Expand FP II
According to the World Population Review, the population of the DRC is young and growing, with the third-highest fertility rate globally at 6.11 children per woman. According to FP2020, the modern contraceptive prevalence rate in the DRC is 15.5%.
Since 2019, EngenderHealth has worked with the MOH and partners Humana People to People and Le Réseau des Educateurs des Enfants et Jeunes de la Rue (REEJER) to scale up postpartum family planning (PPFP) through the ExpandFP II program. We have integrated PPFP across 15 facilities in Kinshasa to promote access to and voluntary adoption of FP among postpartum clients. We are using lessons learned from our work enhancing PPFP services at the facility level to strengthen national systems.
EngenderHealth assisted the MOH in reviewing progress and achievements of the National Family Planning Strategy (2016-2020) and laying the groundwork for the next five-year strategy. Further, between July 2019 and December 2020, of 8,115 clients who gave birth at program-supported sites, 7,033 received PPFP counseling and 1,565 adopted a PPFP method before discharge. The program also supported the MOH in revising and adapting the existing data collection forms to include PPFP information to improve monitoring of client choice. The new data collection forms are the first example of PPFP integration in the DRC.