Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

IMCI adaptation guide

A guide to identifying necessary adaptations of clinical policies and guidelines, and to adapting the charts and modules for the WHO/UNICEF course


Publication details

Number of pages: a:78, b:89, c:244, d:99, e:55, f:40, h:32
Publication date: 2002
Languages: English



This IMCI Adaptation Guide describes a process for countries to use to adapt the generic IMCI guidelines for the care of sick children who come to first-level health facilities. The generic guidelines need to be adapted to ensure that they cover the illnesses that contribute most to childhood mortality in a specific country and that they are appropriate for the local conditions that affect the care of children in the health facility and at home. The guide assists persons in making decisions about what adaptations are needed and in completing the many tasks required to produce adapted materials for training health workers.