“Makedonia” newspaper, 22.12.2016

Provision of residential care for young children

At their home and not at hospital wards, young children with health problems can continue their treatment through this specific programme, which was commissioned by the third pediatric clinic of the University and the charity “THE SMILE OF THE CHILD”. It is noteworthy that this important project is courtesy of the KAITH PAPAPOSTOLOU Charitable Love Foundation.

Last night, as a part of the programme “House treatment pediatrics”, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and “THE SMILE OF THE CHILD” co-signed a memorandum with a view to meet all the needs of more than 150 children.

This programme, besides undertaking to cover all the relevant costs incurred should there be an emergency, provides young patients living with chronic health problems with all the necessary medical equipment at their home. Moreover, it keeps all the patients’ personal health records and covers all the transportation needs for check-ups, treatment and hospitalization. At the same time the programme provides children and their loved ones/family, who experience this upsetting situation with multidisciplinary support, including long-term psychological care and social support.

According to the relevant announcement of “THE SMILE OF THE CHILD”, this programme brings multiple benefits: Integrated and individualized nursing care, speedy recovery for young patients at their home where they feel safer, all support and care that their relatives may need, so as to ensure that any unnecessary stress around all the necessary transportation to the hospital is minimised.

During the press conference, the President of “THE SMILE OF THE CHILD”, Mr. Kostas Giannopoulos, pointed out that “This significant initiative allows young children to get residential care at their homes and we are confident that this programme will be extended to all pediatric hospitals around Greece”.

 

“Dimokratia” newspaper, 22.12.2016

The third pediatric clinic of the University and the organization “THE SMILE OF THE CHILD” provide support to young patients with chronic health problems.

In the safety of their home and not in a hospital ward, more than 150 young patients with chronic health problems will be able to receive all the medical equipment required.

This is has been achieved through the programme “House treatment pediatrics”, which was commissioned by the third pediatric clinic of the University and “THE SMILE OF THE CHILD”. It should be noted that this important project comes courtesy of the KAITH PAPAPOSTOLOU Charitable Love Foundation.

The programme itself will be launched next January and will be in relation with minor patients, aiming at dealing with, serious emergencies, while the young children will stay at home.

The initiative files all the patients’ personal health records with the assistance of qualified health professionals and it also covers all the transportation requirements for medical check-ups by fully equipped ambulances, the required treatment or the hospitalization.

Cooperation and agreement

Last night, as a part of the programme “House treatment pediatrics”, the University of Thessaloniki and organization “THE SMILE OF THE CHILD” co-signed a memorandum of cooperation.

The announcement of “THE SMILE OF THE CHILD” pointed out that “This programme brings multiple benefits: Integrated and individualized nursing care, speedy recovery for young patients at their home where they feel safer, all support and care that their relatives may need, so as to ensure that any unnecessary stress around all the necessary transportation to the hospital is minimised”.

(Under: the transportations of young children will be carried out through the use of fully equipped ambulances

Down: The Rector of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Mr. Pericles Mitkas (in the center), the President of “THE SMILE OF THE CHILD”, Mr. Kostas Giannakopoulos (on the left) and the President of the KAITH PAPAPOSTOLOU Charitable Love Foundation, Mr. Nicos Papapostolou (on the right))

 

“Thessaloniki press” newspaper, 22.12.2016

Residential care for more than 150 young children with chronic health problems

With the cooperation and the alliance of three parties, the pediatric clinic of the University of Thessaloniki, “THE SMILE OF THE CHILD” and KAITH PAPAPOSTOLOU Charitable Love Foundation

More than 150 young patients with chronic health problems from Northern Greece will be able to receive all the required medical equipment in the safety of their own home, thanks to the programme “House treatment pediatrics”, which is being implemented by the charity organisation “THE SMILE OF THE CHILD” and is becoming ever more effective due their cooperation with the third pediatric clinic of the University. It is worth pointing out that this important project comes courtesy of the KAITH PAPAPOSTOLOU Charitable Love Foundation.

The programme will be launched in January 2016. According to Mr. Kostas Giannakopoulos, President of “THE SMILE OF THE CHILD”, two fully equipped ambulances will be in place together with healthcare workers, physiotherapists and possibly a person for secretarial services to meet the requirements of those children with chronic health problems (such as oncological problems, respiratory disorders, lung and neuromuscular diseases, cystic fibrosis) as well as all the required medical treatment at their home (e.g. vaccines, physiotherapy etc.). According to Mr. Kostas Giannakopoulos “.The costs of medical treatment at home will be fully covered, so that the children will not have to go to hospital to receive for example all the appropriate injections and they will not have to live anymore in fear of in-hospital infections, or even to pay an enormous amount of money in hospital fees. Having said that, five more people from “THE SMILE OF THE CHILD”, on their own initiative will take part in this programme and their primary objective will be to expand this network in pediatric hospitals throughout Greece.

The organization also recognized the importance of the KAITH PAPAPOSTOLOU Charitable Love Foundation’s contribution to supplying the ambulances with all required medical equipment.

Mr. Nicos Papapostolou, the President of the KAITH PAPAPOSTOLOU Charitable Love Foundation noticed that “When Kaiti passed away 11 months ago, it fell within our duty to honour her vision. The Foundation’s mission is to spread her philosophy and her way of living, by helping others and making all as many fellow citizens as we can happier.

Mr. Ioannis Tsanakas, University Professor of pediatrics and clinical director of the third pediatric clinic of the University, mentioned that, as regards home treatment, this cooperation is something that he and his group have been working on for more than 30 years. “We have realized that many children with chronic health problems requiring intensive medical treatment needed to be hospitalised (to a small or large extent). It is an one-way street. Many parents can now afford every day shorter or prolonged hospitalization. We took a few timid steps to send some children home and the results were tremendous, both on a psychological and practical level. There were many cases of a reduction in anti-epileptic drugs. We couldn’t be happier! We integrated ESPA programmes and this lasted just two years, from 2013 to 2015. In that period, we sent 100 children back home. Their hospitalization wasn’t necessary so, returning home, revived hope and they could continue with their lives, while psychotherapists and nurses kept a good eye on them. Of course, returning to hospital was another available alternative solution should the need arise, once we had registered their complete medical record. In 2015, when the ESPA programme expired, we were determined to continue this programme with only one nurse. He was our last volunteer working, who refused to work anywhere else. But now, thanks to “THE SMILE OF THE CHILD”, there’s an abundant financial aid as well as use of the facilities for those children”.

He also mentioned that this “House treatment pediatrics” programme will function in three zones: one with total support for children whose hometown is 60 miles away from Thessaloniki, a second, which will include fewer visits and will cover distances within a radius from 60 up to 140 kilometers and a last one which will play a more educative and consultative role for those children who live more than 140 kilometers away from our town.

The programme will be implemented over the next six years and the Rector of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Mr. Pericles Mitkas expressed his determination that this memorandum of Cooperation which was signed yesterday in Senate’s courtroom of the University of Thessaloniki between “THE SMILE OF THE CHILD” and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, will continue its work, accommodating children who are in need.