RCPCH Global News

Keep up to date with the latest RCPCH Global news, and read about our volunteers' experiences overseas.

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Global impact report 2012-2017 now available

This report offers some preliminary evidence and analysis of RCPCH Global programmes supporting stronger paediatric and child healthcare in low-income settings around the world. View and download the report below.


Download the report (PDF, 3.2 MB)

Working in conflict-affected states

We affirm our approach to working in low-income countries while we maintain an unqualified commitment to human rights, including child rights.

See our position statement on working in fragile and conflict-affected states (25 October 2016).

Protecting children in conflict and child refugees

The RCPCH has a mission to support child health in the UK and worldwide. Our global strategy incorporates advocacy, within the UK and internationally, for the protection of children caught up in, or displaced by, humanitarian crisis.

The RCPCH is deeply concerned by the plan to remove the refugee camp known as ‘the Jungle’ at Calais, and the forcible displacement of refugees, including an estimated 400 unaccompanied children immediately eligible for entry to the UK.

We have called on the Government to live up to its human rights obligations, and to refresh its reputation for global humanitarian leadership, by committing to:

  • clearly and publicly welcome an adequate quota of unaccompanied child refugees into the UK in a timely manner; RCPCH supports the ‘Dubs Amendment’ stipulating the reception of 3,000 children
  • ensure that child refugees welcomed into the UK are accorded a full process of care needs assessment, protection and safeguarding
  • support family reunification, within the UK as appropriate, with the ‘best interests of the child’ as the overriding principle.

RCPCH is undertaking a number of actions towards the strategic objective of ‘protecting children in humanitarian crisis’, including:

  • engaging with Government: RCPCH President Neena Modi, Officer for Child Protection Dr Geoff DeBelle, and Head of Global Operations Dr Sebastian Taylor have written to Immigration Minister, Robert Goodwill MP; RCPCH continues in dialogue with the Department of Health and other relevant ministries on adequate resourcing for paediatric clinicians caring for unaccompanied refugee children
  • building advocacy partnerships: RCPCH is consulting with Medical Royal Colleges, international and UK-based NGO and charities, academic and research institutions, to build a common platform advocating for better protection for children caught up in in humanitarian crisis
  • supporting members: RCPCH is reviewing and updating its advisory materials regarding care, protection and safeguarding for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

See RCPCH position statement on protection of children in conflict and child refugees (6 October 2016)

See RCPCH response to refugee crisis (September 2015) 

We are also keen to add our voice to those who have insisted that more be done, and to assist members who would like to contribute, independently or collectively, to safeguarding the lives and wellbeing of children affected by war and those seeking asylum.

See information about our advocacy work.

E-learning in Emergency Triage Assessment and Treatment (ETAT+)

Gain experience of this model based on our ETAT+ programme, which has been rolled out in low-resource settings in East Africa and Myanmar. You'll have an opportunity to familiarise yourself with World Health Organisation (WHO) paediatric guidelines.

Find out more and access the ETAT+ e-learning

Building health systems in Sierra Leone

We have been awarded DfID Health Partnership Scheme funding to re-establish our Global Links partnership with the National Children’s Hospital in Freetown Sierra Leone.

The two year programme will support paediatric teaching and training at the hospital, undertake Quality Improvement projects and contribute to rolling out ETAT+ methodologies. Another overarching aim is to support the hospital to maintain its postgraduate training accreditation.

This partnership is the first step in a larger programme of work to support postgraduate training in Sierra Leone in collaboration with other medical Royal Colleges.

We need Members and Fellows of the College to contribute to this programme. If anyone is interested to help Sierra Leone rebuild its health services after the huge challenges Ebola wrought on the country, please contact Peter Nash on peter.nash@rcpch.ac.uk / 0207 092 6016.

A library of resources from volunteers

Volunteers on the Global Links programme, who are supporting capacity building objectives in African and Asian countries, have contributed to a library of educational, clinical and research resources.

Blogs and stories from College members volunteering overseas

Two clinicians outside paediatric ward

Katie in Kamuli - Katie Mageean describes her time working at a district hospital in Uganda. Katie is helping to implement ETAT+ and raise standards in her paediatric ward.

A brunette in Jinja - Sarah Magowan is a Global Links volunteer, spending 12 months in Jinja hospital, Uganda.

Kenya, or There and Back Again - Sophie Parry-Okeden is a Global Links volunteer spending six months in Chogoria hospital, Kenya.

Kisiizi Hospital Uganda - the journey continues - Ian and Hanna Spillman are friends of Kisiizi Hospital. Ian is a Consultant Paediatrician and Hanna is a Nurse/Midwife. Together they worked at Kisiizi Hospital with Tear Fund, a UK Christian development agency, from 1987 - 1993. Ian is continuing his work at Kisiizi as a 2-year Global Links Volunteer.

He describes a typical day at Kisiizi: A Day in the Life of Ian Spillman (PDF,  550KB, 3 pages)

Treasures in the Pearl of Africa - A blog written by Global Links volunteer Yetunde Odutolu, currently on placement at Jinja district hospital, Uganda.

Guide to volunteering overseas

RCPCH guide to volunteering overseas (PDF, 25 pages, 3.12MB)

If you are interested in volunteering overseas, please visit our get involved page.