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But, ... the progress in treatment implies that a large group of children will contract an enormous competitive disadvantage during the many years of nursing and treatment. Because of this, as adults, they will most likely become socially isolated.
Dr. Hugo Heymans (committed to the Emma Children's Hospital AMC in Amsterdam/The Netherlands, as a professor of children's medicine and president of the children's hospital ECH/AMC), for many years has been strongly involved in the problems of chronically ill children. He is very keen to prevent children becomming disadvantaged during the (long) period of illness that can result in social isolation as they become older. However, really to achieve a treatment that will improve the quality of life within the children hospitals, multi millions of dollars are required. Various plans are in development within many (children) hospitals and that is a position in which governments are very slow to provide the extra money needed.
By the enrolment of funds professor Heymans and Foundation Teddy would like to give structure to the striving of the child medicine professionals to improve the social welfare of chronically ill children and to guarantee this for the future.
Foundation Teddy has been established especially to help achieve these goals and to create awareness for this world-wide problem.
From Change to improvement ...
Recent research has already shown that children who during a hospital admission are able to maintain social contacts with the outher world, do not only cure quicker but also they cope much better with life when they grow older. The question however is how the contacts with the outher world can really be improved. As soon as the means for this become available, Foundation Teddy would like to realize the following changes:
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