Project profile — Healthy Mothers and Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo


Oxfam-Québec (22501)
2016-02-09 - 2020-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Congo, Democratic Republic (98.17%)
• Canada (1.83%)


• Basic Health: Health education (12261) (24.83%)
• Reproductive health care:
Reproductive health care (13020) (9.83%)
Family planning (13030) (9.83%)
STD control including HIV/AIDS (13040) (14.83%)
• Basic drinking water supply:
Basic drinking water supply (14031) (9.83%)
Basic sanitation (14032) (9.83%)
Education and training in water supply and sanitation (14081) (19.83%)
• Unallocated/ Unspecified: Promotion of development awareness (99820) (1.19%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• 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 (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


This project aims to reduce mother and child mortality rates in 15 areas of the Tshopo and Ituri provincial health divisions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Eastern Province. Health divisions have poorly trained workers, little capacity to plan and high rates of mothers and child mortality. Through this project, the delivery of adapted health services to mothers and children (age 0-5) aims to be improved by increasing the professional skills of health workers. Furthermore, supporting the local financial capacity should improve health services planning and access to quality data. To increase use of these health services, education campaigns are to be launched to teach about reducing maternity risks, family planning, sexually transmitted diseases, as well as early pregnancy. Project activities include: (1) training health care providers; (2) strengthening executives’ management skills; (3) building five maternity wards and 15 maternity rehabilitation wards; (4) providing equipment and medicines; (5) launching awareness campaigns for the prevention of mother-child HIV/AIDS transmission;( 6) assisting 3,500 seropositive women and newborns; (7) launching an early pregnancy prevention campaign; and (8) organising knowledge sharing and networking events for the general Canadian public in order to stimulate their commitment to support MNCH initiatives in developing countries. Direct beneficiaries are: 300,000 pregnant women, 90,000 spouses (men), 43,000 youth (age 15-24) as well as 455,000 newborns and children under five, of which 52% are girls. These beneficiaries will be better informed and/or will use the improved health services. More than 700 health care providers (nurses, doctors, specialists), and 355 health care managers and executives will have stronger professional skills. Oxfam-Québec is implementing this project in collaboration with the following local partners: : Anti-Bwaki Mothers’ Association, Ituri Provincial Health Division and Tshopo Provincial Health Division.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: 1) improved access and delivery of health care services for mothers and children under five; 2) increased use of health services by local populations, especially women, youth and children under five; and 3) increased engagement of the Canadian public concerning the health of women and children in developing countries.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (January 2021) include: (1) 94 people (25 of them women) were trained by higher institutes of medical technology and institutes of medical technology, reaching the project’s ultimate target and enabling these individuals to, in turn, become trainers for emergency obstetric and neonatal care; (2) 18 maternity wards were renovated/equipped in accordance with the standards of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC’s) Ministry of Health, 215 maternity wards were supported with medical supplies and medication, and 188 maternity wards were supplied with modern methods of contraception; (3) 1,596 prevention, information and education campaigns reached 1,524,275 people (including 529,912 women, 409,341 men, 313,119 girls and 271,903 boys) on the topics of lower-risk pregnancy, early pregnancy, family planning and preventing childhood diseases; (4) 1,808,239 Canadians were reached through awareness campaigns on maternal and child health in the DRC; (5) 9,860 Canadian primary and secondary school students were made aware of maternal and child health issues in developing countries; and (6) 180 members of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada increased their knowledge of maternal and child health issues in developing countries by attending a specialized symposium.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $679,255
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
07-05-2020 Disbursement $266,664
15-07-2020 Disbursement $521,686
26-08-2020 Disbursement $157,569
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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