Program of Primary Health Care (PPSSP), Orientale

PPSSP is a registered NGO with the national and provincial governments.


Bunia, Ituri district, Orientale province
From field offices in Bunia (Ituri), Beni (North Kivu), and Goma (North Kivu), PPSSP works in 11 health zones in Ituri, six health zones in North Kivu, and one health zone in South Kivu.

Sectors of Intervention

WASH; public health; emergency/humanitarian response; advocacy in humanitarian sector


PPSSP (Programme de soins de santé primaire) was created in 2002 in Beni (North Kivu) to address the needs of people fleeing the conflict in Ituri. PPSSP was started as a consortium of three partners: the Evangelical Community in Central Africa, the Evangelical Medical Center, and the Pan-African Institute for Community Health. Tearfund was a partner of these groups and helped them organize PPSSP. PPSSP functioned initially as an emergency response mechanism addressing public health issues of displaced persons; however, it has evolved and grown and now has field offices in Bunia, Beni, and Goma, providing coverage to 18 health zones in Ituri, North Kivu, and South Kivu. PPSSP primarily works in the health sector, with a particular focus on primary health care. PPSSP has worked with many international funders, including USAID, UNDP, UNICEF, and the Pooled Fund.


Contribute to the improvement of the population’s quality of life through the promotion of good public health practices and the minimization of the impact of trauma caused by interethnic conflicts, civil wars, and sexual violence toward women and girls.


  • Reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality
  • Provide pyschosocial assistance to people traumatized by conflicts, wars, sexual violence, HIV/AIDS, and natural disasters
  • Provide emergency aid in the case of natural disasters
  • Promote an integral development of local communities

Populations Served

PPSSP serves the general population through its WASH and other programs and also engages in work specifically with formerly displaced populations (returnees) and survivors of sexual violence.


  • Well construction, rehabilitation, and management: PPSSP works with local communities to identify drinking water sources, construct wells, rehabilitate existing wells, and establish local committees to manage wells.
  • Water distribution systems: PPSSP constructs systems to deliver water from the source to communities.
  • Constructing latrines: PPSSP constructs latrines at schools and health centers. It also uses latrine construction at primary schools to educate children about the importance of sanitation and hygiene.
  • Public education on WASH: PPSSP works with health zones to implement government programs educating the public about clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.
  • PERE Plus: This program assists returnees to Ituri and North Kivu with construction of wells and latrines.
  • Public health: PPSSP works with local health zones and international donors to rehabilitate infrastructure, supply medicines, and improve the capacities of health-care workers.
  • HIV/AIDS: In partnership with another local organization, PPSSP works in community sensitization, training of people who are working in HIV/AIDS response, and distribution of antiretroviral drugs to health zones.


Organizationally, PPSSP is governed by a general assembly, which meets once a yearand provides general guidance for the organization. The general assembly includes a control commission,which oversees the organization’s finances and funding. An administrative council meets twicea year and oversees the organization’s operations. An executive committee executes the decisions anddirectives of the general assembly, control commission, and administrative council. The executivedirector reports to the executive committee, and directly supervises the management team, whichconsists of a technical director, financial assistant, logistical assistant, and administrative assistant.PPSSP has a procedures manual that governs its operations, finances, and personnel issues; it is currentlyrevising this manual. PPSSP has 50 permanent staff, including WASH experts, and currentlyemploys an additional 70 temporary staff and consultants.

PPSSP has an account with BIC in Bunia. For financial, administrative, and personnel management,PPSSP has:

  • A procedures manual with policies for financial management; hiring and personnel issues; and purchasing policies and procedures: YES
  • A computerized accounting system: YES
  • A clearly defined accounting process: YES
  • Clear procedures for management of payroll, petty cash, procurement, and disbursements: YES
  • Staff with the technical expertise to undertake projects: YES


  • The personnel of PPSSP live in the communities it serves.
  • Retains staff with professional and technical expertise, including WASH experts, nurses, and an epidemiologist
  • A successful track record of collaboration with local and international organizations


  • Greater financial stability and less reliance upon external funding. PPSSP currently responds to donor needs and cannot always pursue community needs due to lack of funding and/or donor interest.
  • Greater security in the areas it works. PPSSP works in some areas that experience insecurity, and has had to abandon programs when conflict escalates or spreads; it identifies insecurity as an obstacle to its success.

Funders and Budget

For 2011, PPSSP has a $3.1 million budget. Funders include the European Union, the Pooled Fund, Oxfam GB, Tearfund (UK, Switzerland, Holland), UNDP, Farmamundi, UNICEF, UNFPA, Jersey Overseas Aid Commission, COOPI, and USAID.


  • Improvement of drinking water sources and reservoirs in Ituri
  • Construction of latrines at primary schools and health centers
  • Construction of incinerators and placenta pits at health centers
  • Distribution of mosquito nets impregnated with insecticide to vulnerable populations, such as pregnant women and children under five years old
  • Provided counseling to and assisted the socioeconomic reinsertion of survivors of sexual violence and persons living with AIDS

Success Story

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Organizational Vision

PPSSP aims to become a model for other NGOs in Congo and, more broadly, in Africa. It sees itself as an exemplary group that is well organized, closely attuned to community needs, and successful; therefore, it wants to assist other NGOs to achieve its level of organization and success. PPSSP also seeks to strengthen its current programs and expand these programs to meet new community needs.

Project Proposals

  • WASH project at Boga: PPSSP proposes to construct modern latrines and wells at four schools and four health centers in the vicinity of Boga, a town in southern Irumu territory (Ituri district) that has been plagued by persistent insecurity caused by rebel activity, and consequently neglected by development programs. PPSSP will also create local committees to manage the wells and latrines and conduct community trainings on hygiene. Cost: $169,617
  • WASH project at Bambu: PPSSP proposes to develop 20 water sources in villages in the Lailo health area near Bambu town, in Djugu territory. In addition, PPSSP will construct four latrines and four showers, and create a waste disposal system at the Lailo health center. The project will also include training on water, sanitation, and hygiene for the health center staff and local communities. Cost: $106,613


Pitua Uzunga, Ituri bureau chief, +243.997.787.931,, and Benjamin Mwaka, program director, +243.815.933.167, +243.998.298.265

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