MAGIC wands are being given out to children in Spanish hospitals.
Five Spanish medical centres in Madrid, Albacete and Huelva are participating in the project that aims to create a solidarity network among hospitalised children.
Being admitted and staying many days or weeks in a hospital is hard for youngsters. And although more and more hospitals are creating rooms where patients can meet and interact, sometimes more initiatives need to be taken.
The aim behind the “Magic Wand” project is to create a “solidarity support network” among children admitted to different health centres in Spain. To help breaks the isolation often associated with hospitalisation, and “enrich human relationships with doctors and nurses,” as explained by the Madrid Ministry of Health to El País.
The “Magic Wand” project is unique and allows patients from different centres to support and connect with each other, which serves as a double therapy and is a powerful antidote to aid with improving the child’s feeling of self-worth and mood during their hospital stay.
The initiative consists in the creation of symbolic handicrafts, which are the wands, made by the children of each centre and sent to other hospitals that are part of the program. Specifically, the patients of each centre create their own, with the help of classroom teachers or health professionals, and place them in a special box. Along with the wand, a written letter is also included in which they explain what they want to convey to other children who are in the same situation. The boxes are then sent to another hospital and, when they arrive, the professionals or teachers hand them out.
The “Magic Wand” Project was initiated at the Hospital in Huelva and promoted by Dr. Antonio Cepillo, of the Complejo Universitario de Albacete and in which the Hospital 12 de Octubre of Madrid also participates.
Magic Wands aims to create networks of positive emotions among hospitalised paediatric patients, involving all those who participate in their care, including family members, teachers in the hospital’s classroom and health professionals.