Research trip to Italy
In June 2008, the Mustela Foundation organised a research trip to Milan. This was an opportunity for fifteen French early childhood professionals to discover newborn care administered at the Mangiagalli clinic; the care given to children in the children’s hospital; and the treatment of atopia in Pr. Carlo Gelmetti’s dermatological clinic as well as at the San Paolo hospital.
For the Mustela Foundation, this last subject corresponds to a long-term commitment. In 2007, it set up in Italy a social paediatrics award in collaboration with Pr. Gelmetti, a renowned atopia specialist. The first project rewarded within this framework was the atopia calendar elaborated by Dr Lucretia Adina Frasin, dermatologist at the Milanese hospital Macedonio Melloni. This tool is given to parents and sets out prevention advice adapted to the seasons of the year and to the different regions in Italy. Atopia, a genetic predisposition to allergies, concerns some 10% of children in the West and is said to be responsible for approximately 80% of asthma cases.
Discover three professionals’ point of view on this trip:
- Frédérique Teurnier, midwife, on the journey of childbirth
- Laetitia Piwowarczyk, paediatric nurse, on atopia
- Françoise Ceccato, paediatrician, on treating atopia