Virtual edition - April 2021


The next edition of the Paediatric Days will take place on April 15 & 16, 2021 and in an online format.


The main topics for the upcoming edition are the following ones:

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


Check the Agenda of the Days


1. Neonates – back to basics

Essential care is a set of effective, simple and cheap interventions that aims to minimize the risk of illness and maximize a new-born’s growth and development. It includes thermal control, evaluating breathing, initiating breastfeeding and preventing infection. Breastfeeding is a vital component of essential new-born care and therefore a crucial tool in our efforts to tackle the high burden of neonatal mortality and morbidity.

The session will address the operational challenges and related limitations and opportunities for implementation on the field. We also want to highlight the need of standardising essential care across MSF.


2. Community-based model of care for neonatal and child health

The delivery of health services is often weakest where the needs are greatest, and low coverage of the most needed interventions results in a significant unmet need for treatment of these major child mortality causes. This gap on the continuum of care for new-born and children due to health system capacity in contexts of conflict with limited access has increased the need of decentralised models of care that involve the community.

During this session, we would like to explore the challenges and opportunities arise from the decentralised models of care as more MSF sections are integrating them in the projects. To tackle this topic from a practical approach, field staff and academia will be sharing their experience and the solutions found.


3. Paediatric tuberculosis

Tuberculosis is the infectious disease killing the most, and children are at particular risk. Diagnosing children is crucial, but frequently missed. In this session we will explore how we can improve in MSF. To assist our daily clinical practice, we will emphasise a common-sense approach to diagnosing TB in children. We will highlight clinical features and clinical diagnostic tools, as we lack sufficient laboratory support. We will also share experience in how to trace and treat contacts. To explore these topics we will bring together field, technical referents and academia and together we will share lessons learned and ways forward.


4. Antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial stewardship in neonatal and paediatric care

Antibiotic resistance is increasing at alarming rates in low-income countries, especially for children and even new-borns, resulting in very high mortality rates.

Health workers and academia will argue in this session why in order to face this urgent issue, a multidisciplinary approach is required. We will also present the diagnostic tools available to support field teams and how they should be integrated into routine activities; and discuss the antibiotic stewardship program implemented by MSF.


5. Collateral damage of Covid-19 on child health.

While the direct effects of COVID-19 appear to be relatively benign in children, the vulnerable infants of the humanitarian settings where MSF works are been heavily affected by the multiple collateral effects of the health crisis.

Through this session, we hope to shed some light on the additional burden of COVID-19 on children with co-morbidities more specific to low-resource settings. From first-hand field experience, we will discuss strategies used to maintain child health services and help to attenuate the impact of this crisis; and focus on the need of flexibility to adjust health activities to the current situation.



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