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    Integrated management of childhood illness activities in Francophone Africa, June 1 - July 4, 1997.

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    Arlington, Virginia, Partnership for Child Health Care, Basic Support for Institutionalizing Child Survival [BASICS], 1997. [3], 8, [20] p. (Report; USAID Contract No. HRN-C-00-93-00031-00)

    This trip report pertains to consultant visits to Niamey (Niger), Bamako (Mali), and Geneva (Switzerland) during June 1 to July 4, 1997, in order to participate in several workshops on integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI) in French-speaking African countries. The First Regional IMCI Orientation Workshop, which was held during June 3-4, 1997, in Niamey, was attended by the consultant and a BASICS Regional Director. This workshop included an introduction to IMCI concepts and advocacy for its implementation. The consultant and Regional Director met separately with key decision-makers from Mali, Senegal, Niger, and Togo about IMCI planning. The meeting with Senegal decision-makers aimed to develop a regional IMCI strategy and assess a BASICS role in early implementation. The consultant attended the First IMCI Adaptation Workshop in Mali during June 16-20, 1997. The workshop aimed to adapt the IMCI strategy to Mali; to decide about potential research for adapting the food box; and to help create an adaptation staff with specific jobs and timelines. The consultant attended the WHO IMCI Planning and Adaptation Course in Geneva during June 23 to July 4, 1997. Issues for discussion included planning for IMCI at the country level; the technical basis for adaptation; follow-up after training; and monitoring and evaluation. The World Health Organization is collaborating with 5 countries in Francophone Africa on IMCI implementation. BASICS has 4 trained staff who should be able to provide extensive technical assistance to Francophone and Anglophone African countries and Latin America and the Caribbean.
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