WHO/Europe launch of new Pocket Book of Primary Health Care for Children and Adolescents

21 March 2022, 14:30–15:30 Eastern European Time


On 21 March 2022, WHO/Europe will launch its first-ever Pocket Book of Primary Health Care for Children and Adolescents, a comprehensive manual for doctors, nurses and other health workers responsible for caring for children and young people in primary care settings.

The new Pocket Book is a direct result of a request by countries in the WHO European Region during a 2017 regional meeting on the redesign of child health.

The Pocket Book will be launched at an event co-hosted by the WHO Athens Quality of Care Office and the Greek Ministry of Health. The event will be streamed live at the link below.

Attending the event will be:

  • Hans-Henri P. Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe
  • Athanasios Plevris, Minister of Health of Greece
  • Anahit Avanesyan, Minister of Health of Armenia
  • Alexandru Rafila, Minister of Health of Romania
  • Mina Gaga, Alternate Minister of Health of Greece
  • Zoe Rapti, Deputy Minister of Health of Greece.

A new manual for primary health care workers

Primary health care is the most inclusive, effective and efficient approach to promoting both the physical and mental health of everyone in a community – including children and adolescents.

Unfortunately, the care that children and adolescents receive at the primary health care level is not always optimal; health-care providers do not always have the right information and training or resources to provide quality care that is in the best interests of the child or adolescent.

The Pocket Book aims to close this gap. It provides up-to-date guidance for the management of common conditions which primary care providers encounter with children and adolescents. It is intended for use by doctors, nurses and health professionals who are responsible for the care of children and adolescents at the primary health care level in the WHO European Region.

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