Michael Tariverdian

Friede-Springer endowed professorship for Global Child Health

The Friede Springer Endowed Professorship

is the first

German professorship for Global Child Health

and has been located at

Witten/Herdecke University (UW/H)

since October 2017


From left to right: Prof. Ralf Weigel, Christiane Boos, Dr. Farzana Yasmin, Michael Galatsch


Together with its partners at home and abroad, the team of the endowed professorship develops research projects and is involved in education, training and continuing professional education in global child health in a variety of ways:

  • Global health track and intercultural preparation for stays abroad as part of the "Modellstudiengang Medizin" of the Witten/Herdecke University.
  • Further education for students of all health professions (summer school)
  • Advanced modules in the Master's programme in International Health as a partner of the Network for Education in International Health (tropEd)
  • Further training for trainees in paediatrics and adolescent medicine in cooperation with the Else Kröner- Fresenius- Foundation, the Westphalia-Lippe Medical Association and the College of Medicine in Blantyre/Malawi

Detailed information on the projects and offers of the professorship can be found here

GTP ultrasound courses

Since 2017, we have been offering ultrasound courses outside Germany. Here you have the opportunity to examine typical findings with experienced course leaders in that region and get to know parts of the respective country in your free time. The courses are mainly aimed at young residents who learn together with the residents of the specialist programme and young local specialists with little or no experience in sonography.


Basic course

Sonography of the skull and brain, thorax and abdomen for the basic diagnosis of pathologies and the performance of interventions such as pleural punctures.

Echocardiography course

Sonography of the heart with learning of the most important sectional planes and pathologies.

General course information

  • Course language: English
  • Participants: 20 European and local doctors
  • Course fees: Single course 500 euros, double course 900 euros
  • Not included in the course fee: Travel, accommodation, visas, vaccinations and other travel arrangements. Please organise this yourself, but we are happy to provide recommendations and assistance.
  • Cancellation policy: follows


Next courses


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Srijana Dongol, Stephan Gehring, Dr. Petruja, Christian Schmidt, Dr. Srijana, Katja van ‘t Ende, Udo Vester


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Srijana Dongol, Stephan Gehring, Dr. Petruja, Christian Schmidt, Dr. Srijana, Katja van ‘t Ende, Udo Vester


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Srijana Dongol, Stephan Gehring, Dr. Petruja, Dr. Srijana, Katja van ‘t Ende, Udo Vester


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Simon Bertzel, Anish Joshi, Christian Schmidt


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We are very much looking forward to your participation! Please take a moment to read the cancellation policy and fill out the form below completely. Your registration is binding.

Registration will be activated as soon as the exact course modalities are known.


04.11.-08.11.2019  /  Echocardiography  /  Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
28.10.-01.11.2019  /  Basic course /  Mwanza, Tanzania
11.05.-21.05.2019  /  Basic course /  Kathmandu, Nepal
05.11.-09.11.2018  /  Echocardiographz  /  Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
29.10.-02.11.2018  /  Basic course /  Mwanza, Tanzania
06.11.-15.11.2017  /  Basic course and Echocardiography  /  Mwanza, Tanzania

GTP receives humanitarian Else-Kröner-Fresenius award 2016

During a festive evening at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) October 20, 2016 in Berlin, the German Society of Tropical Paediatrics and International Child Health (GTP) e.V. was awarded the Else-Kröner-Fresenius award for medical development cooperation 2016 endowed with 100.000 Euros.

The Else Kröner-Fresenius Foundation (EKFS) had chosen the  GTP project „Paediatric specialty training in Tanzania: sustainable reduction of child mortality through qualified health personnel“ from 160 proposals and honoured it with this award for its examplary conception, its sustainability and its relevance for the health care of children and adolescents in Tanzania.

The representatives of the awardee were greeted by the parliamentary undersecretary at BMZ, Thomas Silberhorn MdB. The laudation was held by Dr Auma Obama, the former US president's sister.

Parliamentary undersecretary at BMZ, Thomas Silberhorn MdB

Dr Carsten Krüger, Dr Antke Züchner, Dr Auma Obama, Dr Christian Schmidt (from left)

photo copyright: Thomas Köhler / photothek / EFKS

(c) Jane Silcock / USAID

37th GTP Annual Conference 2019

25th-27th January 2019               

University of Witten/Herdecke

Topic: "New horizons in research, education and practice!

