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MCA highlights 2012-13: progress report

1 April 2013 -- This report presents highlights of the work accomplished by the WHO Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health in 2012 and 2013. The scope and mandate of the work of the Department are broad. Through research, MCA generates new evidence to shape norms, standards and guidelines that serve to guide countries in adopting the most effective, evidence-based policies and strategies. It supports building capacity for moving towards universal access to high-quality, integrated health services, and supports the measurement of progress. Much of this work has been carried in collaboration between WHO headquarters, regional and country offices, with other departments of WHO and with partners.

IMCI set of distance learning modules

These distance learning modules are the result of efforts to develop alternative approaches to skills building in IMCI. Distance learning IMCI is a self-learning programme that is mainly driven by the learner. It is based on an inquiry model that emphasizes group learning, mentoring, use of mobile phone alerts and on-the job learning. Distance learning IMCI will reduce the cost of running IMCI courses significantly and address health workers that normally will not be able to leave their station. Distance learning IMCI facilitates learning while continuing to provide clinical service to communities.

New updated IMCI chart booklet

Based on the technical updates published in 2012 on “Recommendations for management of common childhood conditions”, WHO has updated the IMCI chart booklet. It is for use by doctors, nurses and other health professionals who see young infants and children less than five years old. It facilitates the use of the IMCI case management process in practice and describes a series of all the case management steps in a form of IMCI charts.

WHO recommendations on postnatal care of the mother and newborn

The postnatal period is a critical phase in the lives of mothers and newborn babies. Most maternal and infant deaths occur during this time. Yet, this is the most neglected period for the provision of quality care.

WHO guidelines on postnatal care have been recently updated based on all available evidence. The guidelines focus on postnatal care of mothers and newborns in resource-limited settings in low- and middle-income countries.