High Burden Country Initiative (HBCI) update for Democratic Republic of Congo
The Alliance is spearheading the development of the national midwifery assessment in the Democratic Republic of Congo with the financial support of the French Muskoka Initiative.
The objective of the national assessment is to analyze the midwifery workforce at the community level, specifically the MNH service provision; the performance of the midwifery workforce; work environment; management and policies; and financing of the HRH providing MNH services. Data will be collected on formal policies, guidelines and regulations, as well as on the current situation at the service provision level and on promising or innovative practices.
Meetings with the Ministry of Health and H4+ partners were undertaken in June 2012, resulting in the formation of a steering group. Review of secondary data is underway and the appointment of a national research partner is anticipated in July 2012. JICA will be co funding the national assessment.