Author(s): Sivhaga K, Hlabano B, Odhiambo PO
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Abstract BACKGROUND: Limpopo province has among the highest child mortality and morbidity rates in South Africa. To address this problem, the African Medical and Research Foundation implemented an integrated c-IMCI and child survival project. This paper reports the organization's experience in the project. METHODS: AMREF South Africa implemented and tested a replicable approach for integrating health systems c-IMCI in a child survival project. The project was implemented in Limpopo province, Makhuduthamaga local municipality which is one of the most disadvantaged and under-resourced areas in South Africa. The project was implemented through a partnership model that included government departments, NGOs, CBOs, local government, traditional leaders, traditional healer's practitioners, mothers of children under five and other community structures. Monitoring and evaluation data was collected monthly and quarterly from the households of mothers of children under five by trained community health workers and their coordinators. Data regarding the performance on key child health indicators was obtained from health facilities. RESULTS: There was improved performance in health indicators for diarrhoea incidence which dropped to 5/1000 from the baseline figure of 54/1000. Immunisation coverage improved by 11\%. Vitamin A coverage for children under 1 year rose to 45\% from a baseline of 27.2\%. The proportion of facilities providing integrated management of childhood illness in the district rose to 100\% from an initial 75\%. Rate of HIV positivity among under-fives dropped to 12\% from 17\%. CONCLUSION: Use of partnerships through structures such as project task teams and Project steering committee is fundamental in ensuring good progress in reduction of diarrheal incidence, immunization coverage, sustainability and ownership of interventions.
This article was published in Pan Afr Med J
and referenced in Malaria Control & Elimination