GHI Country Strategy
Building on over three decades of partnership and collaboration between the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the U.S. Government, the Global Health Initiative (GHI) in the Congo represents an opportunity to substantially accelerate DRC’s development goals in health. The GHI vision is to improve the health of the Congolese people with a particular focus on the health of the most vulnerable groups (i.e., women, girls, newborns, and children under-5), and reducing communicable diseases causing the highest burden of disease. To strengthen the delivery and utilization of quality health care services, U.S.-supported programs in DRC will focus on three focus areas:
GHI directly aligns with DRC’s National Health Development Plan with the goal of moving toward sustainable health systems and health care services, by making the health zone network the key implementation unit, and increasing health zone program efficiencies, effectiveness, and mutual accountability. GHI will contribute to three of the DRC’s Millennium Development Goals: the reduction of maternal and under-5 child mortality (Goals 4 and 5) and combating infectious diseases (Goal 6).
GHI Principles in Action
In 2012, the U.S. Government took the lead in coordinating the Health Donor Coordination Group (Groupe Inter Bailleurs Santé) marking a unique opportunity, under GHI, to shape and influence governance and health systems strengthening (HSS). Through its leadership at the helm of the Health Donor Coordination Group, the U.S. Government plays an important role in advocating for health care reform and country ownership. The Health Donor Coordination Group also has working groups or task forces that work on different themes, such as human resource strengthening, supply chain management, and results-based financing.
On May 14, 2012, the Health Donor Group, led by the U.S. Agency for International Development representing the U.S. Government, was granted an audience with the newly appointed Minister of Health, Dr. Kabange. The Minister of Health has reassured the U.S. Government and other donors that the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo will bolster country ownerships related to commitments and health reforms. Donors have been reassured by the efforts of the Government of DRC, as the government recently contributed $1.215 million to UNICEF.
For information on planned funding, please visit the Foreignassistance.gov country page.
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