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41st GTP Annual Conference 2023 - Bonn




Bonn, Germany



Section Global Health of the UKB

41. GTP Annual Conference    

12th-14th May 2023
Bonn, Germany

Conference theme: Learning and Teaching in Global Child Health

CME points

DatumInhaltVNR-Nr. / CME Punkte
Freitag 12.5.23 (12:00-22:00)Workshops
VNR: 2760512023013700083
Kategorie: A | Fortbildungspunkte: 7
Samstag 13.5.23 (8:30-17:00)Teaching & Learning I
Migration - a current issue in Child Health
Novelties in Clinical Paediatrics
VNR: 2760512023013700091
Kategorie: A | Fortbildungspunkte: 8
Sonntag 14.5.23 (9:00-12:50)Teaching & Learning II
New ideas and approaches in Child Health
VNR: 2760512023013700109
Kategorie: A | Fortbildungspunkte: 4

Welcome address

We would like to cordially invite you to our 41st Annual Meeting of the Society for Tropical Paediatrics and International Child Health.

Under the guiding theme “Teaching. Tomorrow. Together. — Learning and Teaching in the Context of Global Child Health”, the meeting will take place from 12 to 14 May 2023 in the Beethoven and UN city of Bonn. In addition to various workshops and submitted abstracts, you can expect exciting keynote speeches from renowned speakers as well as the chance to make and refresh personal contacts.

Aspects of teaching and learning related to international child health will be presented in medical as well as socio-cultural thematic complexes in a global as well as local context. As usual, however, the annual conference also gives enough space to present other current and relevant aspects of global child health.

Together with you, we would also like to celebrate and cordially invite you to our social evening on 13 May 2023. We will sail on the Rhine through the night, want to eat and dance to live music.

We would like to make it possible for as many interested people as possible to attend and offer reduced prices for students and health professionals as well as childcare during the conference.

We are very much looking forward to your coming and to lively discussions.

Dr Andreas Schultz (Conference President) with Dr Claudia von Both, Dr Noa Freudenthal, Dr Andreas Hansmann, Andrea Jütte, Dr Sarah Kotsias-Konopelska, Dr Carsten Krüger, Eva Kuhn, Dr Hans-Jörg Lang, Dr Christian Schmidt and Dr Ralf Weigel

Conference program

Last Update: 20.04.23
Conference language: English

Nota bene: During the event, photos and films will be taken by the GTP and the Global Heath Section for public relations purposes.

Details regarding workshops, fireside talks and the World Café are to be found here.

Call for abstracts

Abstract submission is closed.

The Scientific Committee of the annual conference 2023 of the Society for Tropical Paediatrics and International Child Health e.V. invites Global Child Health clinicians, practitioners, researchers and policy makers to submit their abstract for (poster) presentation. We look forward to scientific and/or clinical projects, thought-provoking questions and lessons learned.

You may submit your abstract as

  • topical abstract – related to the overarching conference theme,
  • a free abstract – not related to the conference theme, but still within the scope of Global Child Health.

The abstract can be accepted either as a presentation or a poster. If your abstract is accepted, you automatically take part in the selection process for the Helmut-Wolf-Preis. The price is awarded for the best presentation or poster on the conference.

Please submit your abstract to Globalhealthevents(a) with the subject line “GTP-Abstract”.

Criteria for your Abstract

  • Only submissions in English will be accepted.
  • Submit your abstract as a PDF file.
  • Give your full name and affiliation in the e-mail text.
  • Do not include any personal information in the abstract document to enable blind review.
  • Structure your abstract as follows:
    1. Research Abstract: title, research question, method, results, discussion
    2. Project Abstract: title, project description, lessons learned
  • The abstract must not exceed 3.000 characters (including blank spaces).
  • Indicate below the abstract
    1. if you deem it to be a topical or free abstract,
    2. if you prefer to present orally or a poster.


Workshop Sessions (Friday 13:00-17:30)

University Hospital Bonn
Lehrgebäude (A10)
Venusberg-Campus 1
D - 53127 Bonn
How to get there

Opening ceremony (Saturday 18:30)

Hörsaal 2
Friedrich-Hirzebruch-Allee 5
D - 53115 Bonn

Conference program Saturday and Sunday

Hörsaal A
Nussallee 10
D - 53115 Bonn
How to get there

Social program

General Information

The conference team has created a PDF with useful information about sightseeing in Bonn.



Instead of a second workshop, we offer the opportunity to get to know Bonn better on a guided city tour. The city tour will then end at the location of the conference kick-off. Please let us know your interest in this city tour when registering (deadline: 20.4.23). For people who are not members of the GTP, a city tour on Saturday afternoon will be offered as an alternative.


Following the conference kick-off, we invite you to a get-together with snacks and drinks. Make new contacts, toast the reunion with colleagues and get into the conference mood.



For people who are not members of the GTP, a guided city tour will be offered during the GTP general meeting. For GTP members, a city tour will take place on Friday afternoon.

Please let us know your interest in this city tour when registering (deadline: 20.4.23).



We cordially invite you to spend Saturday evening with a buffet and live music and dancing on the MS Poseidon. The ship will depart from bridge 13 after the MV at around 8 p.m. and will sail the Rhine towards Cologne and back towards Koblenz until around 1 a.m.. For all those who want to continue dancing after the end of the cruise, the conference office has further tips and information ready. 

We also try to make it possible to leave the ship for the first time around 10.30/23 pm. 


The conference organizers have created a list of hotels close to the conference venue of different prize categories. This list can be accessed here.

Registration, fees and cancellation policy

Conference fees

Early bird (until incl. 28.2.23)Regular fee (from 1.3.23)
GTP memberPhysician€ 190€ 210
Student / non-physician health professional€ 80€ 90
Non GTP memberPhysician€ 210€ 230
Student / non-physician health professional€ 90€ 100
Social eveningRegular€ 50€ 70
Student / non-physician health professional€ 30€ 40
Accompanying person€ 50€ 70
Children 0-10 years€ 0 € 0
Children 10-14 years€ 25€ 25
Day ticket Friday or Sunday (excl. social events)To be payed cash or via direct transfer on site€ 70€ 70
Day ticket Saturday (excl. social events)To be payed cash or via direct transfer on site€ 130€ 130
Day ticket Saturday (excl. social events)To be payed cash or via direct transfer on site€ 30€ 30


We are pleased to offer you the following discounts.

For invited speakersNo conference fee
For corresponding author with accepted abstract (presentation and poster)For the corresponding author the conference fee will be reduced to the student fee.
For workshop leadersExcemption from conference fee for one workshop leader per workshop
For students and apprenticesWith presentation of a valid student ID students under the age of 31 years will have the opportunity to take part in the conference free of charge in exchange for being available for 6h or more as a conference facilitator.  Indicate in the comments field if you wish to make use of this option. You will get access to a survey at the beginning of May where you can freely indicate when and how you want to help out.

