations travaillant dans la Planification Familiale dans la ville-Province de Kinshasa étaient présents y compris les autorités politiques, administratives et sanitaires de niveau provincial (telles que le Ministre de la Santé, le Médecin Inspecteur de Santé, le Médecin coordonnateur de Programme de Santé de la Reproduction (PNSR).
 
Cet évènement, rendu possible grâce à l’appui financier de AFP/Tulane International, a été précédé quelques jours avant, soit le 27 Octobre 2015 d‘une réunion de sensibilisation sur le CTMP/PF (historique, importance, réalisations, fonctionnement et défis) et qui a about a la désignation par consensus  des membres de la Coordination  du CTMPP/PF.    
 
Pour le Ministre de la Santé Ville Province de Kinshasa, l’installation du CTMP Province de Kinshasa constitue une démarche pour faire accélérer l’accès universel aux interventions de Planification Familiale dans la ville de Kinshasa et  promet son soutien.
 
Dans les prochaines étapes, le CTMP Kinshasa a prévu l’organisation de deux ateliers, la facilitation AFP SMART  pour identifier les objectifs de plaidoyer  et la quantification des besoins  en contraceptifs  pour  la période allant de 2015 à  2020. 
 
 

 

2015

ÉTUDE DE CAS: La République Démocratique du Congo s'engage pour la Planification Familiale à travers le Partenariat PF2020

Source: AFP

Le gouvernement de la République Démocratique du Congo (RDC) s’est engagé en faveur de la planification familiale le 15 novembre 2013 lors de la 3ème Conférence Internationale sur la Planification Familiale (CIPF) à Addis Abeba, en Éthiopie. En représentation du gouvernement, le Conseiller santé du Premier Ministre, M. Dieudonné Kwete Shamantshiey, a annoncé l’engagement de revitaliser les services de planification familiale du pays en mettant en place et en soutenant financièrement le plan national pour la planification familiale récemment développé par la RDC. Pour se faire, le gouvernement s’est engagé à réformer les lois qui font barrière aux naissances planifiées, en redonnant de l’autonomie aux femmes. Cet engagement a marqué l’inclusion de la RDC dans le partenariat mondial Planification Familiale 2020 (PF2020), qui vise à augmenter le nombre de femmes et de jeunes filles utilisant des produits contraceptifs à 120 millions à l’horizon 2020.

Democratic Republic of the Congo Advocacy Priorities

General advocacy priorities include: (1) strengthening national policies to enable more women to access contraceptive services and supplies; (2) securing national budgetary support for the procurement of family planning commodities; (3) expanding quality services to underserved districts and the poor; (4) reducing stock-outs of all contraceptive methods and expanding the method mix; (5) improving service delivery and training; and (6) strengthening champions for family planning and the ability of civil society to work effectively with government.

AFP and Tulane’s specific national objectives:

1)   Ensure that the process of creating a budget line for contraception in the MoH budget is completed 

2)   Ensure implementation of the budget allocation of 2,5million USD in 2016 for the procurement of contraceptives and supplies for family planning according to the National Strategic Plan for Family Planning

3)   Ensure that government and donors’ efforts to achieve the DRC pledge are well documented and publicized

4)   Ensure the removal of the existing law unfavorable to family planning and replacement with a law favorable to family planning, in line with the DRC’s FP2020 commitment and the National Strategic Plan for Family Planning by June 2016

5)   Ensure additional source of FP funds for the purchase of contraceptive (eg: World Bank, GFF, REDD+)

6)   Ensure that, in November 2015, the Prime Minister attends the Indonesia ICFP and recommits the support of the DRC government to family planning, consistent with the 2013 commitment in Addis Ababa

AFP and Tulane’s specific sub-national objectives:

1)   Ensure establishment of additional functional CTMPs in Kongo Centrale, Kinshasa, Kasai Occidental, and Bandundu (at a minimum) 

AFP Resources
Date Title Source
2015

Case Study: Democratic Republic of the Congo Commits to Family Planning through the Global FP2020 Partnership

The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) committed to support family planning on November 15, 2013 at the 3rd International...
AFP
2014

