Evaluation of an algorithm for the integrated management of childhood illness in an area with seasonal malaria in the Gambia.
MW Weber, EK Mulholland, S Jaffar, H Troedsson, S Gove, BM Greenwood
Bull World Health Organ | Published : 1997
Most of the 12.4 million deaths occurring every year among under-5-year-olds in developing countries could be prevented by the application of simple treatment strategies. So that health professionals who have had limited training can identify and classify the common childhood diseases, WHO developed a treatment algorithm (the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) or Sick Child algorithm), a prototype of which was tested in 440 Gambian children aged between 2 months and 5 years. The children were first assessed by a trained field worker using the algorithm, and then by a paediatrician whose clinical diagnosis was supported by laboratory investigations and, when indicated, a chest ..View full abstract