The Sally Test Pædiatric Centre
The Sally Test Pædiatric Centre (STPC) has four primary
- To prepare hospitalized children and their caregivers for
medical procedures by explaining WHY and HOW they will take place
and provide a variety of positions for comfort and other coping
- To be a catalyst for a positive change in attitude toward
children, women, and families as important participants in medical
decision-making within the local and national medical
- To provide a safe place for children to play, grow, and develop
while they are hospitalized.
- To give the highest quality care for abandoned infants,
toddlers and all children, providing stimulation and love that
ensure each child reaches his or her developmental potential while
To accomplish these goals the STPC in the following
- Sick Child Clinic (ED), hospital wards, and
AMPATH pediatric clinic -where age appropriate medical play, film,
pictures, procedural counseling and distraction are given.
- The Sally Test Playroom - the Sally Test
playroom where white coats, injections, and medical procedures are
banned, and developmentally appropriate activities are available
for each child which include stories, singing, dancing, parachute
play, outdoor activities, puzzles, games, and medical play.
- Baby Centre - attentive, loving individual
attention from 8 AM to 5 PM daily before abandoned children are
returned to the wards for the night.
- Sally Test Centre and throughout the hospital
- twice weekly medical discussions for parents; a weekly oncology
support group session; training medical staff on ways to talk to
children to enlist the cooperation of children during examinations
- Telephone - teaming with the pediatric
oncology staff, calls are made to remind patients of return visits
and, utilizing an oncology grant, providing transportation
costs when a return visit is financially impossible.
- Wards Activities - crafts, stories, school
work, puzzles are provided by trusted ward workers.
- Outreach to Rural Clinics - Teams go one day a
week to each of five rural pediatric HIV clinics to provide parent
education and attention-diverting activities for children. A remote
clinic has partnered with STPC to experience and learn how to work
with children and teens.
- Children's Library - our lending library is a
resource for the Sally Test Center and is open to the entire AMPATH
and hospital staff.
**Read articles on STPC written by IU School of
Journalism students: Article 1, Article 2, Article 3.