Credit points

CME points are applied for

Cancellation policy

  • In case of cancellation up to and including 15.03.2023, we will refund the entire conference fee. 
  • In case of cancellation up to and including 10.04.2023, we will refund half of the corresponding conference fee. 
  • Unfortunately, we cannot make any refunds after 11.4.2023.  

Conflicts of interest and Sponsoring

The content of this event will be designed to be product and service neutral. We confirm that the scientific management and the speakers will disclose potential conflicts of interest to the participants.

We would like to thank the following supporters, whose donations made it possible to hold this event:

Contact information

General inquiries and comments (not for registration): globalhealthevents(a)


Banking details

Gesellschaft für Tropenpädiatrie und
Internationale Kindergesundheit (GTP) e. V.
Volksbank Ahlen-Sassenberg-Warendorf
IBAN: DE 95 4126 2501 1102 1632 03
Betreff: “GTP2023 Beitrag, Ihr Vor- und Nachname”

Abstract Submission: Closed

TropPaed 2023 - Intensive Course on Tropical Paediatrics and Global Child Health

FULLY BOOKED!!! The five-day intensive course on Tropical Paediatrics and Global Child Health has been held annually since 2010, is continuously developed and addresses the most important medical, intercultural, political and infrastructural challenges of global paediatrics.


15-19 May 2023
(Arrival: 14 May 2023)


Schloß Rauischholzhausen


Participants: max. 50
Course language: Englisch


After the cancellation of the course in 2021 due to the pandemic and the postponement of the TropPaed course and the GTP annual conference to the warm season in order to minimise the risk of a face-to-face event due to COVID-related restrictions, we are pleased to invite you to Rauischholzhausen for a second time in May!

We would like to offer you again a varied programme of lectures, practical small group work and clinically oriented seminars. In addition, there will be plenty of time for international exchange of plans and experiences.

As our planning progresses, you will continually find more details about the timetable and lecturers on this page.

Preliminary program

Here you will find the preliminary topics of the course. On some days, case studies of the international guests will be presented and an evening programme will take place.

Please note: small changes to time and in rare cases content of lectures can occur

Possibility of dinner on the day of arrival (start between 19-20 hrs).

Daily breakfast (7-8:30), lunch (approx. 12:45-14:15) and dinner (approx. 18:45-20)
Two coffee breaks
Partial optional evening programme after dinner

Thursday evening: Farewell party with theme!

Departure on Friday after lunch around 14:00.

COVID-19: Current regulations will be announced before the course starts.

Optional possibility of arrival already on Sunday.
Check-in from 5 pm with dinner around 7-8 pm.

Start: approx. 8:45   —   End: approx. 21:00

  • ntroduction round
  • Introduction to Global Child Health (C. Krüger)
  • Programs in international / global health (L. Molyneux)
  • Antibiotic stewardship (S. Kotsias-Konopelska)
  • Ward management (I. Schmidt, Sr. Sophia)
  • Neglected tropical diseases (C. Rothe)
  • Sickle cell disease (J. Mwatonoka)
  • Intercultural communication (A. Züchner)
  • Case presentations
  • Climate change (S. Lorenz)
  • Evening program: Discussion on climate change

Start: approx. 8:45   —   End: approx. 21:00

  • The critically ill child (K. van ‘t Ende)
  • Introductions to: Malaria (R. Kobbe), Severe malnutrition (J. Lindert, K. Baumgartner), neurological emergencies (T. Oneko), ETAT (L.Molyneux, AG ETAT)
  • Practical small groups on: Shock, severe malnutrition, neurological and respiratory emergencies, ETAT, malaria
  • Case presentations
  • Decolonizing health (H. Mirza)

Start: approx. 8:45   —   End: approx. 21:00

  • Neonatology in resource limited settings (L. Molyneux, M. Köhler)
  • Obstetrics in resource limited settings (C. Hach)
  • Practical small groups on: CPAP/KMC, neonatal rescucitation, gastroschisis, neonatology, interventions
  • Surgery as component of Global Child Health (J. Lindert, T. Mabanza)
  • Research in resource limited settings (xxx)
  • Evening program: with whom and how to go abroad

Start: approx. 8:45   —   End: approx. 21:00

  • Tropical dermatology (C. Adamczick)
  • Implementing ultrasound in paediatrics in LMIC (C. Schmidt)
  • Case presentations
  • Paediatric oncology in Malawi (R. Mzikamanda)
  • Palliative care im LMIC (S. Loetz)
  • Introduction to: Malnutrition (M. Krawinkel), tuberculosis (F. Brinkmann), HIV (xxxx)
  • Practical small groups on: malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis
  • Farewell party

Start: approx. 8:45   —   End: approx. 14:00

  • Practical small groups on: malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis
  • Laboratory in basic conditions (xxx)
  • Caring for remote populations (P. Santacruz Ortega)
  • Feedback and farewell

Course fee and registration

The price includes course participation, accommodation from 14-19 May, meals and coffee breaks from Sunday (dinner) to Friday (lunch) and course materials. The price does not include alcoholic beverages and drinks outside of those served at meals and coffee breaks, as well as transport costs and any compulsory Sars-CoV-2 testing we may incur.

Scholarships for colleagues from LMIC are available. Applications will be received until Octobre 15th 2022 (to: gtpscholarships(a) Please send us a motivational letter, CV and reference letter. Further details: “Förderung internationaler Kollegen“.

Course is fully booked

Regular fee non-member

from 16.3.23

Regular fee non-member

Early Bird until 15.3.23
1100 €

Member of GTP/ESPID

from 16.3.23

Mitglieder-Preis GTP/ESPID

Early Bird until 15.3.23
1000 €


We are pleased to be able to hold our course again at Schloss Rauischholzhausen, the conference and training centre of the University of Gießen. This historic and beautiful venue is perfect for our course as it offers the possibility of accommodating all participants, organisers and lecturers in one place, good facilities and a very fair financial framework. The versatile room selection meets our demand of lectures combined with small group work. Catering includes three main meals and two coffee breaks per day. All but one main meal will be vegetarian. Hosting the course there for the first time in 2016 has proven to be a complete success. We will keep you informed about current Sars-CoV-2 hygiene regulations here on our homepage.

Schloßpark 1, 35085 Ebsdorfergrund

Sponsoring and support

We sincerely thank all the volunteer co-organisers of the course for their years of dedication as well as our financial supporters!

We assure you that our intensive course is designed to be product and service neutral and all content is independent of commercial interests. No services and/or products are advertised. Possible conflicts of interest are disclosed in a self-disclosure.

European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases

Kindermissionswerk “Die Sternsinger”

Rückblick GTP2022 Basel - Bericht und Film

Liebe GTP Mitglieder und Interessierte,

wir freuen uns Ihnen als Abschluss einer gelungenen Tagung in Basel einen Abschlussfilm sowie einen Bericht online stellen zu können und laden Sie herzlich zu diesem Ausklang ein. Wir danken dem engagiertem Organisationsteam sowie allen an dem Gelingen der Tagung beteiligten Personen!