Final programme

The 37th Annual Meeting of the Society for Tropical Paediatrics and International Child Health (GTP) e.V. will take place from 25 - 27 January 2019 at Witten/Herdecke University. Every year, more than 200 national and international participants from various health professions meet at these conferences to inform themselves and exchange information on current topics of research and education. Concrete projects in tropical pediatrics and international child health in resource-limited countries are presented and discussed. The conference organisor is Prof. Dr. Ralf Weigel, Friede-Springer-endowed professorship for Global Child Health

This year's motto of the conference is "New horizons in research, education and practice” and once again provides an opportunity for important professional impulses. In addition to various workshops, you can expect presentations by renowned paediatricians such as Professor Anthony Costello (former Director of the Institute for Global Health at University College London and the Department of Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health at the WHO in Geneva), Professor Michaël Boele van Hensbroek (Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development) and Dr. Bhanu Williams (International Officer at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, UK).  The program includes the topics:

  • Tropical paediatrics and global child health: European and global perspectives
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Supporting Health Systems
  • Child health beyond survival

A special artistic framework is going to give the scientific discussions a further perspective.


Target group

This conference is also an interprofessional platform focusing on the health and well-being of children and young people. We therefore welcome specialists and general practitioners as well as students, nurses, psychologists, social workers and all other health professions.


Please register on the university's homepage following this LINK

Abstract submission

The scientific programme lives from the contributions of the participants. Therefore, we invite interested parties to submit an abstract for a presentation or poster on one of the topics mentioned above by November 15th, 2018. The website for submitting abstracts is linked HERE. For the presenter of an abstract that has been selected for an oral presentation the conference fee will be waived (category students and other health professions) or reduced by 50% (participants of all other categories).

All accepted abstracts will be published in the electronic version of the Journal Monatsschrift für Kinderheilkunde.


Please refer to reservations made for "GTP Tagung 2019" when booking in these two hotels:

Ringhotel Parkhotel Witten, Bergerstr. 23, 58452 Witten
Tel: 02302 5880
Fax: 02302 588 555

Ardey Hotel, Ardeystr. 11-13, 58425 Witten
Tel: 02302 4880



Foto Credits: (c) Jane Slicock / USAID


Working group «health professions»

Aims and ideas of the health professions working group

The group addresses health professions beyond physicians (i.e. nurses, midwives, psychologists, occupational and physio therapists) and anyone who is interested in the topic.

Aims of the group are

  1. Exchange of experience and expertise
  2. Connecting people who have worked or work outside of Germany - i.e. in crisis areas or in partner countries for development aid - and/or who are interested in dealing with that topic.
  3. Exchange of teaching materials
  4. Creating a pool of experts


General information


It is our goal to provide access to projects of nurses in partner countries: a list of active blogs of  nurses or our own GTP internal forum could increase exchange of experience. This way, nurses with no prior experience abroad can gain access to the topic. Exchanging experience will serve ongoing learning as well as problem solving. In the future, nurses experienced abroad who are willing to support a project for several weeks (e.g. for a workshop, training, practical guidance etc.) can be contacte via this group. Furthermore, ways and contacts for fundraising can be shared.

Market of ideas for context-adequate strategies

Each health professional has collected valuable experience working abroad, has solved problems and accumulated knowledge or is still occupied finding longterm solutions. Finding strategies that are adequate for health professionals in resource-limited settings can be a challenge. This working group offers the opportunity of collecting ideas and making them available for colleagues.

Particularly longterm problems outside the focus of medical interventions, such as estabilshing a high level of hygiene on a paediatric ward, can be discussed within this working group.

Different health professions in projects of development cooperation

Health professionals have always been part of projects of various organisations (GIZ, Caritas, MSF etc.). While platforms for networking of doctors exist, activities related to other health professions are currently restricted to personal blogs and a presence within the respective organisation.

Having this working group under the auspices of GTP, a society previously focussing on doctors, enables us to establish a direct and straight forward cooperation with experienced doctors, which is, in our experience, a prerequisite for successful development in the health sector.

We are looking forward to your active contribution and a vivid exchange within the working group!


