We are all horrified at the events unfolding in Ukraine. The European Academy of Paediatrics has already made a statement about protecting children during the war in Ukraine. Now, we are considering how best we can further, and most effectively, support the health and welfare of those children.
The Ukrainian Paediatric health system faces a huge burden, taking care of casualties of war whilst continuing to care for those children with complex chronic disease, including cancer, chronic respiratory problems, epilepsy, and many other conditions. Some of those children remain in Ukraine, but potentially without access to medical help and supplies, whilst others are refugees crossing into Europe.
The EAP wants to coordinate the help for these children, who are already being offered a range of support by many different countries. We would like to collate a list of hospitals in Europe that would be able to take Ukrainian paediatric patients with complicated, rare, or chronic diseases and treat them according to their needs.
We believe that National Bodies are in the best position to determine what can be done internally, but that the EAP can assist in collating what resources are available and how they can be accessed. Additional information (rules on Visa requirements, COVID regulations, availability of translators for example) may also be very valuable.
Being aware that each country has different approach to admitting paediatric patients from Ukraine, we offer you two ways of which you can choose for medical institutions in your country to be approached:
- via a national coordinator to whom we can direct a patient interested in coming to that country (which would then connect that patient to appropriate medical institutions in represented country). In that case we would kindly ask you to send us contact info of person you would decide on to be your national coordinator via the following questionnaire.
- direct approach to open and interested medical institutions (e.g., children’s hospitals, paediatric departments). Due to the complexity of diseases that patients have, it would be best if primarily tertiary level institutions would apply. In that case we would ask you to forward the following link with questionnaire in which they can fill in their contact information and treatment capacities information according to their treatment capacities (link: https://forms.office.com/r/Gc8A8WZLbp) .
In both cases contact data will be available only through closed access system to whom access would be granted to project team members, EAP EC and participating Ukrainian doctors. It would not be publicly available. Interested parties would contact national coordinator or available contact person in institution directly or via EAP project team.
Therefore, we kindly ask you or to complete questionnaire about national coordinator or forward the Link 2 to questionnaire to medical institutions in your country interested in admitting Ukrainian paediatric patients with complex chronic diseases.
We are in touch with the Ukrainian Paediatric Societies and using them to help us direct care to the most appropriate providers.
We suspect that there are other areas where you can offer expertise – for example EuSEMs series of short webinars (prepared for Myanmar) setting out a number of obstetric, paediatric and trauma related scenarios, helping inexperienced staff undertake emergency procedures and care. Please, feel free to share such information with us, so we can share it with Ukrainian colleagues.
Due to the urgency of the situation, we would kindly ask you to provide us with answers no later than Tuesday 17th of April 2022. Still, all answers sent even after April 17th will be incorporated in this database.
We are aware that this will take a lot of time and effort from you, especially for bigger countries, but are also aware of the situation in Ukraine and need of those children. This is the moment when EAP must join forces and use our full capacities to help Ukrainian children.
For all your questions please feel free to contact Ivan Bambir (email@example.com), Loraine Lugasi (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Yannis Trimithiotis (email@example.com).