Integrated Health Project Plus : Our Impact

 {Photo credit: Rebecca Weaver/MSH}With the support of IHPplus, midwives are able to apply the helping babies breathe (HBB) approach to resuscitate newborns.Photo credit: Rebecca Weaver/MSH

“I became a nurse because my grandmother was a nurse, my sisters are nurses, and one of my aunts is a nurse,” says Neema Kitima, Head Midwife at Bahira Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). While 80% of births in DRC occur at health facilities with a trained assistant, maternal and neonatal mortality rates remain among the highest in the world. The most recent Demographic and Health Survey (2013–2014) showed that maternal deaths account for 35% of all deaths of women 15–49 years old.

On March 22 and 23, stakeholders from a number of global organizations (NGOs, USAID, Ministries of Health [MOHs], and others) met at a symposium in Washington, DC, to discuss progress and future capabilities of DHIS 2, the open-source web platform that helps governments and organizations collect, manage, and analyze health data.

{Photo Credit: Dieudonné Cigajira}Mama Mawa credits the new iCCM site with saving her children's lives.Photo Credit: Dieudonné Cigajira

Married with two children, Mama Mawa lives in Kalamba, a remote village of 900 people in the health zone of Kitutu, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Kalamba experienced four infant deaths from preventable diseases in the three-month period from March 2016 to May 2016. Yet, that was before the installation of an integrated community case management (iCCM) site in the village, under the auspices of the USAID-funded Integrated Health Project Plus (IHPplus).

{Photo credit: Landry Serges Malaba}Students participating in the competition display campaign message of stopping violence against women and girls after visiting the IHPplus exhibition stand.Photo credit: Landry Serges Malaba

The USAID-funded Integrated Health Project, Plus (IHPplus) is helping to bring an important worldwide campaign to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The international campaign, “16 days of activism,” is a global call to action to raise awareness and discuss challenges and solutions for ending all forms of violence against women and girls in all parts of the world.