LOCATION

Congo-Brazzaville – Pointe-Noire

LOCAL PARTNERS

8 public and private healthcare centers.

PROJECT LAUNCH

2012

Support for Healthcare Structures (PASS) – © 2015

I was appointed Matron of podiatry in July 2017 without receiving any support or guidance for the mission and without ever having occupied a management position during my career! The PASS helped me a great deal: thanks to the training, I now know what my tasks and responsibilities are and I have tools at my disposal. As the saying goes, Better to teach a man to fish than to give him a fish already caught. Nowadays, I feel supported and encouraged. I have improved my scientific knowledge and learned the correct professional reflexes. Also, I am appreciated by my team and I am proud to be in charge of a podiatry service.

Gisèle MBOUTOU

State-registered nurse and Matron in podiatry, base hospital in Tié-Tié.

CONGO-BRAZZAVILLE: Strengthen the skills of healthcare structures – Support for Healthcare Structures (PASS)

The Congolese healthcare system suffers from many shortages: inadequately or insufficiently trained staff, healthcare structures with obsolete and insufficient equipment, lack of management skills. Since 2012, in Pointe-Noire, the IECD has been developing the Support for Healthcare Structures programs (PASS) which help to strengthen the skills of partner healthcare structures through the on-going training of their staff and the renovation of facilities, in such a way as to significantly improve care for vulnerable women and children.

In 2017, in a consistently difficult economic climate, the PASS supported seven healthcare centers and a base hospital. 90% of the tenured professionals followed a full training cycle on hygiene, technical treatment, and teamwork. Specific support for supervisory staff (see below) was also proposed throughout the year (team management, service management, notion of responsibility, development of tools). All of these actions helped, in particular, to guarantee the security of the care provided and to maintain a postnatal infection level that is as low as possible.

TRAINING OF HEALTHCARE
PERSONNEL
IN ORDER
TO IMPROVE
CARE PRACTICES

TRAINING OF ADMINISTRATIVE
PERSONNEL IN ORDER TO
IMPROVE MANAGEMENT
PRACTICES

RENOVATION OF
EQUIPMENT
AND
TRAINING
IN ITS USE

COMMUNITY
STIMULATION

134 training sessions
on hygiene,
technical care,

and
teamwork
and
professional

values, completed
by daily support in
the field.

4 private partner centers
benefited from management
training (accounting
support, budgetary
monitoring, pharmacy
stock management improvement
of the patient
path).

8 centers benefited from equipment renovation actions that help to improve the reception of patients
and the care provided: adapted medical equipment,
renovation of premises, access to water.

Planning and
organization
of information
campaigns

for the population
on public
health issues
(malaria,
breast-feeding,
Sickle Cell Disease).

Résultats 2017 :

  • 55,000 patients of which 50,000 women and children, benefited from quality care in the partner centers.
  • 345 healthcare staff members (nurses, midwives, laboratory technicians) were trained and supported on a daily basis.
  • 8,500 births managed in 2017.

STRENGTHENING OF THE MOTHER-CHILD HOSPITAL IN MONKOLE (CHME) in Kinshasa, DRC

96 400

patients received in consultation in 2017, namely a 10% increase compared to 2016.

LOCAL PARTNERS

Congolese Center for Culture, Training and Development (CECFOR)

PROJECT LAUNCH

1991

Since 1991, the IECD has provided continuous support to the Management Committee of the CHME for hospital management and the identification of new financial partners, and also occasionally supplies the CHME with biomedical equipment. The CHME, the reference hospital for the subregion, is a technical partner of the IECD for PASS. It is also behind the initiative of the fight Sickle Cell Disease program.