Wer sich noch einmal auf der Originalseite der Tagung umschauen und z.B. das detaillierte Programm einsehen möchte, der folge diesem Link oder blicke in das Programmheft.

Durch Klicken auf den Play-Pfeil gelangen Sie zum Film.

Die 40. Jahrestagung der GTP fand in diesem Jahr erstmalig in der Schweiz statt. Wir wählten Basel als Austragungsort, da uns mit dieser Stadt professionelle und persönliche Kontakte verknüpfen. Mitglieder des Organisations-komitees pflegen enge Verbindungen mit dem Schweizer Tropeninstitut oder arbeiten an der Universitätskinderklinik. Günstig erschien auch die gute Erreichbarkeit für die Deutschen Teilnehmer.


Das Zentrums für Lehre und Forschung des Universitätsklinikums bot einen idealen Rahmen und ausreichend Räumlichkeiten für die verschiedenen Programmpunkte der Tagung, wie verschiedene Workshops zu Beginn der Tagung, der Posterpräsentation und das ausreichend grosse Auditorium.


Jedes Jahr bestimmen die Ausrichter:innen der Tagung das Leitthema. Dieses Jahr wählten wir den Titel: Integrating General Paediatrics in Health Systems of Resource Limited Settings: Scope of the Speciality and Needs Assessment on Staffing and Logistics. Damit sollte die Aufmerksamkeit auf viele Innovationen bezüglich Diagnostik und Therapie geleitet werden, aber unter Berücksichtigung oft ungenügender Personaldichte oder Ausbildungsgrad.

Unter den gut 200 Teilnehmer:innen konnten wir 11 eingeladene internationale Gäste begrüssen, die schon die Wochen zuvor an unserem jährlichen Intensivkurs in Internationaler Kindergesundheit in Rauischholzhausen teilgenommen hatten.

Es wurden 18 Poster akzeptiert und präsentiert, 5 davon als Kurzvortrag während des Hauptprogramms. Eine Studie zu Nachbetreuung schwer kranker Kinder nach Entlassung in ihren Heimatbezirk wurde mit dem Helmut Wolf Preis ausgezeichnet.

Als Auftakt zur Tagung wurden diesmal 5 Workshops angeboten, die auf grosses Interesse stiessen. Erstmalig wurde der Klimawandel und post-koloniale Entwicklungshilfe thematisiert. Aufgrund der grossen Nachfrage werden die Kapazitäten hierfür in den kommenden Jahren ausgebaut werden.

Zum Auftakt des Hauptprogramms richtete Prof Utzinger vom SwissTPH die Grussworte an die Teilnehmer und betonte die Bedeutung der Pädiatrie innerhalb der Internationalen Zusammenarbeit, der jedoch vielfach nicht genügend Aufmerksamkeit und Förderung zuteil wird.

Die erste Session bot einen Querschnitt durch konkrete Anwendungen digitaler Programme zur verbesserten Erfassung klinischer Daten, Gebrauch diagnostischer und therapeutischen Algorithmen sowie Apps, die durch präzise Befunderhebung die Erarbeitung therapeutischer und individueller Anfertigung von Hilfsmittel unterstützt.

Die Vorstellung von GTP Projekten und Beispiele Schweizer Engagements in Ländern mit niedrigem Einkommen bot Anlass zum Erfahrungsaustausch und Werbung zur Mitarbeit.

Neu wurde den Teilnehmern für die Themen der pädiatrischen Chirurgie, palliativen Medizin, der Rehabilitation und nicht infektiöser, chronischer Erkrankungen ein Forum zur Diskussion und Vernetzung geboten. Die Krankheitslast, mit Konsequenz für Gesundheitssysteme und Familien wurden eindrücklich präsentiert und diskutiert. Diese Themen werden auch sicher in Zukunft innerhalb der GTP mehr Beachtung finden.

Innovationen in Diagnostik und Therapie bezüglich bedeutungsvollen Infektionserkrankungen innerhalb der pädiatrischen Bevölkerung in Ländern des globalen Südens waren Schwerpunkt der Vorträge am letzten Tagungstag. Neben der kritischen Betrachtung aktueller Therapieadaptation für Malaria wurden neue Ansätze in der Therapie von Helminthosen und Sepsis vorgestellt. Abschließend setzte sich das Auditorium nach Impulsvorträgen und Paneldiskussion kritisch mit der Auswirkung der Coronapandemie auf internationale Impf- und Gesundheitsprogramme auseinander.

Der Gesellschaftsabend im Atlantis bot allen Gästen eine weitere willkommene Gelegenheit Kontakte professioneller und privater Art zu knüpfen.

Herzlich danken möchten wir unseren Sponsoren  für die großzügige finanzielle Unterstützung, ohne die es nicht möglich gewesen wäre, engagierte internationale Gäste und Referenten zur Bereicherung der Veranstaltung einzuladen.

40th GTP Annual Conference 27.-29. May 2022






Basel, Switzerland



Dr. Charlotte Adamczick
Dr. Gudrun Jäger

27-29th May 2022          

Basel, Switzerland

Conference theme: “Integrating General Paediatrics in health systems of resource limited settings; scope of the speciality and needs assessment on staffing and logistics

CME points:
18 CME points in Germany
4 credits by the SGP (Swiss Society of Paediatrics)

Update: Hygiene concept and registration process

Hygiene concept

For the GTP and many of you, this will be the first face-to-face meeting after the Coronavirus pandemic. To comply with the University Hospital regulations, we are obliged to wear a face (surgical) mask when entering the premises including the lecture hall and the foyer. We would therefore request for you to wear your mask during the entire event.

Presentation of a negative rapid test at registration is not required and no G2 status will be checked at the entrance. However, we would like to ask you to take a rapid test at home or at a test centre before you arrive.

Should you have any symptoms compatible with a Coronavirus infection, please…. stay at home/ask at reception for a rapid test/get a rapid test before attending and take extra social distancing measures.

In view of our numerous guests and scholarship holders from abroad who will be visiting German hospitals after the conference, we have a responsibility towards our guests and wider community to ensure we all stay safe and would kindly like to (take special care and) ask for your understanding and cooperation.

All information on the Corona rules can also be found on the homepage.

Registration first!

Before joining a workshop or the conference, facilitators and participants have to (Please) register first at the Centre for Teaching and Research (ZLF), entrance Hebelstraße 20. You will find the directions on the website and also attached. At registration you will be given directions to the venues of the various workshops and meetings.

The bus line No. 30, stops directly at this entrance.

The bus line No. 11, stops at the main entrance Spitalstraße. Please do not use this entrance (!), just walk around the building to Hebelstraße 20.

For better vizualisation refer to our site map.

Greetings from the organizors

Dear GTP members, dear interested colleagues!

The 40th Annual Meeting of the GTP in 2022 will take place in Basel, Switzerland – outside of Germany for the first time. This multifaceted, international city does not only offers favorable geographical conditions. We have well established contacts with the Swiss Tropical Institute and the University Children’s Hospital. Long-time GTP members have also found a new personal and professional home in Switzerland.

