EACH IS INVOLVED IN THE WELFARE OF SICK CHILDREN
EACH, the European Association for Children in Hospital, is an international umbrella organisation open to European non-governmental, non-profit national associations involved in the welfare of children in hospital and other healthcare services
THE RIGHT TO MEDICAL TREATMENT IS ALSO A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT FOR CHILDREN.THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILD SHOULD ALWAYS BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION.
All the member associations promote the implementation of the EACH Charter. In the EACH Charter the standards are set for the quality of care and the rights of sick children and their families.
The articles in the Charter apply to all sick children, regardless of their age, illness, disability as well as their religion and their social or cultural background.
Child and family-centred care is a philosophy of care supported by the EACH Charter. Child and family are seen as an integral part of the healthcare team. Healthcare professionals share information in a supportive way for shared decision-making.
EACH calls upon all governments, policy makers, staff in hospitals and in all other healthcare facilities, as well as general practitioners, to respect the needs and rights of all children and their families as stipulated in the EACH CHARTER.
CORONA (COVID-19) STATEMENT
When children are affected with this virus, ‘child and family-centred care’ is not less,
but more important for them. EACH stipulates to respect the needs and rights of children regarding the consequences due to COVID-19, in line with our EACH CHARTER.
Children are not small adults. Children differ physically and mentally from adults and therefore react in a different manner. Policies made for adults therefore can’t simply be applied to children. Children have the right to care that fits their needs.
The activities of the member organisations of EACH are adapted to the needs of each particular country and are basically oriented to:
- advise, inform and support families or carers of sick children;
- promote the welfare of sick children amongst doctors, nurses and other professionals;
- negotiate with governmental authorities to improve the care of children in health care services.