Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Primary Child Care: A manual for health workers

World Health Organization

Publication details

Number of pages: 581
Publication date: 2009
Languages: English
ISBN: 9781405066440


Primary Child Care: A manual for health workers has been written for health workers who provide primary care of infants and children, either during home visits or at health facilities with limited resources, and usually with little opportunity to refer children for further help. This revised edition of the manual is the result of an international effort coordinated by the Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development.

Since there is more to say about what can be done for a sick infant or child than a healthy one, that has inevitably occupied most of the pages. In addition, this manual begins with a section on Emergency Care.

The manual focuses on how to do a basic assessment of an infant or child, and how to prevent and manage the conditions and diseases that cause the most deaths among children. The revised edition is consistent with guidelines for Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), has the latest treatment information, and has been expanded to include certain conditions not covered in the earlier version.

This book was published by Macmillan Education, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd. It is not available electronically, however a limited number of free hardcopies are available on request (shipping cost to be borne by recipient). Please contact CAH.