Klinikpartnerschaft GTP – Department of Paediatrics & Child Health an der Universität von Dodoma, Tansania (2021-2024)

Über das Projekt

Im Rahmen der Initiative “Klinikpartnerschaften – Partner stärken Gesundheit”, finanziert durch die Else Kröner-Fresenius Stiftung (EKFS) und das Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ), technisch begleitet durch die Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), engagiert sich die GTP in Fortführung des sehr erfolgreichen Facharztprogramms für angehende PädiaterInnen in Mwanza und Dodoma (2016 bis 2020) seit 2021 (Laufzeit bis 2024) in der pädiatrischen Facharztausbildung in Dodoma, Tansania. Aufgrund des weiterhin bestehenden Mangels an Pädiaterinnen und Pädiatern mit Subspezialitäten reisen Experten aus Deutschland und anderen europäischen Ländern mehrfach pro Jahr nach Tansania, um in Dodoma theoretischen Unterricht anzubieten. Darüber hinaus findet praktischer Unterricht bei Visiten und Klinikeinsätzen statt, Ultraschallkenntnisse werden ebenso vermittelt. Das Pflegepersonal wird durch erfahrene Kinderkrankenschwestern/-pfleger geschult. Fehlende Ausstattung wird in begrenztem Maße durch das Projekt beschafft. Die Entwicklung von Behandlungsrichtlinien ist Bestandteil des Projekts.


Möglichkeit zur Mitarbeit – Dozenten gesucht

  • Fachärztinnen/-ärzte für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin inklusive aller Subspezialitäten
  • Neonatologisch und pädiatrisch erfahrenes Pflegepersonal

Wir freuen uns auf Bewerbungen von GTP-Mitgliedern oder solchen, die es werden wollen, mit Interesse an einem Unterrichtseinsatz in Dodoma. Arbeitserfahrung im Ausland und in der Lehre sind von Vorteil, aber keine unabdingbare Voraussetzung.

  • Einsatzdauer: 2-3 Wochen (Einsatzzeitpunkt flexibel)
  • Voraussetzungen: Gute Englischkenntnisse
  • Vergütung: Übernahme der Aufenthalts- und Reisekosten


Kontakt und Bewerbung

Bei Interesse schreiben Sie bitte mit einem kurzen Lebenslauf an:
PD Dr. Carsten Krüger (krueger(a)globalchildhealth.de) – Programmverantwortlicher in Deutschland
Dr. Shakilu Jumanne (shakiluj(a)gmail.com) – Projektleiter vor Ort

41st GTP Annual Conference 2023 - Bonn





Bonn, Deutschland

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Section Global Health, University Hospital Bonn

41st GTP annual conference

12th-14th May 2023

Bonn, Germany

Conference theme: Learning and teaching in Global Child Health

CME credit points


Welcome address

We are delighted to invite you to our 41st Annual Meeting of the Society for Tropical Pediatrics and International Child Health.

Under the keynote theme “Teaching. Tomorrow. Together. – Learning and Teaching in Global Child Health”, the meeting will take place from May 12-14, 2023 in the Beethoven and UN city of Bonn. In addition to various workshops and submitted abstracts, you can expect exciting presentations from renowned speakers* as well as the chance to establish 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 meeting also gives ample space to present other current and relevant aspects of global child health.

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

We would like to make it possible for as many interested people as possible to participate 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 Chiar) 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 und Dr. Ralf Weigel

Preliminary program

last update: 5.2.23
Conference language: English



parallel: city tour


Conference opening with international speakers


Get together



Academia and clinics
Current issues in clinical child health
Novelties in paediatric research
Short insights

Satellite events throughout

World Cafe
Fire-side talks


GTP members’ assembly
parallel: city tour for non-members


Bonn by boat – conference dinner



Patients and organizations
New ideas and approaches in child health


Helmut-Wolf-Award and farewell

Call for abstracts


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)ukbonn.de 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.


