Psychosocial support program for children and teenagers in 10 pediatric oncology wards from Romania and the Republic of Moldova
In the year 1996, members of the Association started their activity for the purpose of creating a high-quality standard in the psychosocial interventions provided to children and young people with cancer and their families. It is our wish that this program will become an integral part of the treatment strategy in the pediatric oncology units, since it’s already been successfully implemented in the main treatment centres in Romania and the Republic of Moldova. The success and uniqueness of this program lies in the fact that it runs DAILY, from Monday to Sunday, in all the above-mentioned centres. It was adapted to all age groups, not only as group projects, but also as bedside activities for children undergoing treatment.
The consistency in the way the Little People Association implemented each therapeutic activity, focused on the needs of each patient in particular, produced significant results in the various aspects of fighting the disease, accepting hospitalisation, compliance to treatment and pain management. Moreover, it reduced significantly the anxiety towards medical procedures, bringing courage and hope to their spirits and, last but not least, it helped create a comfortable environment where the sick children could feel that they’re just like everyone else their age, by having access to fun activities and games, as well as a secure environment for harmonious psychosocial development.
Every day spent in a hospital can be quite overwhelming for patients and their families! We are aware that having cancer is no fun at all, yet you must be able to enjoy yourself, even when you’re fighting against the disease!