Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Expert meeting to update the Pocket Book of Hospital Care for Children

14-17 February 2011
Geneva, Switzerland

The first edition of the Pocket Book of Hospital Care for Children was published by CAH in 2005. Since then, the Pocket Book has been a great success as a standard of care for the management of sick children in a large number of countries that have been able to adopt and adapt it.

To date, more than 45 000 copies in French and English have been either purchased through the WHO bookshop or sent free to countries. In addition, the Pocket Book has been translated into more than 20 languages, making it more accessible for use at the levels where it is required most.

Over the last few years, however, new evidence has emerged which has led to updates of a number of WHO guidelines, and new data in various clinical aspects covered by the Pocket Book have been generated. Some of the major areas where guidelines have been revised include HIV prevention and treatment in children, including infant feeding of HIV-exposed children, the management of tuberculosis, the diagnosis and standard treatment for malaria, the management of convulsions and pain, and the recently published revision of the essential medicines list for children.

These changes need to be reflected in the Pocket Book in order to keep it up-to-date.