Foundation for international child health (SIKG) e.V.


On the origins and history of the Foundation

In 1983, the Foundation for International Child Health of the German Society for Child and Adolescent Medicine (DGKJ) e.V. (formerly the Hermann Mai Foundation) was founded and its content was supervised by the Working Group on Tropical Paediatrics, which at that time was a working group of the DGKJ. In 2003, this working group became a registered association, later renamed the Society for Tropical Paediatrics and International Child Health (Gesellschaft für Tropenpädiatrie und Internationale Kindergesundheit (GTP) e.V.), which aims to improve child health worldwide, especially in countries with limited resources.

The DGKJ established the foundation with the aim of preparing doctors, usually from Germany, for assignments in paediatrics and to promote children’s health in developing and emerging countries. In addition, projects were to be supported that serve the prevention and therapy of common diseases in resource-poor countries and the further training of local doctors and other health professionals. The starting point was the great need at that time (and still persisting today) for further training in paediatrics for work in development cooperation.

The foundation was endowed by the DGKJ with a foundation capital of 50,000 DM. The university children’s hospitals in Tübingen, Gießen, Heidelberg and Hanover were initially involved. A total of 31 doctors were supported between 1983 and 1997 to learn about everyday paediatric ward life, especially neonatology and infection ward, emergency care and paediatric techniques such as child examination, venipuncture and lumbar puncture.

From 1997 onwards, support for child health projects came to the fore: most funding went to projects implemented in places where they complemented study or training projects by German paediatricians. Another development was the professional promotion of colleagues from developing and emerging countries, for example for further training stays at paediatric clinics in Germany and further training in their home or neighbouring countries.

Due to the expertise in content, the foundation was transferred from the sponsorship of the DGKJ to the GTP in May 2022. The name was shortened to ‘Foundation for International Child Health’. For the detailed history of the Foundation and the name change, see below the section ‘On the history of the Foundation’s name’ on this page and the articles in the Monatsschrift Kinderheilkunde 2016, 2018 and 2022 [1, 2, 3].

Aims of the Foundation

  1. Professional qualification of paediatricians for activities to promote children’s health in countries with tightly limited financial resources.
  2. Support of projects that serve the direct prophylaxis and therapy of common health disorders in disadvantaged countries and the training of local doctors and health workers.
  3. The Foundation’s purpose is also realised through financial contributions to non-profit institutions and organisations for the promotion of child and youth health in countries with limited resources.

Structure of the foundation

The Foundation is managed by the Board of Directors, consisting of the Chairperson and the Secretary. The GTP Board of Directors serves as the Advisory Board, and up to five personalities from paediatrics and adolescent medicine, global health work and public life serve as the Foundation Board. The Foundation is under the supervision of the Regional Council in Tübingen and has been recognised as a non-profit organisation since its establishment.


1983–1985        Prof. Jürgen Bierich (Tübingen) †

1985–2000        Prof. Helmut Wolf (Gießen) †

2000–2022        Prof. Michael Krawinkel (Gießen)

2022 – heute     PD Dr. Carsten Krüger (Ahlen)


1983–2012        Dr. Rolf Huenges (Villingen-Schwenningen)

2012 – heute     Dr. Benno Kretzschmar (Eisenach)

Board members

2001–2015         Board of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Tropenpädiatrie (ATP)

2016 – heute     Board of the German Society of Tropical Paediatrics and International Child Health (GTP) e. V.

Foundation board

2011–2022         Prof. Peter Hoyer (Essen), Prof. Hans-Iko Huppertz (Bremen), Prof. Kurt Ullrich (Hamburg)

2022 – today PD Dr. Carolin Kröner (München), Prof. Dominik Schneider (Dortmund), Prof. Hans-Iko Huppertz (Bremen), Prof. Walter Bruchhausen (Bonn), NN

Guidelines for applications and the allocation of funds

In accordance with the statutes, the foundation supports projects or persons that meet the following criteria:

    • Charitable purpose
    • Aims at improving the health situation of children and adolescents as well as their families living in resource limited settings
    • The project or the individual’s engagement will ultimately benefit paediatric health services in resource limited settings
    • Work in the field or preparation for imminent work or other training in paediatrics and child health for people from countries with limited resources.