Irene Schmidt, Paediatric intensive care nurse and Michael Galatsch, nursing scientist
E-Mail: ag-gesundheitsfachberufe@tropenpaediatrie.de

TropPaed 2019 - 10th Intensive Course on Tropical Paediatrics and Global Child Health

This 5-day-course on Tropical Paediatrics and Global Child health was initiated in 2010 and has ever since taken place and been developed further on a yearly basis. It addresses the most important medical, intercultural, political and infrastructural aspects of Global Child Health.


28.01. – 01.02.2019
27.01. Anreise


Schloss Rauischholzhausen
(Bei Gießen)


Maximale Teilnehmerzahl: 50
Kurssprache: Englisch


We cordially invite you to participate in our 10th Intensive Course on Tropical Paediatrics and Global Child Health.

Once again we will provide you with a diverse course schedule containing lectures, practical workshops and clinical seminar. Furthermore there will be enough time for professional international exchange of plans and experiences.

As time goes by we will provide you with further details about the schedule and lecturers. Arrival will be possible from Sunday 5pm onwards. There will be dinner and access to your rooms. A good first opportunity to explore the castle grounds and extablish contacts. The official course program starts on Monday 8:30 am and ends on Friday 2 pm.

Provisional Schedule

Here you can find the preliminary topics of the course. There will be an evening program and case presentations from our international guests on some of the days.

  • Registration and introduction.
  • Introduction to Global Child Health
  • WHO programs and international collaborations
  • International communication
  • Challenges in setting up a paediatric department
  • Contributions from other specialties (i.e. surgery, dermatology, oncology, …)
  • Psychosocial apects of paediatrics

  • Introduction into the caring for a critically ill child in a resource-limited setting
  • Practical workshops regarding “the critically ill child” – i.e. malaria, neurological or respiratory emergencies, malnutrition, shock and ETAT
  • Scientific research and data collection

  • Gynaecology and Obstetrics
  • Neonatology
  • Practical workshops regarding interventions in a resource-limited setting (i.e. invasive techniques, KMC, bCPAP, hospital and community neonatology)
  • Introduction into the big topics HIV/AIDS, malnutrition and tuberculosis
  • With whom and how to work abroad

  • Practical workshops about HIV/AIDS, malnutrition and tuberculosis
  • Contributions from other specialties (i.e. surgery, dermatology, oncology, family medicine, …)
  • Health systems in unstable countries
  • The role of the foreign paediatrician abroad

  • Laboratories in resource-limited settings
  • Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Updates on tropical medicine
  • Feedback, test and departure

Fee and application

The course fee includes participation in the course, course materials, accommodation, food and coffee breaks for 5 days.

Not included are alcoholic beverages and drinks outside the official mealtimes as well as transportation.

Course is over

Regulärer Preis Nichtmitglieder

ab 1.12.18

Regulärer Preis Nichtmitglieder

Early Bird bis 30.11.18

Mitglieder-Preis GTP/ESPID

ab 1.12.18

Mitglieder-Preis GTP/ESPID

Early Bird bis 30.11.18

Course venue

The course is taking place at Schloß Rauischholzhausen which is the conference center of the University of Gießen. We are happy to be able to host our course at this historical and beautiful site. It offers learning space and accommodation combined in the same building and due to the affiliation with the University the prices are fair. A good variety of seminar rooms compliment our course concept of combining lectures with small group activities. Moving our course to this location in 2016 has proven to have been worthwhile.

Schloßpark 1, 35085 Ebsdorfergrund

Paediatric specialty training in Tanzania

Sustainable reduction of child mortality by qualified health personel

This project received the Else-Kröner-Fresenius award for medical development cooperation in 2016 including prize money of 100 000 Euros. The Else-Kröner-Fresenius Foundation (www.ekfs.de) distinguished this project for its exemplary conception, its sustainability and its impact on health service delivery for children and adolescents in Tanzania.

In 2006, Dr. Christian Schmidt, a GTP board member, initiated a 3-year-long paediatric specialty training at the Bugando Medical Center / Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences in Mwanza (Tanzania). Together with other GTP members (Dr. Werner Schimana, Dr. Carsten Krüger) he had developed a practical curriculum, which then was accepted by the university as well as the state authorities in the same year. At that time there had only been 56 paediatricians serving 17 million children in the country. Until then a paediatric specialty training had only been possible at two universities (Moshi and Dar Es Salaam) and it was not free of charge. Since the launch of the paediatric specialty training in Mwanza 31 paediatricians were successfully trained there (as of 2017) of whom all, apart from two who failed to complete the training and one who is working abroad, are still working in Tanzania.

