Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

IMCI Complementary course on HIV/AIDS

World Health Organization; UNICEF


Training modules

The objective of this course is to train health workers on paediatric HIV care at first-level health facilities. This course integrates HIV care with the IMCI clinical guidelines at first level. This is a 2-3 days course with five modules:

  • Introduction This module introduces the participants to the course, training methods and includes a glossary of terms and phrases used in the training materials.
  • Module one: Recap and technical updates on IMCI Focuses on exercises to recap participants’ knowledge of IMCI. Recent technical updates to IMCI including assessment and treatment of wheezing, zinc supplementation, bloody diarrhoea, artemesinin based combination anti-malarial medicines, and a revised newborn algorithm are introduced in this module.
  • Module two: Assess, classify and manage the child for HIV/AIDS Focuses on assessing and classifying a child for HIV infection and treating and preventing illness in children born to HIV positive women.
  • Module three: Counsel the HIV positive mother Focuses on counselling HIV positive women.
  • Module four: Follow-up and chronic care of HIV exposed and infected children Focuses on follow up and chronic care of HIV-exposed and infected infants and children.

Facilitator guide for modules

The modules are accompanied by a facilitator guide that assists course organizers, course directors and clinical instructors to plan and lead the course. It is based on the IMCI facilitator guide, course director guide, and outpatient and inpatient practice guide. It assumes the users have access to these guidelines.

Photo booklet

The photo booklet has two sections. The first section contains photographs of skin and mouth lesions that are commonly seen in HIV-infected children. The second section contains exercises to help participants learn how to identify conditions that are used in the revised WHO clinical staging.