Paediatric  Medicine and Child Health in Russia 

3 - 13 Jul 2022
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

This vast country has played many parts in world history and continues to do so. This tour will take you from Moscow, a modern economic and political capital with a long history, to the ancient city of Tver, which once rivalled Moscow as a power base. From here travel to the beautiful, ancient city of Veliky Novgorod, the birthplace of the Russian state, which was proclaimed here in 862. Continue to the magnificent heart of the Russian empire, St. Petersburg, which is without rival for grandeur.

With local guides in each city and a series of talks and specialist professional visits, gain deeper insight into the history of children, childcare and paediatric health, as well as the history and culture of this vast, contradictory and endlessly fascinating country. Partners are very welcome.

The Russian childcare system has been supported by state and private contributions since the 18th century, when the first orphanages were set up by Catherine the Great – each orphanage with its own hospital attached. Russian paediatrics has always been an integral part of world science and practice. Karl Martens was the first chief doctor of the Moscow foundling hospital and saved the wards from the plague epidemic of 1771–1773. His treatise on this subject (published in Paris in 1784) had a great impact on the medical science of the day. Johann Heinrich Jänish was the first doctor to vaccinate against smallpox at the same hospital in 1773–1780.

Under the Soviet system after 1917, maternal and child health received special attention. Child health was separated from adult health and highly qualified child doctors (paediatricians) were trained. For the first time in the world, medical faculties of universities began the training of child doctors in 1930 in the USSR.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Jennifer Batch

Jennifer Batch

Jenny is a paediatric and adolescent endocrinologist at the Queensland Children’s Hospital and Medical Director of Queensland Adolescent and Children’s Endocrinology at the Greenslopes Private Hospital. She is Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Queensland. Jenny is a graduate of the University of Queensland and trained in paediatrics in Brisbane prior to training in paediatric and adolescent endocrinology at the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Jenny worked as a paediatric and adolescent endocrinologist at RCH Melbourne, and was then appointed Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Queensland in 1997. She established the Department of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at the Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane.

Jenny is a keen traveller and has led a highly successful study tour to India for Jon Baines Tours.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Moscow (Sun, 3 July) Arrive in Moscow and check into the Novotel Moscow Kievskaya. Welcome dinner at Buona on the 29th floor of one of Stalin's  "Seven Sisters".
  • Day 2: Moscow (Mon, 4 July) Visit the iconic UNESCO listed Kremlin, a fortified complex containing the seat of the Russian Government which once housed the royal palaces. Visit the Armoury Chamber to see Tsarist gold and silver, regalia and historic armour. Continue to Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral and visit  the famous GUM department store.   Visit the Russian Medical Museum and hear some background on  children, child  health  and  medical  history in Russia. See the Moscow Orphanage or Foundling Home.  Evening walking  tour  around VDNKH park  with museums and beautiful gardens.  Dinner in  the Armenian  Pavilion. 
  • Day 3: Moscow (Tues, 5 July) Take Moscow's famous metro, remarkable for some of its ornately decorated stations. Visit Bunker 42, a  Cold  War  underground complex. Visit the  Veltischev  Research and Clinical Institute for  Paediatrics  at the  Pirogov  Russian National Research Medical University  to learn  about contemporary  paediatrics  in  Russia.  Optional partner programme. 
  • Day 4: Moscow /  Tver (Wed, 6 July) Drive  north  past dachas and villages to Tver, a once powerful city that rivalled Moscow in medieval times. Explore the attractive neo classical city,  including  Tver  Imperial Palace. Dinner and overnight at the Grand Hotel Zvezda.
  • Day 5: Tver (Thurs, 7 July) Visit  the  Avaev  Center of Specialised Medical Care –  an NGO  paediatric  unit  -  and meet with  local  doctors  and nurses.  Partners visit the  centre  or at leisure.  Walking tour in  Tver and at leisure.
  • Day 6: Veliky Novgorod (Fri, 8 July) Drive north to ancient Veliky Novgorod, a beautiful city renowned as the 'Birthplace of Russia', where Prince Rurik proclaimed the modern Russian state in 862. Visit the City Children's Polyclinic  to understand the history of the polyclinic and  how  primary health care  works today.  Visit the Church of the Nativity and hear Russian choral singing.  Overnight at Hotel Volkhov.
  • Day 7: Veliky Novgorod (Sat, 9 July) Full day sightseeing. Visit the Kremlin complex, the Cathedral of St Sophia, which is the oldest church in Russia, and the Chamber of Facets, a Gothic chamber dating to 1433. Have traditional  shchi  soup  for  lunch.  Visit  St.  Yuriev  Monastery, Russia's oldest monastery; Vitislavlitsy, where wooden houses and churches, date back to the 16th century; and  the  ancient Rurik settlement, dating back to the 9th century.
  • Day 8: Veliky Novgorod / St Petersburg (Sun, 10 July) Take the train to  St. Petersburg. Private  cruise  through the canals of St Petersburg. Transfer  to the  central Holiday Inn St. Petersburg Moskovskie Vorota.
  • Day 9: St Petersburg (Mon, 11 July) Visit  the  paediatric  division  of  Almazov  National Medical Research Centre,  one of Russia’s leading research  institutes, and meet  paediatricians and paediatric  nurses.  Orientation  tour of St Petersburg  to see  the  Church of  the Spilled Blood , St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Peter and Paul Fortress.  Walk along  Nevsky  Avenue.   Visit the Art Nouveau  Eliseyev  Emporiu m (an upmarket delicatessen and café). Continue to  Yusupov  Palace, the scene of  Grigory  Rasputin's assassination. Option  to see the  Russian  Ballet.
  • Day 10: St Petersburg (Tues, 12 July) Visit  the Hermitage. Set in the magnificent Winter Palace and adjoining buildings, it has over three million items in its collection, a fraction of which are on display in 360 rooms. Take a hydrofoil to  Peterhof Palace Complex to visit the most spectacular of all the summer residences of the tsars. Return to the city by coach. Farewell  dinner. 
  • Day 11: St Petersburg (Wed, 13 July) Depart  St Petersburg or take extension.

St Petersburg Extension

This extension provides the opportunity to explore more of the unrivalled grandeur of Russia's cultural centre. Built by Peter the Great as a display of imperial Russia's growing status and fine-tuned by his successors, who added their own fabulous palaces and cathedrals, St Petersburg grew to be the Romanov's showcase capital and Russia's first great, modern city.

  • Day 11: St Petersburg (Wed, 13 July) Visit Peter and Paul's Fortress, the oldest landmark in St. Petersburg, which contains the Royal Mint, the Romanov tombs and Peter and Paul Cathedral. Continue to the excellent Faberge Museum. Visit the spectacular collection of gold, silver, and royal jewels in the Gold Room in the Hermitage Museum.
  • Day 12: St Petersburg (Thurs, 14 July) Drive to Pushkin and visit  the enormous Catherine Palace, a stunning building with a blue and white façade, which contains the famous Amber Room. Visit the  elegant neoclassical Pavlovsk  Grand Palace. Evening visit to the Vodka Museum and dinner with vodka tasting.
  • Day 13: St Petersburg (Fri, 15 July) Depart  St Petersburg. 

Tour cost

Tour cost is   USD  $3,990    per person sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)

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