In recent years, the work of the GTP (TropPaed course, ETAT courses) has enjoyed increasing attention from Swiss colleagues. By organizing the annual meeting in Switzerland, we would like to take the opportunity to exchange views on the topics of global child health with a broad circle of like-minded people here, in an environment with a long tradition and experience in the field of tropical medicine and global health, to make the activities of the GTP better known, to advertise for collaboration and to promote networking.

The main theme of the upcoming conference will be ” Integrating General Paediatrics in health systems of resource limited settings; (scope of the speciality and needs assessment on staffing and logistics”).

With this choice of topics, we would like to discuss the complexities that lead to well-structured pediatric primary care. In many areas of pediatric care, significant progress has been made in recent years. International programs such as those to combat malaria, HIV, TB, strengthening immunization strategies, and neonatal programs contributed significantly to reducing child mortality.

Yet today, many partner countries lack structured pediatric preventive and surgical care. There is a lack of outpatient clinics with adequate diagnostic capabilities for chronic, endocrinological and neurological diseases, as well as palliative care and continuous, good quality monitoring and follow-up.

In the next weeks you will find updates of the program and information about our speakers here on our website.

We look forward to a lively international exchange with you about experiences and approaches that help us to give children worldwide a good start in life through improved health care systems and to accompany them through their childhood and adolescence.


Gudrun Jäger und Charlotte Adamczick
Conference Presidents.

The organizing team


Times are stated as CET.

Last update: 05.05.2022

Friday 13:00 - 22:00

13:00-18:00  –  Registration and poster set-up

13:30-15:30 – Workshops part 1

  • Ultrasound in LMICs
  • Fully booked: Workshop of the working group climate change and global child health
  • How (not) to go abroad

15:45-17:45 – Workshops part 2

  • Ultrasound in LMICs
  • Paediatric surgery in LMIC: Gastroschisis Workshop
  • Titles changed: “Medicine under difficult conditions” and “How does western e-mobility affect the human rights situation in Congo?” (Working group health professions)
  • Workshop of the working gruop ETAT+
  • Postkolonial development policies

15:30-18:00 – Board meeting

18:15-18:45 – Conference opening

  • Welcome note by the organizers (C. Adamczick, G. Jäger)
  • Welcome note by the GTP chairs (S. Kotsias-Konopelska, C. Schmidt)
  • Welcome note by the Deputy Medical Director of the University Children’s Hospital Basel UKBB’ (S. Schulzke)

18:45-19:45  –  Keynote lecture
Global Child Health after the easy victories: time to step up for the difficult ones
T. Tylleskär – University Bergen & FESTMIH

19:45-20:00  –  Short film: Interviews with children world-wide

20:00-22:00  –  Get together and Apero riche

Saturday 8:30 - open end

8:30-8:40   Welcome note and introduction to the academic program
J. Uetzinger – SwissTPH

8:40-10:00 Session 1: “Healthy (IT) systems” to reach every child in countries with restricted and limited resources

Challenges and opportunities in a changing world of communication. How to reach every child from the hospital to remote communities, through new health technologies and telemedicine to provide sustainable quality care and empower health personal.
Chairs: C. Adamczick, P. Meißner

  • 8:40-9:00 How to make health care as affordable and accessible as possible: challenges and lessions learnt from West and Central Africa
    N. Schramm – UNICEF
  • 9:00-9:20 “Banda Health”: a cloud-based clinic management system to empower healthcare providers in low-income communities across Africa to get the most out of the available resources
    S. Letchford – Kijabe Hospital, Kenia & Cofounder and president of Banda Health
  • 9:20-9:35 Digital health solutions for child care in LMICs – the example of ALMANACH
    A. Junker – SwissTPH digital health unit
  • 9:35-9:45 Abstract: Burden reduced cleft lip and palate care and healing – optimizing treatment strategy with minimal burden for patients and health systems
    B. Gözcü – Cooperation BRCCH, Basel, Warsaw, Hyderabad
    9:45-10:00 Abstract: Digital Media supporting patients with skin diseases in Sub Saharan Africa
    P. Schmid

10:00-10:30 Coffee break

10:30-12:00 Session 2: GTP projects, partnerships and Swiss organizations
Overview of GTP projects and working groups and presentation of Swiss organizations related to global child health
Chairs: S. Kotsias-Konopelska, C. Schmidt

  • 10:30-10:45 Neonatology in Tanzania: Residence program
    A. Züchner – CCBRT, Tanzania
  • 10:45-11:00 EKFS/GTP paediatric ultrasound network: experiences from international teaching and practical training courses
    C. Schmidt – St. Vinzenz Hosp. Dinslaken
  • 11:00-11:15 The ETAT program at a glance and experiences from GTP courses
    J. Lindert – Great Ormond St. Hosp. London
    B. Zimmer – Universität Münster
    S. Loetz – Olgaspital Stuttgart
  • 11:15-11:30 Training and strengthening of health systems in Sierra Leone in cooperation with the MoH
    G. Jäger – Kinderspital St. Gallen
  • 11:30-12:00 Presentations of Swiss foundations and organizations (10 min each):
    1. Paediatric critical care in LMIC with refugee crisis
    R. Anderson – Zurich University Hospital, MSF Swiss
    2. Calcutta Project Basel – A student-led project in the fields of health and prevention
    Z. Roth – Foundation Calcutta Project Basel
    3. 30 year experience of Kantha Bopha Children Hospitals in Cambodia
    Michael Grotzer – Director University Children Hospital Zurich, vice president Katha Bopha Foundation

12:00-13:15 Lunch and poster walk

13:15-14:40 Session 3: Preventive Child Health, chronic diseases and NCDs
Is prevention and screening for child and adolescent illnesses neglected in Global Child Health?
Chairs: F. Jäger, W. Schimana

  • 13:15-13:45 Promoting health and wellbeing in children and adolescents; the role of school health
    V. Baltag & B. Delmans – WHO department of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health.
  • 13:45-14:00 Burden of NCDs and chronic diseases in LMICs with a focus on Allergies and Asthma
    A. Weise – Kaltenkirchen
  • 14:00-14:15 The diagnostic and treatment gap in child neurology in low resource settings – Example East Africa
    T. Oneko – Kenya Medical Institute, Center for Global Health Research
  • 14:15-14:25 Abstract: Continuum of care for low birth weight infants in the neonatal period in Ghana – A constructivist grounded theory study
    C. Schuler – Zurich
  • 14:25-14:35 Abstract: Travel time to reach health care facilities in the referral pathway for paediatric emergency treatment in Boeny, Madagascar
    M. Braun – University Witten/Herdecke
  • 14:35-14:40 Discussion

14:40-15:10 Coffee break

15:10-17:15 Session 4: Paediatric surgergy, – orthopedics, rehabilitation and palliative care in LMICs
While some children may be cured through minor operations, others have a long way to go in rehabilitation and physiotherapy, where it is available. When cure is no longer possible, families and caretakers need special attention and support.
Chairs: J. Lindert, tba

