Democratic Republic of the Congo

Programme types in DRC:

Since 2004, the Antenna Foundation has initiated actions in support of various humanitarian workers in response to several cases of cholera epidemic and particularly the movement of populations in the eastern region of the DRC. Its branch in DRC has served as a reference in the Great Lakes region.

MajiMaisha-ANTENNA (MMA), the Antenna Foundation’s representative in DRC, facilitated the appropriation of WATA technology and the training of users in addition to the assessment of hygiene related situations. MMA is engaged alongside other civil society actors in the WASH sector in the fight against water-borne diseases.

Exchanges with humanitarian partners such as ICRC, OGB, SI, MEDAIR, MercyCorps and UNICEF have made it easier to understand the limits of each other’s interventions in terms of water purification and disinfection or sanitation.

Results

  • Obtaining a fundamental basis for the adaptation of the “hospital programme” in healthcare facilities of the DRC. Thanks to the support of the Antenna Foundation, the WATA electrolysers have been made available to hospitals (in North and South Kivu): Installation of these WATAs at the beginning of August 2016.
  • A network of NaClO producers is set up, the act of commitment to the respect of the standards for the production of liquid chlorine by WATA in DRC is signed and the HWTS approach by the communities is adopted by the members.
  • A laboratory with analytical capacity for thiosulphate titration is operational for quality control.
  • The level of respect of hygiene conditions by WATA in Rwandan prisons by the known liquid chlorine: a satisfaction of the ICRC is acquired and a framework of tripartite collaboration MMA-ICRC and RCS is built. Perpetuation is signed.

Number of beneficiaries

Hospital Programme2 108 362 people
HWTS Programme2 105 175 people
Prisons’ Programme53 945 people

Perspectives

  • By 2020, MajiMaisha-ANTENNA will have contributed to the fight against water-borne diseases by strengthening home water treatment (HWT) and reducing mortality and nosocomial diseases by improving hospital hygiene.
  • Project duration: 2014-2020

Parteners

  • Provincial Ministries of Health (North and South Kivu)
  • Congolese control office (branch of the Ministry of Economy)
  • National Service of Rural Hydraulics (SNHR)
  • ICRC
  • UNICEF
  • MEDAIR
  • Solidarités International

Contact

Contact Antenna Foundation

Pierre-Gilles DUVERNAY
WASH Advisor
[email protected]

Local contact

Guillain KULIMUSHI
Coordinator and focal point Antenna Technologies in DRC
[email protected]


Hospitals programme

  1. Documentation concerning the issue of disinfectants in healthcare facilities in North and South Kivu.
  2. Restitution at the Provincial Health Directorates level followed by the identification of structures for the adaptation phase for the WATA technology: Autonomous production of liquid chlorine for disinfection “contribution to the improvement of hospital hygiene”.
  3. Implementing the WATA devices in healthcare facilities.

Numbers of beneficiaries : 2 105 175 people

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“HWTS” Program: an ideal tool for the elimination of water-borne diseases

  1. Establishment of a network of local producers of liquid chlorine who bottle it, in order to contribute effectively to the fight against waterborne diseases, mostly cholera. Ensuring community recovery, strengthening communication for behaviour change and identifying potabilization products in the area.
  2. Installation of a laboratory for thiosulphate titration analysis to guarantee a quality control of the chlorine produced by this network of local producers.

Numbers of beneficiaries : 2 105 175 people

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