40th GTP Annual Conference






Basel, Switzerland



Dr. Charlotte Adamczick
Dr. Gudrun Jäger

27-29th May 2022          

Basel, Switzerland

Conference theme: tba

Greetings from the organizors


Conference program

Times are stated as CET
Last update:





Call for abstracts




Cancellation policy:


Technical requirements


CME credit points


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.

Registration open soon

Contact information

General inquiries and comments (not for registration):

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: tba):


Paediatric ETAT+ trainings 2021


22nd-24th October 2021 in Hamburg, Germany

There is a waiting list for this course. Applications for the waiting list are welcome.



  • Target group: Doctors and nursing staff with work experience, who are preparing for a placement abroad
  • Course language: English
  • Organizers: working group ETAT of GTP
  • Venue: Kinderkrankenhaus Wilhelmstift Hamburg, Germany (May, October), University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus Dresden, Germany (July)
  • Fees: Doctors 300€, Nursing staff 150€
  • Course leaflet for further information
  • Registration


The concept ETAT

ETAT+ (Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment) is a comprehensive and proven intervention developed specifically for implementation in first-level facility-based care in East Africa and Asia, thereby reaching the poorest and most vulnerable children in rural and periurban areas.

ETAT guidelines are designed to deal with common problems in paediatric departments in low resource setting where

  • Inpatient mortality is high.
  • Many of the patients die within 24 hours of admission

Common problems are e.g. inadequate service, low training level of staff, especially in emergency care, no or few written protocols, delays in initiating care. ETAT guidelines are developed by WHO and are adapted from the Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) guidelines used in western countries. ETAT guidelines are specifically aligned to common problems in the paediatric basic emergency care of in institutions with limited resources. They identify children with immediately life-threatening conditions which are most frequently seen in developing countries, such as obstruction of the airway and other breathing problems caused by infections, shock, severely altered central nervous system function (coma or convulsions), and severe dehydration in a structured and comprehensible manner and present simple yet clear guidelines for their medical care.

These guidelines were developed in Malawi, and were field-tested in several other countries including Angola, Brazil, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kenya and Niger.

In many places, ETAT is the cornerstone of decision making at first contact with a patient.


The paediatric ETAT+ course

The working group ETAT emerged within the GTP on the initiative of three alumni of the Intensive Course on Tropical Paediatrics (TropPaed), who have experienced the clinical significance of ETAT on various missions abroad. They have been trained as tutors and have lead trainings abroad. The first ETAT+ training by this working group was held successfully in September 2018 in Witten/Herdecke and received very positive feedback. The training is now becoming a regular event.

The course focusses on improving global child health through capacity building as well as assessment and treatment of sick children in low resource settings. It offers an introduction to a well-organized “critical care pathway” and good quality, basic paediatric emergency care, which can help to reduce paediatric hospital mortality.

Course content

Besides from lectures, the course is based on an interactive training. Skills stations include:

  • Bag and mask application
  • Intraosseous canula insertion
  • CPR of children and neonates
  • Many practical case simulations
Course objectives
  • Triage all sick children when they arrive at a health facility, into the following categories:
    • those with emergency signs
    • those with priority signs
    • those who are non-urgent cases
  • Assess a child’s airway and breathing and give emergency treatments.
  • Assess the child’s status of circulation and level of consciousness.
  • Manage shock, coma, and convulsions in a child.
  • Assess and manage severe dehydration in a child with diarrhoea.
  • Manage acute severe malnutrition.
  • Manage a sick neonate and a premature baby.
  • Assess and manage burns and trauma in a child.
  • Plan and implement ETAT in your own working area.
Impressions from the last course

"I liked all of the practical sessions – all very useful.”
“Very practical and structured training.”
“I liked the trainer team: good mixture, lots of experience, passionate teaching.”

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.


22nd-27th May 2022


Schloß Rauischholzhausen


Max. participants: 50
Kurssprache: Englisch


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.

  • 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.

Scholarships are available for colleagues from low and middle income countries. Please apply with a motivational letter and CV. Further details are to be found reading the section on “sponsoring of international colleagues“. Application deadline: 15th July 2019

Applications are currently closed

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Course venue

The course has previously been taking place at Schloß Rauischholzhausen which is the conference center of the University of Gießen. We were happy to be able to host our course at this historical and beautiful site. It offered 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. The castle is about to be rennovated in due time so we might need to move to a different location. We will make sure to find a suitable venue.

Schloßpark 1, 35085 Ebsdorfergrund

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

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)globalchildhealth.de.

