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Case Management of Childhood Illness

INSTITUTION

POLHN

SUBJECT

Childhood Illness

MODULES

05

courses

Millions of parents seek healthcare facilities for their children every day, at hospitals, basic health units (BHUs), pharmacies, private clinics, and traditional healing centres. However, inequalities remain in the levels of healthcare assessment and advice provided. This is where the case management of childhood illness comes in.

Millions of parents seek healthcare facilities for their children every day, at hospitals, basic health units (BHUs), pharmacies, private clinics, and traditional healing centres. However, inequalities remain in the levels of healthcare assessment and advice provided. This is where the case management of childhood illness comes in. The case management of childhood illness ensures that complete and continual care is provided in both the home and at the hospital in order to manage childhood illness in an effective way. WHO has been very proactive in devising and enacting strategies at a global level for the management of childhood illnesses at primary healthcare facilities, as well as at the community levels. This course will cover all these different strategies in order to ensure you can become an effective case manager of childhood illness. This course has been adapted from Global Health eLearning (GHeL) Center under a Creative Commons License and modified according to prevailing trends in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs).

After completion of this course, students will be able to understand:

  • The global magnitude of child illness and death;
  • The strategies comprising case management of sick children across the continuum of care;
  • The strategies to build and maintain the skills of care providers at all levels;
  • The importance of strengthening health systems for effective case management of childhood illness;
  • How improvements in the case-management skills of health staff can be made through training, using locally adapted guidelines; and
  • The basic elements of managing programmes for child health.

Getting Started
This module focuses on why it is so important to provide programme managers and the public health managers with the basic knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in the case management of childhood illnesses, as well as how to develop the quality programmes to ensure global coverage.
Module - 1: Global Overview on Child Illness and Deaths
This module provides an overview on the distribution of child deaths, and the causes of child mortality.
Module - 2: Strategies for Case Management of Sick Children
Module 2 presents information related to the strategies for the case management according to health system levels. It also looks at the factors that form the cornerstone for case management for sick children, the necessity of provision of case management at the community levels, task shifting and recommendations from the iCCM guidelines. Finally, it covers the steps involved in community-level care, primary facility-level care and secondary facility-level care.
Module - 3: Improving Case Management Skills of Healthcare Workers
Module 3 looks at how the skills of health workers can be improved through trainings and how trainings are conducted. It covers the different types of IMNCI courses, the necessity of training the supervisors and other possible management issues.
Module - 4: Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) to Improve Case Management of Childhood Illness
Module 4 explains what defines a health system, the importance of leadership and governance, how to access to essential commodities for case management of childhood illness, factors and interventions related to access of commodities, health financing and service delivery.
Module - 5: Health Programmes for Child Health
Module 5 covers discussion topics such as child health programmes and priority interventions, planning for case management, and the steps involved, and strategies for managing the implementation of case management.
Final Assessment Quiz
This final exam is mandatory in order to achieve the certificate.

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Yes, this course has recommended and additional readings. These can all be easily accessed on Moodle.
There is no time limit for completing this IPC self-paced course. POLHN recommends spending about 4 hours per week over the period of 6 weeks.
Once you enrol yourself into this course on Moodle you will have access to all the lectures and assignments.
Once you successfully complete your course by completing all the modules and passing all the assessment, your certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email. You can also access all your certificates through our online certificate verification system here: https://polhn.org/verify. If you are having any problems accessing your certificate, simply email us at support@polhn.org and we will help you.

Study Material

This self-paced course has been designed in a manner that enhances understanding of the core concepts and provides easy to access learning materials. The course uses a range of study material such as pre-recorded videos, lecture slides, quizzes and assignments, and is developed by a team of dedicated health education experts.


Getting Help

Connect with other students through the discussion forum, where you can easily discuss the course or debate the ideas. Need more help? Your instructors are also available online to answer any questions you might have.


Extend Your Career with a Verified Certificate

POLHN self-paced courses are recognised by Pacific Ministries of Health. Once you have successfully completed the course, you will receive an official certificate. This certificate can be used for credit to gain CPD points.

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This course equips health managers with knowledge and understanding of the processes involved in case management of childhood illnesses and the development of quality programmes to ensure global coverage.

Case Management of Childhood Illness

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