«A Smile with ICT» brings Internet to hospitalized children

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Computers desktop and laptops, broadband internet connection, webcams, software playful and didactic and sites where «family blogs» will be housed, are some of the «materials» that will equip the pediatric units of public hospitals under the project «A smile with ICT», which started today.

The initiative, under the responsibility of the Foundation for the Dissemination of Information Technologies (FDTI), supported by the Ministry of Health and the Secretariat of State for Youth and Sports, aims to provide the pediatric areas of public hospitals with technological infrastructures that allow to the hospitalized children contact with the Internet, but mainly communication with parents, family and friends and also with the school.

The Portuguese Youth Institute (IPJ) explains that the project aims to «act with a group naturally deserving special attention». At an individual level, Pediatric ICT – as it is also called – intends to «alleviate suffering due to distance from family and school and caused by illness and stay in a hostile and frightening environment», while in general terms it aims at «the satisfaction of users and users family members, through the provision of a more humanized service «, IPJ says in a statement.

The Pediatric ICT will last for four years and will take place in a first phase at Hospital Dª. Estefânia, in Lisbon, at the Portuguese Institute of Oncology of Porto and at the Pediatric Hospital of Coimbra, according to a statement from the press office of the Minister of the Presidency.

«A smile with ICT» thus joins other initiatives of the kind meanwhile already promoted, both at the government and private level, with the aim of promoting the approach of hospitalized children to the outside world through new technologies.

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