IN THE HOSPITAL
Ensure the well-being of sick children and their families, improving their everyday lives.
The hospital stays of small patients, sometimes long and repeated, can cause disruption and suffering for sick children and their families. Within the pediatric services of the Geneva University Hospitals, the Foundation sets up programs aimed at improving the quality of life of sick children and their families during these difficult periods as well as at supporting the care teams.
Art therapy sessions, playful accompaniment, and the intervention of a storyteller offer:
an approach that allows sick children to express themselves about their illness in a different way
an entertaining moment that helps to put suffering at a distance
a time of respite for parents
Unspoken words, feelings of guilt and helplessness, divorce... the relatives of a sick child sometimes pay a heavy price. Since 2019, to help families cope with their child's illness, Children Action has been funding a transgenerational psychological support program. This family support is provided by two family therapists.
Since 2020, Children Action has also taken on the coordination of the Pediatric Palliative Care Group within the Pediatric Onco-Hematology Unit of the HUG. A multidisciplinary team accompanies children at the end of life together with their families. It operates in the hospital or at home, providing them with essential support during this painful period.
Implementation of a training program in therapeutic communication and hypnosis in hospital in collaboration with the University Hospitals of Geneva. These training sessions enable medical teams to acquire specific knowledge in managing pain, stress and anxiety induced by the disease and the care, providing a real benefit for young patients in pediatric wards.