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Unit information: Child Health in 2018/19

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Unit name Child Health
Unit code SSCM30004
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Ellis
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description

This unit aims to develop students’ interest in, as well as knowledge and understanding of:

  • Conditions of global importance affecting children’s health
  • The global burden and causes of child morbidity and mortality
  • Impact of programmes designed to reduce inequalities in child health

Intended learning outcomes

  • Give examples of the practicalities of good perinatal care in poor-income-settings including challenges in HIV prevention
  • Explain the importance of injury in childhood as a cause of mortality and morbidity and discuss the efficacy of accident reduction programmes
  • Discuss the importance and causes of childhood disability in developing countries
  • Appreciate principles underpinning the Rights of the Child
  • Describe global programmes to improve child health such as the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI)
  • Understand the importance of nutrition on child health

Teaching details

This unit will be taught in the form of workshops using a variety of teaching methods including lectures, presentations, journal clubs, debates and seminars.

Assessment Details

All students will complete a group presentation during the unit and the summative exam assessment at the end of the unit.

Group assessed presentation or debate - 30%

1 hour examination 70%

Reading and References

  • The latest progress report on child survival from UNICEF can be downloaded from http://www.apromiserenewed.org/
  • CME Info is a database containing the latest child mortality estimates based on the research of the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation. http://www.childmortality.org
  • State of the World’s Children Reports can be downloaded from http://www.unicef.org/sowc/
  • The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health. 2011. A Global Review of the Key
  • Interventions Related to Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (Rmnch ). Geneva, Switzerland: PMNCH.
  • The Lancet has done a number of Global Health Series relevant to child health. These can be accessed from http://www.thelancet.com/global-health/series

Child Health &the Rights of the Child

International Convention on the Rights of the Child. www.unicef.org/crc/index.html

Lancet series – child survival (2003): Vol. 361, pp 2172, 2226-2234, Vol. 362, pp 65-71, 159-164, 233-241, 262 and 323-327

Waterston T, Goldhagen J. Why children’s rights are central to international child health. Arch Dis Child 2007 92: 176-180

Safe Motherhood

WHO reproductive health site + WHO (1999) Standards of midwifery practice for safe motherhood www.who.int/reproductive-health

Please look at this website which graphically depicts the issues http://www.unfpa.org/safemotherhood/

Nutrition

http://www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/en/ Management of the Child with a Serious Infection or Severe Malnutrition (2002): WHO

Perinatal Care

Seminars in Perinatology 2010 34:371-386 3.6 million neonatal deaths: progress Joy Lawn et al

http://www.healthynewbornnetwork.org/blog/3-6-million-newborn-deaths-what-is-progressing-and-what-is-not/

Integrated management of childhood illness

Integrated Management of Childhood Illness. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2005;90:732

Childhood injury

WHO website on injuries: http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/en/

Peden M et al. (eds.) World Report on Child Injury Prevention.. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2008.

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