La Facilitation SMART a Kinshasa 22-25 juillet 2014 (Fr)

L’atelier de facilitation sur le plaidoyer en planification familiale organisé au centre CEPAS du 22 au 25 juillet 2014 a réuni plus au moins 30...
AFP RDC
2014

La Reunion des Partenaires Francophones AFP - 13-15 mars 2014 - Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

The first AFP Francophone Partners Meeting was held in March 2014 in Ouagadougou, with representatives from AFP’s partners in Senegal, Burkina Faso,...
AFP, 2014
2014

Family Planning in the DRC: Policy Action and Opportunities - Dr. Arsene Binanga (Eng)

Dr. Arsène Binanga, Director of Family Planning Programs for Tulane University in Kinshasa, AFP's partner in the DRC, visited the Gates Institute at...
Tulane/DRC
2013

L'Initiative Advance Family Planning en RD Congo (Fr)

Veuillez trouver ci-dessous la présentation faite de l’initiative AFP ainsi que l'outil Smart Chart™ de la réunion des acteurs congolais en...
AFP
2013

2013 Priorities and Breaking News: Democratic Republic of the Congo (Eng)

This is a presentation given by Beth Fredrick, Executive Director of AFP at the Partners Meeting in March 2013 held in Baltimore, MD, USA. For a full...
AFP, 2013
Other Resources
Date Title Source
2016

Site web de planification familiale en République Démocratique du Congo

Poster sur la création du site web par l'université de Tulane sur la planification familiale en République Démocratique du Congo qui comprend l'...
PNSR
2014

Proces verbal des travaux de la table ronde (FR)

Ce rapport fournit une mise à jour sur la réunion de la table ronde tenue à la 3ème Conférence Nationale pour le Repositionnement de la Planification...
PNSR
2014

Recommandations de la 3e conférence nationale de la planification familiale (FR)

Au cours de la 3ème conférence nationale sur la planification familiale, les participants ont formulé des recommandations importantes pour...
PNSR
2014

PMA2020 Results from Kinshasa, DRC (Eng/Fr)

Findings from the first round of the Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2013 (PMA2013) survey carried out in Kinshasa, capital of...
PMA2020
2014

Family Planning in the DRC website - Tulane University, PNSR (Eng/Fr)

This regularly maintained website is an excellent resource on family planning in the DRC, including relevant historical context, key government and...
Tulane University / PNSR
2013

IPPF strikes deal during joint visit to DRC (Eng)

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) — The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and the DRC’s Ministry of Health have...
IPPF
2013

Population, developpement et planification familiale (Fr)

Cette présentation par Dr. Jean-Pierre Guengant, Directeur de Recherche à l'IRD et Dr. Jose Mangalu de l'Université de Kinshasa a fait partie de l'...
IRD, Universite de Kinshasa
2011

Persistence of High Fertility in Tropical Africa: The Case of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Eng)

This report written by Anatole Romaniuk provides interesting historical context on family planning in the DR Congo.
Population and Development Review
2011

Contraceptive Security Indicators 2011 Data for DRC (Eng)

The Contraceptive Security (CS) Indicators activity highlights a comprehensive set of indicators that were developed to reflect key aspects of...
USAID|DELIVER Project
AFP Resources
Date Title Source
2015

Creation of the North Kivu FP Technical Committee (CTMPP) (Fr/Eng)

 
AFP/DRC
2015

Creation of the South Kivu FP Technical Committee (CTMPP) (Fr)

Le Comité Technique Multisectoriel Permanent Provincial (CTMPP) pour la PF à été crée au Sud Kivu le 18 juin 2015 sous le leadership du gouvernement...
Tulane / AFP DRC
2015

Creation of an operational CTMPP in Katanga Province (Fr)

Voici le programme d'activites en cours au Katanga en rapport avec le CTMP Katanga: Atelier sur le plaidoyer en PF du 27 au 29 Juin 2015 (...
Tulane / AFP DRC
2015

Case Study: Democratic Republic of the Congo Commits to Family Planning through the Global FP2020 Partnership

The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) committed to support family planning on November 15, 2013 at the 3rd International...
AFP
2014