  • 15:10-16:10 Surgery
    15:10-15:25 Global Paediatric Surgery
    N. Wright – UK
    15:25-15:40 Gastroschisis care at Bugando Medical Center, Tanzania
    A. Masenga – Bugando Medical Center
    15:40-15:50 Paediatric injury: a call to action for a looming epidemic
    D. Mazingi – Zimbabwe
    15:50-16:00 Improved clubfoot treatment through local networking – experiences in a project in Orissa/India
    B. Speth – UKBB, Basel
    16:00-16:10 Paediatric burns
    W. Bislima – Bukavu General Hospital
  • 16:10-17:15 The child with disability and need for rehabilitation
    16:10-16:25 Rehabilitation and physiotherapy in low-income communities in Kenya
    S. Letchford – Kijabe Hospital, Kenia
    16:25-16:40 Care-program for young patients with Albinism in Malawi
    R. Moser
    16:40-17:00 Is paediatric palliative care possible in settings with limited ressources?
    S. Loetz – Olgaspital Stuttgart
    J. Chikwana – Zomba Regional Hospital, Malawi
    17:00-17:15 Celebrating Carers: Recognising the Contribution of Family Carers and Addressing their Needs in Low and Middle-Income Countries
    A. Patil – NGO Carers world-wide

17:15-19:00   GTP member assembly

19:30  Social evening and dinner at the “Atlantis” in Basel Old Town

Sunday 8:30 - 13:30

8:30 – 10:30 Session 5: New strategies to diagnose and treat high burden infectious diseases within the paediatric community and ways to implement those in existing health systems, keeping a critical eye!
Chairs: E. Molyneux, S. Gehring

  • 8:30-8:45 Innovative drugs in helminth infection suitable for the paediatric population
    J. Keiser – SwissTPH, Department of Medical Parasitology and Infection Biology
  • 8:45-9:00 Abstract: Effectiveness of rectal artesunate as pre-referral treatment for children with severe malaria in sub-Saharan Africa
    M. Hetzel – Swiss TPH
  • 9:00-9:15 Malaria Elimination in the Greater Mekong Region
    L. v. Seidlein – Mahidol Oxford Tropical Research Unit, Bangkok
  • 9:15-9:45 TB care integrated in general paediatic health services; update on guidelines and application
    S. Verkuijl – WHO Global Tb program
    M. Casenghi – WHO Pedaids
  • 9:45-10:00 New international guidelines on Sepsis treatment
    L. Schlapbach – University Childrens’ hospital Zürich
  • 10:00-10:10 Abstract: Use of a 9-valent-RT-PCR-ELISA in acute febrile patients
    G. Haist – University Hospital Mainz
  • 10:10-10:20 Abstract: Clinical Characteristics, transmission rate and outcome of neonates born to COVID-19 positive mothers: a prospective case series from a low and middle income country
    M. Rood – Suriname, Rotterdam
  • 10:20-10:30 Discussion

10:30-11:10 Coffee break

11:10-13:00 Session 6: There is more than just COVID-19
The importance of vaccinations in prevention of childhood illnesses and the impact of COVID-19 on global child health
Chairs: U. Heininger, N. Ritz

  • 11:10-11:35 Interruption and consequences of paediatric general services through the COVID-19 pandemic: update, resume and outlook
    E. Molyneux – Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and College of Medicine, Blantyre
  • 11:35-11:50 Bio-psycho-social aspects in the pandemic; Swiss example and results of the “Ciao Corona” study
    S. Kriemler – Leitung “Ciao Corona” Studie
  • 11:50-12:10 Science meets politics with a global perspective
    U. Heininger – UKBB, Department of Infectious Diseases
  • 12:10-13:00 Panel discussion: Is there something such as “global vaccine equity”?

13:00-13:30   Good-bye and pre-announcements regarding the next annual conference

Call for abstracts

Deadline: 31. March 2022

We invite you to submit abstracts of your research, projects or clinical work related to the themes of our conference. They will be systematically reviewed and considered for oral or poster presentation.

Please send your abstract to: gtp2022-abstracts(a)

Accepted abstracts become eligible for the Helmut Wolf Prize.

Abstract criteria:

  • English or German (preferably English)
  • 3000 characters (including blank characters) maximum
  • Abstract structure: Project description or research question, methods, results, discussion and conclusion.


University Hospital Basel, Switzerland

Spitalstrasse 21 / Petersgraben 4
4031 Basel

Conference entrance:
Hebelstr. 20




Get together
After the conference kick-off, we invite you to socialize over a stand-up snack with drinks. Attendance is included in the conference fee, please indicate your attendance when registering for the purpose of catering planning.


Cultural program during the general meeting.
In the near future, we will provide here a collection of cultural notes for conference participants who will not attend the GTP General Assembly to bridge the time until our joint social evening.

Social Evening.
We look forward to enjoying the social evening with you at the atmospheric Atlantis! With food, drinks and live music, we will have the opportunity to further exchange ideas and celebrate with colleagues.


Basel Youth Hostel is a welcoming accommodation close to the conference venue. In one- to six-bed rooms you can stay inexpensively and at the same time in a stylish atmosphere. For more information on accommodation and room availability, please visit the homepage of the Swiss Youth Hostels.

Jugendherberge Basel
Maja Sacher-Platz 10
4052 Basel


Phone: +41 61 272 05 72

Registration, Participation and Fees

Early bird (bis inkl. 28.2.22)Regulärer Preis (ab 1.3.22)
GTP MitgliedStudentIn / Gesundheitsfachberuf€ 80€ 90
Arzt / Ärztin€ 190€ 210
Kein GTP-MitgliedStudentIn / Gesundheitsfachberuf€ 90€ 100
Arzt / Ärztin€ 210€ 230
GesellschaftsabendStudentIn / Gesundheitsfachberuf€ 30€ 50
Regulär€ 50€ 70
Zusätzliche Begleitperson (sofern noch Kapazitäten)s.o.s.o.


– Absage bis 27.4.2022: Erstattung der gesamten Tagungsgebühr.
– Absage bis 13.5.2022: Erstattung von 50% der Tagungsgebühr.
– Absage ab dem 14.5.2022: Keine Rückerstattung der Tagungsgebühr.



18 CME Punkte
4 credits der SGP (Schweizer Pädiatrische Gesellschaft)

Register here

Declaration of Conflict of Interest and Sponsoring

The content of this event will be designed to be product and service neutral. We confirm that the scientific management and the speakers will disclose potential conflicts of interest to the participants.

We would like to thank the following supporters whose donations made it possible to hold the event:

Contact information

General inquiries and comments (not for registration): sekretariat(a)

Conference registration:

Banking details:
Gesellschaft für Tropenpädiatrie und
Internationale Kindergesundheit (GTP) e. V.
Volksbank Ahlen-Sassenberg-Warendorf
IBAN: DE 95 4126 2501 1102 1632 03
Re: “GTP2022, your name”

Abstract submission (deadline extended: 31st March 2022): Email:


TropPaed 2022 - 12th 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.


