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Empowering communities to care for sick children in the DR of Congo 

A joint project between CRS, Caritas and the Congolese Ministry of Health is active in six health zones in two of the DRC’s least accessible districts, yet many centers treat as few as 20 children per month. This means not all children are benefiting from the trained staff, equipment and supplies that the project -- the Kasai Child Survival Project (CSP) -- is making available. Recognizing the barrier that distance was presenting to prompt care-seeking for sick children, the Kasai Child Survival Project decided to use an innovative new approach to bring the most essential curative services closer to the most remote communities. The goal was to empower local communities to be involved in ensuring that sick children gained access to life-saving health care.

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