Democratic Republic of Congo

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Democratic Republic of Congo


The humanitarian situation in the Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to deteriorate due to armed violence, epidemics, natural disasters, and food insecurity. According to the 2020 Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO), the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance is expected to increase from 12.8 million in 2019 to 15.6 million in 2020. While 8.1 million people lack basic access to Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) services, 8.6 million people are in need of protection assistance.

Funded by CDC and USAID, iMMAP has been continuously present in DRC since 2019, supporting the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations International Children´s Fund (UNICEF) in a variety of capacities. In response to the humanitarian crisis, iMMAP has deployed multiple Information Management Officers (IMOs) providing support to humanitarian clusters, partners and the Go.Data project in data collection, analysis and visualization while ensuring the sustainability of activities through capacity strengthening activities.


Go.Data Project
Since February 2020, iMMAP has been working on the Go.Data Project, an outbreak investigation tool developed and implemented by partners in collaboration with the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) for field data collection during public health emergencies. The tool includes functionality for case investigation, contact follow-up, and visualization of chains of transmission including secure data exchange. It designed to adapt to a wide range of outbreak scenarios and is targeted for the use of any outbreak responder.

As a part of this project, iMMAP is providing data and information management activities for the EVD Response, preparing weekly contract tracking reports, and updating the health pyramid at level 3 health zones. These activities are complemented by training Surveillance and Vaccination Teams, the National Institute for Biomedical Research, the Ministry of Health (MoH), and humanitarian partners to ensure the effective use of the tool and the sustainability of the project.
Ebola Virus Disease Rapid Diagnosis Tool (RDT)
iMMAP partnered with CDC, the National Institute of Biological Research, the Ministry of Health (MoH), and humanitarian partners in DRC to successfully design, develop and deploy the RDT Tool in 2020, which captures data from RDTs used in cadaveric surveillance. iMMAP has cloned the application already used in 2020 in order to extend rapid test diagnostics to the affected health areas

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