22.-27. May 2022



Schloß Rauischholzhausen


Maximal no. of participants: 50
Course language: English


After the cancellation of the course in 2021 due to the pandemic, we are looking forward to welcoming you again in Rauisscholzhausen in 2022!

The registration will be activated shortly. Furthermore, we encourage you to subscribe to our newsletter, through which you will receive up-to-date information on further planning.

In 2022 we will again bei offering you an interesting program of lectures, practical small group work and clinically oriented seminars. In addition, there will be plenty of time for international exchange of plans and experiences.

As our planning progresses, you will continually find more details about the schedule and lecturers on this page.

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.

If you wish to arrive already one day before the course starts, this is possible for an extra charge of 35 euros for the additional overnight stay. Please select the corresponding option when booking the course. Check-in is possible from 5 pm.

In general, Saturday is used by the organization team for their preparations.

  • Arrival and check-in around mid-day
  • Lunch
  • Registration and Introduction round
  • Further details to follow

  • 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
  • Further details to be announced

  • 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
  • Further details to be announced

  • Practical workshops about HIV/AIDS, malnutrition and tuberculosis
  • Contributions from other specialties (i.e. surgery, dermatology, oncology, family medicine, …)
  • Further details to be announced

  • Course content to be announced
  • Feedback round and good-bye
  • Evening: Good-bye party

  • Breakfast
  • Check-out
  • Departure

Fee and application

The price includes course participation, accommodation from 22.5.-27.5., meals and coffee breaks from Sunday noon to Friday morning and course materials. If you wish to arrive already on Saturday, this is possible for an extra charge of 35 Euro for the additional overnight stay. Please select the appropriate option when registering. Not included in the price are alcoholic beverages and drinks outside of those served at meals and coffee breaks, as well as transportation costs and any mandatory Sars-CoV-2 testing that may come our way.

Scholarships for colleagues from countries with limited resources will unfortunately not be awarded in the usual form in 2022. The pandemic-related travel restrictions force us to accept international applications only from selected partner countries where the requirements for entry are met. Thus, with a heavy heart, we will forego the open application process in 2022. In the future we hope to be able to accept applications again in the old way. For this we ask you to send us a letter of motivation including your curriculum vitae. You can find more details on this under the section “sponsoring of international colleagues“.

Fully booked

Regular fee non-member

from 1.4.22
1000 €

Regular fee non-member

Early Bird until 31.3.22
900 €

Member of GTP/ESPID

from 1.4.22

Member of GTP/ESPID

Early Bird until 31.3.22


We are pleased to be able to hold our course again in 2022 at Schloss Rauischholzhausen, the conference and training facility of the University of Giessen. This historic and beautiful venue is tailor-made for our course as it offers the possibility to accommodate all participants, organizers and lecturers in one place, good facilities and a very fair financial framework. The versatile room selection meets our demand of lectures combined with small group work. Catering includes three main meals and two coffee breaks per day. Vegan and vegetarian options are available at each meal. Hosting the course there for the first time in 2016 has proven to be a complete success. We will keep you informed about current Sars-CoV-2 hygiene regulations here on our homepage.

Schloßpark 1, 35085 Ebsdorfergrund

Sponsoring and support

We sincerely thank all the volunteer co-organizers of the course for their years of dedication as well as our financial supporters!

European Society of Paediatric Infectious Diseases

Kindermissionswerk “Die Sternsinger”

39th GTP annual conference - Global Child Health in times of pandemics


June 5th 2021  9:00
June 6th 2021  12:00



Virtual conference via Zoom®



Prof. Dr. C. Krüger
Dr. B. Kretzschmar

5th-6th June 2021          

Virtual conference via Zoom®

Leading topic: “Global Child Health in times of pandemics“

Greetings from the organizors

Dear colleagues, students and employees in the health care sector!

We would like to cordially invite you to our 39th annual conference, this year unfortunately under pandemic conditions.

Under the guiding theme “Global Child Health in times of pandemics”, the meeting will be held exclusively virtually on June 5th-6th 2021. We want to address the various impacts of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and other risks/determinants on child health, especially in resource-poor countries, and discuss which interventions will enable children, adolescents and their families worldwide to best cope with the implications of this pandemic. This will also have to include the question of what contribution wealthy nations, which are also affected by the pandemic, can and should make.

On Saturday we have scheduled exciting keynote speeches by renowned speakers and free contributions in the form of short presentations for you. Sunday morning will be reserved for workshops. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic situation, we had to refrain from a face-to-face event. Nevertheless we could win speakers from Germany, the European and non-European countries for our online program.

The members’ assembly will also have to take place virtually this time. Details will be sent to all members in time.

Unfortunately, we have to postpone the joint celebration and social exchange, otherwise a fixed part of our annual meeting, until next year.

Due to the virtual event mode, we are charging a standard price of 20.00 EUR this year. Students, colleagues from low-ressource countries as well as lecturers and first authors of abstracts can take part free of charge.

We are very much looking forward to your virtual participation and to lively, gladly also controversial discussions.

Join us for this interesting event!


Carsten Krüger and Benno Kretzschmar

Conference program

Times are stated as CET
Last update: June 6th 2021

Friday 17:00 - 20:00

Virtual board meeting


Saturday 9:00 - 20:00 CET

09:00-09:10     Welcome address (C. Krüger, B. Kretzschmar)

09:10-10:30     Opening lecture (Chair: C. Krüger)
COVID-19 and its impact on children and women in LMICs – policy and ethical considerations (M. Knipper, Gießen)

10:00-11:30     Session 1 (Chair: M. Krawinkel)
Global programs for children in COVID-19 times
– The impact of the pandemic on the care of children in humanitarian aid (M. Tamannai, MSF Berlin)
– Sustainable food security and improving health in rural areas: The Nutrition Smart CommUNITI (S. Welte)
– Essential emergency and critical care in the context of the SARS-CoV2 pandemic (Hans-Jörg Lang, ALIMA & UWH)

11:30-12:00     Break

12:00-13:30     Session 2 (Chair: R. Weigel)
COVID-19 / Miscellaneous
– Effect of the COVID-19 pandemic response on intrapartum care, stillbirth, and neonatal mortality outcomes in Nepal (M. Målqvist, Schweden)
– Introduction of the „Child Growth Monitor“ (M. Pohl, Welthungerhilfe Berlin)
– Evaluation of an Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment (ETAT+) training in Madagascar – preliminary findings (M. Galatsch, Witten)

