Diarrhoea is one of the leading causes of preventable mortality among children in Pakistan. Timely recognition of when to intervene is of the utmost importance in preventing deterioration. CIME and the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health joined hands with the Sanofi Pakistan to provide general practitioners with the relevant knowledge and skills to effectively manage childhood diarrhoeal illness in the community.
The programme was designed to teach learners about the significance of managing paediatric diarrhoea. This half-day programme was attended by 28 general practitioners from across Pakistan. The main theory session included a discussion on diarrhoea management and the role of gut microbiome. Later on, the learners were divided into small groups for four stations. The first two stations provided a detailed discussion on diarrhoea management in the paediatric population and counselling mothers regarding the management plan using oral rehydration. The other two stations were discussions on knowledge gaps assessed through a Kahoot quiz and debates of interesting themes involving various dimensions of the subject.
Overall, it provided the participants with ample knowledge and skills to understand and implement the care of the paediatric population in an effective manner. We anticipate to train more than 400 general practitioners through this initiative in the next few months.