IASO Children’s Hospital: The only private pediatric clinic with a Gold award under the standards of the Child-Friendly Healthcare Initiative

IASO Children’s Hospital: The only private pediatric clinic with a Gold award under the standards of the Child-Friendly Healthcare Initiative

IASO Children’s Hospital embraces children, offering top-quality health care for what we hold most dear, having the certification of the international institution/Initiative that ensures that it is a "child-friendly" hospital, as it constitutes the only private pediatric clinic in Greece which has won a gold award for its operation under the standards of the Child-Friendly Healthcare Initiative.

The Child-Friendly Healthcare Initiative is a global initiative through which the commitment of the certified hospitals towards children’s rights and the quality of healthcare is recognized. Child-friendly healthcare is “the best possible‟ healthcare provided by health professionals working together in order to minimize the fear, anxiety and suffering of children and their families, by supporting and practicing the 12 standards of the Child-Friendly Healthcare Initiative.

The Child-Friendly Healthcare Initiative (CFHI) is aiming to improve the quality of healthcare that is provided to children and families across the world and to reduce unnecessary fear, anxiety and suffering that may happen both during and due to a healthcare experience.

In order to create a “children’s world” within the hospital, the "Child-Friendly Healthcare" supports health professionals in providing the best possible healthcare for young patients and their families. Moreover, it provides a specific assessment method and process and a simple structure for making any desired or needed improvements, so that children and their families everywhere are able to receive the “best possible” healthcare, regardless of circumstance.

The program has a global mandate, since its principles are derived from the articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of The Child (UNCRC) and it is not prescriptive or dictatorial (imposed by a higher authority), but it is addressed to all health professionals. The Child Friendly Healthcare Initiative was developed by the “Maternal Childhealth Advocacy International” charity, with the technical support of the Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development of the World Health Organization (WHO), the support of the Royal College of Nursing (UK) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK).

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