Democratic Republic of Congo

The mission of the Écoles de Santé Publique de Kinshasa, Kinshasa School of Public Health, is to contribute to the post-graduate training of all public health professionals, periodically retrain all types of personnel working in the public health sector, provide services to the community to improve their well-being, and conduct research to improve knowledge of public health issues. The Kinshasa School of Public Health, led by Principal Investigator Dr. Pierre Akilimali, completed seven rounds of the PMA2020 family planning survey in the Democratic Republic of Congo between 2013 and 2018. In 2016, in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Center for Communications Programs, questions were included assessing coverage of family planning communication campaigns and contraceptive decision-making. 

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Survey Results Summaries

PMA uses innovative mobile technology to support low-cost, rapid-turnaround surveys monitoring key health and development indicators. Surveys are completed by resident enumerators, uploaded to a central server via a mobile data network, cleaned and analyzed. Results are disseminated shortly after.

Technical Area Survey Results Brief Indicators Report
Family Planning PMA2020, Kongo Central, Round 1, 2015 English French English
Family Planning PMA2020, Kinshasa, Round 4, 2015 English French
Family Planning PMA2020, Kinshasa, Round 5, 2016 English French English
Family Planning PMA2020, Kongo Central, Round 2, 2016 English French English
Family Planning PMA2020, Kinshasa, Round 6, 2017 English French
Family Planning PMA2020, Kongo Central, Round 3, 2017 English French
Family Planning PMA2020, Kinshasa, Round 7, 2018 English French
Family Planning PMA2020, Kongo Central, Round 4, 2018 English French
Adolescent & Young Adults PMA2020, Kinshasa, Round 6, 2017 English French

Snapshot of Indicators

Snapshot of Indicators (SOIs) are online tables  that provide a summary of key family planning indicators and information on sample design, questionnaires, data processing, response rates and sample error estimates.

View indicators for each study region in Democratic Republic of Congo by round

Research in Democratic Republic of Congo

24.8%

of women in Kongo Central reported an unmet need for family planning in 2018, down from 27.5% in 2016.

Publications

PMA has a variety of publications including briefs, reports and overview documents  that may be used to inform health policy and programming decisions. Listed below are publications authored by PMA faculty, students, staff, and partners that draw upon PMA data. 

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Kinshasa School of Public Health, University of Kinshasa

The mission of the Écoles de Santé Publique de Kinshasa, Kinshasa School of Public Health, is to contribute to the post-graduate training of all public health professionals, periodically retrain all types of personnel working in the public health sector, provide services to the community to improve their well-being, and conduct research to improve knowledge of public health issues.

Kinshasa School of Public Health

Principal Investigator

Pierre Akilimali

Pierre Z. Akilimali, PhD, MD, MPH

Dr. Akilimali is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the Kinshasa School of Medicine and the Kinshasa School of Public Health, University of Kinshasa. He has extensive research experience in HIV and family planning program evaluation and has accrued over 10 years of research experience in the Democratic Republic of Congo. His current research focuses on behavioral determinants of HIV and Reproductive Health. He holds an MD, a master in Health Economics, a Masters of Advanced Study (DEA) in Biostatistics and Epidemiology and PhD from The Kinshasa School of Public Health. His work on PMA builds upon a longstanding collaboration of Kinshasa University with the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health.

Field Coordinator

Dr Dynah Kayembe

Dynah Kayembe, MD, MPH

Dr. Dynah Kayembe is a field coordinator for PMA DRC. She is a doctor by training and holds a master's degree in public health. She has more than six years experience in adolescent health and well-being, family planning and contraception among young people. She has nearly 10 years experience conducting, supervising and coordinating field activities. The majority of her research has focused on adolescents and family planning, with a particular focus on contraception among adolescents. 

Communications Officer

Gloria Mbuya

Gloria Mbuya Mutala

Gloria Mbuya Mutala holds a degree in communication and journalism from the University of Kinshasa. She manages communication for the PMA/DRC team at the School of Public Health of the University of Kinshasa. For almost 10 years, she was the news anchor of one of the most watched television channels in DRC: Télé 50. She also has rich experience in web journalism after having worked for more than 4 years on one of the most important digital media in DRC: 7SUR7.CD. Gloria is skilled in both digital and traditional communication tools. 

Senior Data Manager and Analyst

Michel Kayembe Bikulu

Michel Kayembe Bikulu

Michel holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering. He is currently a computer scientist and data manager in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health of the University of Kinshasa, where he is responsible for the management of survey data. He is also a humanitarian worker. 

 

I.T. and Assistant Data Manager and Analyst

DRC Maurice Kabango Mutuale

Maurice Kabango Mutuale

Maurice holds a Bachelor's degree in Physical Science, with a specialization in computer science and electronics from the University of Kinshasa. Maurice ensures that any technical problems are addressed and that all electronic equipment are well maintained and in good working order. Maurice assists in identifying and correcting errors in data transmissions. He also provides quality control support and assists with the training of supervisors and resident enumerators. 

Administrative and Logistics Assistant

Sandra Mapatano

Sandra Mapatano 

Sandra holds a degree in public international law from the University of Kinshasa. She is an administrative and logistics assistant for PMA DRC at the School of Public Health at the University of Kinshasa. She has more than 10 years experience in several political and parliamentary offices. 

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