U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator visits the DRC
Photo by Kaukab Jhumra Smith/USAID.
Staff at the Maternal and Child Health Center in Barumbu, Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, show packages of insecticide-treated bed nets to be distributed to pregnant women at the prenatal clinic. The center was built in 1973 with funds from USAID, and rehabilitated and expanded with the help of the U.S. military in 2008. In 2015, the center began to receive support for its malaria prevention and treatment activities under the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) through USAID.
Between the 2007 and the 2013 Demographics and Health Surveys, the DRC has seen a dramatic increase in bed net use, from 6 percent to 56 percent in children under 5 years old. This increased use of a proven and effective form of malaria prevention has been a contributing factor in the DRC's 30 percent decrease in child mortality in the same time period.