Health in Childhood and Reproductive Age


After this unit, students should be able to:
1. Name the main health problems of children and young people in a tropical environment; identify deviations in child development and growth; describe the care to be provided to the newborn; apply the general principles of action in the most common diseases of children and adolescents, including urgencies and emergencies, in low-resource countries.
2. Identify the major health problems of women of childbearing age and be aware of pregnancy surveillance programs and major complications of childbirth.
3. Describe the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of major sexually transmitted infections.
4. Explain STI syndromic approach advantages and disadvantages and know how to apply it.
5. Develop transversal competences as autonomy and research ability, training and development of lecture skills.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Luís Varandas


Weekly - 12

Total - 56

Teaching language

English and Portuguese


Not applicable


General bibliography for consultation; Specific bibliography will be given for each topic/class:
• Kliegman, R. (2020). Nelson textbook of pediatrics (Edition 21.). Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.
• Ryan, E. T., Hill, D. R. 1., Solomon, T., Aronson, N. E., and Endy, T. P. (2020). Hunter's tropical medicine and emerging infectious diseases (Tenth edition.). Edinburgh: Elsevier.

Teaching method

The teaching of the curricular unit is composed by expositive theoretical classes, maximum duration of 50 minutes each, including presentation and discussion; Theoretical practical classes with discussion of clinical cases, scientific articles or clinical cases, in which a major participation of the students is stimulated; Tutorials will mainly serve as preparation for the seminars.

Evaluation method

The final classification is obtained by the sum of continuous assessment (10% - attendance and 10% active participation in classes), writing of an article and presentation to pairs (40%) and a written test with multiple-choice questions and short answer, at the end. of the curricular unit (40%).

Subject matter

I. Children health in low income countries; Growth and development; causality and emergency; Neonatal term and post term care; vertical transmission infections; Respiratory infections; Diarrhea; Malaria; Meningitis and meningoenchephalitis; Exantematic children diseases; Parasitosis; Malnutrition and obesity; Micronutrients deficiency; Anemia.
II. Contraception, pregnancy and health risks in pregnant women in tropical regions; Relationship between maternal health and new born health; Infertility and other gynecologic and obstetric pathologies in reproductive age; Mortality causes during reproductive age; Mortality maternal causes; Multisectorial prevention with special emphasis in increasing women instruction level and in the access to health services.
III. Sexually Transmitted Infections: epidemiology, main clinical syndromes, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control; syndromic approach.


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