Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Model IMCI handbook: Integrated management of childhood illness

World Health Organization; UNICEF

Publication details

Number of pages: 163
Publication date: 2005
Languages: English, French
ISBN: 9241546441
WHO reference number: WHO/FCH/CAH/00.12



The IMCI model handbook provides a detailed explanation of the IMCI case management guidelines. It is organized into seven main parts: overview of the IMCI process; assess and classify the sick child age 2 months up to 5 years; assess and classify the sick young infant age 1 week up to 2 months; identify treatment; treat the sick child or the sick young infant; communicate and counsel; and give follow-up care.

Teaching institutions are advised to adapt the handbook in two ways:

  • to ensure that all text, charts and illustrations are consistent with nationally-adapted IMCI clinical guidelines, and
  • to ensure that its content and format corresponds to the teaching approach used by the institution.