Serious childhood problems in countries with limited resources
Background book on Management of the child with a serious infection or severe malnutrition
This book is aimed at medical, nursing and other health-care students, and presents a summary of the technical background and the evidence-base underlying the clinical guidelines presented in the companion manual Management of the child with a serious infection or severe malnutrition: guidelines for care at the first-referral level in developing countries (WHO/FCH/CAH/00.1, ISBN 92 4 154531 3), which should be consulted for treatment recommendations.
The book should also be useful for teachers of undergraduates in paediatrics and child health, and for workers in child health as part of their initial training or continuing professional development. It focuses on the major causes of childhood mortality dealing with disease definition, burden of disease, aetiology, pathophysiology, clinical features, and management. In addition, it summarizes the evidence linking these factors to a good/poor outcome and the evidence that intervention can control the factor and/or improve the outcome. This book will be a useful companion study guide to complement undergraduate education in paediatrics in medical and nursing schools.