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




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 (until incl. 28.2.22)Regular fee (from 1.3.22)
GTP memberStudents / non-physician health carers€ 80€ 90
Medical doctors€ 190€ 210
non-memberStudents / non-physician health carers€ 90€ 100
Medical doctors€ 210€ 230
Social eveningStudents / non-physician health carers€ 30€ 50
Medical doctors€ 50€ 70
Accompanying person (if capacities allow)see abovesee above

Cancellation policy:
– Cancellation until 27.4.2022: refund of the entire conference fee.
– Cancellation until 13.5.2022: Refund of 50% of the conference fee.
– Cancellation from 14.5.2022: No refund of the conference fee.



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.

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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:


Study nurse (m/f/d) and PhD student (m/f/d) at the University of Tübingen

The Institute for Tropical Medicine, Travel Medicine and Human Parasitology at the University of Tübingen is looking for:

1) A Study Nurse (w/m/d)

Full or part-time.
The position is initially limited until 31.12.2025, with the possibility of extension.
Application deadline: 31.5.22

2) PhD Student (m/w/d)

Part-time (65%)
The position is initially financed until 31.12.2025, with the possibility of extension.
Application deadline: 15.5.22

Job discription:

Study nurse

  • Organisation of study processes and appointment management
  • Communication with test persons and clinical team
  • Quality assurance taking into account regulatory framework conditions and database maintenance
  • Recruitment and registration of test persons/probands
  • Support in the collection and documentation of study-relevant data as well as the administration and archiving of study data

PhD Student

There is the opportunity to work scientifically within many thematic areas. Core areas include malaria, tuberculosis, parasitic diseases and their evaluation, diagnostics and therapy as well as their further development and improvement. The main place of work will be Tübingen, but stays abroad are possible and desired.

Kontakt und weitere Informationen:

Click here for the job advertisement for the study nurse
Click here for the job advertisement for the PhD student

Aktualisierte Leitlinie: Empfehlungen zur infektiologischen Versorgung von Flüchtlingen im Kindes- und Jugendalter in Deutschland

Wir zitieren hier den Text der offiziellen Pressemitteilung, der im Original auf der Seite der DGKJ veröffentlicht wurde.


Geflüchtete Kinder brauchen eine spezielle medizinische Versorgung

Aktuelle Empfehlungen zur infektiologischen Versorgung von Flüchtlingen im Kindes- und Jugendalter in Deutschland

Um geflüchteten Kindern eine kompetente medizinische Unterstützung geben zu können, ist eine strukturierte Versorgung unverzichtbar. Für die sinnvolle und notwendige Infektionsprävention und -diagnostik wurden jetzt spezielle Fachempfehlungen vorgelegt.

Ob geflohen vor Kriegen, Naturkatastrophen oder Armut - geflüchtete Kinder haben eine oft extrem belastende Zeit hinter sich, lange, strapaziöse Reisen, traumatische Erlebnisse. Je nach Herkunftsland war ihre medizinische Versorgung auch schon vor der Flucht mangelhaft und die Gesundheitsbelastung groß. Diese Kinder und Jugendlichen müssen hier in einer speziell geschulten medizinischen Betreuung aufgefangen werden, um ihre besonderen Gesundheitsrisiken und -bedürfnisse erkennen und kompetent versorgen zu können.

In die Empfehlungen flossen Erfahrungen zum medizinischen Bedarf von Flüchtlingen und insbesondere auch über die Prävalenz von spezifischen Infektionserkrankungen ein, die Mitarbeiter/-innen des Gesundheitssystems bezüglich seit 2015 sammeln konnten. Zwischen 40.000 und 200.000 minderjährige Flüchtlinge im Jahr suchen seither Schutz in Deutschland [vgl. Empfehlungen, S.19]. Auch für die kommenden Jahre ist eine hohe Zahl an Flüchtlingen zu erwarten, aktuell insbesondere aus dem Kriegsgebiet in der Ukraine.

Die Stellungnahme wurde als AWMF-Leitlinie der Stufe 1 angelegt und von der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Pädiatrische Infektiologie (DGPI e.V.), der Gesellschaft für Tropenpädiatrie und Internationale Kindergesundheit (GTP e.V.), dem Berufsverband der Kinder- und Jugendärzte (BVKJ e.V.) und der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin (DGKJ e.V.) erarbeitet. Zahlreiche weitere Fachgesellschaften und Organisationen wurden einbezogen.

Die jetzt vorgelegten Empfehlungen zielen darauf,

  • einen unvollständigen Impfschutz frühzeitig zu erkennen und rasch zu vervollständigen (z.B. Poliomyelitis, Masern, COVID-19)
  • übliche Infektionskrankheiten im Kindes- und Jugendalter, auch vor dem Hintergrund von Sammelunterkünften, Sprachbarrieren und unterschiedlichen kulturellen Auffassungen, zu diagnostizieren und zu behandeln
  • in Deutschland seltene Infektionskrankheiten frühzeitig zu erkennen und zu therapieren (z.B. Tuberkulose, Dengue-Fieber).

