Spring working meeting in Budapest
Many thanks to our
Hungarian colleagues for a
very successful meeting
and a wonderful time !
Message of the President
Note from the president Gottfried Huss June 2016
Paediatric migrant health - what should paediatricians do? The Prague statement
- The wave of refugees and asylum seekers from Syria or other war- areas to Europe is a real challenge. Up to now, most European countries have limited experience on how to approach the special needs of these refugees, especially the needs of children. In 2015 in Prague discussed about how to respond and decided to publish the following recommendations. We primary care paediatricians hereby make practical proposals on how to deal with the health care needs of the children who reach our respective countries.
- Paediatricians are advocates for the rights of children of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants as formulated in the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child.
- Paediatricians advocate for equal access to social - , educational- and comprehensive health services (including preventive services, well baby checks, care for children with chronic diseases, for rehabilitation and for psychological services).
- In order to avoid an unacceptable and costly delay of diagnosis and treatment for accompanied and unaccompanied minor refugees, these should be examined as soon as possible after, their arrival, by a primary care paediatrician.
- In order to avoid epidemics of preventable infections in camps, children should be vaccinated as soon as possible, against these epidemic diseases and subsequently get all other vaccinations according to the respective national schedule.
- Also, soon after their arrival, all children (and adolescents) after the age of 5 years should be screened for tuberculosis. Specific therapy should be initiated if required.
- Unaccompanied minor refugees should not be exposed to X- rays, computed...