USAID/PHCPI trains trainers on updated IMCI guidelines to promote better health for children under 5

On April 15-18, 2012, the USAID/PHCPI Nursing Advisor conducted a training of trainers on the updated IMCI (Integrated Management of Children Illnesses) Guidelines for nurses.  The participants came from the Ministry of Health, Nutritional Institute, and from primary health care centers in seven provinces throughout Iraq. 

The workshop covered guidelines addressing the control of acute respiratory infections and diarrheal diseases, nutrition and growth monitoring, the new immunization schedule, eye diseases, and the role and responsibilities of nurses in giving drugs at PHC centers.

In the words of the National Coordinator for Integrated Children Health Care at the Public Health Directorate, “this workshop gives the participants - paramedical staff, physicians and nurses, opportunities to improve or/and acquire knowledge and skills necessary for rolling out and putting into practice the IMCI Guidelines for Nurses, which in turn will be very helpful in improving health and reducing mortality among mothers and children.”