GTP ultrasound courses

We have started offering ultrasound courses outside of Germany in 2017. In our courses you will have the chance to get to know pathologies specific of the region while being supervised by experienced sonographers. During your leasure time you'll be able expore parts of the hosting country. The main target group for our courses are doctors in training. They will be taught alongside local residents and specialists with no or little experience in sonography.

Next courses

11th-21st May 2019  ~  General sonography ~  Kathmandu, Nepal
  • This is a new initiative of this working group. Currently this course is only open for doctors from Nepal. We are looking into opening this course for non-Nepalese doctors in the future.
28th Oktober – 1st November 2019  ~  General sonography ~  Mwanza, Tanzania
  • Arrival in Mwanza on Sunday 27th Oktober 2019
  • Venue: Paediatric deparment at the Bugando Medical Centre (BMC) in Mwanza, Tanzania
  • Participants: 20 European and Tanzanian doctors
  • Course fees: 500 Euros (900 Euro in combination with the echokardiography training)
  • Further expenses: Flights to and from Mwanza and accommodation need to be booked by yourself. We are happy to provide suggestions on accommodation, visa, vaccinations and travel preparations.
  • Organizors: Dr. Neema Kayange (BMC), Dr. Christian Schmidt (Dinslaken, Germany)
  • Tutors: Dr. Udo Vester (Duisburg, Germany, Degum III), Dr. Bernd Erkert (Münsterlingen, Switzerland), Prof. Stephan Gehring (Mainz, Germany)
  • Please send your application to Dr. Christian Schmidt (email)
4th-8th November 2019  ~  Echokardiography ~  Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Arrival in Dar Es Salaam on Friday 3rd November 2019
  • Venue: Paediatric Cardiology Department at JKCI Cardiac Centre Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Participants: 20 European and Tanzanian doctors
  • Course fees: 500 Euros (900 Euro in combination with the general sonography training)
  • Further expenses: Flights to and from Mwanza and accommodation need to be booked by yourself. We are happy to provide suggestions on accommodation, visa, vaccinations and travel preparations.
  • Organizors: Dr. Naiz (JKCI) and Dr. Züchner (GTP)
  • Tutors: Dr. Sulende Kubhoja (JKCI), Dr. Godfrey Mbawala (JKCI), Dr. Schmidt (Dinslaken, Germany)
  • Please send you application to Dr. Christian Schmidt (email)


Course archive

05.11.-09.11.2018  /  Echokardiography  /  Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
29.10.-02.11.2018  /  General sonography (Head, thorax, abdomen)  /  Mwanza, Tanzania
06.11.-15.11.2017  /  General sonography and echokardiography  /  Mwanza, Tanzania

Friede-Springer endowed professorship for global child health

The tender for the first professorship for global child health in Germany was opened at the University Witten-Herdecke early 2017 and was initiated - among others - by GTP who advocated for its establishment during four years with a dedicated working group (Reinhard Klinkott, Carsten Krüger, Peter Meissner, Andreas Schultz, Martin Weber). Eventually, the long search for a university promoting this area of interest as well as for the required financial support succeeded in 2016. The Friede-Springer foundation (Berlin) could be won for funding.


Prof Dr Ralf Weigel will - for the next five years - conduct research and teach on health care, but also topics such as the holistic wellbeing of children. „Access to health care is distributed very unequally accross the globe, and also within single countries. My main concern is the question: how can we change that?", he describes his working area.
Prof Weigel aims to position his future research at the primary health care level, being the one with greatest needs and greatest poverty in most cases. In many African countries, so called Community Health Workers secure care in the villages. Europe has more doctors, but there are deficits in health care as well. "In all countries, there are people who are disadvantaged and often it is children who are most affected by the old saying ‚being poor makes you sick‘ “, he describes his motivation.

In order to change that, it is important for Weigel to define health as more than the absence of disease and to rather use the definition of the World Health Oranization (WHO) that aims at holistic wellbeing. „For a child, it cannot be all to merely survive. How do family and society support growing up in a loving enviroment, thriving and receiving an adequate start into adult live? Apart from medical factors, and more so, social and societal factors are important for my work.“ In many countries, children live without birth certificates, are without identity and therefore exposed to great risks.

Weigel also has some ideas for teaching in Witten:  „I know that there are a number of student initiatives including and particularly in the area of health. I would like to make sure that students continue to develop this strong willingness to help. In this context, issues of sustainability of engagement should not be overseen. Working abroad myself, I have seen colleagues who committed all energy on individual care of their patients. At the time of returning home, almost nothing had structurally changed through.“

During his paediatric specialty training at Charité Berlin, Weigel worked at the paediatric HIV service and was deployed on short term basis to India and Nigeria. This work sparked his passion: in 2002, he left for Malawi in Southern Africa for eight years. He was working as a doctor but also as a consultant to the Malawian Ministry of Health. „It is one thing, to be a motivated doctor and to establish good contact with your patients - and another to document and evaluate your own work in relation to global recommendations in order to identify gaps and thus enable improvement“, he is reflecting upon this time.

Recently, Weigel was in charge of two postgraduate programmes at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine as a lecturer. Here, he conveyed to young doctors how to align their work to international guidelines and to strengthen the health system of their countries.

From the press release of the University of Universität Witten-Herdecke.

Further information

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

The working group ETAT (Emergency Triage, Assessment and Treatment) emerged on the initiative of three alumni of our Intensive Course on Tropical Paediatrics and Global Child Health (TropPaed). It connects people with interest in the topics of triage and organizes ETAT trainings in Germany.


What are ETAT and ETAT+?

ETAT (Emergency Triage and Treatment) and ETAT+ are concepts for triage and first care of sick children, developed in countries with limited resources in Africa. They have a proven effect on mortality reduction and can be applied in health care institutions of all levels.

In many places, ETAT is the cornerstone of decision making at first contact with a patient, that does not necessarily have to be effected by medical personnel.

ETAT guidelines are specifically aligned to common problems in the paediatric basic emergency care of in institutions with limited resources. The guidelines identify children suffering from acute life threatening conditions in a structured and comprehensible manner and present simple yet clear guidelines for their medical care.



  • Regular meetings of the working group for planning purposes.
  • Organizing of ETAT trainings in Germany.

The newest dates for meetings and courses are to be found under Events. By signing up for our newsletter you are going to receive the newest dates via e-mail.



Contact persons for the working group are Judith Lindert, Sara Loetz and Barbara Zimmer.

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.