• General


    Preventing Child Mortality

    Welcome to the course on Preventing Child Mortality.

    The course focuses on understanding the burden of childhood disease that results in morbidity and mortality in this vulnerable population. Children are an invaluable population resource and childhood mortality has great importance in terms of a nation’s development, prosperity and well-being. The course has a multi-disciplinary focus that will help students appreciate this complex concept, in terms of the burden it places on populations, the causes, and the major interventions to reduce the burden of disease.

    Course Structures and Expectations:
    The structure of the course is as follows. There are 5 Topics, each with a set of resources in the form of a pdf file and an issue arising from these resources for you to reflect on. The resources contain summaries and links to the resources themselves. You are invited to post your thoughts to the reflections forums, and once you do that, you will be enrolled in the forum with anyone else who wishes to post their reflections and can join a discussion if you wish.

    You can through the course at your own pace.

    You can earn a certificate of completion if you have accessed each of the resources files and gained a score in the Quiz which you will find a the end of the course.

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    Introduction

    Children are an invaluable population resource and childhood mortality has great importance in terms of a nation’s development, prosperity and well-being. This course has a multi-disciplinary focus that will help students appreciate this complex concept in terms of the burden it places on populations, the causes, and the major interventions needed to reduce the burden of disease.

    The course is designed to help you: 

    • Understanding the burden of childhood disease that results in morbidity and mortality in this vulnerable population.
    • Appreciate the causes and major interventions to reduce the burden of disease.

    This course is an Open Online Course (OOC) that has been adopted from Peoples-uni. It was further developed by NextGenU.org (NGU) and sponsored in part by the Annenberg Physician Training Program (APTP).


    There are five (5) modules to complete, which include:

    Module 1: Magnitude and Causes of Child Mortality
    Module 2: Interventions and Policies to Reduce Child Mortality
    Module 3: Diarrhoea and Pneumonia Among Children
    Module 4: Financing and Sustainability
    Module 5: Implementing an Intervention

    Approximate time for completion of this course is 5 hours at an average reading rate of 144 words/minute.


    Engaging with this course

    • To register for this course, complete the registration form. Begin the course with Module 1. For each lesson, read the description. 
    • Each lesson comprises introductory remarks. You can click on the collections of resources in each module. 
    • There is a forum on each module for reflection, and you will be able to add a new topic or respond to a previous one. You may want to share your learning from this and other readings, comment on the topics from your own experience, comment on others' posts, or provide feedback on how we can improve the content and/or presentation.
    • There is a final quiz to assess your understanding of some important concepts. Click on the hyperlinks to take you to these items in each topic.

    Requirements to obtain the certificate 

    You may browse this course for free to learn for your personal enrichment. There are no requirements.

    To obtain a certificate, a learner must successfully complete:

    • All reading requirements
    • All discussion forums
    • The final exam with a minimum of 70% and a maximum of 3 attempts and
    • The self and course evaluation forms

  • Module 1: Magnitude and Causes of Child Mortality


    Learning Outcome: Demonstrate an understanding of the magnitude and causes of child mortality locally and globally.

    In this Module, we will explore:

    • The causes of child mortality/morbidity amongst local populations
    • The magnitude of child mortality using relevant indicators in different settings
    • The challenges in data collection on child mortality
    • Trends in child mortality over time

    Before looking at the problems, let's not forget the good news about the improvements in child mortality over time:

     

    1 File, 1 Forum
  • Module 2: Interventions and Policies to Reduce Child Mortality


    Learning Outcome: Understand how evidence-based policies and interventions can improve child health.


    This Module will explore:

    • Evidence-based policies and interventions that improve child health
    • The quality of the evidence that supports policies and interventions
    • Whether an intervention might be generalizable to your local setting

    1 File, 1 Forum
  • Module 3: Diarrhoea and Pneumonia Among Children


    Learning Outcome: Understand the approaches to prevent and manage diarrhea and pneumonia among children.

    In this Module, we will explore:

    • Trends in child mortality related to pneumonia and diarrhea both locally and globally
    • Challenges that hinder efforts to prevent and treat diarrhoea and pneumonia
    • Approaches being used to prevent and treat pneumonia and diarrhea
    • Ways to improve current efforts to counter pneumonia and diarrhea among under fives in local settings
    1 File, 1 Forum
  • Module 4: Financing and More.


    Learning Outcome: Understanding the financing and sustainability of child health interventions.

    In this Module, we will explore:

    • Various common health financing methods
    • Sustainability of a child health intervention in your local setting

    1 File, 1 Forum
  • Module 5: Implementing an Intervention


    Learning Outcome: Understand the importance of evidence while designing interventions.

    In this Module, we will explore:

    • How health system constraints will impact on interventions to improve child health outcomes 
    • Potential challenges to specific child health interventions in their local setting
    • Evidence-based interventions that aim to improve health
    1 File, 1 Forum
  • Final Exam

  • Course and Self Evaluation & Certificate

    In this section, you can provide feedback about this course to help us make NextGenU.org better. Once evaluations are completed, you will be able to download your Certificate of Completion.
    Click here to give your feedback.
  • Quiz

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    Finally: Take the quiz to earn a certificate.