Infection can be spread through contact with any material that comes into contact with the patient’s body. This applies especially to the patients’ beds and clothing, which can become breeding grounds for infectious microbes.
PROVISION OF BED LINENS
Contact with unsanitary bed linens can be dangerous for children undergoing treatment for cancer. The Eugène Gasana Jr. Foundation, in collaboration with the Sean Hanna Foundation, is addressing this problem by providing new bed linens for hospitals. In September 2013, bed linens, mattress covers, and pillows were provided for the Pediatric Ward at University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (CHUK).
HOSPITAL GOWNS FOR CHILDREN
Children and their families experience a tremendous amount of stress when undergoing treatment for cancer because of the urgent need to care for an unexpected illness. Oftentimes, parents are unable to provide an adequate change of clothing because they have to travel long distances from home to reach a hospital. In many countries, the hospitals do not have the resources to provide hospital gowns for the patients to wear.
Through a new initiative in collaboration with the children’s fashion designer, Devika Narendran, CEO of Girl and Company, the Eugène Gasana Jr. Foundation will be providing hospital gowns for children with cancer. Devika is sharing her talent and expertise in fashion design by creating custom designed hospital gowns for children. We hope the use of bright and luminescent prints will convey a sense of hope and dignity to the child and their parents while undergoing care in the hospital. At the same time, we will reduce the risk of infection by providing a clean change of clothing.
PROVISION OF HAND SANITIZERS
In September 2013, the Foundation, in collaboration with the Sean Hanna Foundation, donated a one-year supply of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel for use by healthcare professionals at the University of Kigali Teaching Hospital (CHUK). It is hoped that this initiative will help reduce the spread of hand borne germs that could potentially be transmitted from patient to patient by health care workers. A second donation of hand sanitizers is being planned.