13:30-14:00     Break

14:00-15:30     Session 3 (Chair: C. Herr)
Research and Projects in Global Child Health
5 short presentations á 10+5 minutes from submitted abstracts
– Heuschen A-K, Müller O.: Public health relevant consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the malaria burden in sub-Sahara Africa / Heidelberg
– Langha L, Weigel R.: What are the Menstrual Experiences of Schoolgirls and Students in Uganda? A Narrative Literature Review / Witten
– Leusmann A et al.: Evaluation of the Pediatric Emergency Course and Advanced Skills Training (PEAST) in Sierra Leone – A State of Knowledge Analysis Pre and Post Course / Witten
– Schmidt-Troschke H-M et al.: “Zines” as a new health education medium for children: a narrative literature review / Witten
– Heinrich A, Krüger C.: The national immunization program in Tanzania: structural prerequisites and potential for optimization. / Witten

– Announcements by the GTP

15:30-16:00     Break

16:00-17:00     Session 4 (Chair: I. Schmidt)
Free topics as well as vaccinations and nutrition in times of pandemic
– Experience of Implementation of Gastrochisis Treatment Protocol in Tanzania (Z. Bokhary. Muhimbili National Hospital, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
– Issues in the Corona pandemic from a nursing perspective. (I. Schmidt, Hamminkeln)

17:10-20:00     GTP members’ assembly
– Election of the new board
– Amendment to the Articles of Association
– Farewell by new board with outlook on annual meeting 2022 and TropPaed 2022


Sonntag  9:00 - 12:00

Parallel workshops

Please register for a workshop at registration or write to us at gtp2021(a)

COVID-19: First hand experiences from Brazil and Kenya


ETAT+ (Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment) is a structured and effective intervention designed for primary health structures in resource-linited settings in Africa and Asia. In settings where child mortality is high and most deaths of paediatric patients occur within 24 hours after admission, implementation of ETAT+ reduces intra-hospital mortality.

ETAT helps in identification of acute life threatening problems like severe respiratory problems, shock, severe alterations of consciousness and severe dehydration. ETAT offers a structured way of identifying and treating those conditions.

In our workshop, we will discuss the background of intrahospital child mortality, get to know the elements of ETAT and work through a primary assessement together. There will be the opportunity for questions and discussion with the speakers; they are ETAT instructures and have used or implemented ETAT in resource limited settings.

For participation in the workshop, it is not required to be a member of the AG ETAT or have previous knowledge / experience. Everyone is welcome.

Introductory lecture by Prof. Niessen followed by discussions, small group work and goal setting, and resource gathering for the GTP as well as workshop participants.

Call for abstracts extended!

Deadline: finished

We are looking forward to your contributions to the conference theme and the overall topic “Global Child and Adolescent Health”. Tell us about your scientific or clinical projects or interesting questions.

Participation is free for invited presenters and first authors of accepted abstracts.

Abstract criteria: German or English (preferably English); max. 3000 characters incl. spaces; structure: Research question/project description, methodology, results, discussion, and conclusion.

Abstract submission at gtp2021(a)

Due to the current circumstances, we will unfortunately only be able to publish the abstracts online on the GTP website. We kindly ask for your understanding.


Due to the current pandemic situation, the annual meeting will be held virtually on the Zoom® platform. You will receive the participation link after registration and payment.


Registration is possible until incl. 3.6.2021!

Participation fees for all participants 20,- Euro.
Participation for invited speakers, authors of accepted abstracts, colleages from low and middle income countries and students free of charge.


Cancellation policy:

  • until incl. May 6th 2021: Complete refund of the participation fees
  • Until incl. May 20th 2021: 50% refund of the participation fees
  • from May 21st 2021: Full fees need to be payed

Technical requirements:

All registered participants will receive a personalized access link for the ZOOM® platform after payment of the participation fee.


CME credit points

Credit points for Germany doctors (CME) are applied for at the medical board Hessen.


Conflict of interest and sponsorship declaration

The content of this event will be designed to be product and service neutral. We confirm that the scientific management and the speakers will disclose potential conflicts of interest to the participants. There is no sponsorship of the event.


Contact information

General inquiries and comments (nicht für Anmeldungen):

Conference registration:

Banking details:
Gesellschaft für Tropenpädiatrie und
Internationale Kindergesundheit (GTP) e. V.
Volksbank Ahlen-Sassenberg-Warendorf
IBAN: DE 95 4126 2501 1102 1632 03

Abstract submission (deadline: April 30th 2021):
(Abstract criteria see above)


Title picture: Viktoria Schools, Mwanza, Tanzania

GTP unterstützt L'appel Deutschland e.V. beim PEAST Training

Das pädiatrische Trainingsprogramm “PEAST” (Paediatric Emergency Course and Advanced Skill Training) ist ein Teilprojekt des vom Verein L’appel Deutschland e.V. entworfenen und von der Initiative Klinikpartnerschaften geförderten Programms “Strengthening capacities to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health in Sierra Leone”. Grundlage des Kindernotfalltrainings sind die sierra-leonischen ETAT (Emergency Triage, Assessment and Treatment) -Guidelines von 2020 weshalb L‘appel sich die GTP AG ETAT+ als kompetenten Partner mit ins Boot holte. Einerseits wird so sicher gestellt, dass ausreichend qualifizierte ETAT-Trainer*innen für die Schulungen zur Verfügung stehen. Andererseits entsteht für die durch die AG frisch ausgebildeten ETAT-Trainer*innen so die Möglichkeit, ihre neu erlangten Fähigkeiten unter Supervision im Feld anzubringen.

Im Zeitraum von 2020 bis 2022 werden in einem ersten Schritt gemeinsam mit einem wachsenden Team von lokalen Trainer*innen insgesamt 12 Kurse angeboten. Diese richten sich zunächst vornehmlich an durch vorausgegangene Aus- und Weiterbildungsprojekte von L’appel vorgebildete medizinische Fachkräfte des Magbenteh Community Hospitals, der kooperierenden Partnerklinik von L’appel und enthalten neben den üblichen ETAT+ – Inhalten kontextadapierte Schwerpunkte wie POCUS (Point of Care Ultrasound), CPAP-Versorgung und den Umgang mit hochansteckenden Krankheiten wie Ebola und Lassa-Fieber. Nach einem gelungenen Start 2020 werden seit 2021 in einem zweiten Schritt auch weitere Gesundheitseinrichtungen in das Programm mit einbezogen. Die Evaluation des Kurses findet in Zusammenarbeit mit der Stiftungsprofessur für globale Kindergesundheit der Universität Witten-Herdecke statt. Das Projekt ist als klassisches “Train the Trainers” Konzept gedacht und soll schrittweise vollständig in die Hände des lokalen Teams übergeben werden.

Ansprechpartner für L’appel Deutschland e.V. ist Nicolas Aschoff (Email)

ONLINE SEMINAR - The Sars-CoV-2 pandemic's toll on the health care system in Malawi - part 2

8th April 2021   –   19-20:30 o’clock CET
via Zoom

The Sars-CoV-2 pandemic’s toll on the health care system in Malawi – part 2

Program (Seminar language: English)

19-19:45 “The Sars-CoV-2 pandemic’s toll on the health care system in Malawi – part 2” (Dr. J. Chakakala-Chaziya)

19:45-20:30 Discussion

Dr. Chaziya will extent her talk from our first online seminar in January to elaborate on the challenges that Malawi’s health care system is facing during the current pandemic, on the effects the pandemic is heaving on health care provision and on the adjustments that are being made within the health sector.

