Medical Tools and Resources
Medical Teams International Patient Chart with IMCI Protocol [PDF]
Medical Teams International volunteers work in collaboration with Ministries of Health in many settings. The Integrated Management of Childhood Illness is a key strategy for pediatric illnesses in MOH first level health facilities.
This document includes a condensed form of the IMCI protocol on one side, and a chart note with an IMCI and pregnancy checklist on the other. Volunteers may use these documents to guide their care of sick children and reinforce the health system we work within.
This sample document is specific to Somalia, but can be modified for application in other countries. Also available is the standalone IMCI Protocol [PDF].
Medical Teams International Acute Illness Treatment Guidelines
Volunteer health care providers often encounter challenging situations with minimal access to diagnostic testing. Medical Teams International has created a series of treatment guidelines for some of the countries where our volunteers work, such as Haiti [PDF], Uganda [PDF], and Somalia [PDF].
We have also created a specialized guide for treating patients with cholera in Haiti [PDF] and Somalia [PDF].
Medical Teams International Chronic Disease Treatment Guidelines [PDF]
Chronic non-communicable diseases, HIV, TB and malnutrition present unique challenges in resource-limited environments where volunteers work. This document provides guidance for these situations.
Health Facility Assessments
Medical Teams International works closely with health facilities to improve the clinical care of children in many locations and begins the training process with Health Facility Assessments. In some large projects, Medical Teams International has facilitated a quantitative survey of the quality of IMCI in a broad selection of health facilities, using the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program survey tool. We have created a scaled-down, downloadable Health Facility Checklist [DOC] for some locations, to quickly and more qualitatively assess the general status of IMCI practices in order to focus on topics for refresher training.
Facility Assessment Tools
In other settings, Medical Teams International sends teaching teams to refresh knowledge, train on new skills, or upgrade clinical practices with hands on teaching. Prior to establishing a training program, we use facility assessment tools for the specialty requested. These downloadable tools include a Maternal Care Facility Checklist, [DOC] and a Rapid Health Facility Training Needs Assessment [DOC].
The Health Facility Training Needs Profile [DOC] is designed to quickly assess the general background of service delivery at a health facility, with an objective to understand potential gaps in clinical skills that may be amenable to training assistance.
Other useful resources in conducting health facility assessments include:
WHO’s Tools for Assessing the Operationality of District Health Systems [PDF]
WHO’s IMCI Outpatient Health Facility Survey Tool [PDF]
BASICS Integrated Health Facility Assessment Manual [PDF]
Partners In Health Facility Level Survey [DOC]