On Saturday and Sunday the conference takes place in the Anatomy Building (address: Nussallee 10, 53115 Bonn). The venue is only 10 walking minutes away from Bonn main station (Bonn Hbf) and approx. 15 to 20 min from most hotels that are located in the city centre.

Social program

Gerenal information

The conference team has compiled a PDF with sights in Bonn.



Instead of a second workshop, you will have the opportunity to get to know Bonn better on a guided city tour. The tour will end at the location where the Opening Ceremony takes place. Please let us know if you are interested in this city tour when registering for the conference. For people who are not members of the GTP, another city tour is offered on Saturday afternoon.  


We invite you to a get-together with snacks and drinks after the Opening Ceremony. 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 guided city tour will take place on Friday afternoon. 

Please let us know your interest in this city tour when you register. 


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 SundayTo be payed cash or via direct transfer on site€ 70€ 70
Day ticket SaturdayTo be payed cash or via direct transfer on site€ 130€ 130


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.  

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.  

Register for the conference here!

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 the event:

Contact information

General enquiries and comments (not for registrations): globalhealthevents(a)ukbonn.de

Registration for the conference: https://globalchildhealth.de/en/registrationgtp2023/

Bank 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

Registration for the GTP Annual Meeting in Bonn from 12-14 May 2023

Dear colleagues and interested parties!

Please read the following information carefully before registering for the Annual Conference 2023 using the form below.

  • Please note that registration via the form is binding.
  • After sending the form, you will receive an automatic confirmation email with the information you have provided as well as account details for the transfer of the conference fee and other information. After receiving this email, you will then have four weeks to transfer your participation fee. Please check your spam.
  • Please let us know if you are interested in the workshops and parallel events as well as the guided tour of the city. We would also like to offer childcare and the possibility of couchsurfing (exclusively for students) depending on your feedback. This registration is non-binding and for purpose of further planning on our side. In due course we will inform you about the binding booking. You will receive separate information by e-mail at the end of February/beginning of March.
  • The current hygiene regulations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic will apply to conference participation at the time of the conference. These will be published on the conference homepage.
  • If you have any questions, please contact the conference secretariat at globalhealthevents(a)ukbonn.de.

Bonus tickets and sponsorship of international guests

Support colleagues from LAMICs! Every year, we invite colleagues from low-and-middle-income countries (LAMICs) to our conference and the subsequent intensive course in tropical paediatrics and international child health. They make an invaluable contribution to international professional exchange and also have the opportunity to spend time shadowing in our partner clinics in Germany. Travel and stay are financed, among other things, by scholarships awarded by the GTP, which are financed by donations to the GTP and shares of course fees. You too can contribute to a scholarship by indicating a donation amount when you register. A contribution could look like this:

  • 0-50 euros: scholarship grant for participation in the social evening
  • 50-200 Euros: Scholarship grant for conference participation
  • 200-500 euros: Scholarship grant to cover accommodation costs during a hospitation or intensive course
  • 500-1000 euros: Scholarship grant to cover travel costs

Donations to the GTP e.V. are tax deductible. For donations of less than 200 euros, it is sufficient to submit a bank statement. For higher amounts we will issue a donation receipt.

IMPORTANT: Please transfer the donation indicated in the registration form separately with the subject “Donation GTP” in order to make it unmistakably identifiable for your tax return as well as for us. If the first name, surname or address for the donation receipt differs from the data given in the registration, please let us know in the comments field.

Cancellation policy

  • For cancellations up to and including 15.03.2023, we will refund the entire conference fee.
  • For cancellations up to and including 10.04.2023, we will refund half of the corresponding conference fee.
  • After 11.4.2023 we are unfortunately unable to make any refunds.

Conference fees GTP2023

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 SundayTo be payed cash or via direct transfer on site€ 70€ 70
Day ticket SaturdayTo be payed cash or via direct transfer on site€ 130€ 130

Discounts GTP2023

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.  