Please join us for this very interesting insight into health care provision in a low income setting during a world-wide pandemic.


Dr. Jessica Chakakala-Chaziya

Dr. Chaziya is a paediatric specialist currently residing and working in the North of Malawi as one of the two only paediatricians in that area.

Prior to her current position she had been working in the paediatric department of Malawis biggest hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where she had been part of the team leading the COVID-19 response for the paediatric unit and a national COVID-19 response trainer.

Join us from wherever you are!

Sign up for the seminar following this link:
Hier klicken um beizutreten
or scan the QR code above.

For your registration you will have to set up a free Zoom account which will automatically adjust the seminar settings to your time zone as well as send you notification about possible changes and about your registration.

Sponsoring and conflicts of interest

The content of this seminar does not contain any product placement. Organizors and speakers have to conflicts of interest to declare. There is no sponsoring of the event.

Online seminar "Climate Change and Global Child Health

Opening event:

Online-Seminar (⇓ Leaflet)
„Climate Change and Global Child Health“
with subsequent discussion

Friday 19.03.2021 at 18-19:30 CET
Zoom-Link (Registration via your own Zoom account): Click here to join
Dr. Reinhard Koppenleitner (GTP member and vice chairman of the German Alliance for Climate Change and Health [KLUG] e.V.) will set the scene with an introductory talk followed by a discussion round including planning of further activities in regards to climate change within the GTP.


Invitation to found a working group "Climate Change and Global Child Health" within the GTP

Our vision

The GTP aims at „improving child health world-wide“, especially in countries with limited ressources. In order to achieve this goal a thorough analysis and impression of the multiple factors endangering child health world-wide is needed.  Health is not only influenced by the lack of preventive and curing medical services on national level but also by various global factors.

One central global component is climate change (Castello, Lancet 2009), which even manifests itself as climate crisis or climate catastrophe in some parts of the world.

The planet is facing increasing numbers of heat waves (Robinson 2013), floddings, droughts, crop loss, decrease in lokal productivity (i.e., water scarcity, air polution, fires as well as wars and displacements resulting from these issues.

The consequences for health an life are known: Malnutrition including illnesses caused by it as well as increased vulnerability towards further pathologies due to a weakened immune system. Spread of zoonotic infections due to vector distribution. Migration. Flight and displacement resulting in among other things the loss of access to health care structures and education for children and adolescents. Mental health issues resulting from these circumstances are still a very neglected component.

Prior estimates of climate change progression and its consequences need to constantly be adjusted due to more rapid progression and paint a dramatic picture for the upcoming decades. Climate researchers agree that there is a detectabe acceleration in the rising of the sea level as well as an increase in uninhabitable territory.

All people are effected but the heaviest burden lies on vulnerable groups like children in the global south. The highest fatality rates, far exeeding the current level, are to be expected within these groups. We are currently witnesssing the beginnings of this development in Eastern Africa (, Australia or in the Middle East. Therefore following questions need to be asked: (1) How can we avert this development (Mitigation) and (2) how can we weaken its consequences for the people (Adaptation)?

The GTP can play an important role in advocating for affected populations and can use its international network to spread information about the effects of climate change on child health. Ideally the GTP will be perceived as advisor to government institutions and political decision makers who engage with topics regarding development cooperations, who define projects and who finance their implementation.

As a first step the GTP will have to gather information from its partners in the global south about their experiences with the impact of climate change and to discuss those within the organization. Thereafter the GTP will have to define ways how to incorporate climate change thematically into its strategies, which priority it should be given and which activities will be possible and reasonable. In order to proceed effectively we will have a close look at existing information and ressources of other relevant organizations and we will aim at close collaboration with organizations, who primarily focus on prevention, research and political engagement in regards to climate change.

In order to establish importance for the topic of climate change within the GTP and in order to actively address it we would like to constitute a working group "Climate Change and Global Child Health". If you would like to participate in the process and activities please contact Dr. Reinhard Koppenleitner (email)

Links related to the topic:



Blum AJ, Hotez PJ. "Global “worming”: Climate change and its projected general impact on human helminth infections". PLoS Negl Trop Dis 12(7): e0006370. Free full text.
Castello A, et al. "Managing the health effects of climate change". The Lancet Commissions. Volume 373, ISSUE 9676, P1693-1733, May 16, 2009. Free full text.
Dim Coumou and Alexander Robinson 2013 Environ. Res. Lett. 8 034018. Free full text.
Helldén D t al. "Climate change and child health: a scoping review and an expanded conceptual framework". Lancet Planet Health 2021. 5: e164–75. Free full text

Tidman R, et al. "The impact of climate change on neglected tropical diseases: a systematic review". Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2021, 115: 147-168. Free full text.

ONLINE SEMINAR - Maintaining medical services in times of pandemics

30th January 2021   –   15 to 18 o’clock CET
via Zoom

Maintaining medical services in times of pandemics

4 CME points

Dear GTP members and interested colleagues,

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is having a world-wide effect on the provision of medical services. We as the GTP are constantly adapting our projects to meet the requirements of the pandemic response and we are observing the changes happening within our global network.

We would like to invite you to join us for an online seminar which will introduce you to some of the concepts the GTP has adapted as well as to reports from some of our international partners on how the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has affected their fields of work. Some interesting case reports will add a clinical scope to the seminar.

Preliminary programme

Session 1   - Health care provision and access

  • Opening remarks and global overview (E. Molyneux, UK)
  • Girls’ mental and physical health during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic (L. Abou-Habib, Lebanon)
  • The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic’s toll on the health care system in Malawi (J. Mvula, Malawi)


Session 2   - Case reports

  • A very sick infant with suspected cow's milk protein allergy (S. Voleak, Cambodia)
  • A boy with meningism and splenic abscesses (A. Hansmann, Cambodia)
  • Kawasaki-like inflammatory syndrome in paediatric patients with COVID-19 (D. Rykowska, Poland)


Session 3   - Education during a pandemic

  • ETAT+ training in Germany (E. Obasekie, Germany)
  • Neonatology training at Muhumbili Hospital Daressalam (A. Züchner, Tanzania)
  • Paediatric Emergency Course and Advanced Skill Training - capacity building at a regional hospital in Sierra Leone (N. Aschoff, L’appel Deutschland e.V.)

Join the online seminar whereever you are!

Join our seminar by signing up under this link:
Click here to join
Alternatively scan the QR Code at the top of the page

CME credit points

The online seminar has been accredited with 4 CME points by the medical council of the state of Hessen. We will let you know an email address to which to send your EFN-number in order to claim your points.

Sponsoring and conflict of interest

The content of this seminar is product and service neutral. Potential conflict of interest with always be disclaimed by speakers and organizors. There is no sponsoring of the event.