About the Course
According to WHO, almost 19,000 children under five years of age are dying every day across the world. India tops the list of countries with the highest number with around 18 lakh such deaths annually. For India, despite it being one of the fastest growing economies, there has been no visible pattern between per capita income growth and the rate of reduction of child mortality rates. One-third of all malnourished children live in India. Of the 26 million children born in India every year, approximately 1.83 million children die before their fifth birthday. More than two-thirds of the infants die in the very first month of life. Ninety per cent of these deaths are due to easily preventable causes like pneumonia and diarrhea.
Every child has the right to survive. We can reduce the numbers of children dying from easily preventable causes. Most of the children who die each year could be saved by low cost, evidence-based, cost-effective primary care practices such as vaccines, antibiotics, micronutrient supplementation, insecticide-treated bed nets, improved family care and breastfeeding practices, and oral rehydration therapy. These low cost primary care interventions could reduce neonatal mortality by up to 70 per cent. General Practitioners have a very important role to play in reducing the neonatal mortality.
To address this important problem, IMA CGP has launched the Fellowship in Primary Care Paediatrics to equip General Practitioners with the latest clinically relevant information, and to mentor them in competently handling all aspects of paediatric disease.
Course Delivery Format
The One year Fellowship in Primary Care Paediatrics aims at providing a General practitioner with comprehensive up-to-date knowledge and skills in the prevention and diagnosis and treatment of paediatric disease in their clinical practice.
At the end of this course, the General Practitioner will be able to provide better primary paediatric care. They will acquire the following knowledge and skills:
- Ability to integrate current information on any aspect of primary care pediatrics into general practice
- Abilityto communicate effectively and empathetically with children of different ages and their families: both to get complete, accurate histories, and to explain clinical findings and treatment plans.
- ability to perform the physical examination of children – how to interpret vital signs at different ages, how the pediatricevaluation is different from the adult examination
- ability to chart the weight, height, head circumference & BMI; and to recognize obesity or failure to thrive .
- Capacity toadvise mothers regarding Breast-feeding issues
- Educatefamilies about prevention: including immunizations, safety, violence, sex, and substance use.
- Use of the immunisation chart,& to know what immunizations a child needs at a given age.
- Calculation of drug dosages for a child based on body weight and age
- Capabilityto recognize the critically ill child, and when to refer to a specialist.
- Ability to Diagnose, prevent and manage common pediatric conditions.