Ukraine children's health

Key messages for primary care practitioners

  • See general children's health page for overall recommendations and resources.
  • Ensure all children are up to date with the UK schedule of immunisation.
  • This country has high rates of TB - all children who have recently arrived in the UK should be screened for TB.
  • There is a high burden of Multi Drug Resistant TB in this country.
  • There is a high rate of HIV in this country. Consider offering an HIV test to infants and children who have recently arrived in the UK.
  • Ask opportunistically about any travel plans that the patient may have to visit friends and relatives in their country of origin and arrange for appropriate travel advice - see NaTHNaC.
  • Anaemia is common in pre-school children in this country. Be alert to this possibility in recently arrived migrants and test as clinically indicated.

 

 

Infectious diseases

Please see infectious diseases page for this country for risks that apply to both adults and children and to which you should be alert.

TB

  • There is a high rate of tuberculosis in this country (40-499/100,000).
  • There is a high burden of Multi Drug Resistant (MDR) TB in this country.
  • Screen children for TB according to NICE guidelines [external link].
  • Local TB services should seek advice from the MDR-TB Clinical Advice Service before treating patients from this country for TB.
  • TB is a notifiable disease.
  • Please see TB page for further information.

HIV

  • The rate of HIV in this country is >1%.
  • Consider offering an HIV test to infants and children who have recently arrived in the UK (see UK national testing guidelines).
  • Please see HIV page for further information.

 

Other health Concerns

Please see nutritional/metabolic concerns page for this country for risks that apply to both adults and children and to which you should be alert. Please see other health concerns for general information.

Anaemia

  • The estimated prevalence of anaemia in pre-school children in this country is 20-40%.
  • Be alert to this possibility in recently arrived migrants and test as clinically indicated.
  • Please see anaemia page for further information.

General paediatric information

For access to data on paediatric indicators for this country please see the WHO Global Health Observatory.

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