Integrated Health Project

Project Overview

The Integrated Health Project (IHP) partners with the government of Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to strengthen the country's health system at every level. IHP activities have focused on maternal, newborn, and child health, family planning, nutrition, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV and AIDS, and water, sanitation, and hygiene—applying many proven, low-cost, high-impact innovations on a large scale.

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), IHP has worked in 78 health zones in four provinces: Kasaï Oriental, Kasaï Occidental, Katanga, and Sud Kivu. The project has helped to upgrade service delivery at more than 2,000 service-delivery points ranging from community sites to regional hospitals.

Project activities will continue through June 2016 under a subcontract via Pathfinder/Evidence to Action (E2A). The 13-month bridge, IHPplus, is being implemented by MSH and OSC. IHP has improved health services for more than 12 million people — nearly 20 percent of the Congolese population.

Data modeling shows that IHP interventions have contributed in saving the lives of more than 150,000 young children over five years, including more than 11,000 neonates. In conjunction with the Ministry of Health, IHP has achieved the following results in project health zones between 2010 and 2015:

  • Proportion of women who delivered babies in a facility with a skilled birth attendant increased from 53 percent to 89 percent
  • The proportion of mothers receiving active management of the third stage of labor increased from 62 percent to over 95 percent
  • Number of checkups for newborns within three days of birth nearly doubled per quarter (from 45 percent in 2010 to 86 percent in 2015)
  • The rate of new mothers who breastfed newborns within the first hour of life increased from 2 percent to 96 percent in three years
  • More than 96 percent of children (nearly 2 million) in project areas were vaccinated with DPT-HepB-Hib3
  • TB detection rate increased from 37 percent to 79 percent
  • 3.3 million rapid malaria tests were provided to facilities and community sites
  • 2.4 million people adopted a modern family planning method

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