11 March 2020 – Multisectoral Crisis Committee for COVID-19 formed

Type of Intervention: New Tool / Service / Body
Sectors Involved: Health, Local Government, Parliament
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Prime Minister, Minister of Health

Overview: The Multisectoral Crisis Committee for COVID-19 chaired by the Prime Minister ensures strategic coordination with participation from all key ministries, which include health, budget, social affairs, interior and security, communication and media.

The Minister of Health is the Permanent Secretary of the Multisectoral
Committee. The Multisectoral Crisis Committee is supported by the National Technical COVID-19 Committee that provides technical expertise and ensures management and oversight of the national strategy for COVID-19.
Full details here: http://documents1.worldbank.org/curated/en/828061585236157513/pdf/Project-Information-Document-DRC-COVID-19-Strategic-Preparedness-and-Response-Project-SPRP-P173825.pdf

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group, Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report), Perception of an increased threat
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation, International – other
Evidence/Justification: The government has established a two layered coordination mechanism to respond to COVID19. The mechanism follows International Health Regulations and aims to establish an efficient multisectoral coordination system to monitor health emergencies as they arise. For the COVID-19 response, a national level committee provides strategic oversight, whereas provincial level committees provide operational support.

The National Technical COVID-19 Committee convenes daily and assesses working groups reports and information generated from decentralized levels. It also draws on information provided by the Public Health Emergency Operations Center (COUSP), established in 2017 to gather and analyze information and resources to support incident management activities.