European Association for Children in Hospital
What is EACH
EACH - European Association for Children in Hospital - is the umbrella organisation for members associations involved in the welfare of all children before, during and after a hospital stay. presently, 18 associations from sixteen European countries and from Japan are members of EACH. In 1988 twelve of these associations met together in Leiden (NL) for their first European conference. At this conference the "Leiden Charter" was drawn up to which described in ten points the rights of children in hospital (now the EACH Charter).
What happened to the EACH Charter?
Since the adoption of the Charter in 1988 the understanding of what needs to be done with regard to children and health care has grown considerably. In addition experiences confirmed the importance of what we call today "family centred care".
What is EACH doing now?
The activities of the members associations are adapted to the needs of each particular country and are basically oriented to advise, inform ans support families/carers of sick children regardless of their illness, to promote the welfare of sick children amongst doctors, nurses, and other professionals and to negociate with governmental authorities to improve the care of children in health care services.
We invite parents
To provide or arrange to provide the support and care their children need.
Photographs from the EACH Conference on the 11th-12th September 2008