A programme for controlling acute respiratory infections in children: Memorandum from a WHO meeting

Bull World Health Organ. 1984;62(1):47-58.


The unacceptably high mortality related to acute respiratory infections (ARI) in children, recognition of the importance of bacteria in the causation of severe acute lower respiratory infection in developing countries, and the established effectiveness of antimicrobial and supportive treatment in averting death make a strong case for the initiation of an ARI control programme. This should be spearheaded by prototype ARI service activities, delivered through primary health care and backed up by well-coordinated health systems research.

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use
  • Bacterial Infections / prevention & control*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Developing Countries*
  • Health Services Research
  • Humans
  • Immunization
  • Infant
  • National Health Programs
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / prevention & control*
  • Virus Diseases / prevention & control*
  • World Health Organization


  • Anti-Infective Agents