Paediatric Traumatic Brain Injury in LMIC - a survey

A group of medical doctors working in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC) - amonst them Dr. Andreas Hansmann, who is currently working within a GTP clinical partnership in Malawi - have launched a survey as response to the recent "Paediatric Consensus Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Guidelines" in order to assess the current clinical situation on the ground in hospitals in LMIC.

If you work in a clinical setting in LMIC traiting children with TBI it would be highly interesting and appreciated if you took 10 minutes of your time to complete this survey.

Further information as well as the survey itself are to be found here.


38th GTP annual conference - Gender aspects of Global Child Health


24th Jan 2020 - 15:00
26th Jan 2020 - 13:00


UFA Fabrik Berlin
Victoriastr. 10-18
12101 Berlin


Kinderklinik "Josephinchen"
St. Joseph Krankenhaus

24th-26th January 2020           

UFA Fabrik Berlin

Conference theme: “Gender aspects of Global Child Health“


The 38th GTP annual conference is hosted by the paediatric department “Josephinchen” of the St. Joseph Krankenhauses in Berlin-Tempelhof under supervision of Dr. Beatrix Schmidt, head of deparment, as well as Dr. Sarah Kotsias-Konopelska, vice chairwoman of the GTP.

Welcome address

We are pleased to invite you to Berlin for our 38th annual conference of the German Society of Tropical Paediatrics and International Child Health.

We will address the topic of „Gender Aspects of Global Child Health“ from January 24th-26th 2020 at the UFA Fabrik in Berlin-Tempelhof. The conference programme will consist of various workshops, interesting talks by renowned speakers as well as submitted abstracts. Gender specific aspects of global child health will be presented to you from a medical as well as sociocultural point of view in an international as well as local context.

Join us for our social dinner on Saturday, January 26th 2020! After a delicious meal the live band „Echte Ärzte“ (www.echte-aerzte.de) will have us dance and party.

Please note our reduced fees for students and non-physicians as well as our child care service during the conference.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Berlin!

Dr. Beatrix Schmidt und Dr. Sarah Kotsias – Konopelska  (conference hosts)
Dr. Stephanie Thein, Dr. Eva Senger, Dr. Pulad Tavakolipour, Dr. Juliane Wentrup, Claudia Lotz

Conference programme

For detailed and updated information please check our website regularily

Friday  3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

GTP Board meeting


    • Student working group workshop: Emergency Triage, Assessment and Treatment (ETAT+)
    • Health professions working group workshop (title TBA)
    • Workshop “Neglected tropical diseases – are they neglected?” (Prof. A. Stich)
    • Workshop “Human rights”
    • Workshop “boys’ and men’s health”

Keynote lecture

Conference opening

Get together with buffet and live music
Further information under “program surrounding the conference”

Saturday 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. the next day

Session 1: Gender-specific socio-cultural aspects

Session 2: Sexual health and well-being

Session 3: Submitted abstracts

Session 4: Gender-specific violence

GTP member assembly and alternative program for non-members
Further information under “program surrounding the conference”

Social evening with dinner, live music and party
Further information under “program surrounding the conference”

Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Session 5: Submitted abstracts

Session 6: Infectious diseases and gender

Awarding of the Helmut Wolff Prize

Conference closure and lunch

Call for abstracts

Deadline: 15.10.2019

We are interested in hearing about your research, projects, relevant clinical work, etc. regarding “gender aspects of global child health” (abstract session 1) or about general issues regarding tropical paediatrics and global child health (abstract session 2).

Authors of accepted abstracts receive a 50% discount of the conference fee.

Submit your abstracts with Re: “Abstract GTP2020” to gtp2020@globalchildhealth.de

Abstract criteria:

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

Venue - UFA Fabrik Berlin

The UFA Fabrik is a former film production site which has been reopened in 1976 as a cultural center combining eco-friendly living and nutrition with sociocultural events throughout the year. It includes living spaces, a biological bakery, various spaces for intercultural events, sustainable agriculture projects and much more. We are happy to be ably to welcome you at such an interesting venue. For more information please refer to the website www.ufa-fabrik.de

The whole conference program as well as the get-together and the social evening will take place at the UFA Fabrik.

Address: UFA Fabrik Berlin, Viktoriastr. 10-18, 12101 Berlin



Early bird Regular price
GTP member Students / non-physicians 50 € 50 €
Physicians 150 € 170 €
non-member Students / non-physicians 60 € 60 €
Physicians 170 € 190 €
Social evening student rate 20 € 20 €
Social evening regular 40 € 40 €


  • Child care by certified kindergarten teachers will be offered during the conference hours on site and free of charge.
  • Couchsurfing for students will be organized by our student working group. Contact: gtpcouchsurfing@globalchildhealth.de

Events surrounding the conference

Please join us for our evening activities in order to converse, eat and party with your colleagues and friends at the conference.


