Integrated approaches to prevent and manage pneumonia and diarrhoea for achievement od MDG4 : Report of South-East Asia Regional Workshop, Dhaka, 27-30 September 2011
AbstractDescription: In South Asia, 35% of children's deaths each year are due to pneumonia and diarrhoea. It is notable that the unmet need for treatment for pneumonia and diarrhoea remains the biggest gap. Current treatment levels are extremely low: only 39% of children receive correct treatment for diarrhoea and only 27% of children with suspected pneumonia receive an antibiotic. If we do not pay particular attention to this critical area, the targets of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 4 will not be met. Recently, WHO and UNICEF have developed Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia (GAPP). It provides a framework that includes addressing risk factors (protection) - providing vaccination (prevention) - and integrated case management (treatment) to children when they develop pneumonia or diarrhoea. With the introduction of new vaccines additional opportunities are being made available. To support the implementation of coordinated actions for the control, prevention and treatment of pneumonia and diarrhoea in children under five years of age, a workshop for the South-East Asia Region of WHO was organized in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 27-30 September 2011. For the workshop, WHO partnered with UNICEF, ministries of health (MoH) and other development partners. More than 90 delegates including programme managers of Child Health and Immunization programmes, subject experts, WHO and UNICEF staff for child health and immunization, and experts from partner agencies participated in the workshop. Participants agreed that there is a need to improve coordination and harmonization between the existing programmes as well as donors and partners to achieve greater synergy to ensure accelerated progress. The country teams identified key challenges that were hindering implementation of the intervention packages and discussed feasible solutions. They also identified the key actions they would recommend for their national programmes to identify and implement coordinated approaches to accelerate progress in the protection, prevention and treatment of pneumonia and diarrhoea in children.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2012). Integrated approaches to prevent and manage pneumonia and diarrhoea for achievement od MDG4 : Report of South-East Asia Regional Workshop, Dhaka, 27-30 September 2011. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/205364