Registration form for the 41. GPT Annual Conference from 12-14 May 2023 in Bonn:


    First name*:


    Birth date:


    Billing address*:

    Zip code and city*:



    Current employer*:


    Are you a GTP member?*

    Conference fee*:

    Interest in workshops & parallel events (included in the conference fee). The workshops will take place in two time slots on Friday afternoon (13.00-15.00 and 15.30-17.30). We would like to try to offer you the following topics depending on the availability of speakers: a) Creating climate-resilient health facilities, b) Paediatric ultrasound in resource-limited countries, c) ETAT and simulation training, d) Nursing in resource-limited settings, e) Young GTP workshop. The exact selection of workshops will be made in February/early March. You will be informed accordingly by e-mail. I would like to participate in*:

    I would like to participate in the following free parallel event on Saturday afternoon. (Fireside Talks: we offer the possibility of 1:1 conversation with the international guests of the GTP as well as representatives of the GPT from Germany. Duration of bookable slots: approx. 10 min. Take the chance to discuss and network with people you would otherwise find difficult to reach and boost your professional advancement || World Café: discussion rounds with max. 5 x 8 participants on the main theme of the congress. Here, key points will be worked out, focal points will be deepened and points of view will be discussed together) Binding registration will take place via a separate enquiry. You will be informed accordingly by e-mail. I would like to participate in*:

    I would like to register bindingly for a guided city tour for a contribution towards expenses of 5€ per person. It may be difficult for GTP members to participate in the city tour on Saturday evening due to the members' assembly taking place at the same time.*:

    My preferred language for the city tour would be*:

    Get-together on Friday (no extra charge)*:

    I will have someone accompany me to the get together*:

    Social evening on Saturday*:

    Accompanying people for social evening:

    For participants with small children: I would be interested in childcare on site:

    Please name number and ages of your children for purposes of planning:

    For students and apprentices: I would like to use the couchsurfing option for accommodation. Couchsurfing is mostly offered from students for students. Distribution of places will be according to needs on a first-come-first-serve basis:

    Donation as grant for scholarships for international colleagues from LMIC (Please state amount in Euro):

    Additional information (i. e. allergies, special needs, Workshop time slot, personal data regarding donation):

    Registration for TropPaed 15.-19. May 2023

    Dear colleagues,

    Thank you for your interest in participation in the 2023 TropPaed course. The course is currently fully booked. Register for the waiting list by filling in the form below. Your registration is binding.

    Please note following information prior to registration:

    Course schedule
    – Arrival: from Sunday 14th May from 17:00. Dinner will be served, please indicate in your registration if you wish to have dinner or let us know latest a week prior to your arrival in order for us to be able to plan for the correct amount of people.
    – Program starts: Monday 8:45
    – Check-out from the rooms: Friday before breakfast
    – Course end and departure: Friday around 14:00 after lunch

    Prerequisites for course participation.
    – Complete vaccine record against COVID-19 (vaccine must be approved in Germany) or condition after passed infection. Proof must be presented at registration.

    Mentoring our international guests
    In recent years, we have introduced that there are voluntary primary contact persons for our international guests within the European participant group, which was perceived by both sides as very positive. As a so-called mentor, you are the contact person for general questions that do not concern the course organization, feel responsible to see if everything is in order, engage in communication and may even be a room neighbor. Feel free to sign up as a mentor when you register.

    Course fees
    Our course fees are calculated to exactly match the course costs after deduction of sponsoring without making any profit. Course costs include full board at the castle, room rent, travel and accommodation costs for lecturers and organizers as well as the scholarships for our international guests. All organizers work on a voluntary basis, lecturers do not receive salaries.

    Cancellation Policy.
    If you need or chose to withdraw your course registration we will try to fill your spot with someone from the waiting list. Additionally you will have the chance to present a substitute yourself. If your registration can be filled with someone else, we will refund you with the full course fees minus a 50 Euro handling fee. If your spot cannot be filled, we will charge you the full course fee.

