Training in Integrated Management of Childhood Illness

ICATT is an innovative software application to support the implementation of the WHO/UNICEF strategy on the Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI). The tool provides the possibility to adapt the generic IMCI guidelines at national and sub-national levels, and to develop ICATT-based training courses that fit into various training approaches.

E-Learning in Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

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.

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


  • Novartis AG

    Goods Supplier
    Switzerland | Staff size: 10,000+

    Novartis AG, was incorporated on 1996, provides healthcare solutions. The Company is a multinational group of companies specializing in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of...

  • World Health Organization (WHO)

    Funding Agencies
    Staff size: 5001-10,000

    WHO (World Health Organisation) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters,...

  • Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH)

    Development Consulting, Institute
    Switzerland | Staff size: 501-1000

    The Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) is a world-leading institution in health research, training and services. It improves, maintains and promotes the health of individuals...

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LocationEast Asia and Pacific, Tanzania, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mozambique, Peru, Philippines, Solomon Islands, South Africa
  • Start Date 2005