SD DR Congo is a leading NGO promoting the development of community co-managed not-for-profit Primary Health Centers (CSCOM). The second of three pilot projects was built in the community of Nkandu near Inkisi and demonstrates the importance of communities working with local health officials to provide quality, accessible and sustainable health services, along with outreach, awareness raising and prevention initiatives developed by and for the community itself. The Nkandu III CSCOM is operated by SD DR Congo together with the local community.
The health program of SD DRC depends on community participation from the very conception of the project, including in the choice of the sites and the management of the CHC in the operating phase. While building the health centres, SD Congo has been helping create health mutual associations in the area to improve the economic ability of the population to access health services. This initiative is being developed in accordance with the National Health Development Plan and will lead to the long-term sustainability of the CSCOM.
Since it was opened, the Nkandu III CSCOM has provided the surrounding community with 1,203 pre-school consultations, 1,920 doses of vaccine administered to women and children, 455 pre-natal consultations, 274 births, 2,243 general consultations and treatment, and 200 mosquito nets distributed.
Provided funding can be found, there are plans to establish four more community health centres by 2015, their size depending on the needs of the surrounding communities.