    COVID-19 pandemic – further regulations.
    – If there are requirements at the time of the course regarding mandatory testing for Sars-CoV-2, we reserve the right to have you perform appropriate tests independently or on site at your own expense.
    – The course concerning hygiene regulations we will published and updated on our website.

    GTP annual meeting in Bonn from 12.-14. May 2023
    Prior to the TropPaed course the 41st GTP Annual Conferece is going to take place in Bonn. We are cordially inviting you to join us there. If you can offer free seats in your car, please indicate so at registration.

    For queries of any kind regarding the course, please do not hesitate to contact us: troppaed(a)globalchildhealth.de


    Registration for the TropPaed course 15.-19. May 2023.
    You will receive a registration confirmation immediately after sending the registration form. Please also check your spam folder. If you do not receive any email your registration was not successful.





      Straße & Hausnr.*:

      PLZ & Ort*:



      Aktuelle Arbeitsstelle*:

      Ausbildung / Fachrichtung*:

      Sind Sie GTP-Mitglied?*JaNein

      Kursbeitrag (early-bird bis 15.3.22)*:

      Möchten Sie Sonntag Abend im Schloß ein Abendessen?*:

      Ich nehme an der GTP Jahrestagung in Bonn teil und kann eine Mitfahrgelegenheit zum Schloß anbieten*:

      Haben Sie eine Präferenz bezüglich Ihres Schlafraums?*:

      Würden Sie sich gerne als MentorIn und/oder ZimmernachbarIn für einen unserer internationalen Gäste zur Verfügung stellen?:

      Wie bevorzugen Sie Ihre Mahlzeiten*:

      Zusätzliche Informationen (z. B. Allergien, Unverträglichkeiten, Ernährungsform, falls vorhanden: WunschzimmernachbarIn):

      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)globalchildhealth.de). 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”

      GTP TropPaed Alumni Ressources

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      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)globalchildhealth.de.

      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.


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      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.
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      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

      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

      AG Climate Change and Global Child Health

      Welcome to the Climate Change and Global Child Health WG page. The following content awaits you:

      Our position paper: this is how we act!

      • Climate change and global child health: introduction to the topic.
      • The role of the GTP: How we see ourselves
      • Our 3 fields of action: The GTP as an advocate, Content for members and individuals, Content for work in the medical environment.
      • Background information: Literature collection
      • Calendar of events on the topic
      • Get involved: Our contact details

      Climate change and global child health

      The formulated goal of the GTP is to improve global child health. A prerequisite for this is a clear understanding and analysis of the multiple causes that threaten children’s health globally, in order to be able to address them effectively. In addition to inadequate preventive and curative health care at the national level, global contexts of various kinds determine access to and maintenance of health in the broadest sense. One of these is climate change.

      Climate change, which is already manifesting itself in some parts of the world as a climate crisis or climate catastrophe, has a direct influence on access to and preservation of health (Castello A, Lancet 2009).

      Climate change results in, among other things, more frequent and severe heat waves (Robinson 2013), floods, droughts, crop loss, decline in local productivity (exemplified by http://www.fao.org/climate-change), water shortages, air pollution, fires, and with resulting wars and displacement.

      The consequences for health and life are well known and manifold: malnutrition and its directly resulting diseases as well as increased vulnerability regarding further pathologies due to a weakened immune system, negative effects of diverse environmental toxins, spreading of zoonotic infectious diseases by spreading vectors, migration and flight, with the consequence of missing structure of an adequate health facility and also destroyed school structures for the growing population. Mental disorders resulting from all these circumstances are still an extremely neglected component.

      Earlier prognoses of a change of the climate with corresponding consequences must be adapted more and more and draw dramatic scenarios for the near coming decades. There is consensus among climate researchers that an accelerating rise in sea level is measurable, as is a rapid increase in uninhabitable territory on the continents.

