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RMJ. 2003; 28(2): 44-47


Integrated Management of Childhood illness and Health System Reforms In Pakistan

Nighat Nisar.




Abstract

Objective:
To draw attention towards IMCI implementation in Pakistan, and to present arguments emphasizing the IMCI implementation on capacity building at district level
Methods:
This article is based on published and unpublished data relevant to IMCI implementation in Pakistan and in other developing countries from 1993-2002.
Results:
In Pakistan non-governmental organizations and private organization are actively involved in IMCI masters training program. The Government of Pakistan had also pilot tested IMCI in two districts of Pakistan, where it has altered the practices of health care provider and showing positive results.
Conclusion:
Introduction of the IMCI strategy presents an opportunity for Pakistan to develop or update National Policy under Health System Reforms for the case management of sick children, complimentary feeding and breast feeding counseling, micronutrient supplementation and vaccination. Implementation of the IMCI strategy will bring together a broad range of programs and national medical expertise relating to child health. (Rawal Medical Journal 2003;28:44-47).

Key words: Integration, childhood, illness, mortality, morbidity, developing countries, Pakistan.






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