WHO/Europe hasactually introduced its first-ever “Pocket book of main health care for kids and teenagers”, a thorough manual for medicalprofessionals, nurses and other health employees accountable for caring for kids and young individuals in primary-care settings.
Launched at an occasion co-hosted by the WHO Athens Quality of Care Office and the Greek Ministry of Health, the pocket book reacts to nations’ calls for a redesign of kid and teen primary-care services.
“Primary care is the most inclusive, reliable and effective technique to improve both physical and psychological wellness. This holds real for all population groups, specifically kids and teenagers,” stated Dr Hans Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe.
“Unfortunately, the truth is that the primary-care services readilyavailable to kids and teenagers in our nations are not constantly optimum. This pocket book will empower suppliers to provide on the pledge of quality main health care for kids and teenagers – both in the WHO European Region and beyond.”
Bridging the inequality space
Although main care is the foundation of care in neighborhoods throughout the Region, it is not constantly up to requirement. All too typically, companies absence the understanding and resources to offer care that is evidence-based and in the finest interests of the kid or teen.
The brand-new pocket book intends to close this space by summingup assistance on how to handle and when to refer kids and teenagers providing with typical grievances and conditions. It likewise consistsof info to makeitpossiblefor primary-care serviceproviders to care for kids and teenagers with long-lasting conditions and illness handled by professionals.
Its focus on evidence-based practices and avoidance will aid to guarantee that kids and teenagers get the care they requirement while preventing unneeded treatments and hospitalization.
“In Greece, we are lucky to have numerous paediatricians, specifically in huge cities, however we still have lotsof remote islands where a paediatrician is not present, and where we have to rely on moreyouthful medicalprofessionals and basic professionals for dealingwith kids,” stated Greek Alternate Minister of Health Dr Mina Gaga. “This is where this pocket book will be very important.”
Improving psychological health
In the Region, psychological health services in neighborhood and primary-care settings are typically underdeveloped, underfunded, underprioritized and under-resourced.
The pocket book consistsof info on how to promote the psychological health of all kids, as well as how to recognize and handle typical psychological health conditions at the level of main care and through recommendations.
Greece hasactually restored its financialinvestment in psychological health services in the nation, consistingof through the visit of Deputy Minister of Health Ms Zoe Rapti, who is particularly in charge of psychological health.
“The nationwide psychological health action strategy for Greece is being settled now. At its centre will be a program for kid and teen psychological health, which the launch and execution of this pocket book matches in a prompt and appropriate method,” Ms Rapti described.
Working with nations to enhance main health care
Within the Region, Armenia and Romania are currently leading these crucial activities. Dr Anahit Avanesyan and Dr Alexandru Rafila, ministers of health of Armenia and Romania, respectively, wentto the launch of the pocket book essentially and invited the brand-new, evidence-based manual.
In their remarks, they acknowledged its function in conquering typical difficulties dealtwith by primary-care employees in their nations, and revealed that Armenian and Romanian translations will be readilyavailable quickly.
WHO/Europe will work with partners to makesure the requirements in the pocket book are carriedout in nations throughout the Region and consistedof in funding plans. The goal is for the pocket book to contribute to modifications in health systems that makeitpossiblefor them to provide quality health services to all kids and teenagers who requirement them. Applying the assistance in the book will, nevertheless, need strong management, resources and political dedication from all nations.
WHO/Europe established the pocket book with assistance from the European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP), the European Confederation of Primary Care Paediatricians (ECPCP), the European Paediatric Association/Union of National European Paediatric Societies and Associations (EPA/UNEPSA), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA).