July 26, 2017 Africa
Photo essay: extending health coverage in hard-to-reach areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), with Nigeria, bears 40% of the global malaria burden. This preventable and curable illness, along with pneumonia and diarrhoea, can be deadly for children under 5 if treatment is not available.
In DRC's remote Tanganyika Province, WHO's Rapid Access Expansion Programme is helping the Ministry of Public Health to train and support community health workers to diagnose and treat these diseases and decrease preventable child deaths.