Round Table 2
Cooperations between Parents´self help groups between former conflict countries
As a result of the conference the Croatian CHD self help group joined ECHDO and started to cooperate with the Slovenian CHD self help group. Both groups aim now at translating the booklet Annas Herzoperation from German into their respective languages.
Round Table 3
Twinning and partnership in the field of paediatric lung transplantation
The presentation ?Cross border lung transplantation ? a best practice model?? given by Dr. Lajos Kovacs, Semmelweis University, Budapest summarizes the steps in the development of the Vienna-Budapest Cross Border Lung Transplant Programme with twinning from1994 and describes the steps in patient management from from listing in the Hungarian lung transplant board and pre-transplant care to transplantation in Vienna and post-TX care in Hungary ( see (http://www.bridgesforchild.eu/fileadmin/brigdesforchild/pdf/01_Presentations_Nov2011/3_lajos_kovacs_thursday_171111_1431.pdf)
Round Table 4a
Proceeding with requests from abroad in the field of paediatric stem cell transplantation
The St.Anna Hospital SOP How to proceed with requests to treat a patient with a haemato-oncologic disesase from abroad is considered to represent another best practice example and has been already adopted by the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine of the Medical University of Vienna in recent years. The same applies to the St.Anna Hospital SOP ?Decision Making in Request Scenarios? which has been also adopted (for details please see graphics Round Table 4a)
Cross-border cooperation in the field of paediatric stem cell transplantation
Another best practice example for successful cross-border cooperation in the field of haematopoietic stem cell transplantation was presented by Paediatric Haemato-Oncologist Dragana Janic, Institute for Mother and Child Dr. Vukan Cupic, Belgrade who highlighted the existing cooperation with Italian centres to ensure treatment in those children deserving a matched unrelated donor / total body irradiation.
Round Table 5
Multimedia-based Paediatric Cardiology Erasmus Intensive Course for Medical Students
Yannis Germanakis, Paediatric Cardiologist, Crete (G) designed an intensive course for medical students with stepwise teaching from virtual patients´evaluation to hands on practice in a multi-institutional and multinational environment. The course took place in Crete in 2010 and brought together students and teachers of 4 different countries. The course also enables students to recognize inequalities and diversities in Paediatric Cardiology Care in Europe.
Round Table 6
New concepts and practices in the delivery of health-care
The presentation by Dr. Simon Lenton, UK Child friendly health care based on journeys, pathways and networks introduced new practices and concepts of service delivery crossing the bridge between the individual needs of the child (& family ) and measurement of outcome relevant for those involved in health care (for details please see http://www.bridgesforchild.eu/fileadmin/brigdesforchild/pdf/01_Presentations_Nov2011/9_Simon_Lenton_thursday_171111_1528.pdf and related document "Guidelines of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on child-friendly health care and their explanatory memorandum?.
Round Table 7
Cross-border health-care for children between former conflict countries
Many of the non-EU member states, candidates or non-candidates in SEE are in fact post-war countries. One of the achievements of the conference was that dialogue and cooperation was possible between participants from former SEE conflict regions. -One of the longstanding 20-century conflicts in Europe was the conflict between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Today both partners share a document on the cross-border cooperation of smaller and larger paediatric cardiac centres (for details please see comment of the conference initiator ?Round Table 7). The future will deserve defined national / regional centres of excellence to provide high-quality tertiary paediatric care and communication matters as well as recommendations regarding the cooperation between those providing focused tertiary high-end care and those providing secondary medical and psychosocial care could refer to that document.
Round Table 8
Bridge building for sick children in a larger Europe
This project was initiated by the Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Vienna Medical University in 2009. Its aim is to contribute to improved health-care for children in new EU-member states and candidate members by answering requests from parents whose children might benefit from further specific medical advice outside their home-country. The requests are discussed by a panel of paediatric specialists and parents receive a first feedback. Parents are informed that they should also contact the doctors in charge. Data analysis with respect to parents´ home country, the disease of the child and the given recommendation are analysed on a yearly basis and published in the annual report (http://www.meduniwien.ac.at/bilder/transfer/kinderklinik_2010.pdf p.132).
Round Table 1 and Round Table 4a
Sustainable support in the field of Paediatrics directed to SEE countries
20 years ago Dr. Michael Schodermayr founded the humanitarian organisation Alliance for Children who since then has been working in the Kosovo and Albania to organize surgical treatment for children with various conditions in Austria. Children with congenital heart disease receive tertiary care treatment (operations, interventions) either in the Children´s Heart Centre Linz or in the Division of Cardiology of the Medical University of Vienna at the Vienna General Hospital. The organization finances 4 missions/ year in order to diagnose children locally as well as the costs for transport, pre-hospital stay in Austria and postoperative medication after return of the child to either Kosovo or Albania (www.friedensdorf.at).
Financing of training and twinning
The Gigax Foundation that cooperates closely with the St.Anna Hospital, Vienna is a non-profit charitable organisation, registered in 1990 in Vaduz/Liechtenstein. Its aim is to support the training of Eastern European hospital medical staff, and to facilitate their access to equipment and supplies, thereby improving the quality of the treatment of juvenile cancer (for further details please see Round Table 4a; (www.gigax-foundation.com.)