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The Impact of War on Child Health in the Countries of the Former Yugoslavia
Child. There was consensus that such guidelines and international agreements constitute valuable instruments that can exert a powerful influence for the protection of children during times of turmoil. Improved communications between international and professional organizations such as pediatric societies were emphasized as important tools in achieving child protection and maintaining child health. The successful development of professional networks for sharing information and collaborations can be especially helpful to health professionals who are isolated both geographically and professionally under conditions of war and dislocation.
Participants in the Workshop on Child Health will reconvene at future dates to continue to develop communications networks, to sustain the relationships and exchanges that occurred during the discussions, and to move forward with specific projects such as the fostering of pediatric societies and their ties to the European and world pediatric communities, the gathering of epidemiologic data, the design of programs to support child mental health services, the definition of needs for the restoration of child health, and the exploration of the roles of children's doctors in the protection of children in difficult circumstances.