2011 International Symposium on Reducing Child Mortality: Thinking outside the hospital for effectiv (2011 International S)

Venue: Melbourne Convention Centre

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Event Date/Time: Nov 15, 2011 End Date/Time: Nov 15, 2011
Registration Date: Nov 11, 2011
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Despite some progress in the fight to decrease under-5 mortality, more than eight million children died in 2009 and most were victims of preventable or curable diseases. The highest mortality rates remain in sub-Saharan Africa where one child in eight will die before turning five.

Most of these deaths are avoidable. Almost half can be attributed to diarrhoea, malaria and pneumonia. A further 40 per cent die in the neonatal period. Measles, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis are prominent causes. However, malnutrition stands out as an underlying cause in more than a third of all of these deaths.

The hospital is often literally the end of the line for a severely sick child. In areas where acceptable or quality health care is available, affordable hospitals are quickly overcrowded, skilled clinicians rare, and the risk of infection is ever present. Reducing the pressure on hospitals by providing adequate prevention and treatment outside them could help greatly improve the health and survival of children.

Thus old strategies need to be reviewed and new avenues explored. But more on-the-spot diagnostics and context-adapted treatments are needed for these strategies to offer something beyond the conventional primary health concepts. One example of moving care outside of the hospital has been the large-scale treatment of children with severe malnutrition on an ambulatory basis using ready-to-use foods.

This International Symposium on Reducing Child Mortality brings together experts on international child health for practical assessment of where the failures and successes of traditional approaches lie and to identify opportunities and alternatives in delivering effective medical care for children.


1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf

Additional Information

Registration is free and early booking is recommended to ensure your place.