Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM): Evidence Review Symposium
Integrated community case management (iCCM) increases access to treatment to those beyond the reach of health facilities and has the potential to more equitably address the three largest causes of child mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2000, the use of iCCM to deliver pneumonia, malaria and diarrhea treatments to children under 5 has dramatically increased. It is increasingly being used to treat neonatal infections and child malnutrition.
Along with MSH, the organizations who have worked with governments to implement and evaluate iCCM include UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Johns Hopkins University, JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., Population Services International (PSI), the Malaria Consortium, the MDG Health Alliance and Save the Children, with funding and support from Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development Canada (DFATD), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. From 3-5 March 2014, UNICEF and these partners will host an iCCM evidence review symposium in Accra, Ghana.
The objective of the symposium is twofold: first, to review the current state of the art of iCCM implementation by bringing together researchers, donors, government, implementers and partners to review the map of the current landscape and status of evidence in key iCCM program areas, in order to draw out priorities, lessons and gaps for improving child and maternal-newborn health. Second, to assist African countries to integrate and take action on key frontline iCCM findings presented during the evidence symposium.
More information about the symposium is available here.