DRC-IHP Effective Innovations: Champion Communities


Improving the quality and increasing the use of essential health services are key components of the government of Democratic Republic of the Congo's (DRC) strategy to reduce maternal, newborn and young-child illness and mortality through the initiative "A Promise Renewed." Community participation is also a Ministry of Health principle for revitalizing health zones. In addition, the Ministry of Health developed and approved a national strategic plan for family planning. The Integrated Health Project in DRC (DRC-IHP) addresses all of these priorities through Champion Communities.

This brief is part of a series highlighting health system innovations that the Integrated Health Project (DRC-IHP) has adapted and implemented on a large scale in DRC. Together, these approaches have saved tens of thousands of lives in the country over the past few years. We hope these publications will inspire others to use these proven approaches in their own context.