As a rule, the Foundation awards funds upon the proposal or application of experts or paediatricians who provide humanitarian aid or are involved in development cooperation. Applications from local experts are also possible.

The applications (a specific format is not specified) must show that the situation of the children and young people on site will be concretely improved. The foundation is not a foundation for research funding. In general, projects and programmes carried out by other organisations that themselves work on a donation basis are not eligible for funding.

As the Foundation has only limited funds at its disposal, it will give preference to supporting projects in which an effect for the children and young people on site can be achieved through an average funding amount of approximately 1,500-2,500 Euros. Examples of successful funding are summarised in the table below. They show the broad spectrum of projects that have been funded and should encourage you to approach the Foundation accordingly. We will be happy to advise you on any questions you may have.

By accepting funding, applicants undertake to account for the factually and mathematically correct use of the funds in accordance with the statutes. Geförderte Projekte sollen auf einer nachfolgenden Jahrestagung der GTP vorgestellt werden.

More information regarding your application to the foundation are to be found here. We are looking forward to your application.

Funding applications

please direct to the secretary Benno Kretzschmar

Head of the paediatric department at „Dr. Siegfried Wolff“ hospital

Mühlhäuserstr. 95

D-99817 Eisenach

Fax: +49 3691 – 6987260


or to the chairman

PD Dr. med. Carsten Krüger

Head of the paediatric department at St. Franziskus-Hospital

Robert-Koch-Str. 55

59227 Ahlen

Fax: +49 2382 – 858923


Selected (partial) promotions of the Foundation (1983-2022)

Establishment of Emergency Triage, Assessment & Treatment (ETAT)-courses in Burundi (Fact Finding Mission) Burundi
Support of a paediatric surgery workshop about gastroschisis, Mbeya Tansania
Grand for bachelor studies for a Tanzanian neonatal nurse at Muhimbili-Hospital, Dar-es-Salaam Tansania
Grand for bachelor studies in paediatric health nursing for a Malawian nurse Malawi
Grand for neonatal guideline conference in Dar es Salaam Tansania
Financing participation at a German EEG training for an employee of the Caritas Children’s hospital in Bethlehem, Palästina Palästina
Grant for an oxygen concentrator, paediatric clinic in Dodoma Tansania
Production of Medical Face Shields by means of a 3D printer and purchase of personal protective equipment for the neonatal unit at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar-es-Salaam Tansania
Study fees for a Tanzanian paediatrician at Muhimbili-Hospital, Dar-es-Salaam Tansania
Grant for two bubble CPAP machines, paediatric clinic in Mbeya Tansania
Sponsoring of course costs for 5 Tanzanian doctors at a paediatric echocardiography training at the cardiac center in Dar es Salaam Tansania
Grand for umbilical catheters for the neonatal unit of the Muhimbili National Hospital, Dar-es-Salaam Tansania
Grant for a surge protector for a sonography machine, university children’s hospital, in Dar-es-Salaam Tansania
Financing of a paediatric nurse on the neonatal unit of the university hospital in Dar-es-Salaam Tansania
Flight travel grant for a tutor within the paediatric specialty program in Mwanza Tansania
Grant for sonography machines for GTP sonography courses Tansania, Deutschland
Travel grand for speakers, International Tropical Paediatric Conference, Nairobi Kenia
Support of a paediatric health post in Chilamphuma Malawi
Travel grant for a tutor for paediatric echocardiography in Asella Äthiopien
Travel grant for a medical historician to research on Hermann Mai Deutschland
Financing of a Tanzanian paediatrician to attend a regional conference on paediatric cardiology Tansania
Repairing of an ultrasound machine, replacement of ultrasound probe, Kinderklinik Mwanza Tansania
Training of health promoters in La Paz Bolivien
Training of breast feeding councelours in delivery clinics, La Paz Bolivien
Improving Quality of life and health program for children, Tucano City Brasilien
Support of a midwife in Glanglé Ivory coast
Schistosomiasis treatment of school chidren Ghana
„The Health of the Child in the Community“ – Seminar,Tamale Ghana
Support of Soeur M. de la Croix, Port au Prince Haiti
Mzuzu-university / paediatrics -Upgrading Malawi
Basic health service education program APROSAPAN in Nueva Guinea Nicaragua
Nutrition project at the Escuela Jan Amos Nicaragua
Water tank project, Comenius school, Nueva Guinea Nicaragua
Support of work at a paediatric ward, Maiduguri hospital Nigeria
Support of a paediatric ward, State Specialist Hospital Maiduguri Nigeria
Revolving Drug Fund for children with sickle cell anaemia in Maiduguri Nigeria
Financing of a health facility in Cusco Peru
Paediatric inpatient care, Freetown Sierra Leone
Paediatric Continuing Education Program; KCMC, Moshi Tansania
Oxygen concentrator, Haydom Lutheran Hospital Tansania
EEG machine, KCMC, Moshi Tansania
Ultrasound probe, Bugando Hospital, Mwanza Tansania
Paediatric seminar, ATP e. V. and KCMC, Moshi Tansania
Hearing screening device, paediatric department, KCMC, Moshi Tansania
Community Based Epilepsy Care, Kabarole district Uganda
Bugaya Subcounty Community Nutrition Project Uganda
Project against traditional tooth extraction in neonates, Gulu university Uganda
Rural Health Feeding Program, health councelling & vaccination program, Hué Vietnam
Improvement of care, paediatric university hospital, Hué Vietnam
Primary Health Care project for children under 5 years, Hué Vietnam
Support of children after th floods in Hué Vietnam
Nutritional Recovery, Huong Ho Village, Hué Vietnam

