Our Consortium Partners

  • Kheth’Impilo

Our Supporting Partners

  • NHLS (Wits Pathology)


  • 77 Million
    • GDP in 2016

      • $35 Billion USD

HIV Statistics

Number of people living with HIV (all ages)
Deaths due to AIDS (all ages)
Number of orphans due to AIDS (0 – 17)
Estimated antiretroviral treatment coverage (adults ages 15+)
Estimated percentage of pregnant women living with HIV who receive antiretroviral medications for PMTCT

More about the work we do in DRC

To create the capacity needed to initiate the programme at selected facilities; EQUIP mentored and coached facility staff on Test & Start protocols for patients. Similar processes were followed for scale-up of Multi-Month Scripting Distribution (MMSD), implementation of Community ART distribution and optimisation of viral load monitoring and staff performance at site level.

Through assessments EQUIP has addressed logistical challenges, resulting in stronger supply chain management and an increase in laboratory capacity – producing more viral load samples and speeding up result turnaround time.

As a country still recovering from civil war, with an often-unstable political situation, lack of trained healthcare workers, suboptimal data and data management, and unavailability of health policies and guidelines, the challenges for EQUIP have been great. The EQUIP team persevered and successfully provided in-service training, ART mentorship, data review and validation in high volume facilities, as well as Tier.Net training to implementing partners and Ministry of Health staff to ensure better data management. EQUIP places an emphasis on training as it provides the backbone of health systems strengthening, while introducing innovative HIV strategies for care and treatment.

About the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is among the poorest countries in the world and was ranked 176 out of 187 countries on the latest United Nations Human Development Index (2015). Due to the persistent presence of armed groups, ongoing insecurity continues to destabilize eastern DRC. Other challenges include rampant corruption, inadequate infrastructure and human resources, and a limited capacity to raise and manage revenues.The DRC was once renowned in Africa for its network of clinics, quality of physicians, and primary health care system. In the past three decades, the political and economic collapse of the country had a dramatic impact on this system. Hospitals and clinics lack personnel and equipment, and often run out of critical medicine and supplies. An estimated 70% of Congolese have little or no access to health care. Strengthening the health care system is critical to improving the health of Congolese citizens.

The DRC ranks 6th out of the 22 countries that account for 80 percent of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the world. The prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the DRC is lower than in many sub-Saharan African countries, at 1.2 percent in the general population, but higher in urban areas and among women.

Democratic Republic of Congo in the news

Community Based ART

Oct 18th, 2017|Comments Off on Community Based ART

Significant improvements have been made worldwide in terms of people receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART), but the reality remains that 3 in 5 people living with HIV are not receiving ART [2013]. Let's look at the [...]

A closer look at Capacity Building

Oct 18th, 2017|Comments Off on A closer look at Capacity Building

Capacity Building, a core EQUIP  service offered as a rapid response support mechanism to Ministries of Health and in-country local implementing partners, strengthens the human and institutional capacity. It also works to strengthen the linkages [...]