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)globalchildhealth.com.

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

AG Studenten und junge Ärzte: Workshop bei der 38. GTP Jahrestagung

Bericht zum Workshop der AG Studenten und junge Ärzte

38. GTP Jahrestagung, Berlin 2020
“Gender Aspects of Global Child Health”

Der diesjährige Studentenworkshop der GTP-Jahrestagung hat interessierten Medizinstudierenden und jungen ÄrztInnen das Konzept von „Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment“-Kursen (kurz: ETAT+) vorgestellt: hierbei handelt es sich um speziell für den Einsatz in Low-Resource-Settings entwickelte klinische Leitlinien/Strategien für häufige pädiatrische Leitsymptome bzw. Krankheitsbilder, die unbehandelt mit einer hohen Mortalität einhergehen.

Die TeilnehmerInnen kamen in den Genuss eines ETAT+-Schnupperkurses mit Themen wie z.B. Neugeborenen-Reanimation, Trauma oder Verbrühung/Verbrennung. Nachdem die wichtigsten theoretischen Grundlagen in Form von Kurzvorträgen durch die „AG Studierende und junge ÄrztInnen“ vermittelt wurden, folgte ein praktischer Teil, bei dem das Vorgehen konkret an nachgestellten Fallbeispielen in Kleingruppen und mit tatkräftiger Unterstützung durch ETAT+-DozentInnen geübt wurde.

Ein gelungener Auftakt in die GTP-Jahrestagung für die OrganisatorInnen und TeilnehmerInnen!

Erfahrungsbericht von Karolina Friedrichsen, einer teilnehmenden Studentin:


Die Konferenz fing für mich mit dem Studenten Workshop an. Ich setzte mich ins Publikum und wusste nicht, was mich dort erwartet. Zu der Zeit befand ich mich im zweiten Fachsemester und nahm somit an meiner ersten Konferenz teil. Ich fühlte mich dementsprechend unsicher und wusste, dass mein junges Alter sehr auffällig war, da ich dort von erfahrenen ÄrztInnen und AktivistInnen aus unterschiedlichen Ländern umzingelt war.


StudentInnen und junge ÄrztInnen präsentierten unterschiedliche Aspekte des „Emergency Triage, Assessment and Treatment (ETAT+)“. In meiner Unerfahrenheit hatte ich noch nie etwas von ETAT gehört, geschweige denn es selbst angewendet. Es wurde erklärt was ETAT bedeutet, wann es einsetzbar ist und wie man es lernt.


Nach dem theoretischen Teil, fing nun der praktische Teil des Workshops an. Wir lernten „hands-on“ wie ETAT in kleinem Ausmaß angewendet wird. In meiner ersten Gruppe, mussten wir ein nicht mehr atmendes Kind versorgen. Zwei Ärzte spielten uns die Situation vor und erklärten die wichtigsten Aspekte. Dann waren wir an der Reihe, Freiwillige vor. Bei dieser Station fühlte ich mich trotz Anleitung nicht sicher genug, um mit anzupacken. Ich schaute also zu und nahm mir vor, bei der nächsten Simulation mitzumachen. Nach 15 Minuten war die Zeit um und es ging weiter zum zweiten Fall.


„Ein Kind ist in ein Feuer gefallen und der Vater trägt es in seinen Armen in deine improvisierte Notaufnahme“ war hier das Setting. Nachdem die StationsleiterIn einmal vorzeigte wie man im Idealfall reagiert, durften wir das „Kind“ versorgen. Ich stellte mich mit meiner Kommilitonin an den Tisch auf dem die Puppe lag. Ich spürte zwar eine gewisse Aufregung, wusste jedoch, dass wir von anderen Menschen umgeben waren, für die diese Erfahrung auch neu war. Die erfahrenen ÄrztInnen und StudentInnen sahen uns zu, sagten laut in die Runde wie die Handgriffe besser auszuführen waren und gaben uns Tipps. Manche hatten so eine Situation schon selber erlebt und teilten ihre Erlebnisse. In dem Moment schätze ich es sehr, von deren Erfahrung und Geschichten lernen zu dürfen. Die Zeit war um und wir durften, nach einer kurzen Rückmeldung der StationsleiterIn, zurück in unsere Gruppe.


