Virtual edition - April 2021


The last edition of the MSF Paediatric Days took place online on April 15 & 16, 2021

The 5 main sessions were:

  1. Neonates – back to basics
  2. Community-based model of care for neonatal and child health
  3. Paediatric tuberculosis
  4. Antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship in neonatal and paediatric care
  5. Collateral damage of Covid-19 on child health.

Useful resources on these topics are available (for MSF staff only) on the MSF Paediatric Working Group SharePoint.

The agenda of the Days is available here

All the presentations are available on You Tube, as well as the PAED Talks and other videos that we presented during the event.

All the Posters presented during the event are available on ResearchGate (open access).



The key messages and recommendations from the meeting relate to MSF operations, MSF field activities, topics urgently requiring advocacy, research needs, to improve quality and facilitate the delivery of paediatric care and outcomes in humanitarian settings.


> Click here to read the key messages in English

> Click here to read the key messages in French (version française)

> Click here to read the key messages in Arabic (النسخة العربية)

> Click here to read the key messages in Spanish (versión española)

> Click here to read the key messages in Portuguese (versão portuguesa)


"Around the world, one in four children live in a country affected by conflict, political insecurity and disaster. Healthcare in humanitarian and fragile settings is challenging and complex to provide, particularly for children. Furthermore, there is a distinct lack of medical literature from humanitarian settings to guide best practice in such specific and resource-limited contexts. In light of these challenges, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), an international medical humanitarian organisation, created the MSF Paediatric Days with the aim of uniting field staff, policymakers and academia to exchange ideas, align efforts, inspire and share frontline research and experiences to advance humanitarian paediatric and neonatal care. This 2-day event takes place regularly since 2016. The fourth edition of the MSF Paediatric Days in April 2021 covered five main topics: essential newborn care, community-based models of care, paediatric tuberculosis, antimicrobial resistance in neonatal and paediatric care and the collateral damage of COVID-19 on child health. In addition, eight virtual stands from internal MSF initiatives and external MSF collaborating partners were available, and 49 poster communications and five inspiring short talks referred to as ‘PAEDTalks’ were presented. In conclusion, the MSF Paediatric Days serves as a unique forum to advance knowledge on humanitarian paediatrics and creates opportunities for individual and collective learning, as well as networking spaces for interaction and exchange of ideas."

> Read our article "MSF Paediatric Days: a step forward in operationalising Humanitarian Paediatrics" published on 27 September 2021 in the BMJ Paediatrics Open.