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Capacity Building for the Domestication of Harmonized Policies and Regional Minimum Standards in DRC

Project Completeion: Capacity Building for the Domestication of Harmonized Policies and Regional Minimum Standards for Communicable Diseases in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In close collaboration with the SADC secretariat, Health Focus successfully supported the domestication of harmonized policies and regional minimum standards for the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Countries of the SADC (Southern African Development Community) region are challenged by the adverse effects of communicable diseases, namely HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The political leadership of SADC has demonstrated commitment to combating these challenges that have a negative effect on the countries’ social, political and economic development. Regional minimum standards, frameworks and guidelines for communicable diseases were elaborated and should be adapted, adopted and introduced by member states.

The objective of the project was to train senior officials and experts from the RDC to enable them to facilitate processes for adaptation of the approved SADC Regional Minimum Standards, Frameworks and Guidelines for Communicable Diseases. The assignment included the adaptation of existing training material (developed for English speaking Member States) for two levels: training of trainers and training of practitioners in the DRC. A training of trainers as well as the training of practitioners (over 100 practitioners from all over the country) was implemented focussing on the five core areas HIV&AIDS, TB, Malaria, STIs and Surveillance.

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