Fighting child mortality with family kits

child mortality in DRCVIDEO – Despite advances the Democratic Republic of Congo continues to face high levels of child and maternal mortality, respectively 104 per thousand live births and 846 per 100 000 live births.



To address this situation, the government launched in 2013-2014 with the support of UNICEF an ambitious programme to accelerate the reduction of the child and maternal mortality. The programme includes the distribution of family kits among the households containing essential medicines to fight the major child killers and a voucher giving access to the local health centre at reduced cost.

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The programme has been successfully tested in the province of Kongo Central. With the support of the European Union and other technical and financial partners, UNICEF and the government have started to implement the programme in several other provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Yves Willemot

Yves Willemot est le chef de l’Équipe InfoCom de l’UNICEF RDC. Il fait partie de la grande équipe UNICEF depuis longtemps maintenant puisqu’après avoir été leur conseiller régional en communication pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest et l’Afrique Centrale à Dakar, il a dirigé l’UNICEF Belgique pendant 7 ans. Plus que tout, ce qui est important pour lui c'est d'être "tous ensemble pour les enfants".

Yves Willemot is Head of the UNICEF DRC InfoCom Team. He has been part of the large UNICEF team for a long time now since after being their regional communication advisor for the West Africa and Central Africa in Dakar, he led UNICEF Belgium for 7 years.More than anything, he believes that the most important is to "be together for the children".

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