We are very excited to announce that our very own, Morgan Livingstone, a Certified Child Life Specialist, has also been working with The Daisy Fund, a Kenyan cancer NGO since 2006.
This month Morgan prepares to provide the 7th annual child life training and clinical supervision at the Sally Test Pediatric Centre in Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya. This training has allowed for the successful implementation of a locally sustainable child life team of 7 to support children’s coping in all areas of the hospital, with 4 additional child life assistants to provide bedside activities to patients.
During the course of Morgan’s visit in Kenya, a qualitative research study will be completed that looks at the lived experiences of the Child Life Health Workers implementing a new supportive discipline/profession within healthcare in Kenya.
After providing the child life training, Morgan will participate in the annual Kenyan National Retinoblastoma Strategy where all the team members across Kenya working with pediatric oncology come together to collaborate on enhancing communication between disciplines and hospitals, increasing training and improving positive patient outcomes.
We will miss Morgan but wish her all the best on this incredible endeavor!
You can read more about the child life program Morgan provides through the Daisy Fund at http://www.daisyfund.org/programs/rati/childlife.html
You can read more about the child life program at the Sally Test Pediatric Centre at http://www.ampathkenya.org/our-programs/children’s-services/sally-test-paediatric-centre-(stpc)/