The Center for Disaster Medicine and Traumatology

National Research Center for Traumatology assigned by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare

How Children Are Affected by War

The impact of war on children’s lives is extensive and war-wounded children demand extensive care and resources in conflict areas. The percentage of paediatric patients is markedly higher among the surgical patient population in military hospitals as well as in humanitarian efforts. There is a need for understanding injury patterns specific for paediatric casualties of armed conflict. This is essential to facilitate preparations by organizations that provide medical care in conflict areas.

In a previous study we can report that pre-deployment military medical training did not seem to fully meet the educational needs of their deployed personnel in the treatment of paediatric patients. Furthermore, no referral centre for paediatric patients was available on most deployments. The aim of this study was to define patterns of injury and surgical treatment needs for paediatric patients in armed conflict zones. The findings of the study could facilitate better preparation of deployed and local healthcare providers and result in more favourable treatment outcomes for young victims of armed conflict.

Read the full article here: Global surgery for paediatric casualties in armed conflict

Project partners: Edward Tan (Radeboud UMC), Frederike Haverkamp (Radeboud UMC), Måns Muhrbeck (LiU, KMC)

Contact: Andreas Wladis