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Course 3: Caring for infants and children with acute malnutrition

Who should undertake this training

The course is designed to cater individualised learning for health professionals who have any responsibility for child care, especially paediatricians, nurses, medical students and nursing students. To register or access the course, click the link in the blue box on the right. Please NOTE that for registration you should use Chrome, Firefox or Internet Explore 11. Internet Explore 9 does NOT work.

What can you expect from completing this training?

Based on the WHO's guidelines, the course provides standardised and interactive learning in 3 modules. In the first module you will learn the definition and classification of malnutrition, the visible and invisible changes caused by malnutrition and why malnourished children need different care from other children. In the second module you will learn how to assess and screen children for malnutrition, and in the third module how to manage children with malnutrition. These will include the ten steps for successful management, how community- and facility-based approaches can be integrated to widen coverage and why common conditions such as gastroenteritis, pneumonia and malaria have to be treated differently when there is coexisting malnutrition.

How do I use the course?

Before we start it will be useful to know how the course is made up. The "Caring for infants and children with acute malnutrition" course is made up of 3 modules that are aimed at enhancing your knowledge and understanding about Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). By completing the course you will gain the core knowledge and competencies for SAM management. You will also appreciate the importance of managing malnutrition appropriately and in a timely manner.

This course complements the longer 'WHO Training Course on the Management of Severe Malnutrition' and the book 'Caring for Severely Malnourished Children' by Ashworth and Burgess, published by Macmillan Education and available from TALC (

The course will start with an introduction, and it will lead you to the homepage from which you can access the 3 modules. You can choose a module you would like to start but if you are new to the topic, please use the modules in the recommended sequence.

In the module home page, you will be presented with module introduction, pre module assessment, units of content and post module assessment. You can access the introduction and pre module assessment in the sequence you like. But you can only access the unit contents after completing them. To access and complete the assessment, click on the link. The questions won't be marked until you complete the assessment and click the submit button. Once you have completed the assessment, you can go back to the question pages and see the correct answers and feedback. Go back to the module home page by using the bread crumb menu on learning path link at the bottom of the screen. On the module home page you will see the circles next to the introduction and pre module assessment links filled - an indication that you have completed them. You are now ready to start the module.

You can start the units. Each unit has its own short assessment. You will receive an instant feedback for each question when you submit your answer. In addition, you can repeat the unit assessment as many times you like by clicking the "Restart" button on the unit assessment home page.

Work through the units and when you complete all modules, you can start the post module assessment. Like the pre module assessment the questions won't be marked until you submit your answers at the end of the assessment page. Again, you will see the correct answer and feedback for each question when you go back to the questions. You can repeat the post module assessment as many times as you like. The questions are randomised, so you will get different questions (some will be the same). You can go back to the course home page and start another module.

You do not need to finish the course at once. Your answers will be stored in a database and be retrieved next time you log in. So, plan your study in a way suitable for you. At last you can repeat the course as many times as you like.

To register or access the course, click the link in the blue box in the top right of the page.

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