Get together
with buffet and live music by the band “Bardomaniacs” Homepage Admission is included in the conference fee. Please indicate your attendance at registration.


Cultural programme during the GTP member assembly
More information to follow

Social dinner
Delicious arabic food and wonderful live music by “Echte Ärzte” echte-aerzte.de who will have us party. Reduced entry for students. Please indicate at registration whether you would like to join. Later booking of the social evening will be possible until (date to be announced) under gtp2020@globalchildhealth.de


We have reserved rooms at a reduced rate in the following hotels. Please mention "GTP annual conference" in order to receive the discount.
More hotels might follow in due course.

Hotel Alt-Tempelhof

Louise-Henriette-Str. 4, 12103 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0)30 756 850  –  Fax: +49 (0)30 756 85 100
Email: info@alt-tempelhof.com
Website: www.alt-tempelhof.de

Hotel Berliner Bär

Ringbahnstr. 6-8, 12099 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0)30 750 00 80
Email: info@hotel-berliner-baer.de
Website: www.hotel-berliner-baer.de

Contact details

General inquiries and comments (not for applications):

Conference registration online:

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

Couchsurfing for students:

Abstract submission:
gtp2020@globalchildhealth.de with Re: “Abstract GTP 2020” (Abstract criteria see above)

Registration for the GTP annual conference 2020

Please fill in this form completely.

After submitting your registration you will automatically receive an e-mail with confirmation of your registration as well as payment information. Please make sure to check your spam folder as well.

Some of the workshops have limited spaces. Once the disappear from the drop-down menu they are booked out.

For later registration for event surrounding the conferece please refer to gtp2020@globalchildhealth.de


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Concelling of participation:
Cancellation before 01.09.2019: Full reimbursement
Cancellations before 10.01.2020: Reimbursement of 50%
Cancellations from 10.01.2020: No reimbursement

TropPaed 2020 - 11th 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.


27.01. – 31.01.2020
26.01. Anreise


Schloss Rauischholzhausen
(Bei Gießen)


Maximale Teilnehmerzahl: 50
Kurssprache: Englisch


We cordially invite you to participate in our Intensive Course on Tropical Paediatrics and Global Child Health.

Once again we will provide you with a diverse course schedule containing lectures, practical workshops and clinical seminar. Furthermore there will be enough time for professional international exchange of plans and experiences.

As time goes by we will provide you with further details about the schedule and lecturers. Arrival will be possible from Sunday 5pm onwards. There will be dinner and access to your rooms. A good first opportunity to explore the castle grounds and extablish contacts. The official course program starts on Monday 8:30 am and ends on Friday 2 pm.

Provisional Schedule

Here you can find the preliminary topics of the course. There will be an evening program and case presentations from our international guests on some of the days.

  • Registration and introduction.
  • Introduction to Global Child Health
  • WHO programs and international collaborations
  • International communication
  • Challenges in setting up a paediatric department
  • Contributions from other specialties (i.e. surgery, dermatology, oncology, …)
  • Psychosocial apects of paediatrics

  • Introduction into the caring for a critically ill child in a resource-limited setting
  • Practical workshops regarding “the critically ill child” – i.e. malaria, neurological or respiratory emergencies, malnutrition, shock and ETAT
  • Scientific research and data collection

  • Gynaecology and Obstetrics
  • Neonatology
  • Practical workshops regarding interventions in a resource-limited setting (i.e. invasive techniques, KMC, bCPAP, hospital and community neonatology)
  • Introduction into the big topics HIV/AIDS, malnutrition and tuberculosis
  • With whom and how to work abroad

  • Practical workshops about HIV/AIDS, malnutrition and tuberculosis
  • Contributions from other specialties (i.e. surgery, dermatology, oncology, family medicine, …)
  • Health systems in unstable countries
  • The role of the foreign paediatrician abroad

  • Laboratories in resource-limited settings
  • Antibiotic Stewardship
  • Updates on tropical medicine
  • Feedback, test and departure

Fee and application

The course fee includes participation in the course, course materials, accommodation, food and coffee breaks for 5 days.

Not included are alcoholic beverages and drinks outside the official mealtimes as well as transportation.

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

Apply for the course

Regulärer Preis Nichtmitglieder

ab 1.12.19
€ 1000

Regulärer Preis Nichtmitglieder

Early Bird bis 30.11.19
€ 900

Mitglieder-Preis GTP/ESPID

ab 1.12.19
€ 900

Mitglieder-Preis GTP/ESPID

Early Bird bis 30.11.19
€ 800

Course venue

The course is taking place at Schloß Rauischholzhausen which is the conference center of the University of Gießen. We are happy to be able to host our course at this historical and beautiful site. It offers learning space and accommodation combined in the same building and due to the affiliation with the University the prices are fair. A good variety of seminar rooms compliment our course concept of combining lectures with small group activities. Moving our course to this location in 2016 has proven to have been worthwhile.

