Child Health in Low Resource Settings

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6 February 2017 - 8 February 2017
9.00am - 6.00pm
RCPCH, London
Spaces available

RCPCH members - Trainees - £400
RCPCH members - Consultants - £450
Non-RCPCH members - £500
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Designed for paediatricians with an interest in global child health or who intend to work or volunteer in low income countries.

This three-day, practically-focussed course equips clinicians to manage the most common childhood presentations in low-resource settings as well as provide insight into the nature of working overseas.

The course is taught by a combination of senior UK paediatricians with extensive overseas experience as well as paediatricians based in low income countries. Some input is also provided by paediatric trainees who have recently returned from working in a low resource setting. 

Course participants receive extensive pre-reading, and delivery of the course involves case-based discussions on the most common conditions presenting to a rural district hospital in a developing country.

You will also be introduced to appropriate triage in low income settings by teaching a shortened version of the Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment plus (ETAT+) course that is rapidly gaining popularity in East Africa.

Feedback from previous courses

"Fantastic course, inspirational tutors. I am inspired to work abroad in the developing world. Interesting and fascinating topics and scenarios. Highly recommended to those who are interested in tropical infectious diseases and/or working abroad in the tropics." (Senior Registrar, February 2015 delegate)

"I feel so much more informed and prepared for working in a low resource setting. Would gladly come again when I do plan to take an OOPE during my training.  Also very encouraging and motivating to meet like-minded individuals but also great role models to look up to in the course facilitators who have made their careers in global health." (ST1, February 2015 delegate)

"Excellent course and faculty. Met the stated objectives and my expectations fully. Great value for money with. Please keep it up." (Consultant Paediatrician, September 2014 delegate)

Objectives & learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to...

  • Tropical Paediatric Medicine: Describe the most common causes of child deaths and disease in low income countries and identify and manage a range of common childhood conditions presenting to district hospitals including malaria, pneumonia, malnutrition, the at-risk newborn, HIV, TB and diarrhoeal disease.
  • Delivering Effective Healthcare: Describe the approach of programmes such as IMCI and ETAT and approaches to community child health, child protection issues and neonatal care in low resource settings. Be aware of the Millennium Development Goals and the role of major international organisations. Describe some of the key social determinants of health.
  • Ethics and Multicultural Practice: Discuss cultural challenges faced when working in developing countries including different approaches to team working, money, death, child protection and clinical decision making and indicate possible approaches to the management of these difficulties.
  • Teaching and Training: Describe some of the key principles involved in teaching healthcare staff in low-resource settings and strategies for improving teaching and training with a view to changing clinical practice.

For post-membership trainees, consultant and retired paediatricians with an interest in global child health or who intend to work or volunteer in low income countries.