Introduction to the subject area

Advisory will be given as to innovative areas related to improving child survival in underprivileged regions, where IPA can play a distinct role. Advice will take into consideration initiatives in place by other organization/institutions, in order to avoid duplications. Initiatives will be mostly related to advocacy and education directed to different population groups (decision makers, practicing physicians, community, etc.)

SAG Lead and Committee

Miguel O'Ryan G. Professor Paediatric Infectious diseases, Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile.

Committee: Open for volunteers

History within the IPA

This SAG under the above leadership began its advisory role during the IPA meeting in London, March 17, 2018.

Future Plan of action

The following strategy was proposed

A first approach discussed in the SAG meeting was to include the following areas for future possible initiatives:

• Childhood diarrhea and pneumonia
• Newborn infections (newborn SAG also to be involved)
• Neglected infections such as typhoid and Dengue.
• Zika awareness and prevention strategies

Specifically, the following two initiatives were proposed by the SAG leader

1) "Vaccine Hesitance Project"
This initiative has been adopted by the SAG related to vaccination and a project proposal has been developed.

2) "Best management for Febrile Neutropenia" project
Based on the experience of different infectious disease groups working in the ever growing area of cancer and infections, an initiative to promote education in the best management of children with cancer, fever and neutropenia has been proposed to IPA. The proposal is based on an Educational Program that could be piloted in Latin America with support of IPA and other interested Societies, NGOs, academics, etc.
This project is the best candidate for a first SAG sponsored initiative for 2018-2019.

Resource Material

IPA would need to provide basic funding to initially support a working group in order to develop a pilot project to be implemented in an interested developing country. The working group would be leaded by an internationally recognized expert in the field, with extensive networks with colleagues within countries related to IPA.

Reports of Various Activities