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2016 Resolution on 'Continuity of care for sick children of refugee seeking families'

13th EACH Conference Utrecht / Netherlands
September 21 – 24, 2016

In line with the EACH Charter for the Rights of Sick Children and its Annotations*, specifically article 9 about ‘Continuity of care’, the member organizations of EACH European Association for Children in Hospital call upon all governments to ensure that:

  1. the enforced relocation of refugee/asylum seeking families with a sick child is avoided in order to provide continuity of care and avoid separation from parents. It also applies to children under the age of 18 who have arrived unaccompanied, and also to those who have a trusted carer(s);

  2. all health care professionals are informed by their own national health system of the specific practice in place for children who are refugees/asylum seekers. In turn this practice should be explained to these children and their parents / carers;

  3. sick children and their health records are systematically traceable within and across countries;

  4. extra efforts are made to communicate with refugees/asylum seekers in a clear, understandable way (by oral and written translation) in a manner appropriate to age and understanding.

Utrecht, September 24, 2016

This Resolution was adopted by the Delegates present from Austria, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland.

*The EACH Charter, created in 1988, summarizes in 10 points the basic rights of sick children and young people. It is in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.