Endowments and donations

Banking details

Stiftung für internationale Kindergesundheit e.V.



IBAN: DE 45 8405 5050 0012 0298 31


Please state your complete contact details so that we can send you a tax-deductible donation receipt. Since its establishment, the Foundation has been recognised by the tax office as a non-profit organisation.

Financially, the long-time treasurer Dr. Rolf Huenges and his successor Dr. Benno Kretzschmar succeeded in successfully investing the Foundation’s capital of DM 50,000 (later EUR 25,000), so that it has remained stable to this day despite the strong fluctuations on the capital market.

The history of the Foundation’s name

The name of the Foundation was chosen when it was established in 1983 because Prof. Hermann Mai had personally been strongly committed to the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene/Gabun and had also worked there before and after his retirement as head of the University Children’s Hospital Münster.

After individuals had already pointed out the National Socialist involvement of Hermann Mai, who gave the Foundation its name, this problem has been dealt with more intensively and systematically since 2012, professionally by Dr. Sascha Topp, a private lecturer from Berlin/Gießen, with financial and non-material support from the Foundation itself. Sascha Topp published the results of his studies in 2016 and documented with numerous details that Hermann Mai was not only a convinced National Socialist who, among other things, was at least a candidate for the SS Security Service. Hermann Mai volunteered as an assessor at the Munich Hereditary Health Court, where he was involved in judgements on the forced sterilisation of at least 12 women and men. Among the so-called reasons for judgement, ‘spirit of contradiction’ was cited there [1].

These findings led to the start of a discussion process in 2016/2017, first in the GTP and then in the Historical Commission of the DGKJ, which finally came to a conclusion with the renaming of the Foundation. For this reason, the statutes of the Foundation for International Child Health now begin with the preamble:

“In 1983, the Foundation named after the paediatrician Prof. Dr. Hermann Mai was established by the German Society for Paediatrics. It aims to support child health care in developing countries. In 2017, the foundation was renamed after recent research showed that Hermann Mai not only actively supported Nazi ideology, but in particular took an active role in procedures for the forced sterilisation of women and men. This must be judged as medical misconduct and also remembered.”



  1. Topp S (2016) „Und jetzt nach Lambarene“ Hermann Mai – Direktor der Universitäts-Kinderklinik Münster (1943) 1950–1970. Monatsschr Kinderheilkd 164(S1):34-40
  2. Krawinkel M (2018) Stiftung für internationale Kindergesundheit der DGKJ. Monatsschr Kinderheilkd 166:172-173
  3. Krüger C (2022) Stiftung für internationale Kindergesundheit. Monatsschr Kinderheilkd 170:853-856