India faces one of the highest disease burdens of pediatric infectious diseases in the world. In India, nearly one million children die before their fifth birthday. About one of every four of these deaths are caused by pneumonia and diarrhea, two leading infectious causes of child deaths worldwide, even though many of them can be saved by interventions such as breastfeeding, immunization, and access to treatment.
Infectious diseases in very early childhood are also a cause for malnutrition and stunting. Almost 40% of the children under the age of 5 in India are stunted.
Recently, India took steps to increase access to interventions such as immunisation through schemes like Mission Indradhanush and the introduction of new vaccines, including the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and rotavirus vaccine (RVV).
Despite progress, however, infectious diseases continue to contribute to a significant proportion of child mortality and morbidity in India.
The infectious disease specialist advice system will enhance the reach and capacity of specialists by enabling them to diagnose and manage cases with the help of general pediatricians at the last mile. It will enable early diagnosis and appropriate local treatment by the pediatrician under the advice of the specialist.
The program includes:
- Self assessment tools and education videos which the pediatrician may use with the patients.
- Training on Red Flags by IAP (To be available soon)
- Specialists from the IAP infectious diseases chapter accessible through the system for consultation
Infectious diseases specialists and members of Infectious Diseases Chapter of IAP may join the program and make their services available to general pediatricians by clicking here and filling up the enquiry form.
Disclaimer: All services on the specialist advice and specialized services system are provided by independent experts and service providers. Any qualifying expert or service provider may join the system to deliver the services. IAP does not provide any service whatsoever on the system & is not liable directly or indirectly for any information or service provided on the system.