The Children in Hospitals project is aimed to create a friendly environment and making life more "normal" for them.
The Children in Hospitals project creates a friendly environment for little patients.
The first area involves creating playrooms and other non-medical facilities. Children with serious illnesses have to undergo frequent and lengthy hospital stays far from home and their families. To make such stays as comfortable as possible, KPMG volunteers renovate non-medical rooms (playrooms, canteens and family rooms), organise special events for the children, and ensure that the playrooms are always full of toys, books, cartoons and art materials. We work with federal clinics that treat children throughout Russiathe Paediatrics Research Centre, the Urology Research Center, the Russian Scientific Center of Roentgenoradiology, the Bakoulev Center for Cardiovascular Surgery (Bakoulev CCVS), the Blokhin Cancer Research Center and Moscow Regional children's mental health clinic.
The second area consists of helping to arrange individual treatment for children from regional orphanages in Moscow clinics. We help to find the best specialists for children whom local doctors cannot help; we sort out all the preliminary arrangements, organise the children's travel to Moscow, meet them, take them to the clinic and visit them during their treatment. Some children have even found new families while in hospital.
The third area is art therapy for sick children and those around them. This initiative was launched in 2010 at the Russian Scientific Center of Roentgenoradiology, with the support of the Moscow State University of Psychology and Education (MSUPE). The classes are conducted on a regular basis by psychologists with postgraduate qualifications from MSUPE. They help the children take their mind off their illnesses and discover their creative side, while also reducing the stress of being away from home in hospital and from having endured painful procedures, enabling them to make a more rapid recovery. In 2011, the professional psychologists were joined by KPMG vol-unteers, who are now running classes themselves.