Health program: towards person-centered care in the DRC

In the DRC, with funding from Belgian cooperation (DGD), the Uni4Coop consortium (specifically ULB-Coopération and Louvain Coopération) is continuing the collaborative dynamic between the various players in the Congolese healthcare systems, initiated during the 2017-2021 program.

The health program aims to strengthen collaboration between the authorities, providers and the population in order to set up a more resilient, people-centered healthcare system that best meets the needs of all, through new concepts such as the patient-partner and triple-view approaches.

Financial partner

belgique partenaire du développement


In the DRC, the healthcare system is fragmented, particularly in urban areas where private, for-profit players proliferate, and not easily accessible to disadvantaged social groups. The healthcare system focuses on infectious diseases to the detriment of non-communicable diseases. What’s more, it does not meet the criteria required to set up a genuine universal health coverage system.

Given this situation, initiatives to strengthen the healthcare system are multiplying, but all too often they lack coordination between the different categories of players, which limits their impact.


The projects are located in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the provincial city of Kinshasa and in the province of North Kivu.


Through multi-stakeholder approaches involving authorities, providers, communities and research centers, we implement innovative mechanisms to strengthen coherence and collaboration between the various components of the healthcare system. These actions improve the continuity, coordination and comprehensiveness of the system in the provinces we support. They lead to a person-centred healthcare system and help to improve the bio-psycho-social well-being of the population.

Expected impacts

The program aims to sustainably improve the quality, accessibility, continuity and inclusiveness of essential healthcare services offered to populations, including the most disadvantaged, in the areas supported (the provinces of Kinshasa and North Kivu for ULB-Coopération, and South Kivu for Louvain Coopération). Thanks to the collaboration of the authorities and the sharing of best practices by beneficiaries, the program aims to extend beyond the supported areas and meet the requirements of universal health coverage (UHC).

Expected results

  1. Health authoritiesadapt their approaches and tools to the contexts in which they operate, aiming to improve the quality of care and make it person-centred.
  2. Medico-psycho-social teamshave acquired skills, strengthened their motivation and improved their working environment to offer essential, quality, person-centered health services.
  3. The communityis structured, strengthened and aware of its rights to health. They are active players in their own health, and are involved, to varying degrees, in defining and implementing local healthcare provision.
  4. Concertation frameworksenable collaboration and exchange around the production of new knowledge, notably through research (-action) processes, and its dissemination to the various players.

Operational partners

Étoile du Sud (EDS asbl)

Université libre des Pays des Grands Lacs (ULPGL)

Bureau Central de la zone de santé de Kitambo (BCZ Kitambo)

Division Provinciale de la santé au Nord-Kivu (DPS NK)

Hôpital Provincial du Nord-Kivu (HPNK)

Centre de Formation Continue du Nord-Kivu (CFNK)

Unité chirurgicale de Beni-UNICHIR (UniChir)

Beni Surgery (BENISUR)

Division Provinciale de la santé à Kinshasa (DPS Kin)

Actors in the Goma and Karismbi health zones: Goma health zone central office (BCZ-Goma); Karisimbi health zone central office (BCZ-Karisimbi); Kyeshero urban medicalized health center (CSMU-Kyeshero); Rapha-Karisimbi urban medicalized health center (CSMU-Rapha).


  • Kinshasa : 623.452 €
  • Nord-Kivu : 3.019.650 €


5 years : from january 2022 to december 2026

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