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Development and Implementation of a National Programme for the Management of Severe and Very Severe Pneumonia in Children in Malawi

This article, published in PLoS Medicine, provides an overview of the development and implementation of a national program for the management of severe and very severe childhood pneumonia in Malawi. Based on a successful delivery model used by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease for anti-tuberculosis services, the program focuses on achieving political commitment from the government and financial support from a donor partner, training health care workers in the standard case management of pneumonia, and purchasing and distributing standardized drugs, surveillance, and evaluation. The authors conclude that the implementation of this program in Malawi demonstrates the feasibility and effectiveness of a model program based on the principles of the tuberculosis control model, which has reduced case fatality in children hospitalized for pneumonia within first-level referral hospitals.

Author: Enarson PM, Gie R, Enarson DA, Mwansambo C

Published: 2009

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Citation: Enarson PM, Gie R, Enarson DA, Mwansambo C. Development and Implementation of a National Programme for the Management of Severe and Very Severe Pneumonia in Children in Malawi. PLoS Medicine. 2009;6(11):e1000137.

Resource types: Peer-reviewed journal

Diseases/vaccines: Pneumococcus

Topics: Disease burden and surveillance, Disease/vaccine specific information

Regions: Africa