AFP at the 3rd National Conference to Reposition Family Planning in DRC (Eng/Fr)

On December 3-5, 2014, the DRC held its 3rd National Conference to Reposition Family Planning in Kinshasa. The long-term objective of the conference...
PNSR, AFP
2014

DRC Government Moves Forward on FP2020 Commitment

 By Alison Bodenheimer, Francophone Africa Program Officer, Advance Family Planning[Read en français]The Government of the Democratic Republic...
AFP, 2014
Other Resources
Date Title Source
2016

Video: DRC Prime Minister Expresses "Singular Attachment to Family Planning"

In an introductory video at the 4th International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) auxiliary event, "The Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC'...
2015

Final Report: 3rd National Conference to Reposition Family Planning in Democratic Republic of Congo (Fr)

On December 3-5, 2014, the DRC held its 3rd National Conference to Reposition Family Planning in Kinshasa. The long-term objective of the conference...
PNSR, Government of DRC
2015

The 3rd National Conference to Reposition Family Planning in the DRC lays groundwork for Permanent Multi-sectorial Technical Committees at the provincial level

At the 3rd National Conference to Reposition Family Planning in Kinshasa, provincial ministry representatives agreed that establishing Permanent...
Advance Family Planning
2014

3ème Conférence Nationale sur le Repositionnement de la Planification Familiale: 3-5 décembre 2014

PNSR
2014

Enquête Démographique et de Santé 2013-2014 (Fr)

La deuxième Enquête Démographique et de Santé en République Démocratique du Congo (EDS-RDC II) est une enquête par sondage représentative au niveau...
MPSMRM, MSP, MEASURE DHS
2014

Rapport préliminaire EDS-RDC 2013-2014 (Fr)

Les résultats préliminaires de l'EDS-RDC II ont été présentés jeudi 15 mai 2014 sour la présidence du Ministre de la Santé et du Vice-Ministre...
MEASURE DHS
2014

Plan stratégique national planification familiale à vision multisectorielle 2014-2020 (Fr/Eng)

Le Plan Stratégique pour la Planification Familiale : 2014 - 2020 a deux objectifs :1. augmenter la prévalence contraceptive moderne estimée à 6.5%...
Government of the DRC
2007

Democratic Republic of the Congo Demographic and Health Survey 2007 (Eng/Fr)

The 2007 Democratic Republic of the Congo Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) is the first survey of its kind conducted in the DRC. The DHS is a...
MEASURE DHS
2004

National Conference to Reposition Family Planning in the DRC (Eng/Fr)

A thorough history of family planning in the DRC as compiled by Tulane University. The first conference to reposition family planning in the DRC took...
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Jane Bertrand

Professor, Department Chair, Institute of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Tulane University

Jane Bertrand, PhD, MBA, est professeur et chaire du département à l'Institut de Santé Publique et de Médecine Tropique à l'Université de Tulane, à Louisiane, aux États-Unis d'Amérique. Elle a mis à l'épreuve les premiers projets de distribution communautaire en Bas Zaire du début des années 1980, et établi un centre d'évaluation au Projet de Services des Naissances Désirables (PSND) de 1986 à 1989. Depuis 2010, elle travaille comme directrice de recherche d'un projet financé par l'Institut de Bill et Melinda Gates afin de promouvoir la planification familiale à la RDC, au Mali et au Burkina Faso.

Arsène Binanga

Director of Family Planning Programs, Tulane International

Dr. Binanga is a medical doctor and the Country Director for Tulane University’s family planning program in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He is also the Advance Family Planning representative. Prior to joining Tulane, Dr. Binanga worked for Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health as DRC Country Director and introduced and scaled up the Standard Days Method for pregnancy prevention. While working with Georgetown University, Dr. Binanga was elected National Coordinator of the national coalition focused on repositioning family planning in the DRC and led the effort to develop the country’s first strategic plan for family planning, finalized in January 2014.

Protais Musindo

Technical Assistant, Tulane International

Dr. Musindo est médecin de santé publique, actuellement Assistant Technique à Tulane International à Kinshasa.

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