Here you will find articles from a special issue of the journal from Kind en Ziekenhuis, the Dutch memberorganisation of EACH.
Kind en Ziekenhuis was founded in 1977 by parents with children that needed to be admitted to hospital. They believed that children would benefit from greater involvement of parents in their admission to and care in the hospital.
Kind en Ziekenhuis has been active now for around thirty years and has grown into an authoritative patients’ organisation. It believes that the hospital care provided to both sick children and healthy newborns must be tailored in every respect to their needs.
The association uses its publication Kind en Ziekenhuis to bring about changes in child care practice. To this end, it publishes a theme number every quarter. The themes, chosen by the journal’s editing team, are always related to the practical experiences of the members of Kind en Ziekenhuis. The publications are distributed among the relevant professional groups in health care, depending on the theme.
Over the years, one area that the association has paid special attention to in this publication is preparation and information of children. There has been a definite improvement in this area in the past few years. The association has however observed that even today many hospitals in the Netherlands still lack a clear policy for informing children. The association believes it is itself to blame for this situation, at least in part. It has slowly but surely had to adjust its vision on informing sick children these past thirty years. Initially, the association believed that all forms of communication with children about sickness and treatment should be encouraged as a matter of course, but nowadays we know that it is essential for parents to be involved in order to ensure their child is fully and successfully informed. There is no one better than a child’s parent to intuit what their child is concerned about and how the child processes the information received. A report covering this development in the association’s ideology concerning informing sick children has been published in a recent themed edition of the Kind en Ziekenhuis journal called Dertig jaar voorlichting (Thirty years of Preparation and Information).
This special issue is an English translation of the Dutch journal edition which Kind en Ziekenhuis published to celebrate their 30th anniversary, but also because they wanted to reach a wider audience than the usual readership in the Netherlands.
If you like you can download a pdf-file as a complete facsimile of the journal. By clicking here: Kind en Ziekenhuis Special Preparation and information
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6th EACH European Conference Milano – Nov. 11 – 14, 1999
For participants coming down from farther North, Milano offered a few more sunny and warm autumn days, pots with “real” flowers still decorating the piazzi and the windows of the palazzi. A palace was also the home for all the delegations from our member organisations and our guests. The conference center and hotel “Palazzo delle Stelline”, situated near the centre of Milan.
As at past conferences, exchanging information and experiences is a necessary and important element for working together. A lot of questions can be solved by discussion only, and some of our delegates are neither keen readers of letters received nor writers of replies. Conference meetings always bring us a big step forward and deepen our understanding for each other. It was, therefore, with some regret that we had to say good-bye to some of our delegates, with whom we had worked together since quite a few Conferences, and who have become personal friends in the meantime. On the other hand, we are looking forward to an equally close co-operation with their successors.
While the delegates started their work a day ahead on Wednes, the international Conference participants started dropping in on Thrusday. A first welcome meeting started in the late afternoon, and we were especially excited to welcome for this Conference a delegation from Japan and a special guest from HongKong.
Friday was the day for our member organisations to present the reports on their activities during the past two years. The day was concluded by a presentation by Ann Casey from the Royal College of Nursing on “Partnership in Care”, a vision which we very much liked to hear, but for some of us sounded almost futuristic - a time to look forward to.
Then change of places: a friendly reception accompanied by fine drinks and delicious amuse-bouches offered by the City Mayor in the magnificent town hall near the Cathedral of Milano.
Saturday, the public day at the Centro Congressi della Provincia in Milano was dedicated to the subject Play in Hospital. We spent it together with many participants from all parts of Italy.
Sunday morning our last meeting, time for our general assembly, time to say good-bye until our next Conference in London in 2001.
Here you will find documents and presentations presented to the participants at the 9th Conference in Helsinki 2008.
On this website we present information about activities past and present of EACH.
EACH - European Association for Children in Hospital - is the umbrella organisation for member associations involved in the welfare of all children before, during or after a hospital stay.
From 1961 onwards, voluntary associations for the welfare of children in hospital were set up in many European countries. In 1988 twelve of these associations held the first European conference in Leiden in the Netherlands. At this conference a list of ten points was drawn up that describes the rights of children in hospital.
In 1993 the European Association for Children in Hospital – EACH – was established to help realise this list of rights, since known as the EACH Charter.
In 2001 more detailed explanations were added to the EACH Charter in the form of the Annotations. Although the Charter was and is influential in transforming pattern of care in the hospitals, much remains to be done.
At present 13 national associations are members of EACH. 5 Associations are associated members.
Member associations of EACH nominate one delegate from each nation to a Co-ordinating Committee which operates as the executive body of EACH and undertakes all planning and decision making in relation to the activities of EACH.
The Committee appoints from amongst its delegates a co-ordinator who has the function of a general secretary. General assemblies in the form of European Conferences are open to non-member associations and individuals, who share a common interest in the aims and goals of EACH.
Onward from 1961 voluntary associations for the welfare of children in hospital were set up in many European countries.
In 1888 twelve of these associations held a first European conference. At this conference a list of ten points was drawn up that describes the rights of children in hospital.
In 1993 EACH was established to help realise these list of rights, since known as the EACH Charter.
In 2001 more detailed explanations were added to the EACH Charter in the form of the Annotations.
Although the Charter was and is influential in transforming pattern of care in the hospitals, much remains to be done.
General assemblies of all memberorganisatioins take place every two or three years in the form of European Conferences. These are open to all those who share an interest in the aims and common goals of EACH.
More information about our past, present and future activities you will find in the articles below:
Member associations of EACH nominate one delegate from each nation to a Co-ordinating Committee operates as the executive body of EACH and undertakes all planning and decision making in relation to the activities of EACH.
The Committee appoints from amongst its delegates a co-ordinator who has the function of a general secretary.
General assemblies in the form of European Conferences are open to non-member associations and individuals, who share a common interest in the aims and goals of EACH.
At this moment EACH has 18 member associations:
EACH has also room for individual persons to become a personal member of EACH. At this moment EACH has 7 personal members, coming from Croatia, Czechia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Spain.
Two associated memberships are pending, and will be added as soon as requested additional documentation has been received by EACH.