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:
Name of Institution
Phone number (including country code please)
support you can provide: TB Treatment, Antiretroviral Treatment, Common Pediatrician Help, Psychological, Social
Please send your contact data to the ESPID secretariat: firstname.lastname@example.org and this will be forwarded on and shared with pTBnet.
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!
ESPID is happy to invite you to the opening of the ESPID Research Café, where you will be presented with ongoing research proposals, and the possibility of communicating and sharing your input with the authors.
The first research proposal comes from Bieke Tack, MD, PhD candidate, under the topic of International recommendations on blood culture sampling methods in neonates. Find out everything about it here.
We hope you enjoy your break at the ESPID Research Café!