PACK Child – Western Cape, South Africa
Practical Approach to Care Kit Child
Responding to numerous requests for a comprehensive guide for children, the Knowledge Translation Unit is currently developing PACK Child. This tool will be similar in layout to PACK Adult and will aim to equip nurses and doctors to diagnose and manage common childhood conditions, ages 0 – 13 years, at primary level.
PACK Child development is being funded by The Children’s Hospital Trust and the KTU is working closely with the Western Cape Department of Health to ensure that content speaks to provincial policy and health system realities. The PACK Child development process is a consultative one and involves numerous multidisciplinary clinical working groups consisting of paediatricians, family physicians, clinical nurse practitioners, nurses, auxiliary health care workers, Department of Health managers and other role players in public sector paediatric care, including patient advocacy groups.
PACK Child will not replace IMCI, but will aim to reinforce and build on its successes and address its limitations. PACK Child will incorporate features such an approach to the well child, the child over 5 years old and the child with a long-term health condition.
PACK Child will be implemented as a pilot study in 2017 in selected clinics in the catchment area of Red Cross Hospital, to inform its refinement for possible provincial roll-out.