Development of a Season Smart Network
DESCRIPTION: In the Sub-Saharan African nations, 2/3 of childhood deaths are due to infectious diseases, which also happen to be highly seasonal. This project aims to provide a seasonal calendar of illnesses to the organization of Integrated Management of Newborn and Child Illnesses (IMNCI) protocol. This will help IMNCI prepare for prevention and treatment in a timely fashion to address seasonal illnesses and reduce infant and child mortality in this region.
OUTCOMES: 2011- 2012: Expected short- term outcomes of this project include setting up a pilot site in Navrongo and assessing its tools and implementation for several other locations in the region and preparing a grant to NIH to fund the INDEPTH networks. Long-term a more proactive approach to preventative strategies to infectious diseases; a reduction in the incidences of Malaria, Diarrhea, and Pneumonia; and reduction in childhood mortality.