Jenga Marifaa II


In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), medical equipment maintenance in health structures is a huge problem. If there is a lack of equipment, the staff do not have the skills to repair the faulty equipment.

Jenga Maarifa, a previous project led by the NGOs Médecins sans Vacances and Humatem  in South Kivu, paved the way for Jenga Maarifa II. The two NGOs are now working with ULB-Coopération on this new project. Since the beginning of 2020, North Kivu benefits from the North-Kivu provincial centre of lifelong learning (“centre provincial de formation continue” or CFNK). The centre provides the infrastructure that is needed to implement this project training biomedical technicians and strengthening the biomedical parks in North and South-Kivu.


To improve intensive care treatments for patients, particularly those with COVID-19, using practical biomedical equipment. The biomedical and medical staff is trained in equipment use and maintenance.


Intervention area

The project is carried out in 2 provinces in the DRC: North Kivu, South Kivu and 5 health-zones.


  • Raising awareness for the maintenance and management of medical equipment
  • Strengthening medical staff’s skills
  • Strengthening the technical staff’s skills
  • Providing targeted medical equipment


  • To promote an evolution in policies and means within the biomedical field, as well as a better recognition of the medical technician’s role
  • To provide good-quality treatment for patients (with Covid-19 or other pathologies that need the oxygen therapy or intensive care)
  • To extend the lifespan of intensive care medical equipment
  • To ensure the safety of patients and medical staff
  • To increase the stocks of medical equipment and the capacity to treat patients (withCOVID-19 or other pathologies that require of oxygen therapy and reanimation)

Financial Partners

The principal backer is The Crisis Centre for the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE or “Ministère de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères” in French).

The European Union and the Belgian Cooperation contributes by the PADISS project carried out by ULB-Coopération.


Presentation Leaflet of the Jenga Maarifa project (in French)




€600,000, including €306.787 which was funded by The Crisis Centre of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.


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