A Public Private Partnership for Mining Communities, Truckers and Other At-Risk Populations in DRC

PATH and Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM) have partnered with USAID under the Global Development Alliance (GDA) mechanism to reduce HIV risk and mitigate its impact on communities in Fungurume Health Zone (FHZ) and the town of Kasumbalesa in Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

A Public Private Partnership for Mining Communities, Truckers and Other At-Risk Populations in DRC

Through this program, PATH and Tengke Fungurume Mining (TFM) will reduce HIV risk and mitigate its impact on communities in the Fungurume Health Zone (FHZ) and the town of Kasumbalesa in the DRC. The project‟s objectives center around the establishment of a Champion Community in Fungurume through which prevention and mobilization activities will occur, including the provision of HIV testing, and increasing both demand for and access to HIV/AIDS care and support services. The project will also seek to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS in communities along the trucking route of Fungurume to Kasumbalesa by providing targeted prevention, testing, referral services to truck drivers,sex workers, and other „key‟ populations, including persons with disabilities, as well as to the general population within these communities.

This project is funded by TFM and USAID through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Capacity building of peer educators, health professionals and lab technicians, and community sensitization by local NGOs are key components of the program. In the community surrounding the mine, over 7,100 people received Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT), an increase from only 100 people from when the program started in late 2012. Positive cases were referred for antiretroviral therapy.

Partners

  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

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  • Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)

    Implementing NGO, Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: 501-1000

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Key Information

LocationCentral Africa, Congo, The Democratic Republic of
StatusActive
  • Start Date 2014
  • End Date 2014
  • ValueUSD 2.5 Million
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