In a country where almost half of the population is under the age of 15, the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is encountering significant challenges in achieving full vaccination coverage of its children. According to the 2017-2018 Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), only 35 percent of DRC’s children aged 12 to 23 months are fully immunised, 45 percent are incompletely immunised, and 20 percent have received no vaccines at all. An estimated 1,224,000 children were unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated in the provinces of Kinshasa, Kwilu, Kasai, Kasai-Oriental, Sud-Kivu, Ituri, Lomami, Haut-Katanga, and Haut-Lomami. Accordingly, these provinces were prioritised under the Mashako Plan, an ambitious programme launched by the government in 2018 to tackle low immunisation coverage across the country. Socio-economic disparities, conflicts, and gender inequalities are some of the factors contributing to low coverage.
The GRID3 Mapping for Health (M4H) project, delivered under the leadership of DRC’s Ministry of Public Health, Hygiene and Prevention and funded by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, extends the work GRID3 has already done around health in the country. This project aims to support the Mashako Plan and strengthen the effectiveness and equity of DRC’s vaccination interventions.