Den Autor/-innen ist sehr bewusst, dass Kindergesundheit weit mehr braucht als einen guten infektiologischen Schutz: Psychische Gesundheit und ein sicheres und fürsorgliches Umfeld, Integration und Bildungschancen sind zentrale Aspekte für das gesunde Aufwachsen von Kindern und Jugendlichen mit Fluchterlebnissen.

Eine strukturierte und adäquate medizinische Versorgung ist ein unverzichtbarer Beitrag, der aber politisch auch abgesichert werden muss: Noch gibt es weder im ambulanten noch im stationären Bereich ausreichend Personal und finanzielle Mittel hierfür – angesichts der auch in Zukunft zu erwartenden hohen Zahl an minderjährigen Flüchtlingen eine akute Herausforderung, die eine vordringliche Aufgabe der Politik sein muss.


Hier finden Sie die aktualisierten Empfehlungen zur infektiologischen Versorgung von

Flüchtlingen im Kindes- und Jugendalter in Deutschland

Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in (w/m/d) an der Professur für Globale Kindergesundheit

Das Team um Professor Ralf Weigel sucht Verstärkung! Bewerben Sie sich jetzt!

Die Friede Springer Stiftungsprofessur für Globale Kindergesundheit leistet einen Beitrag zur Gesundheit und zum Wohlbefinden von Kindern und Jugendlichen durch partnerschaftliche Zusammenarbeit, Forschung und Lehre. Die Stelle bietet diverse Möglichkeiten des Engagements in Forschung und Lehre mit Weiterentwicklung der eigenen akademischen Laufbahn. Es besteht die Möglichkeit zu Auslandsreisen im Rahmen der Tätigkeit.

Dauer: Beschäftigung in Voll- oder Teilzeit zunächst besfristet bis 30.9.24
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Nachruf: Prof. Dr. Michael Leichsenring

Nachruf Prof. Dr. Michael Leichsenring

Im Alter von 68 Jahren verstarb bereits am 19.1.2022 Prof. Dr. med., Prof. h.c. (RSSPMCP) Michael Leichsenring. Bis zuletzt galt sein unermüdliches Wirken der Verbesserung der Kindergesundheit weltweit.


Leichsenring studierte von 1978-1984 Humanmedizin in Düsseldorf und erwarb von 1981-1983 parallel ein Diplom in Afrikanologie/Kisuaheli an der Universität Köln. 1984 absolvierte er auch den Diplomkurs des Bernhard-Nocht-Instituts in Hamburg. 1985 begann er die Weiterbildung zum Kinder- und Jugendarzt an der Kinderklinik der Universität Düsseldorf, die er ab 1987 an der Kinderklinik der Universität Heidelberg fortsetzte und 1992 abschloss und sich 1993 für das Fach Kinderheilkunde habilitierte. In den Abteilungen Allgemeine Pädiatrie und für Neonatologie der Kinderklinik der Universität Heidelberg arbeitete er von 1993 bis 1995 als klinischer Oberarzt, wobei er sein früher aufgenommenes Engagement für die Gesundheit und Ernährung von Kindern in Entwicklungsländern fortsetzte und 1995 bis 1997 die Sektion Tropenpädiatrie leitete. 1999 folgte er dann einem Ruf auf eine Professur an der Kinderklinik der Universität Ulm, die mit der Funktion des geschäftsführenden Oberarztes verbunden war. Außerdem leitete er die Bereiche Pneumologie/Mukoviszidose, Allergologie und Stoffwechselerkrankungen, wo er sich unermüdlich und mit großer Hingabe für Patienten mit seltenen Erkrankungen einsetzte. Im Jahr 2019 wurde er in den Ruhestand versetzt.

Neben seiner klinischen Tätigkeit interessierten Michael Leichsenring das Leben und die gesundheitlichen Herausforderungen fremder Nationen und Kulturen und insbesondere die Ausbildung von Ärztinnen und Ärzten in der Kinderheilkunde. Aus dieser Tätigkeit ist nicht nur die Motivierung zahlreicher junger Kolleginnen und Kollegen für eine Tätigkeit im Bereich Tropenpädiatrie und internationale Kindergesundheit zu erwähnen. Als Ausrichter von Fachtagungen der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Tropenpädiatrie (ATP) - später GTP - war er auch in Deutschland ein Pionier im Bereich Global Child Health. Neben der Planung von großen Projekten, war für ihn stets die Verbesserung der individuellen Situation kleiner und großer Patienten von Bedeutung.

Prof. Leichsenring neben Prof. Krawinkel 1995 in Moshi

Unter diesem Vorzeichen stand auch seine Beratungs- und Lehrtätigkeit in Kirgistan (1999, 2002, 2003, 2004), Usbekistan (2009, 2012, 2013), Tadschikistan (2011) im Auftrag der kfW-Entwicklungsbank, Frankfurt/Main; und sein Engagement als Projektleiter der EU-Projekte ‘Higher Education Network for Applied Human Nutrition between Eastern Africa and Europe (HENNA)’ in Äthiopien, Kenia und Uganda und ‘E-Learning Network on Food and Nutrition Security (eLEFANS)’ mit Partneruniversitäten in Ostafrika und Europa (2008-2017); und er beriet das EU/Erasmus Plus-Programm für Zentralasien (2019-zuletzt).

