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)

Mission & Objectives

Mission & Objectives

It is the aim of EPA-UNEPSA is to promote the child’s rights to health, equity and social justice by

a. science,

b. research,

c. public healthcare, and

d. education.

Mission

To provide a common platform for all general paediatricians in Europe, that will offer them the necessary tools in order to be up-to-date and feel empowered to achieve their personal professional endeavours.

Objectives

a) To encourage scientific co-operation between not-for-profit National Paediatric Societies/Associations in Europe and between European paediatricians working in primary, secondary and tertiary paediatric care in Europe, in order to promote child health and comprehensive paediatric care.

b) To promote education of patients, families and care givers by translating special knowledge to generalists.

c) To promote research in child health care services in Europe by charitable measures, by no-profit making projects and by activities of benefit to the public.

d) 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. EPA pursues a Pan-European approach to reduce diversity of child health care and to improve quality of care.

e) To promote the exchange of national experiences in the various fields of patient care and make national practices and science known to others. To obtain information about paediatrics from national societies and associations, and to make it available to EPA-UNEPSA members.

f) To co-operate scientifically with other not-for-profit paediatric associations worldwide, the World Health Organisation (WHO), UNICEF, the World Bank, and any other national and international organizations, foundations or other statutory corporations and institutions operating in the field of public health care.

g) To organize and arrange congresses for its members and meetings of the President of European National Paediatric Societies/Associations to improve paediatric education.

h) To implement any policy that promotes paediatric health care that may be laid down by the General Assembly, e.g. forming ad hoc expert committees to study and make recommendations on important issues of paediatric interest in Europe.

i) To represent European paediatricians in relation to the International Paediatric Association (IPA), in continuity with the representative function previously performed by UNEPSA.