Diagnosing and Treating Malaria in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ivanhoe Fionet Partnership

Project Dates: April 2015 - December 2017
Malaria is an entirely treatable disease, yet it continues to take a devastating toll on communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Changing the way that malaria is diagnosed could help to revolutionize health care in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). To this end, the Ivanhoe Fionet Partnership introduced new technology into the DRC to improve the quality of malaria data and diagnoses. The project brought Chemonics together with Fio Corporation, a health care technology company, and Ivanhoe Mines, a Canadian mineral exploration and development company. As part of the project, health facilities in the Haut Katanga and Lualaba provinces received 300 Deki Readers, intelligent devices developed by Fio to support health workers in improving the accuracy of diagnostic testing. The Deki Readers also make data immediately available to public health officials. These efforts helped health workers improve their adherence to treatment guidelines and helped DRC better manage its approach to malaria.

Project Goals


  • Improve the overall effectiveness of malaria testing and care, the performance of health workers in the field, and the reporting of malaria cases
  • Train health extension workers on using Deki Readers to assist with malaria care and case reporting, continual quality assurance and service for the devices, and regular information and data exchange with public health ministry officials at national and subnational levels

Our Impact Using Mobile Technology to Improve Malaria Testing, Care, and Reporting

As part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s National Malaria Control Program, Chemonics is working with Ivanhoe Mines and Fio Corporation to pioneer new ways to fight the disease.

Changing the way that malaria is diagnosed could help to revolutionize health care in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). To this end, the Ivanhoe Fionet Partnership introduced new technology into the DRC to improve the quality of malaria data and diagnoses. The project brought Chemonics together with Fio Corporation, a health care technology…

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