‘Healthy Child, Healthy World’ Day
On 20th November, we celebrated ‘Healthy Child Healthy World’ Day, a new initiative designed to raise awareness of every child’s right to a healthy and nurturing life. Organised by Dr. Rob Ross Russell, member of the European Academy of Paediatrics (EAP) Executive Committee, this full day of celebrations intended to mark the United Nations Universal Children’s Day (held annually on the anniversary of the 1959 Declaration of the Rights of the Child’s signing).
There were a variety of stalls and events including cancer support group Maggies, Knit-a-Neurone (who focus on brain injury), a ‘Flashmob’ of children singing The Circle of Life; and a delicate heart transplant operation in our Teddy Bear’s Hospital. We were also honoured to welcome a special guest, Dr Waheed Arian, who is the founder of Arian Teleheal and the winner of this year’s Rotary Peace prize.
Next year will mark the 60th anniversary of the Declaration, and EAP encourages other hospitals to join us, so that we can commemorate this important commitment to protecting child rights with a truly pan-European celebration.