MSF Paediatric Days 2017 in Dakar

The Paediatric Days serves as a platform where MSF field staff can meet with academia and operational staff to enhance the quality of MSF paediatric programmes and address current paediatric issues through evidence-based examples. The next conference will take place in Dakar from 15 to16 December 2017.  

Around 50 to 60 per cent of all MSF patients are children under five years old and two-thirds are below the age of 18. Children are the most vulnerable, and make up the largest proportion of MSF beneficiaries in the humanitarian emergency context.

In that context, paediatric needs far overweigh available resources, such as trained paediatric staff, access to essential drugs, diagnostic and medical equipment. Areas such as neonatology, paediatric neurology, shock fluid therapy and palliative care are just examples of the large array of conditions where humanitarian paediatrics is lagging behind.

MSF Paediatric Days is a two-day conference aimed at catalysing the paediatric knowledge, expertise and practices from the humanitarian community, whether they be MSF staff (both from field and HQs),  staff from other NGOs or concerned academia.

The Paediatric Days also aim to inspire non-MSF paediatric professionals (specialised and non-specialised medical doctors and nurses) and reinforce MSF teams with staff who are committed to developing innovative ways to treat children in the field.

How to participate

Participants are invited to register online. For those willing to share experience, innovations and insights with the community, the call for abstracts is open until 3 September. Abstracts will be evaluated and selected by the scientific committee.

The following topics/ matters are particularly encouraged:

  • Scientific studies and reports
  • Quality improvement projects
  • Teaching and training programmes

About the Paediatric Days

The event was created in Stockholm, Sweden in September 2016, where the first MSF Paediatric Days took place in collaboration with the Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital at Karolinska University Hospital and the Karolinska Institutet. The next conference is scheduled to take place in Dakar, Senegal on 15 and 16 December 2017.

The entire conference will be broadcast online in French and English, with several hundreds of participants from over 25 countries joining MSF staff, academic partners and other NGOs present and discuss their work.