Project profile — Support to Polio Eradication in the Democratic Republic of Congo


WHO - World Health Organization (41143)
2014-03-19 - 2016-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• Congo, Democratic Republic (100.00%)


• Infectious disease control:
Infectious disease control (12250) (50.00%)
Health personnel development (12281) (50.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (principal objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (principal objective)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to contribute to the eradication of polio in the Democratic Republic of Congo, by reinforcing the capacity of the epidemiological surveillance system in order to better detect polio cases and to respond quickly to these cases. The project works in seven out of the DRC eleven provinces, where the surveillance capacity is the weakest in relation to the number of existing cases. A better performing surveillance system strengthens the collection and management of polio data, and supports immunization activities. Surveillance also covers other vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, yellow fever and neonatal tetanus, which will contribute to a reduction in mortality and morbidity linked with these diseases. By reducing the mortality rate associated with these diseases, the project contributes to the achievement of Millennium Development Goal 4 related to the reduction in child mortality.

Expected results 

Among the intermediate results expected from this project are: 1) an improved epidemiological surveillance system to detect any new cases of polio and to confirm the cessation of the circulation of this virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (March 2017) include : (1) no cases of polio have been recorded since 2013; (2) the number of children vaccinated during mass campaigns is 25,222,544, including 12,106,821 girls and 13,115,723 boys aged 0 to 15 living in 350 health zones in the DRC; (3) the epidemiological surveillance system has become more efficient; (4) since November 26, 2015, the DRC has been declared a country free of wild poliovirus circulation. These results have contributed to strengthening the epidemiological surveillance system in the Democratic Republic of Congo in order to eradicate polio from the DRC.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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