Nach dieser ersten Erfahrung mit der Studenten AG, war ich sehr begeistert von der positiven und ergreifenden Art, auf die das Thema vorgestellt wurde und wie StudentInnen angesprochen wurden. Es handelte sich um meinen ersten Kongress und trotzdem fühlte ich mich im Workshop gut aufgehoben. Ich konnte nicht nur medizinisch, sondern auch menschlich sehr viel von anderen lernen und mich außerdem mit anderen StudentInnen, welche sich in einer ähnlichen Situation befanden, austauschen.

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. http://www.fao.org/climate-change), 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 (https://kenya.savethechildren.net/news/climate-change-wajir-risks-mother-and-child-survival), 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. https://doi.org/10.137/journal.pntd.0006370. 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.

Junior-Fachkraft für Gesundheitsprojekte 50%

Zur Unterstützung des Teams Gesundheitssystemstärkung sucht das Difäm zum 01. April 2021 einen/eine Junior-Fachkraft für Gesundheitsprojekte 50% (m/w/d) (befristet)
Bewerbungsfrist: 28.02.2021

Das Deutsche Institut für Ärztliche Mission (Difäm) ist eine Organisation für weltweite christliche Gesundheitsarbeit mit Sitz in Tübingen. Das Difäm und unterstützt seine Partner dabei, Gesundheit zu fördern, besonders für benachteiligte Menschen in vernachlässigten Regionen, und fördert eine gerechte, nachhaltige und hochwertige Gesundheitsversorgung.
Die Partnerorganisationen des Difäm implementieren in ihren Ländern vielfältige Projekte, um die Gesundheit der Bevölkerung besonders in ländlichen Gebieten zu stärken. Das Difäm begleitet sie dabei durch ein professionelles Projektmanagement und technische Beratung. Zudem unterstützt das Difäm die Partner in der Antragstellung an Drittmittelgeber. Heutige Gesundheitsprojekte müssen mehr und mehr Methoden der digitalen Kommunikation einbeziehen. Die Stelle einer Junior-Fachkraft wird im Team der Gesundheitssystemstärkung angesiedelt sein. Die Junior-Fachkraft kann in diesem Bereich die Umsetzung von Projekten intensiv kennenlernen und zu sehr vielfältigen inhaltlichen Themen arbeiten. Das Spektrum reicht von der Mutter-Kind-Gesundheit über das e-Learning bis hin zur Infrastrukturstärkung durch Ausstattung und Bauvorhaben. Das Difäm-Team arbeitet mit Partnern in mehr als 18 Ländern vor allem in Afrika zusammen.

Ihre Aufgaben liegen im Bereich:

  • Unterstützung des Projektmanagements, der Drittmitteleinwerbung, des Monitorings und der Berichterstattung für diverse Gesundheitsprojekte
  • Unterstützung bei der Koordination, der Entwicklung und technischen Umsetzung von digitalen Informations- und Fortbildungsprodukten in Englisch und Französisch
  • Organisation, Tutoring und Protokollieren von e-Learning Sessions und anderen digitalen Lernformaten
  • Kommunikation mit allen Projektbeteiligten und der Difäm Öffentlichkeitsarbeit - Beteiligung und Mitwirkung an allen sonstigen internen Aufgabenstellungen

Ihr Profil umfasst:

  • Abgeschlossenes Studium in Public Health, Gesundheitswissenschaften oder einem ähnlichen Studiengang
    Erfahrungen im Bereich e-Health und Erwachsenenbildung sind von Vorteil
  • Sehr gute Englischkenntnisse und gute Kenntnisse in Französisch - Sehr hohe Internet, e-Health und Social Media Affinität Bereitschaft zu flexiblem Arbeiten
    Von Vorteil sind: Erfahrung in der interkulturellen Zusammenarbeit Eine Ausbildung im Gesundheitssektor
  • Kenntnisse afrikanischer Kulturen

Wir bieten:

  • Ein freundliches und abwechslungsreiches Arbeitsumfeld und flexible Arbeitszeiten.
  • Projektreisen können nach Ende der Corona Krise möglich sein.
  • Eine Aufstockung der ausgeschriebenen Stelle auf 100% ist eventuell möglich.

Die Bewerbung richten Sie bitte elektronisch (max. 5 MB) bis zum 28. Februar 2021 an:
Deutsches Institut für Ärztliche Mission e. V., Frau Rütten, Personalabteilung, email
Bei Rückfragen wenden Sie sich gerne an Ute Papkalla, 07071-7049031 oder email. Deutsches Institut für Ärztliche Mission e.V. (Difäm), Mohlstr. 26, 72074 Tübingen www.difaem.de | www.facebook.com/difaem