Following the award of this project, needs assessments were finalized and preparations for free healthcare in the selected health areas began, with free services provided in the 125 health areas from October 2017 through April 2018.
- Over the 7-month period of free service provision, 1,000,039 new patients receiving treatment in the 125 health areas were recorded in the national health information system through DHIS2.
- A decrease in the number of health areas supported (from 125 to 83) was initially planned for the second half of the project; however, in collaboration with OFDA DRC, it was decided that all 125 health areas should continue receiving support.
- The number of consultations significantly exceeded the project target. The initial target was a service utilization rate of 75%, but cumulatively the utilization rate reached close to 100%; demand was much higher than originally anticipated.
- Communicable disease targets were also exceeded, with diagnosis and treatment of diarrhea provided to over 93,000 patients (target of just over 35,000), over 560,000 patients for malaria (target of just under 257,000), and over 152,000 patients with acute respiratory infections (target of 20,537).
- All reproductive health targets were met or exceeded: pregnant women attending at least two antenatal visits totaled 40,108 (target 39,030). There were 44,864 assisted deliveries over the life of the project (target 34,585) with 40,670 receiving postnatal care within 3 days of delivery (target 38,846). The number of cases of sexual violence treated was 197 (target 194).
- The number of patients seen (1,000,039) was over one and a half times the target number of patients (650,000).