DR CONGO - Official delivery of equipment for the COVID-19 response

A text by Geneviève Blouin

On November 10, the Access to Health Services in Kinshasa (ASSK) project team participated in the official equipment handover ceremony related to the COVID-19 response with the chief of Canadian Cooperation in the DRC and the Provincial Minister of Public Health. 

When Kinshasa had its first cases of COVID-19 in March 2020, our team successfully adapted its interventions to meet the urgent needs of the various stakeholders in the healthcare sector to better face the pandemic. This achievement was recognized during the ceremony that officialised the additional funding from Global Affairs Canada ($ 1.3M) dedicated to the COVID-19 response in DRC. On this occasion, the chief of Canadian Cooperation in Kinshasa officially handed over an additional batch of equipment and protective and hygiene material to the beneficiaries of the project, represented by the provincial Minister of Public Health. This material will be used by Kinshasa's health institutions and community health workers (also known as community relays) to protect the population as well as healthcare personnel against COVID-19. In addition to this equipment, two vehicles were handed over to the Maluku 1 and Maluku 2 health zones to facilitate their work of supporting and supervising health institutions.

In addition, the ASSK project is proud to have started providing support to hearing-impaired people living in the province of Kinshasa in order to raise their awareness of COVID-19. The ceremony was an opportunity to distribute communication tools adapted to their needs.