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 providing transportation costs when return visit is financially
- Wards Activities - crafts, stories, school
work, puzzles are provided by trusted ward workers.
- Outreach to Rural Clinics - One day a week
teams go to five nearby 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.
- Child Life Health Workers provide intense counseling, medical
play and procedural preparation for 60-100 children and families
daily from among 200 children on the wards or visiting
- The Centre creates a variety of activities for between 20-30
ambulatory children daily.
- Annually between 25 and 50 abandoned children receive loving
- Five times a week the STPC Outreach Team reaches 25-50 children
and 25 parents in each of 5 rural settings.
- Parent classes are presented twice weekly to approximately 25
parents by visiting medical students, residents, faculty and MTRH
- $25 - Disposable diapers for 1 week
- $25 - Procedural distraction toys
- $100 - Juice and biscuits for Outreach Clinic kids for one
- $100 - 20 stuffed dolls for medical play made by Imani
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