ESPID are dfleighted to confirm the Local Organisers of the ESPID 2021 Geneva Annual Meeting have been approved to receive support for the follow project as per the terms and conditions of the LOC Grant:
Annual meeting (ESPID 2021) LOC Grant:
Paediatric Refugees from Ukraine in Switzerland: Evidence of current screening recommendations
Nicole Ritz MD/PhD, Ulrich Heininger MD/Prof, Klara Posfay-Barbe MD/Prof
Background: By mid-2022 over 5 million Ukrainian refugees are registered in Europe of which over 55’000 have asked for asylum in Switzerland. Of those 40-50% are estimated to be children and adolescents. Transit, overcrowding, poor shelter, and vulnerability put refugees at risk for infectious diseases [1, 2]. Current consensus recommendations on medical care for Ukrainian refugee children were published recently . These are mainly based on limited data and represent expert option. Accompanying research evaluating these recommendations and implementation is therefore required.
Methods: The current recommendation include the following topics: Language, general paediatrics, vaccinations, screening for hepatitis C (HCV), tuberculosis (TB), human immunodeficiency (HIV) virus and mental health issues. In this project screening for HCV, TB, HIV and vaccinations will be evaluated.
Participating centers will include the University Children’s Hospital Basel and Geneva and the Childrens’ Hospital Lucerne. Further paediatricans, private practitioners and screening centers may also participate. All participating children and families will be approached by written informed consent in Ukrainian language. A minimal dataset will be collected epidemiological data and screening information from the selected topics. The study will include patients screened from August/September 2022 until end of December 2022.
Relevance: The findings will form the bases of updated recommendations and serve as a proof of concept on how research and quality assessment of refugee recommendations can be done.
1. Brandenberger, J., et al., A systematic literature review of reported challenges in health care delivery to migrants and refugees in high-income countries - the 3C model. BMC Public Health, 2019. 19(1): p. 755.
2. Brandenberger, J., et al., The global COVID-19 response must include refugees and migrants. Swiss Med Wkly, 2020. 150: p. w20263.
3. Jaeger, F.N., et al., Paediatric refugees from Ukraine: guidance for health care providers. Swiss Med Wkly, 2022. 152(21-22).
Warning - Please note this video may be triggering for those who have been impacted by violence or war crimes
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:
Dear ESPID member,
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!
ESPID Committee for Research
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