About Malnutrition eLearning Course

Who should undertake this training?

The course is designed to cater individualised learning for health professionals who have any responsibility for child care, especially paediatricians, nurses, medical students and nursing students.

What can you expect from completing this training?

Based on the WHO's guidelines, the course provides standardised and interactive learning in 3 modules. In the first module you will learn the definition and classification of malnutrition, the visible and invisible changes caused by malnutrition and why malnourished children need different care from other children. In the second module you will learn how to assess and screen children for malnutrition, and in the third module how to manage children with malnutrition. These will include the ten steps for successful management, how community- and facility-based approaches can be integrated to widen coverage and why common conditions such as gastroenteritis, pneumonia and malaria have to be treated differently when there is coexisting malnutrition.

How do I use the course?

Before we start it will be useful to know how the course is made up. The "Caring for infants and children with acute malnutrition" course is made up of 3 modules that are aimed at enhancing your knowledge and understanding about Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). By completing the course you will gain the core knowledge and competencies for SAM management. You will also appreciate the importance of managing malnutrition appropriately and in a timely manner. After completing the course, you can take the course assessment prepared to help you test your understanding gained from the course.

This course complements the longer 'WHO Training Course on the Management of Severe Malnutrition' and the book 'Caring for Severely Malnourished Children' by Ashworth and Burgess, published by Macmillan Education and available from Health Books Internatinal, formally known as Teaching-ais at Low Cost (TALC) (https://healthbooksinternational.org).

The course will start with an introduction, and it will lead you to the homepage from which you can access the 3 modules. You can choose a module you would like to start but if you are new to the topic, please use the modules in the recommended sequence.

In the module home page, you will be presented with module introduction, pre module assessment, units of content and post module assessment. Follow the module content sequentially when you use it for the first time. Pre and post module assessment questions won't be marked until you complete the assessments and click the submit button. But once you have completed the assessments, you can go back to the question pages and see the correct answers and feedback for each question.

How do I assess my knowledge and get a certificate of completion?

After completing the course, try the course assessment. You will get a set of randomly allocated questions. The questions won't be marked until you complete the assessment and click the submit button. If you answer 70% or above of the questions correctly, you can get a Certificate of Completion. Please note that you can try the course assessment maximum 3 times only. The Certificate of Completion will not be stored, so save and/or print it immediately.