E-Learning in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Partnership objectives

  1. Support the dissemination of ICATT, an e-learning tool for training in Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI).
  2. Develop an e-learning tool for the Integrated Management of Pregnancy and Childbirth (IMPAC).

Novartis has supported the WHO in the development of an e-learning program for maternal and child health. Novartis has supported the WHO in the development of an e-learning program for maternal and child health. Copyright Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development

What are the health needs and challenges?

Every year, 7 million children per year die before their fifth birthday, mostly from preventable and treatable diseases such as respiratory infections, (diarrhea, measles, malaria and malnutrition.

Maternal and newborn mortality is also a significant challenge. Every day women and newborn babies die due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth. While under five mortality has been decreased over the past years, there has been little progress in reducing neonatal mortality.

To tackle these challenges, training in maternal and newborn and child care must be scaled up globally.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI), developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, is one of the cornerstones of the drive to reach the child health-related Millennium Development Goals. To improve maternal and newborn care, WHO promotes a package of interventions and guidelines of the Integrated Management of Pregnancy and Childbirth (IMPAC).

In order to scale up the IMCI workforce the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development supported the WHO in the development of an innovative e-learning tool. ICATT (IMCI Computerized Adaptation and Training Tool) enables a large number of health workers to be trained in IMCI in a cost-effective way without a loss in quality.

The Novartis Foundation also supports the WHO and the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute to develop an e-learning tool for training in IMPAC. Called IMPACtt, the tool is based on the ICATT software and will comprise training modules in pregnancy care, childbirth, newborn care, and postnatal care. The first module on Essential Newborn Care has been tested successfully in Tanzania and in the Philippines.                  

The Novartis Foundation is currently working with the University of Geneva to conduct a study in West Africa comparing the training outcomes and costs of ICATT compared with traditional IMCI learning.

The foundation also works with the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute on a survey to provide an overview of countries currently using ICATT, lessons learned and recommendations for rolling out other global e-learning tools such as IMPACtt.

Results have shown that that ICATT can reduce training time and costs and allows for faster and more flexible scale up of IMCI training. 

WHO estimates that to date around 24 countries have completed IMCI (Integrated Management of Childhood Illness) adaptation through ICATT.

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E-learning in Maternal and Child Health

Partnership information

Company(ies) Novartis

Partner(s) Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health (MNCAH), WHO, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, IGOs

Therapeutic Focus Vaccine-Preventable Diseases, Infectious Diseases, Non-Communicable Diseases, Women and Children's Health

Disease(s) Children's Health, Malaria, Malnutrition, Measles, Obstetrics, Pneumonia, Respiratory Diseases, Rubella, Shigella, Women's Health

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Vaccines

Targeted Population(s) Children, Mothers, Women

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific, Latin America & Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 10

Country(ies) Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mozambique, Peru, Philippines, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Tanzania, Vietnam

Start Date 2005

More information ICATT

Completed date 2015