Working Group

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 on of the following members of the organizing team:
Susanna van Eys - Email
Karolina de Souza Friedrichsen - Email
Jana Suero Molina - Email
Hanna Zastrow - Email
Carmen Herr - Email
Lea Decker - Email
Philipp Koliopoulos - Email

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



Working group «health professions»

Aims and ideas of the health professions working group

The group addresses health professions beyond physicians (i.e. nurses, midwives, psychologists, occupational and physio therapists) and anyone who is interested in the topic.

Aims of the group are

  1. Exchange of experience and expertise
  2. Connecting people who have worked or work outside of Germany - i.e. in crisis areas or in partner countries for development aid - and/or who are interested in dealing with that topic.
  3. Exchange of teaching materials
  4. Creating a pool of experts


General information


It is our goal to provide access to projects of nurses in partner countries: a list of active blogs of  nurses or our own GTP internal forum could increase exchange of experience. This way, nurses with no prior experience abroad can gain access to the topic. Exchanging experience will serve ongoing learning as well as problem solving. In the future, nurses experienced abroad who are willing to support a project for several weeks (e.g. for a workshop, training, practical guidance etc.) can be contacte via this group. Furthermore, ways and contacts for fundraising can be shared.

Market of ideas for context-adequate strategies

Each health professional has collected valuable experience working abroad, has solved problems and accumulated knowledge or is still occupied finding longterm solutions. Finding strategies that are adequate for health professionals in resource-limited settings can be a challenge. This working group offers the opportunity of collecting ideas and making them available for colleagues.

Particularly longterm problems outside the focus of medical interventions, such as estabilshing a high level of hygiene on a paediatric ward, can be discussed within this working group.

Different health professions in projects of development cooperation

Health professionals have always been part of projects of various organisations (GIZ, Caritas, MSF etc.). While platforms for networking of doctors exist, activities related to other health professions are currently restricted to personal blogs and a presence within the respective organisation.

Having this working group under the auspices of GTP, a society previously focussing on doctors, enables us to establish a direct and straight forward cooperation with experienced doctors, which is, in our experience, a prerequisite for successful development in the health sector.

We are looking forward to your active contribution and a vivid exchange within the working group!


Irene Schmidt, Paediatric intensive care nurse and Michael Galatsch, nursing scientist

Public Relations working group

This group is working to increase visibility of GTPs actictivities and serves as your contact for inquiries on contributions of GTP members on external events such as conferences. In case you require any information please contact

ETAT Training working group

The working group ETAT (Emergency Triage, Assessment and Treatment) emerged on the initiative of three alumni of our Intensive Course on Tropical Paediatrics and Global Child Health (TropPaed). It connects people with interest in the topics of triage and organizes ETAT trainings in Germany.


What are ETAT and ETAT+?

ETAT (Emergency Triage and Treatment) and ETAT+ are concepts for triage and first care of sick children, developed in countries with limited resources in Africa. They have a proven effect on mortality reduction and can be applied in health care institutions of all levels.

In many places, ETAT is the cornerstone of decision making at first contact with a patient, that does not necessarily have to be effected by medical personnel.

ETAT guidelines are specifically aligned to common problems in the paediatric basic emergency care of in institutions with limited resources. The guidelines identify children suffering from acute life threatening conditions in a structured and comprehensible manner and present simple yet clear guidelines for their medical care.



  • Regular meetings of the working group for planning purposes.
  • Organizing of ETAT trainings in Germany.

The newest dates for meetings and courses are to be found under Events. By signing up for our newsletter you are going to receive the newest dates via e-mail.



Contact persons for the working group are Judith Lindert, Sara Loetz and Barbara Zimmer.

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