All children have a right to health!

Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child recognizes a child’s right to optimal health. Our aim as GTP is to help realize that statement world-wide.

Who we are

We are a network of paediatricians and doctors of other specialties, of health scientists and nurses who advocate for improving quality of preventive and therapeutic paediatric health care in countries with limited resources.

The German Society of Tropical Paediatrics and International Child Health (GTP) e. V. was founded in 1983 as a subdivision of the German Society of Child and Adolescence Health (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin e.V.) and is registered as a charity organization since 2003. The former name – working group of tropical paediatrics (ATP) – was changed in 2015 to better reflect the focus of our society which includes topics beyond the scope of tropical paediatrics.

There is much to be done

Even though a lot has been achieved in the past century:


All children worldwide should grow up healthy – independent of gender, origin and sociocultural environment.


We campaign for the right of children to health. We support partnerships and projects in health care and research as well as education and professional exchange in the field of global child health.

Strategic Priorities 2021-2025

  • Support clinical education and training
  • Foster research that is relevant to practice
  • Advance networking and professional exchange
  • Optimise the society’s structure and processes

Please find our Strategic Plan 2021-2025 (in German) here.

International collaborations

We collaborate closely with national and international societies and institutions which dedicate themselves to tropical paediatrics and international child health on scientific or clinical levels. Some of our partners include the German Society of Tropical Medicine and International Health (DTG), the German Society of Child and Adolescent Health (DGKJ) and the Forum for International Health (Foring). We are a member of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and serve as reference and competence partner for other societies and sending organizations in Germany and internationally.

Statutes of the association

Our statues (in German) are to be found here.

Become a member

Get involved in child health and learn how to become an active member and part of our international network.