AcQual II

The AcQual II Project is a three-year family planning project to increase access and quality of family planning services in Kinshasa and Kongo Central.

The project is led by Tulane University, in partnership with CCP and local partners Association pour le Bien-Etre Familial (ABEF), SANRU and Association Santé et Développement (ASD). The project works closely with the Ministry of Health, including the National Program for Reproductive Health (PNSR) and the National Program for Adolescent Health (PNSA). The project is working in the provinces of Kinshasa and Kongo Central to expand the community-based distribution of contraceptive methods, improve the quality of sexual and reproductive health services and conduct research on innovative strategies for contraceptive method distribution.

CCP is responsible for creating demand for family planning methods and services, with a particular focus on youth. Using data from the 2013 DHS and PMA2020, CCP developed a demand creation strategy centered around the main reasons for non-use of family planning. CCP’s demand creation objectives are to:

  1. Increase knowledge of family planning service sites;
  2. Increase knowledge of methods, including management of side effects, and
  3. Increase spousal communication about family planning methods.

Additional objectives are to:

  • increase client-provider communication/counseling about family planning advantages and methods,
  • to welcome young clients to services; and
  • increase client satisfaction with family planning services.

AcQual II is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and an anonymous donor. For more information, please contact Christophe Alimasi or Team Lead Claudia Vondrasek.

Location:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Time Frame:
2014-2018

Accomplishments


  • Produced and distributed 6 new leaflets on contraceptive methods (IUD, implant, injectable, pill, emergency contraception, all-methods) in French, Lingala, Kikongo and Swahili.

  • Launched a round-the-clock family planning information phone service with private phone company Vodacom. Within the first few months of launching the line, there were already over 340,000 callers.
  • Included family planning messages on the popular national TV show, Libala ya Bosembo.

  • Launched a youth-focused song contest, Mongongo Ya Bilenge (“Voice of Youth”), using inspiration from the popularity of shows like America’s Got Talent. The MYB Facebook page was launched in March 2017 and has thousands of young people already following the developments of the contest.