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 eight specialist 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.

Our Projects

Ebola Response Coordination Analysis Unit
iMMAP has been providing information system management services to WHO as a part of the Ebola Response Coordination Analysis Unit in the Emergency Operations Centre in Goma. iMMAP, through these services, has been focusing on collecting and managing spatial datasets, conducting geospatial analysis on collected datasets, and creating maps and infographics while producing other cartographic products on a regular basis. These activities have been implemented using a variety of different data collection techniques, such as mobile data collection.

The services provided by iMMAP has been used by the Center of the Ebola response in strategy definition during the epidemic. These activities have been an essential part in improving the effective and efficient information management capabilities in geographical analyses, mapping, and geographic data produced in response to the Ebola Virus Epidemic (EVD). The services provided by iMMAP were a part of a large humanitarian response that made it possible to end the latest epidemic in the northeast of the DRC on June 25, 2020.
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.
Global Standby Partnership Deployments to the Health, Nutrition and WASH Clusters
iMMAP has been providing essential support to the Health, WASH, and Nutrition Clusters by delivering information management services to improve the coordination between humanitarian partners responding to the needs of vulnerable individuals and communities. As a part of the services provided to the clusters, iMMAP delivers data collection, consolidation, analysis and information management services to strengthen coordination of the response activities implemented by humanitarian partners. By providing better information management we help to ensure the clusters meet their desired results. These activities continue in the COVID-19 pandemic through localization efforts.

iMMAP, as a part of the Health Cluster, continues to support humanitarian response activities through data collection, consolidation, analysis, and information sharing. iMMAP is providing information management technical support to the National Health Cluster in Kinshasa and to three Provincial Health Sub-Clusters covering the Provinces of Tanganyika, Haut-Katanga and Haut-Lomami from Kalemie, South-Kivu and Maniema Provinces from Bukavu, and North Kivu, Ituri, Tshopo, Haut-Uele, Bas-Uele Provinces from Goma.

As a part of the services provided to the Nutrition and WASH clusters, the iMMAP information management specialist delivers essential IM coordination, monitoring, and evaluation services. iMMAP provides oversight on the national and provincial level IM strategy for the clusters by collecting, analyzing and sharing relevant information to cluster members to ensure informed and operational decision making based on accurate data.
COVID-19 Situation Analysis
Funded by USAID, the project implemented in Colombia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, DRC, Nigeria and Syria, alongside further global efforts. iMMAP and its main partner Data Friendly Space (DFS) collect and analyze data provided by humanitarian stakeholders and other relevant actors such as academia, private sector and government agencies, and produce regular joint situational analysis reports to facilitate a better understanding of the humanitarian impact of COVID-19 to support response operations.

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