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Table 3 The Vital medicines for the tracer conditions at different levels of health care

From: The “child size medicines” concept: policy provisions in Uganda

Medicine Child friendly Appropriate strengths for children Health facility level where the medicine classified as Vital Comments
Amoxicillin _ + HCII and above Dispersible amoxicillin is provided at HC1 by the development partners. Although HC1 is not included in the VEN classification, amoxicillin is distributed there
Cotrimoxazole - + HC II and above Cotrimoxazole which is not evidence based is the recommended first line for pneumonia in public facilities
Artesunate - + HC I and HCII Both an injectable and rectal
Artemether lumefantrine - + HC II Dispersible Artemether lumefantrine is supplied by malaria consortium and UNICEF at HCI
Zinc sulphate + + HC I and HCII Is provided at HC1 by the development partners
ORS + + HC I and HCII Is provided at HC1 by the development partners
Praziquantel - - None Praziquantel is mainly provided for adults in the community and schools through mass drug administration. Children below school going age are not included in the distribution
Prednisolone - + None  
Salbutamol + + HC IV Asthma cases are also handled at the lower level health facilities
Carbamazepine tablets - + HC IV Epilepsy cases are also handled at the lower level health facilities
Carbamazepine syrup + + HC IV Same as above