Leichsenring war Mitglied der Dt. Gesellschaft für Kinderheilkunde und Jugendmedizin, der European Society for Pediatric Research, der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Pädiatrische Stoffwechselkrankheiten, der Dt. Gesellschaft für Tropenmedizin und Internationale Gesundheit sowie der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Tropenpädiatrie/Gesellschaft für Tropenpädiatrie und globale Kindergesundheit. Er publizierte über 30 Veröffentlichungen allein zu globaler Kinderheilkunde und Ernährung.

Prof. Leichsenring at a sonography teaching in Tadschikistan 2019

Für seinen Jahrzehnte langen Einsatz für internationale Kindergesundheit, insbesondere im Bereich Unterernährung und Infektionskrankheiten (Tuberkulose, Onchozerkose, Malaria) in Afrika und bis zuletzt in den letzten 15 Jahren für die strukturelle Verbesserung der Kindergesundheit in Zentralasien (wofür er eine Ehrenprofessur in Uzbekistan erhielt), wird er für viele Menschen unvergessen bleiben. Er war für viele Pädiater und KollegenInnen in Deutschland ein Visionär, Mentor, Wegbegleiter, Freund und Vorbild. Jemand sagte einmal über ihn: „A leader, who puts into practice, what others keep talking about.“ Zu unserem großen Bedauern hat die Welt diesen brillanten Menschen viel zu früh verloren.


Peter Meißner, Konstanz
Matthias Nelle, Böblingen/Bern
Michael Krawinkel, Gießen

Paediatrician for clinical supervision of training programme in Sierra Leone

German Doctors e. V. is looking for experienced paediatricians to supervise and train students during their first clinical rotation in hospitals in the north of Sierra Leone.

Duration: 6 weeks

Application: Submit now for starting date summer 2022


Project background:

Sierra Leone, a country of around 7 million people, has a high infant mortality rate and a relatively low number of doctors. Medical care in the West African country is mainly provided by community health officers and nurses, especially outside the capital Freetown.

Together with the Ministry of Health, a training programme was launched in Sierra Leone in autumn 2021 to train graduates of the School of Clinical Sciences in Makeni in a 2-year programme in various specialities. A total of 3 NGOs, all of which have already been working in Sierra Leone for years, accompany training programmes with recognised bachelor's degrees in surgery, internal medicine or paediatrics.

German Doctors e.V. has been active in the training of health care workers in Sierra Leone for over 10 years and is co-responsible for the 2-year paediatric training course.


Mission description:

Experienced paediatricians are needed to supervise and train students during their first clinical rotation in hospitals in northern Sierra Leone for 6-week assignments.

The hospitals are located in remote regions of the country and provide medical care that is typical for the country. The work in the hospitals is done in close cooperation with local doctors, often tropical doctors from Europe. The professional basis of the training is the national guidelines as well as the ETAT+ guidelines and recommendations of MSF and the WHO. Two programme coordinators (medical and administrative) responsible for the paediatric programme work on site and are direct contacts for medical and organisational questions.



  • Supervision of students during their patient care according to their competences
  • Participation in hospital services together with the students
  • Regular evaluation and training of students, but also of nurses and community health workers in the clinical area.



  • Paediatrician with completed specialist training and experience in clinical work in low resource settings
  • Willingness to work in a country with clearly limited resources and in a remote location
  • Experience with teaching
  • The mission doctors can expect a stimulating environment and an interesting task.


Payment / accommodation::

For this volunteer placement, part of the flight costs will be reimbursed; board and lodging on site are free. More informationen to be found here.

Sierra Leone is a politically stable country, which makes excursions in the vicinity of the hospitals or on the Western Peninsula possible.



German Doctors e.V. mission planning
Mrs. Carola Walter (








GOING Survey - please take part!

Dear colleagues,

the Society for Tropical Pediatrics and International Child Health is engaged in a working group on the interests of and training opportunities for physicians in the field of “Global Child Health” in Germany and abroad.

To this end, we have designed a short (15 minute) survey to collect information on how young medical professionals are training in the field of Global Child Health at hospital and university level. With this information, we plan to work with the state medical associations to improve opportunities for continuing education and training recognition in this field.

We also want to know how colleagues prepare for a stay abroad in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) and what future prospects they associate with it.

We would be very pleased about your participation in and dissemination of this survey!
Deadline: 31.03.2022

Start the survey here!

Don’t hesitate to contact us in case of any questions and please spread the word!

Barbara Zimmer and Judith Lindert

Paediatric ETAT+ trainings 2022


10th – 12th June 2022 in Hamburg, Germany and 1st – 3rd October 2022 in Dresden, Germany


Applications for this course 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
  • Hamburg: Kinderkrankenhaus Wilhelmstift
  • Dresden: ISIMED University Hospital Dresden
  • 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.


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”

27.-29. August 2021 | ETAT+ Instructor Course | Hamburg

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


We are grateful for having been sponsored by the