In 2008 Dr. Schmidt handed his responsibilities over to the GTP member Dr. Züchner, who continued and expanded the work there until 2016. The programme was then handed over to Tanzanian colleagues. Every year, GTP lecturers travel from Germany to Mwanza to teach paediatric subspecialties due to the massive lack of local doctors.

A new development is the expansion of this programme to include the University of Dodoma. The head of the programme is a Tanzanian paediatrician who was himself trained in Mwanza. The specialty training in Dodoma is designed according to the model in Mwanza, has already been accredited and is supported by German lecturers from within GTP since 2017. It is planned, however, to include more and more lecturers from other universities in Tanzania and neighboring Kenya, Malawi and Uganda in terms of a South-South exchange.

GTP will use the prize money to support four project components:

  1. Co-financing stipends over 3 years to participants of the Master of Medicine programmes in Mwanza and Dodoma
  2. Financing visits for on-the-job training of participants in African neighbouring countries and Germany
  3. Technical and structural support of the specialty programmes (medical devices, textbooks etc.)
  4. Co-financing visits of guest lecturers from Germany, Tanzania and African neighbouring countries.

We thank EKFS for the award and we will continue to campaign for sustainable structures to improve the health of children and youth in Tanzania with this speciatly training.

Photo copyright: Thomas Köhler / photothek / EFKS

1. Parlamentarian undersecretary at BMZ, Thomas Silberhorn MdB
2. Dr Carsten Krüger, Dr Antke Züchner, Dr Auma Obama, Dr Christian Schmidt (from left)

Public Relations working group

This group is working to increase visibility of GTPs actictivities and serves as your contact for inquiries on contributions of GTP members on external events such as conferences. In case you require any information please contact


ETAT Training working group

Die AG ETAT (Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment) Training entstand 2018 auf Initiative von drei Absolventinnen unseres TropPaedKurses. Sie dient dem Erfahrungsaustausch zum Thema Triage und der Organisation von ETAT+ Kursen in Deutschland.


Was sind ETAT und ETAT+?

ETAT und ETAT+ sind in ressourcen-limitierten Ländern Afrikas entwickelte Konzepte zur Triagierung kranker Kinder in primären Gesundheitseinrichtungen. Sie haben einen nachweislichen Effekt auf die Senkung der Mortalität und sind einsetzbar in Gesundheitseinrichtungen jedes Levels.

Vielerorts bildet ETAT den Grundpfeiler der Entscheidungsfindung beim Erstkontakt mit einem Patienten, der teilweise nicht zwingend durch medizinisches Personal erfolgt.

ETAT Leitlinen sind speziell an häufige Probleme in der pädiatrischen Basisnotfallversorgung von Kindern in ressourcen-limitierten Einrichtungen angepasst. Die Leitlinien identifizieren auf strukturierte und verständliche Art und Weise Kinder mit akut lebensbedrohlichen Zuständen und präsentieren einfache, aber klare, Leitlinien zur Versorgung dieser.


Projekte der AG

  • Es finden regelmäßige Planungstreffen der AG statt.
  • Die AG organisiert ETAT+ Kurse in Deutschland.

Die aktuellen Kursdaten finden Sie unter Veranstaltungen. Wenn Sie sich für unseren Newsletter anmelden, erhalten Sie neue Termine zudem per E-Mail.



Ansprechpartner der AG sind aktuell Judith Lindert, Sara Loetz und Barbara Zimmer.

Course reports

We`re happy to announce that we could organize our second ETAT+ Instructor Course despite several challenges. Finally, we reached out to hold a three days couse in Hamburg with an international group of participants as well as instructors from August 27th – 29th 2021. After a first pilot course in 2019, which we conducted in Hannover with great support from the UK ETAT team, we planned to perform a course by a mixed instructor team including the German ETAT+ team, UK ETAT team as well as very experienced instructors from the ERC and American heart association (EPALS trainer from Germany, Switzerland as well as the Netherlands).

