Tools & Resources

Manuals and guidelines for healthcare workers

The Treatment of diarrhoea: A manual for physicians and other senior health workers on the treatment of diarrhoea
Author:
WHO
Date: 2005
Overview: This fourth revision of the manual reflects recent clinical experience and research findings in diarrhoea case management. Compared to earlier versions, it includes revised guidelines on the management of children with acute diarrhoea using the new reduced (low) osmolarity ORS formulation and using zinc supplements, which have been shown to reduce duration and severity of diarrhoeal episodes, and revised guidelines for the management of bloody diarrhoea.
Languages: English (PDF), French (PDF), Russian (PDF)

Diarrhoea Treatment Guidelines for Clinic-Based Healthcare Workers
Authors:
USAID, WHO, UNICEF
Date: 2005
Overview: Diarrhoea treatment guidelines for clinic-based healthcare workers.
Languages: English (PDF),  French (PDF), Spanish (PDF)

Training Manual for Private Pharmacy Staff Members in Managing Three Childhood Conditions: Diarrhea, Acute Respiratory Infection, and Malaria
Author:
RPMPlus Project
Date: 2007
Overview: A training manual for pharmacy staff.
Languages: English (PDF)

Management of Sick Children by Community Health Workers: Intervention Models and Programme Examples
Author:
UNICEF, WHO
Date: 2006
Overview: This report examines approaches for the community management of sick children, specifically antimicrobial treatment, through the use of community health workers (CHWs) or their equivalent. It is based on an extensive review of literature, including peer reviewed studies, reports, programme descriptions and programme evaluations. Individuals and programme managers from various institutions were interviewed, and pertinent documents were solicited.
Languages: English (PDF)

The Management of Diarrhoea in Children – Training Manual for Other Health Workers
Author:
Ghana Health Service, SHOPS Project and USAID
Date: April 2012
Overview: This training manual was developed in Ghana for healthcare workers to prepare them in the implementation of diarrhoea management programs with emphasis on the role of increased fluids, especially ORS solution, continued feeding and the introduction of zinc as part of the comprehensive treatment of diarrhea. The training manual was also developed to help healthcare workers counsel caregivers on ways of preventing future diarrhoea episodes.
Languages: English (PDF)

Formative and evaluative research tools

Introducting Zinc in a Diarrheal Control Program: Guide to conducting Formative Research
Authors:
Nichter M, Acuin CS and Vargas A
Date: 2008
Overview: This manual summarizes a process for employing qualitative research when introducing a new drug (zinc) to communities and evaluating its impact.
Languages: English (PDF)

Toolkit for the collection of survey data on the correct use of pediatric zinc as a treatment for diarrhea
Author:
POUZN Project
Date: 2010
Overview: This document is intended to be used by program managers implementing field programs to introduce zinc, along with ORS, for the treatment of uncomplicated pediatric diarrheas. Included herein are a number of research tools.
Languages: English (PDF)

Assessments tools

Country Assessment Tool for the Introduction of Zinc in the Clinical Management of Diarrhea
Authors:
Adeya G, Harvey P, Ntiru M, Swedberg E and Wansi E. for USAID
Date: 2006
Overview: A country assessment tool to complement WHO guidelines for policymakers and program managers for introducing the new strategy for clinical management of diarrhea. It includes checklists/topic guides for internviews, focus group discussions and site visits at both national and peripheral levels.
Languages: English (PDF)

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