CHILDREN WITH HEALTH ISSUES: 2008
The Smile of the Child supports children with serious medical problems, in a
variety of ways. The AssociationÃ¢ÂÂs neonatal ambulances transport
critically ill children from rural areas to urban centres for treatment.
Social workers and psychologists staff the three major pediatric hospitals in
Greece (Athens, Thessaloniki and Patra); and, along with volunteers provide
emotional and psychological support to children and their parents, as well as
creative projects to occupy the children while in hospital. The
AssociationÃ¢ÂÂs personnel also supports children and their families by assisting
with bureaucratic procedures in order to access public health care within Greece
and where care is unavailable in Greece, they assist children in the procedure
to find medical care in hospitals in other countries. As well, the Association
financially assists children by paying for hospitalisation, medicines or medical
equipment, where necessary.
During the period
up to and
AssociationÃ¢ÂÂs department of social and psychological support assisted in
cases where children faced serious health problems.
Percentage of request from private citizens and referrals from other agencies
The majority of medical issues were in relation to:
Percentage of Cases by Medical Issue:
From the total number of medical cases referred to above:
cases were with respect to assistance and advice on
procedural matters i.e. applying for public health care etc.
30 (17 %)
cases were for financial assistance to cover costs of prescribed medicines.
41 (23 %)
cases were related to financial support for treatment of
children in hospitals outside Greece or coverage of medical costs for
in institutions within Greece.
26 (15 %)
cases were requests to transport children from rural areas,
towns and villages to major urban centres for medical treatment.
medical cases that the department handled in
2008, 176 (92%)
handled directly by the department.
15 cases, the department had to refer the case to another agency either
because it required specialized agencies for that type of treatment or because
of the age of the patient.
during the period from
up to and
through volunteer drives,
Association found volunteers for blood,
platelets and bone marrow donations for
contacted and donated blood and blood platelets.