Children are the most vulnerable group at highest risk of disease and mortality in humanitarian contexts and make up to 60 percent of all MSF patients with two-third being under the age of 18.
Challenges in paediatrics
Areas such as neonatology, paediatric neurology, shock fluid therapy and palliative care are just examples of the large array of conditions where humanitarian paediatrics is lagging behind. Emerging challenges such antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a growing threat to child survival, particularly amongst newborns. These are a few of the topics that are highlighted by the Paediatric Days, see Archives.
Understand humanitarian emergency contexts
Paediatric tools and guidelines that have been developed for high income countries need to be adapted to the contexts and realities of humanitarian operations.