Schloßpark 1, 35085 Ebsdorfergrund

Working Group Students and Young Doctors

Founded by motivated GTP-members, who aim at strengthening the connections between students and the GTP.


Goals of the working group

  • Connecting students and young doctors interested in tropical pediatrics and international child health
  • Exchange platform for projects related to tropical pediatrics, for students and young doctors, who have not yet completed their specialty training.
  • Exchange on options for further education or specialisation in the fields of tropical medicine and tropical pediatrics during and after medschool


Current projects

  • Annual students-workshop during the GTP annual conference: this workshop is ideally organized „by students for students“ or at least with the help of students. So far the workshops were mainly a forum for discussions concerning different topics of tropical medicine and international child health. Future plans also involve a more practical focus with hands-on workshops on topics relevant for tropical pediatrics.
  • Continuation of the Couchsurfing Program: local students provide free housing for other students attending the the GTP annual conference to keep travel expenses for students visiting from other cities or countries as low as possible.


Planned projects:

  • Creating an online-platform to connect interested students and young doctors and give them a forum for exchanging information on interesting projects, research and further education in the field of tropical pediatrics and international child health.


Contact and participation

The working group is looking for motivated participators. If you are interested or have any questions please contact Susanna van Eys (Email: susanna.vaneys@gmx.de).

GTP ultrasound courses

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

Next courses

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


Course archive

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

General Instructor Course 2019

The GTP ETAT working group is expanding its course offer by inviting you to join the first General Instructor Course (GIC) in Hannover. Learn how to sensibly and effectively give lectures and teach colleagues by means of skills stations, simulation trainings and assessments.

  • When?  -  15.-17th March 2019
  • Where? -  Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (MHH), Carl-Neuberg-Straße 1, 30625 Hannover. Room: Building J06 Floor H0 R 4020
  • Food: Snacks and lunch will be provided
  • Social events on Friday and Saturday evening
  • Course fee: 250 Euros
  • Applications to Dr. Barbara Zimmer (email)

Accommodation suggestions:

Hospital partnership GTP - Newborn unit at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) in Dar Es Salaam

About the project

Within the "hospital partnerships - Partners strengthen health" initiative the GTP commits itself to improving newborn care at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The project startet at the end of 2018 and receives technical support from the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) and financial support from the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) as well es from the Else Kroener Fresenius Foundation (EKFS). Our Tanzanian partners have asked for implementation of ultrasound and echokardiography as well as for training for doctors and nurses in various forms of invasive and non-invasive ventilation.

The newborn unit at the MNH has got more than 100 beds and receives between 6500 to 7000 newborns per year as inpatients. The MNH is affiliated with the biggest medical faculty of Tanzania: MUHAS (Muhimbili University for Health and Allied Sciences).


Vacancies - we are looking for lecturers

  • Neonatologists
  • Nurses with experience in neonatology

Wir are looking forward to receiving applications from GTP-members or colleagues who would like to become members and who are neonatologists or nurses with experience in neonatology and who are interested in lecturing colleagues at the MNH in Tanzania.

Experience in working abroad and teaching are of advantage but not crucial.

  • Duration of stay: 2-3 weeks (dates flexible)
  • Requirements: Good English skills
  • Pay: All expenses connected to the deployment will be covered


Contact and application

If you are interested please send a short CV to:
Dr. Carsten Krüger (email) - Programme coordinator in Germany
Dr. Antke Züchner (email) - Programme coordinator in Tanzania


Foto Credits: (c) Muhimbili National Hospital Webblog


Working group "Ultrasound"

About the working group

The ultrasound working group unites colleagues interested in ultrasound usage in ressource-limited settings.

Currently it is offering sonography trainings in partner hospitals abroad and creating training tools and concepts. Courses started running in 2017 on a yearly basis. Our sonography courses are practical, patient-oriented and focused on a mutual learning experience amongst colleagues from different working backgrounds. Course participants are registrars and specialists from various countries and their number is limited to 20. Half the group consists of doctors training in the country where the courses are taking place for local capacity building. The other half consists of doctors from elsewhere offering them a unique insight into local pathologies and challenges connected to sonography diagnostics in settings with limited ressources.

Further ideas on the topic of sonography in resource limited settings are welcome.

Information on course dates are to be found here.


General contact persons are:
PD Dr. Udo Vester (email)
Dr. Bernd Erkert (email)

Course contact and booking:
Dr. Christian Schmidt (email)

Our member area offers a forum for information exchange.


