Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Management of sick children by community health workers

Intervention models and programme examples


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Number of pages: 80
Publication date: 2006
Languages: English
ISBN: 9789280639858



Millions of children under five years of age are still dying each year from preventable or treatable diseases. Many of these deaths could be prevented through early, appropriate and low-cost treatment of sick children in the home or community.

This joint report by WHO and UNICEF examines programmatic approaches for the community management of children with signs of malaria or pneumonia, specifically antimicrobial treatment, and of children with diarrhoea, through the use of community health workers or their equivalent.