The Democratic Republic of Congo faces ongoing health and human rights challenges due to civil unrest and armed conflict. The modern contraceptive prevalence rate is one of the lowest in the world, at 8%, and the teen pregnancy rate is high. To engage young people on sexual health issues, DKT DRC created a youth program, Batela Lobi Na Yo (“Protect Your Future”) to inform young people of their contraceptive options. Batela Lobi Na Yo hosts concerts and other youth-friendly events at which we offer free counseling services, and also trains interested young people to become peer educators on sexual health and family planning topics.
DKT introduced its flagship product OK CONDOMS to the market in 2010, and recently launched a campaign introducing 5 new OK CONDOMS variants. Through this, DKT seeks to promote responsible choices by associating condoms with both pleasure and protection. In addition to OK CONDOMS, DKT offers the Aleze brand of oral contraceptives, emergency contraceptives and IUDs. DKT capitalizes on its various activities and marketing campaigns to promote Aleze, all of which contribute to the brand’s increasing popularity.
In 2011, DKT began an ambitious training program for nurses, doctors, pharmacists and community health workers. We have since trained health providers in every province of the country to provide family planning counseling. Although all contraceptive methods are covered, an emphasis is placed on building capacity of clinicians to provide quality counseling and service delivery of long term methods. A related goal is to enable pharmacists and community mobilizers to provide correct information regarding these methods and make referrals to clinics that have been trained to deliver long term methods.
DKT works with public sector clinics for outreach. These public sector clinics invite women from the community to come to their clinics where DKT provides counseling and education and covers costs related to insertion of implants.
Over the years, DKT has expanded its operations to include Bas Congo, Bandundu, North Kivu, Equateur and Katanga provinces, and has extended its reach in Kinshasa.
In 2016, DKT DRC generated 620,400 CYPs.
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