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Event Re-Imagining Child Health Through Primary Health Care: A Series – Session Two: Primary Care and Essential Public Health Functions
Date 17 July 2024
Time 9:00–10:00 am EDT | 15:00–16:00 CET
Location Online


Join the Child Health Task Force’s Re-imagining the Package of Care for Children subgroup, WHO, and Global Communities for a series in which they will discuss key strategies, challenges, and innovations in delivering integrated child-centered health services to children within the primary health care (PHC) framework.

Session Overview:
This second session will provide a deeper dive into the integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI) and explore IMCI as a tool in Primary Healthcare (PHC) services for children. By integrating evidence-based guidelines, such as assessment, classification, and treatment, streamlines healthcare processes and ensures comprehensive management of childhood illnesses, thereby fostering better health outcomes for children. However, despite its potential benefits, it is crucial to acknowledge the existing gaps in IMCI implementation, including challenges in sustained training, resource allocation, and healthcare system integration. Addressing these gaps is essential for maximizing the effectiveness of IMCI and optimizing PHC for children.


  • Dr. Wilson Were, Medical Officer, Lead Child Health Services, WHO
  • Dr. Kezia K’Oduol, Lwala Community Alliance, Director of Primary Health Care


  • Cara Endyke-Doran, Senior Director, Health, WASH, and Nutrition, Global Communities
  • Janet Kayita, Team Lead, Child & Adolescent Health, Universal Health Coverage Life Course Cluster, WHO Africa Regional Office