The Child Health Notebook, launched in 2013 by Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC), has been introduced at private healthcare facilities.
This was announced recently as a step towards a more health system integration, with the aim of ensuring continuity of care for children in Qatar.
The Child Health Notebook is a comprehensive record of the child’s health, from birth up to five years old, which parents can present at all health facilities in Qatar, including government and private paediatric emergency centres, clinics and hospitals.
Introduced in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the Ministry of Public Health, the Child Health Notebook was originally rolled out at PHCC health centres and government hospitals.
The initiative serves the national health priority of ‘Integrated Model of High-Quality Care and Service Delivery', which is one of the 12 priorities outlined within the National Health Strategy (NHS) 2018-2022.
The NHS 2018-2022 represents the vision for health in Qatar for the next five years. It outlines 12 health priorities, seven of which focus on priority populations and five on system-wide improvements.
It aims to ensure that people receive well-co-ordinated care, delivered in a professional and safe environment at the appropriate level, underpinned by referral guidelines, care pathways and evidence-based practice. It can also be used abroad, in order to share essential and accurate information with medical staff.
It compiles the child’s basic data, as well as family history, vaccination, growth monitoring data, developmental progress of the child, in addition to results of newborn screening for metabolic disorders, among other details, in an accessible way.
“The introduction of the Child Health Notebook in private hospitals is a step in the right direction towards health system integration. It is a patient centred approach that ensures better care for children no matter when or where the service is provided,” said Dr Sadriya al-Kohji, head of Child and Adolescent Health at PHCC, and NHS lead for the Healthy Children and Adolescents 'priority population'.
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