Pneumonia is a major cause of death in children under 5 years of age worldwide, killing over 920,000 children under the age of 5 in 2015. While its prevalence has decreased over the last two decades, pneumonia remains a major contributor to the death of young children under 5 globally.
Pneumonia is a major cause of death in children under 5 years of age worldwide, killing over 920,000 children under the age of 5 in 2015. While its prevalence has decreased over the last two decades, pneumonia remains a major contributor to the death of young children under 5 globally.The course has been designed to help health workers to understand how simple interventions can aid in reducing the incidence of this preventable disease. This course has been adapted from a Global Health eLearning (GHeL) Center course under a Creative Commons License and modified according to prevailing trends in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs). Image credits: WHO/Yoshi Shimizu
After completion of this course, students will be able to understand:
- The epidemiology of pneumonia worldwide:
- The principles of pneumonia case management in children under five years of age:
- Approaches that can reduce pneumonia-related mortality: and
- Why pneumonia interventions are a top priority in low- and middle-income countries.
Module - 1: Pneumonia Basics
This module provides introduction to pneumonia, the mechanisms and pathogens involved, the Pneumonia Etiology Research for Child Health (PERCH) study, mortality from pneumonia, associated risk factors, and the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhea (GAPPD) Framework for Pneumonia.
Module - 2: Assessment and Classification
This section discusses the significance of clinical assessment and case management strategies, integrated management of childhood illness (IMCI), integrated community case management (ICCM), tools for diagnosis of pneumonia, and the classification of pneumonia based on clinical signs.
Module - 3: Treatment
This part presents an overview of the main principles of the treatment and care of pneumonia, antibiotics used for its treatment, as well as community-based treatment strategies.
Module - 4: Prevention
This section explains the basics of prevention, immunisation, exclusive breastfeeding and the importance of community health education.
Module - 5: Program Considerations
This module provides comprehensive information regarding programme components for the management of pneumonia, targets for pneumonia control programmes, and common challenges encountered while scaling up.
Module - 6: Case Study about Lady Health Workers
Module 6 is based on case study. A Case Study Lady Health worker in Haripur (Pakistan) consists of topics situation analysis, predicted impact, project intervention, implementation, and results: care-seeking for pneumonia symptoms, home treatment performed better than referral, lessons learned and conclusions.
Final Assessment Exam
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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.
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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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