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The Impact of War in Ukraine on Children by Vera Chechenyeva

 

Warning - Please note this video may be triggering for those who have been impacted by violence or war crimes

 

Increase in acute hepatitis of unknown origin among children – United Kingdom

An increase in acute hepatitis cases in children during the past few weeks has been reported in the United Kingdom. In England, there are approximately 60 cases under investigation with most cases being 2 to 5 years old. Some cases progressed to acute liver failure and have required transfer to specialist children’s liver units. A small number of children have undergone liver transplantation. Based on reports from the specialist units, no child has died. In Scotland, 11 cases which required hospital admission were children aged between 1-5 years and are under investigation. Most of the cases in Scotland presented from March 2022 onwards. In Wales, there are currently no known cases under investigation, but a very small number of cases from early 2022 had similar clinical presentations. In Northern Ireland, there are currently no confirmed    cases reported.

The clinical syndrome in identified cases is of severe acute hepatitis with markedly elevated transaminases, often presenting with jaundice, sometimes preceded by gastrointestinal symptoms including vomiting as a prominent feature, in children up to the age of 16 years.

At present, the cause of hepatitis in these cases is unknown. The common viruses that can cause hepatitis (hepatitis viruses A, B, C, D and E) have not been detected in any of the cases. Some of the children hospitalised in England did test positive for SARS-CoV-2 and others for adenovirus. There is currently no clear connection between the reported cases. There is no known association with travel.

Investigations are underway across the UK to investigate the potential cause and information has been distributed to healthcare professionals and the general public to raise awareness.

ECDC and partners are sharing this information internationally to increase awareness among clinicians taking care of children and to assess and report whether there are any similar cases in other countries.

Clinicians are encouraged to report cases of acute hepatitis in children up to the age of 16 years with a serum transaminase >500 IU/L, in which hepatitis A to E has been excluded, to National Public Health Institutes.

Member States can share information about any such suspect cases in the ECDC EpiPulse platform to facilitate the investigation.

Sources: UK Government, UK Health Security AgencyPublic Health ScotlandPublic Health WalesPublic Health Agency Northern Ireland, Media

ESPID Members - HELP FOR UKRAINE CRISIS

  

Dear ESPID members,

By this statement we, as ESPID board, strongly sympathize with our colleagues from the Ukraine. Children are among the primary victims of armed conflicts and we call on all parties to the conflict in Ukraine to protect our colleagues, children and their families from further violence.

We wholeheartedly hope that all will stay safe the coming time that is filled with fear and uncertainty. 

We would like to reach out to the ESPID members from the Ukraine to see if we can offer help in any way. We would like to do whatever we can to support as much as possible in these extremely difficult times. A first request via pTBnet from Vera Chechenyeva (Kiev, Ukraine) to doctors from Poland, Romania, Moldova, Czech, Lithuanian, Latvia: could you, please, be so kind to send your contact data where our refugees can receive TB, ART or any pediatric help:

  • Country
  • City
  • Name of Institution
  • Address
  • Contact Name
  • Phone number (including country code please)
  • Email
  • support you can provide: TB Treatment, Antiretroviral Treatment, Common Pediatrician Help, Psychological, Social

 Please send your contact data to the ESPID secretariat: admin@espid.org and this will be forwarded on and shared with pTBnet.

 Please hold each other strongly and take care,

 The ESPID Board

CHILDREN‘S DOCTORS AGAINST THE WAR: CALL FOR ACTION NOW

Brussels, March 10, 2022

Two weeks have passed since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine. Despite 141 countries voting in the UN General Assembly for the Russian army to stop fighting and withdraw from another sovereign country, Ukraine, the fighting is increasingly bloody and brutal. The war has led to 2.5 million people including about 1 million children fleeing from their homes and becoming refugees. There are 79 children confirmed killed including 18 months old infant in Mariupol. Most of child fatalities result from attacks from the air or with rockets.

We stand together with Ukrainian children, families and the heroic medical and nursing staff calling for the action now:

– we ask the governments of our countries to do more to ensure the safety of children in
Ukraine, to stop the war and first of all to stop rockets and bombs attacks on civil
infrastructure of Ukraine;
– we ask Russian paediatricians and especially leaders of paediatric organizations in Russia to
express clear and loud position against the war in Ukraine and to do everything in their power
to stop the war;
– we confirm once again solidarity and professional support for children’s doctors and nurses in
Ukraine.

Our voices are stronger than rockets and bombs! Slava Ukraine!

See full document with participants here

 

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