Course archive

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

06.11.-15.11.2017 / General sonographie and echokardiography / Mwanza, Tanzania



Projekteinsatz: Kinderarzt/ärztin im Präventionsprogramm "Reduktion kindlicher Mangelernährung" in Indien

Indien – West Bengalen – Bolpur
St. Mary’s Child and Mother Health Care Center

Dauer: 6-8 Wochen im August/September 2019, Februar/März 2020 oder August/September 2020


Hintergrund zur Klinik und zum Projekt

Die Kinderklinik "St. Mary Child and Mother Health Care Centre" wurde 2011 eingeweiht und durch die deutsche Kinderärztin Dr. Monika Golembiewski aufgebaut. Sie ist 5 Monate im Jahr vor Ort ärztlich tätig. Angebunden ist eine präventive Dorfarbeit, zu deren Umsetzung projektbezogen Volontärsärzte eingesetzt werden.
Die Klinik wird durch den gemeinnützigen Verein "Shining Eyes - medizinische Hilfe für Kinder und sozioökonomische Dorfentwicklung in Indien e.V." getragen.

Angelehnt an unsere präventive Kinderklinik "St. Mary's Child and Mother Health Care Centre" in Bolpur, West-Bengalen, findet in 2019/2020 ein Dorfprojekt zur Reduktion der kindlichen Mangelernährung statt. Auf Basis der vorherigen Erhebungen und Projekte werden in 21 Santal-Dörfern alle Kinder unter 3 Jahren auf Anämie, wasting/stunting, sowie klinische Zeichen kindlicher Mangelernährung gescreent (wie Bitot spots, Perlèche etc.) und halbjährlich untersucht. Über Sozialarbeiter und Dorfhelfer werden Familien mit mangelernährten/anämischen Kindern im Anschluss betreut mit Eisengabe, häuslichem Kochunterricht (complementary feeding) und Anlegen eines Küchengartens, zudem Awareness Einheiten zu Mangelernährung/Anämie, Notfällen bei Kindern und Schwangeren, sowie Family Planning.



Zur Umsetzung dieses Projekts suchen wir Kinderärztinnen und Kinderärzte, die projektbezogen die Kinder nach einer bestehenden Struktur in den 21 Dörfern untersuchen. Die Einsätze sind für jeweils 6-8 Wochen geplant und finden in Kooperation mit einer lokalen NGO statt, die die Dorfbesuche organisiert. Die Kinder (im wesentlichen 6-36 Monate) sind auf Infekte zu untersuchen, sowie auf Symptome von Vitamin A Mangel, Vitamin B Mangel usw. Abzuklären ist, ob Tuberkulose in der Familie vorkommt mit ggf. Vermittlung an unsere Kinderklinik zur Durchführung der nötigen Diagnostik. Ebenso schwer kranke Kinder (Pneumonie etc.), sowie Kinder mit Herzfehler und neurologisch auffällige Kinder sollen an unsere Klinik überwiesen werden. Ein Team an Sozialarbeitern/Laborant übernimmt das Messen und Wiegen der Kinder, sowie Hb-Messung im Dorf, sodass diese Ergebnisse zur Untersuchung vorliegen.

Parallel zu dieser Projektarbeit ist eine Einbindung im Krankenhausalltag möglich (wie begleiten der Visite der stationären Kinder, punktuell Mitarbeit in der Ambulanz, Fortbildung des Personals, bzw. Durchführen von Ultraschall etc., je nach eigenem Erfahrungshintergrund auch). Die tägliche Sprechstunde mit Versorgung der Patienten liegt dabei in der Verantwortung unserer indischen Ärzte.

Projektberichte finden Sie auf der Homepage von "Shining Eyes".



Hilfreich sind ein Facharzt in der Kinderheilkunde, ggf. erste tropenmedizinische Erfahrung und der Wunsch, sich mit den ärmsten Indiens offenen Herzens zu verbinden in dieser Entwicklungsarbeit.


Vergütung / Unterbringung / Lebensraum

Kost und Logis während dieses Volontär-Einsatzes werden gestellt, wobei in unserer präventiven Kinderklinik in Bolpur Gästezimmer vorhanden sind, sowie ein Aufenthaltsraum mit Kochmöglichkeit.
Frühstück, Mittag- und Abendessen bereitet die Krankenhausküche zu. Fahrräder sind vorhanden, sodass man in der Stadt sich frei bewegen kann, wo es auch eine Universität, Cafés etc. gibt.



Wenn Sie sich für eine Mitarbeit in unserem Präventionsprojekt interessieren, schreiben Sie gerne eine
Mail mit Ihrer Motivation zur Entwicklungsarbeit und Erfahrungshintergrund (Silvia Golembiewski: Email). Wir freuen uns auf ein Kennenlernen.