Congolese refugee children displaced by fighting between Congo army and a rebel group, sleep in the open at Bukanga transit camp in Bundibugyo town camp, southwest of Uganda's capital Kampala. REUTERS/James Akena
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As a nurse in rural Democratic Republic of Congo where health facilities are scarce and patients often arrive too late for treatment, Jeanne Empunda is used to dealing with child deaths.But since becoming head nurse at Athenee clinic when it opened in 2013 in the western province of Kongo Central, Empunda has not recorded a single child death.Before the clinic was set up in a small red building with a corrugated zinc roof, pregnant women and mothers with young children had to travel more than 20 kilometers (12 miles) to be treated at a crumbling, colonial-era hospital in Mbanza-Ngungu, one of the province's biggest cities.Now women living within Empunda's health zone travel three kms (1.9 miles) at most to reach health services that have been bolstered by a host of newly-trained community health workers -- many of them women.Having successfully piloted the scheme in Mbanza-Ngungu, UNICEF DRC has now started to implement it nationwide with the aim of reaching almost two million children by the end of 2017 .Head nurse Elisee Nsumbu said there have been no child deaths recorded at Noki clinic since she took over a year ago.
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