A government-led mapping exercise was successfully executed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), culminating in a mapping validation workshop on 28 September 2018 in the nation’s capital. The exercise drew upon UN Network support and a tool initially developed by the Network’s intensive support service, REACH. Funded by UNICEF, the mapping was an ambitious undertaking that engaged a range of stakeholders, including contributions from the nutrition inter-donor group in-country.
The mapping encompassed a total of 23 actions that support positive nutrition outcomes at national and provincial levels. In addition, it covered health zones in seven provinces to get a better sense of decentralized action intensity. Strategic comparisons were made between geographical intervention coverage, target groups and delivery mechanisms, elucidating vast coverage discrepancies in some cases. For instance, the coverage of complementary feeding counselling considerably varied between health zones with Kasai and Kasai Oriental exceeding 75% coverage while others (Sankuru and Sud Kivu) reporting less than 25% coverage.