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Pocket Book of Hospital Care for Children: Guidelines for the Management of Common Childhood Illnesses. 2nd edition. Geneva: World Health Organization; 2013.

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Pocket Book of Hospital Care for Children: Guidelines for the Management of Common Childhood Illnesses. 2nd edition.

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WHO expresses its gratitude to the following members of the group that updated the guidelines, people who made original contributions, and reviewers, institutions and consultants for their contributions to updating the Pocket book of hospital care for children.

Guideline development group

WHO thanks the members of the guideline development group who reviewed most of the evidence and made recommendations for updating the Pocket book and also those who reviewed the chapters: Dr Fizan Abdullah, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA; Shinjini Bhatnagar, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India; Bridget Wills, Clinical Research Unit, University of Oxford Centre for Tropical Diseases, Viet Nam; Harry Campbell, University of Edinburgh Medical School, United Kingdom; Leonila Dans, University of Philippines, Philippines; Trevor Duke, Centre for International Child Health, University of Melbourne, Australia; Michael English, University of Nairobi and Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya; Andy Gray, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; Sandra Grisi, São Paulo University, Brazil; Stuart Macleod, University of British Columbia, Canada; Hilda Mujuru, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe; Susan Niermeyer, University of Colorado, USA; Jesca Nsungwa, Ministry of Health, Uganda; Vinod Paul, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India; Haroon Saloojee, Witwatersrand University, South Africa; Mathu Santosham, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, USA; Giorgio Tamburlini, Institute of Child Health, Italy; and Anita Zaidi, Aga Khan University, Pakistan. Special gratitude is owed to Rhona MacDonald, Maternal Child Health Advocacy International, who incorporated the changes and prepared the first draft.

Original contributors and external reviewers

WHO coordinated the international contributions for the 2005 edition of the Pocket book and thanks the original contributors to chapters: Dr Ann Ashworth (United Kingdom), Dr Stephen Bickler (USA), Dr Jacqueline Deen (Philippines), Dr Trevor Duke (Papaua New Guinea and Australia), Dr Greg Hussey (South Africa), Dr Michael English (Kenya), Dr Stephen Graham (Malawi), Dr Elizabeth Molyneux (Malawi), Dr Nathaniel Pierce (USA), Dr Barbara Stoll (USA), Dr Giorgio Tamburlini (Italy), Dr Bridget Wills (Viet Nam) and Fabienne Jäger (Switzerland).

WHO wishes to acknowledge the following for comments and contributions made at various stages of the Pocket book updating: Sabrina Bakeere-Kitaka, Makerere Medical School, Uganda; Zulfiqar Bhutta, Aga Khan University, Pakistan; Stephen W. Bickler, University of California-San Diego, USA; Uday Bodhankar, Commonwealth Association for Health and Disability, United Kingdom; Adegoke Falade, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; Jeremy Farrar, Centre for Tropical Medicine, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam; Julian Kelly, Royal Children's Hospital, Centre for International Child Health, Melbourne, Australia; Carolyn Maclennan, Flinders University, Australia; Rhona MacDonald, David Southall and Barbara Phillips, Maternal Child Health Advocacy International; Amha Mekasha, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; Elizabeth Molyneux, College of Medicine, Malawi; Maria Asuncion Silvestre, University of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines, Joan Skinner, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and Andrew Steer, Royal Children's Hospital, Centre for International Child Health, Melbourne, Australia.

Valuable input was provided by several WHO clusters and the departments of Family, Women's and Children's Health, Health Systems and Services, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Noncommunicable Diseases, and Mental Health. We particularly acknowledge the WHO staff who participated as members of the Guidelines Steering Committee or who contributed to and reviewed various draft chapters: Desta Teshome, WHO Regional Office for Africa; Meena Cherian, Essential Health Technologies; Tarun Dua, Mental Health and Substance Abuse; Lisa Nelson, Martina Penazzato, and Sandra Gove, HIV/AIDS; Malgorzata Grzemska, Stop TB; Emmalita Manalac, WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific; Peter Olumese, Global Malaria Programme; Ma del Carmen Casanovas, Zita Weise Prinzo and Chantal Gegout, Nutrition for Health and Development; Susan Hill and Clive Ondari, Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies; Raman Velayudhan, Neglected Tropical Diseases; and Martin Weber, WHO Country Office, Indonesia.

Special thanks to Rami Subhi at the Centre for International Child Health in Australia, who helped in collating the evidence for recommendations for updating the Pocket book.

The updating of the Pocket book was coordinated by Wilson Were, supported by Rajiv Bahl, Lulu Muhe, Olivier Fontaine, Severin Ritter Von Xylander, Nigel Rollins and Shamim Qazi of the Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health.


We are grateful to the following institutions for providing input and support during the review of the Pocket book: Centre for International Child Health, University of Melbourne, Australia; University of Edinburgh, Scotland; Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya; Asociación Colaboración Cochrane Iberoamericana, Spain; Aga Khan University, Pakistan; Institute of Child Health Burlo Garofolo, Italy; University of Malawi, Malawi; Capital Institute of Paediatrics, China; University of Western Australia, Australia; and Instituto de Medicina Integral Professor Fernando Figueira, Brazil.

WHO acknowledges the financial support for this second edition of the Pocket book provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the medicines for children project, and the Russian Federation through the quality of care improvement initiative.

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