      All people are affected, but especially the vulnerable groups, including children in the countries of the global south. Here, increasing numbers of (fatal) victims are to be expected, far exceeding current levels. We see the beginnings of this development, for example, in East Africa (https://kenya.savethechildren.net/news/climate-change-wajir-risks-mother-and-child-survival), Australia, or in the Near East. This raises far-reaching questions about (1) how these developments can be averted (mitigation), and (2) how the consequences for people can be mitigated (adaptation).

      The role of the GTP

      The GTP can play an important role as an advocate for affected populations and provide early information on climate change impacts through its international networking. It can serve as a multiplier of the voices and concerns of its international partners. The GTP should be seen as an advisor to government agencies and policymakers that take up development cooperation issues, define projects, and fund their implementation.

      The GTP can pool and actively disseminate existing information resources from other relevant organizations and integrate them into its own projects. A close cooperation with organizations dealing with prevention, research and political engagement in relation to climate change is to be strived for.

      In addition, the GTP feels obliged to design or redesign its internal processes and projects in a climate-responsible manner and to communicate this transparently to the outside world in order to set a good example.

      “We, the working group Climate Change and Global Child Health, want to hold the GTP and its members and interested parties accountable and motivate them to act in a climate-sensitive manner on a daily basis and have therefore formulated the following goals”:

      The GTP as advocate

      In a position paper, we would like to highlight the problematic impacts of climate change on global child health in order to give a voice to the vulnerable group of children and their families and represent them before decision makers.

      Position paper: this is how we act!

      We aim to be another disseminator of long known facts about the impact of climate change on global child health and also to provide emerging information. To this end, we refer to the relevant literature on the topic and are in exchange with organizations that are scientifically based on the topic of “climate change and health” as a mainstream activity.

      German Alliance Climate Change and Health (KLUG) e.V.

      Health for Future
      Homepage, Position paper

      For our members and interested parties as private individuals

      On this page we refer to established organizations and their information and recommendations on how everyone can individually contribute to positively influencing climate change.

      Planetary Health Academy
      Initiated by KLUG e.V., the Planetary Health Academy offers free online seminar series on “Planetary Health”.

      Sustainable travelling: Recommendations of the German Society for Tropical Medicine (DTG e.V.)

      The plastic atlas
      Thoroughly researched publication by the Heinrich Böll Foundation on the creation, use and disposal of plastic and the associated problems for the environment.
      Website and download

      Videos and podcasts of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

      For work in the medical environment

      Here, too, we refer to established organizations and their information, educational offers and recommendations for action for the climate-neutral design of practices, hospitals, etc.

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      Sustainable travel:
      Recommendations of the German Society for Tropical Medicine (DTG e.V.) including information poster for patients

      Climate Change and Health
      The American NGO “My Green Doctor” offers a lot of information about the impact of climate change on health as well as advice and action guidelines.

      Wie wird mein Arbeitsplatz klimafreundlich?
      The American NGO “My Green Doctor” offers many practical recommendations for action to transform the workplace as well as working practices, including certified courses.

      Sustainable vaccination
      Recommendations for action by the DTG for climate-sensitive use of resources in vaccination.

      Background information

      Helldén D et al. “Climate change and child health: a scoping review and an expanded conceptual framework”. Lancet Planet Health 2021. 5: e164–75. 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.

      Planetary Health – Klima, Umwelt und Gesundheit im Anthropozän
      C. Traidl-Hoffmann, C. Schulz, M. Hermann, B. Simon; MWV Medizinisch Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft; 2021; 1. Auflage; ISBN 978-3-95466-650-8

      Calendar of events

      We publish upcoming events on the topic here. We make no claim to completeness.

      On site:

      Calendar of events of the Climate Change and Health Alliance (events partly online partly in presence)


      Calendar of events of the Climate Change and Health Alliance (events partly online partly in presence)


      Calendar of events of the Climate Change and Health Alliance (events partly online partly in presence)

      Contact details

      We are looking forward to further comrades-in-arms, suggestions, ideas, inquiries and comments at climatechange(a)globalchildhealth.de

      You can also use this email to sign up for the email distribution list for events or publications relevant to the topic.


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