Health Systems and Child Health: lessons from cross-country comparisons

13-14 September 2007

Stazione Marittima – Trieste, Italy


In collaboration with:

.Institute of Child Health IRCCS Burlo Garofolo, Trieste, Italy

.European School for Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, Trieste

.WHO, Regional Office for Europe, Family and Community Health, Copenhagen


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Below is the detailed programme with direct access to most individual presentations

September 13, 2007

Introduction by Giorgio Tamburlini

9.00 – 10.30 Children in the health systems: analytical framework and state of the art

– a global perspective (Giorgio Tamburlini, Trieste, Italy)

– a European perspective (Nick Spencer, Warwick, UK)

Chair: Stella Tsitoura

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 – 13.00 Comparing health systems performance for children. A country-based case approach: who is falling in the cracks and why? Reports from countries

Chair: Nick Spencer and Giorgio Tamburlini

Italy (D Dragovich)

Québec (G Julien, N Steinmetz)

Turkey (G Gökçay) 

Sweden (Lennart Köhler) 

Hungary (Zs Kovács)

Croatia (J Grgoric)

Serbia (D Lozanovic)

Germany (E Sievers)

Greece (S Tsitoura)

UK (T Waterston)


13.00 – 14.00 Lunch and poster session

14.00 – 14.45 Overview of prenatal and postnatal services in OECD countries (Simon Chapple, OECD/OCSE)

Chair: Manuel Katz

14.45 – 15.30 One country of origin, different health systems of destination: infant mortality in children of Turkish origin in Europe (Anders Hjern, Sweden)

Chair: Olivier Duperrex

15.30 – 17.30 Maternal and child health systems: what matters? Free papers session

Chair: Erika Sievers and Mitch Blair

1 Benitez T, Junco I, Brugera C, Garcia Neveo R, Magnani E  – Spain
Emergency contraception, an opportunity for prevention

2 Bouthoorn S, Oudesluys-Murphy HM – The Nederlands
Child abuse

3 Cora-Bramble D – USA

One country, two worlds: understanding disparities in health status, access and outcomes in minority children in the US

4 Coyle E, Webb E – UK
Mapping child health systems

5 Kovacs Z, Aszmann A, Pall G, Kadar F – Hungary
Comparing HS performance for children. A country-based case approach: who is falling in the cracs and why?

6 Kukla L – Czech
Child care system in Czech Republic

7 Majer K, Simonelli F, Tsitoura S, Rotesi B – Italy
The WHO-HPH task force on health promotion for children and adolescents in & by hospitals (HPH-CA)

8 Papazoglou T, Fillipou O, Ziva-Petropoulou M, Papadakou-Lagoyanni S – Greece
Learning difficulties and sleep disorders in children

9 Porter B, Kineret Oren MA – Israel
Comparison of the current status of community pediatrics in Israel with the needs and expectations related to the field

10 Raman S, Hodes D – AUS
Culture and child maltreatment – Challenges for child health services

11 Tam A – UK
Planning for the well-being of children with complex needs and their families

12 Thyen U, Muller-Godeffroy E, Schmidt S – Germany
Parental satisfaction with care in children with cerebral palsy in Germany – comparison of coordinated versus fragmented care

13 Tripkovic Subotic G – Serbia
The experience gained in the operation of “the HIV/AIDS advisory center for the young” within the health center “Stari Grad” in Belgrade

14 Tsitoura S, Simonelli F, Majer K, Filippazzi G – Greece
The WHO-HPH task recommendations on children’s rights in hospitals

15 Ugur Baysal S, Gunes Bulbul L, Gokcay G, Ertem Vehid H, Bulbul A – Turkiye
The effects of exclusive breastfeeding duration on hemoglobin levels and erythrocyte indices in six-month-old infants


September 14, 2007

8.30 – 10.30 Policy implications: ensuring quality care to all children. Round table (WHO, OECD, EUPHA, ESSOP, IPA, EU) and plenary discussion

Chair: Lennart Kohler and Luis Martin

10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 – 11.45 Going upstream: mothers in the health Systems (Alberta Bacci, WHO EURO Making Pregnancy Safer programme)

Chair: Gülbin Gökçay

11.45 – 12.30 Health systems and maternal and child health: current views and work in progress at WHO EURO (Mikael Ostergren, WHO-EURO, Family Health Division)

Chair: Giorgio Tamburlini

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch and poster session

1 Anastassiou A, Karsiardani KP, Giovanetto MF, Tassiou J – Greece
Evaluating medical care services in a primary health care center in Thessaly, Central Greece. The role of primary health care in accident prevention

2 Benitez T, Junco I, Brugera C, Garcia Crespo P, Magnani E – Spain
Proposal by “Madrid Salud” for prevention and the promotion of infant/juvenile health

3 Diakakis P, Gida S, Gardelis I, Koltsida G, Ventouri K, Soufis E, Spinou M, Tsitoura S – Greece
Immunization status of preschool age in children in the island of Zakynthos – Greece

4 Dort J, Dortova E – Czech Rep
Developmental care for very low birth weight children in teh Czech Republic

5 Duperrex O, Jeannot E, Girard M, Bouvier P – Switzerland
Hygiene and health of students in Geneva schools: hand washing, toilets and access to water

6 Filippou O, Karanasiou L, Dolianiti M, Roubani A, Tasiopoulou V, Sergentanis M, Ziva-Petropoulou M, Papadakou-Lagoyianni S – Greece
The role of primary care pediatrician in identification and management of childhood obesity

7 Greenberg R, Cosby GA, Southward L – USA
Child care health consultants and child care settings: results from a national US survey of licensed child care directors

8 Gunnlaugsson G, Einarsdottir J – Iceland
Importance of trust: community health work in Guinea-Bissau

9 Herzer G – Italy

Risk behaviour and risk taking of adolescents in Alto Adige with regards to the behavior in health, traffic and leisure time

10 Lozanovic-Miladinovic D, Kostantinidis G, Sokal-Jovanovic L – Serbia
Maternal and child health and health system in the Republic of Serbia

11 Papadopoulou G E, Anastasopoulou M, Allagiannis G, Konteli E, Karmi B, Tzavara M, Nakou D, Gergoutzou A, Koromilas C – Greece
Mother and children in the greek national health system and children’s health rights – General hospital of Pyrgos “A. Papandreou” Pediatric clinic

12 Pedreira-Massa JL, Martin Alvarez L – Spain
A best practice model: implementation and evaluation of a program coordinating primary health care and specialized care

13 Rouechè A, Minson S, Hodes D – UK
Vitamin D supplementation in at risk children – is the message getting through?

14 Schulpen T, Lombarts KM – The Nederlands
Quality improvement of paediatric care in the Netherlands; an example for other countries?

15 Verreussel M, Rasenberg S, Collin P – The Nederlands
The food control program of observatory and pedological institute “De Hondsberg” in the Nederlans: a 5-year review

16 van Zeben-van der Aa T – The Nederlands
The dutch child health and youth care systems: on our way to an integrated care system for children?


13.30 – 15.00 ESSOP Administrative meeting

15.00 – 17.00 Training in social paediatrics Round Table with European pediatric societies and Chairs of University Pediatric Departments

Chair: Nick Spencer