Publish Date: March 2019
In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) an estimated 70% of the population of 81 million have little or no access to healthcare. DRC has the third highest fertility rate globally at 6.6 children per woman, a national maternal mortality rate of 846 per 100,000 live births and an adolescent birth rate of 138 per 1,000 teenage mothers. Family planning (FP) can support reductions in maternal mortality by 30-40%, but in 2013, the contraceptive prevalence in the DRC was just 8% (2014 Demographic Health Survey [DHS]).
The Ministry of Health (MOH) collaborates at the national and provincial levels with a network of partners, including MCSP through multi-stakeholder technical working groups to improve access to voluntary FP and postpartum family planning (PPFP) services.
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