Maternal & Childhealth Advocacy International

Play nurse for children in hospital in Cameroon

Play is an important tool to distract children undergoing hospital treatment. Fund a local nurse to maintain and manage a playroom for sick children in hospital and for HIV infected children being treated as outpatients in Bamenda Regional Hospital, Cameroon.

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It ran from 10:00 AM, 4 December 2014 to 5:00 PM, 17 December 2014

Registered Charity in England and Wales (SCO43467)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£2,000

Amount raised

£1,250

Donations

4

    Category

  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief
  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Hospitals/HospicesHospitals/Hospices

    Helping

Location

Situation

Hospital treatment can be distressing for children, who do not understand why they must wait for long periods and undergo painful procedures. In the UK it is taken for granted that children in hospital will have access to toys and play specialists, but this is a completely new concept in many low income countries, including Cameroon. Here, sick children appear sad, depressed and listless. HIV infected children, who must attend clinics frequently for blood tests etc, are particularly affected.

Solution

By creating a play area near the children's ward and providing toys, fun and interaction, the children are distracted from their surroundings and treatments. Simple toys like a ball and some bubbles can give delight to the children and reduce the trauma of distressing procedures and treatments. A dedicated play nurse can provide distraction and play for children who are ill in hospital and encourage attendance for chronically ill children who are outpatients.