ISSN: 1306 - 0015 • E-ISSN: 1308 - 6278
Turkish Archives of Pediatrics
[Turk Pediatri Ars ]
Turk Pediatri Ars . 2020; 55(1): 4-9 | DOI: 10.14744/TurkPediatriArs.2020.55553

Children facing natural, economic and public health crisis in Europe: The risks of a predictable unpredictability

Hilary Hoey1, Julije Mestrovic2, Mehmet Vural3, Leyla Namazova-Baranova4, Eli Somekh5, Massimo Pettoello Mantovani6
1Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland; Department of Paediatrics, Trinity College Dublin, National Children
2European Pediatric Association (EPA-UNEPSA), Union of National European Pediatric Societies and Associations. Berlin, Germany; Medical School of Split, University Hospital of Split, Split, Croatia
3European Pediatric Association (EPA-UNEPSA), Union of National European Pediatric Societies and Associations. Berlin, Germany; University of Istanbul, Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa, Medical Faculty, Istanbul, Turkey
4European Pediatric Association (EPA-UNEPSA), Union of National European Pediatric Societies and Associations. Berlin, Germany;Russian Medical Research and Scientific medical University of Moscow, Russian Federation, Moscow, Russia
5European Pediatric Association (EPA-UNEPSA), Union of National European Pediatric Societies and Associations. Berlin, Germany; Department of Pediatrics, Mayeney Hayeshuah Medical Center, Bnei Brak and The Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel
6European Pediatric Association (EPA-UNEPSA), Union of National European Pediatric Societies and Associations. Berlin, Germany; Department of Pediatrics, Scientific Institute "Casa Sollievo della Sofferenza", University of Foggia, Foggia, Italy

This opening article for the volume dedicated to the diversity of paediatric healthcare systems in Europe, discusses the topic of children facing natural, economic, and public health crises in Europe. The natural and economic adversities and public health crises, which have repeatedly stormed the globe during the past twenty years, have often unveiled a low degree of self-sufficiency and a high degree of unpreparedness by European countries. It is always the case that the most vulnerable take the brunt, and these adverse events have shown their effects and a negative direct impact particularly on the population aged 0–18 years, with important implications for families and communities. The article discusses a rational approach to properly confront future public health emergencies and crises in general. The authors stress the concept that such approaches should be built on past negative experiences, in order to explore, identify, and make clear which are the priorities governing the disaster management activities at all levels in this population group. The authors conclude that safeguarding the health of children could be effectively accomplished by developing adequate, shared emergency management strategies. Improving pediatric preparedness approaches with the use of emergency measures and ongoing collaboration will facilitate a better and more efficient response, able to effectively care for the needs of children in actual crises.

Keywords: Children, crisis, disasters, emergency, preparedness.

Hilary Hoey, Julije Mestrovic, Mehmet Vural, Leyla Namazova-Baranova, Eli Somekh, Massimo Pettoello Mantovani. Children facing natural, economic and public health crisis in Europe: The risks of a predictable unpredictability. Turk Pediatri Ars . 2020; 55(1): 4-9

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