The goal of the ETAT+ Instructor Course is to teach and enable former ETAT+ course participants who showed instructor potential the possibility to get a deeper insight into adult learning and how to perform it efficiently. The foundation of this instructor course were the teaching methods from the European resuscitation council (ERC) and the course content from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) in UK. A special part of the agenda were group discussions about challenges and important points related to implementing trainings in low resource settings and other cultures. With this background information it should be possible to teach ETAT+ (as well as other simulation trainings) in different countries and cultures even more effectively.

We were lucky that our international instructor team could travel over three country borders from UK, Germany and Switzerland despite the Sars-Cov-2-pandemic restrictions. And even our participants came from different European countries like the Netherlands, Ukraine and Germany. The course was held in the Wilhelmsstift Hospital in Hamburg with great support from the local team.

The three day training was very intense including a lot of practical trainings with personal feedback and room for improvement due to good repetition. It was wonderful to see the fast progress in teaching skills from day to day. All participants enjoyed the good atmosphere, the chance to train under supervision of experienced trainers as well as exchanging ideas with one another.

In total, this course was a great success and we had a fantastic time all together where everyone could benefit from another! This is great networking! This is the future of great instructors who can spread the word of ETAT around the globe!

Thanks to everyone who took part by organisation, participation and teaching!

Gudrun Jäger & Barbara Zimmer for the German ETAT+ Team & international instructors



We are grateful for having been sponsored by the

We did it! The fourth ETAT+ Germany course was conducted at the hospital „Wilhelmsstift“ in Hamburg October 23rd-25th 2020.  Luckily we were able to do so –  even under COVID-19-pandemic circumstances.

It was wonderful to teach an enthusiastic and energetic group of participants. Our hands-on-course was done under strict hygiene restrictions: We kept distance, washed hands regularly, wore masks at all times, cleaned our materials after each session and ventilated the room almost continously. This meant that we all wore scarfs and wooly hats while rescucitating our dolls.

It is great to see how important the ETAT+ content is for everyone attending the course, especially the participants, who had plans to work abroad straight after the course.

Quick facts:

  • 15 enthusiastic international participants (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
  • 6 energetic, motivated instructors
  • 1 well-prepared, calm course director
  • 3 days of hands-on, thrilling simulation training
  • interactive video-lectures from instructors from the UK & the south of Germany
  • Video-greetings from different ETAT+ instructors around the globe

This course was pragmatic, energetic, safe & so much fun! We hope to continue soon to spread the word of ETAT+ and get to know even more interesting people who want to improve international child health!

Thanks to everyone who made this course possible!

If you are interested in attending the next course please keep yourself updated using this website. We will publish the next course dates soon.

Stay safe! The ETAT+ Germany team


Report: Annual conference of the International Society for Social Pediatrics and Child Health (ISSOP) in Budapest

The conference was held from 28. - 30.09.2017 in Budapest and summarized by our board member Nadja Tarivedian:

This year's theme was „Children on the Move“.
Apart from reports by non- and governmental organisations from Greece, Hungary, Sweden, Iceland, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Lebanon, Austria, Slovenia, Great Britain, Switzerland, Portugal, Denmark, Japan, Israel, Pakistan, India, Australia and Germany these were the main topics of the conference:

  • Concept of culture, xenophobia and discrimination in paediatrics (and how to deal with it)
  • Child rights based approach - advocacy for refugee children / underage migrants
  • Violence against children, child protection

It was one of the aims of the conference to develop a declaration on health and well-being of children „on the move“ that will be puclished soon.

ISSOP particularly demands equal standard of health care for all children, independent of their "status“, and disapproves of all currently available methods of age determination of children. Alternatives such as psychosocial age determination (Great Britain) were discussed. The European Academy of Paediatrics is developing ea guideline for first contact (in primary care) with migrant children in Europe.

Interesting publications of ISSOP are available on its website zu finden, e.g. the following position statements:

  • Migrant child health (published in Child: care, health and development)
  • Social determinants and child health (currently being reveised)

Furhter intersting links:

Master programme of the University of Pecs on migrant health (in cooperation with the University of Greifswald and others)
Annual conference of Political Child Medicine in Salzburg 10.11.17 with a focus on health care of refugee children
Next Annual conference of ISSOP 2018 in Bonn – including sessions on refugee children.