New Journal of Global Health Special Themed Issue Highlights Current Evidence and Future Directions for Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) programming in Africa

The Journal of Global Health has published a special themed issue highlighting the latest evidence on integrated community case management (iCCM) for childhood illnesses, an approach to provide lifesaving treatments to children who lack access to health services.

Entitled “Current scientific evidence and future directions for Integrated Community Case Management in Africa,” the in-depth themed issue synthesizes the latest available evidence around eight thematic areas of iCCM programming:  

  1. Coordination, Policy Setting and Scale up
  2. Human Resources and Deployment
  3. Supervision & Performance Quality Assurance
  4. Supply Chain Management
  5. Costs, and cost effectiveness and financing
  6. Monitoring, Evaluation and Health Information Systems
  7. Demand generation and social mobilisation
  8. Impact and outcome evaluations

Additional papers included in the special issue address engagement of the private sector to improve access to iCCM treatment, how iCCM can be used to improve newborn health, global research priorities for iCCM, and a proposed way forward for improving and sustaining iCCM programming. All papers will be available online by mid-December at the latest. A print version will follow shortly thereafter.  

This special issue was a collaboration among UNICEF, the Government of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, the Bill and Melinda Gates FoundationUSAID, the US Fund for UNICEFMaternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)John Snow, Inc.International Rescue CommitteeMalaria ConsortiumManagement Sciences for HealthPopulation Services International, the MDG Health AllianceSave the Children, the World Health OrganizationUNICEF Canada, and Tropical Disease Research (TDR).

Together this collection highlights which specific iCCM implementation approaches have and haven’t worked in various settings, along with recommendations for future programming given the current context of innovation and funding opportunities. 

Much of the work included in this special issue is based on information shared at the 2014 Global iCCM Evidence Review Symposium held in March 2014 in Accra, Ghana where over 400 individuals from 35 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and 59 international partner organisations gathered to share experiences and plan future efforts. More information regarding the 2014 iCCM Evidence Review Symposium is available here.

This special issue was published in the Journal of Global Health, a peer-reviewed journal published by the Edinburgh University Global Health Society, a not-for-profit organisation registered in the UK. The Journal of Global Health’s new issue on iCCM is available to view here.

For more information on each collaborator, please click on their name above.