EPA-UNEPSA JOINS AND STRONGLY SUPPORTS THE IPA STATEMENT ON SAFETY AND HEALTH OF CHILDREN LIVING IN UKRAINE


IPA Statement on Safety and Health of Children Living in Ukraine The International Pediatric Association (IPA) is deeply concerned for the safety and health condition of all children who are suffering and affected due to the war between Ukraine and Russia. We also very concerned for the children for now refugees in neighboring countries. Children are often the innocent victims during armed conflicts. In alignment with the IPA constitution and on behalf of all children, we call on all international communities to take the necessary measures in support of the safety and well-being of children affected by the war in Ukraine. Exposure to war and violent acts adversely affects the life trajectory of children far more than adults. Apart from the potential for loss of live, physical injury and disability, disruption of their daily lives, schooling, parental and family support could lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health issues. Poor nutrition, insufficient water safety, poor sanitation, loss of housing, limited access to healthcare, increased risk of communicable diseases, with population movement all contribute to impact war have on children. As pediatricians, we are committed to the health and well-being of children from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. By ensuring these rights, only then we can protect children and secure their future. Today in Ukraine, a child may lose his or her live, become injured or disabled, loose a parent or a family member, learning opportunity at school, time to live as a child and play with friends. Their lives will not be the same when the war ends and they will carry the scars of the distress they endured for the rest of their lives. This letter serves as the official position statement and we invite the international community to make every effort for the war to end as soon as possible, in the interest of protecting children's safety, wellbeing, education, and health in Ukraine. We should all strive for fair, equal, and dignified treatment of children. We should protect the rights of children to be protected from harm throughout the fighting, and their safety must be a priority under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). In addition, humanitarian supplies including food and medical supplies to the families and children should be ensured as generous and efficient. These actions are imperative to prevent the detrimental effects of war on psychological and physical health over children.

EPA-UNEPSA joins IPA in: working for Every Child, Every Age, Everywhere
Prof. Enver Hasanoğlu President , Prof. Aman Pulungan IPA Executive Director
Massimo Pettoello-Mantovani, President EPA-UNEPSA (IPA Member Society)

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Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the website of the European Paediatric Association, the Union of National European Paediatric Societies and Associations (EPA/UNEPSA).

The European Paediatric Association (EPA) is a pan-European scientific association which is the Union of National European Paediatric Societies and Association (EPA-UNEPSA). The main objective of EPA-UNEPSA is to encourage scientific co-operation between not-for-profit National European Paediatric Societies/Associations and between European paediatricians working in primary, secondary and tertiary paediatric care in Europe, in order to promote child health and comprehensive paediatric care.

Founded 35 years ago, it now represents 50 National European Paediatric Societies and Associations and operates on a non-profit basis. Its General Assembly is made by the Presidents of the major national pediatric societies active in the Nations of geographic Europe, and currently represents more than three-quarters of all European countries, working closely with the major international organizations, including WHO, UN, EMA and the Council of Europe. Since its foundation in 1976 in the St Sophia Children’s Hospital in Rotterdam, Holland, in its role as prominent European paediatric organization, EPA-UNEPSA has typically encouraged education of patients, families and care givers by translating specialistic knowledge to generalists, and worked to improve the quality of paediatric patient care in all European countries including both member and non-member states of the European Union, by adequate clinical research and by implementing research into practice.

A fundamental part of EPA-UNEPSA role as a pan European association of 50 member societies is to understand and embrace diversity, and to foster the exchange of experiences and cooperation amongst paediatricians in Europe, enabling the members of the national European pediatric societies and associations to exchange experiences and share best practices, in the spirit of “learning across borders and languages”.

EPA-UNEPSA website has been inspired by the leading concept of “working and learning together”, with the intent of enabling European paediatricians to access useful scientific information, exchange experiences and share best practices. Our aim is to encourage cooperation amongst paediatricians in Europe and create a learning hub for the paediatric community, also providing a useful platform for the development of proper paediatric e-learning projects.

Wellcome to the EPA-UNEPSA website!

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