<p>The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) has always been at the forefront of prioritizing the well-being of its youngest patients. This year, AKUH organized a series of heartwarming and engaging activities to celebrate World Children's Day, fostering an environment of joy, learning, and health for children.
</p><p>Our Children's Day journey began on 20 November 2023 with a momentous walk and a vibrant art exhibition at the AKU Sports Centre, attended by the Hospital leadership, administrative staff, and students from various schools across Karachi. </p><p>This event was followed by festivities in the Paediatric wards and clinics the next day. The children's ward at AKUH was a hub of excitement as the Department of Paediatrics representatives and patients gathered for a special cake cutting ceremony, led by Dr Fyezah Jehan, Chair, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health and Dr Ali Faisal Saleem, Vice Chair, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health. Amidst laughter and cheers, the cake was cut in the play area, symbolizing the essence of unity and celebration. </p><p>Adding to the festive atmosphere, brushes and face paints were brought out as residents and nursing staff adorned children's faces with colourful designs. The magic show, a crowd favourite, added an extra layer of enchantment to the day's festivities. The magician mesmerized the young audience with tricks, illusions, and interactive performances.</p><p>Another remarkable activity was the creation of a handprint tree through painting. Children, along with hospital staff, left their colourful handprints on a paper tree, symbolizing unity, growth, and the collective efforts of the community in nurturing the future generation. </p><p>The radiant smiles on the children's faces were a testament to the success of these interactive and delightful celebrations. The activities not only brought joy to the young patients but also highlighted the commitment of the hospital in making their stay as pleasant as possible. </p><p>The AKUH World Children's Day festivities were concluded on 22 November 2023 with various stalls set up at the Community Health Centre by paediatric residents and nursing staff, each focusing on crucial aspects of child health. The Hand Hygiene stall aimed to educate children and parents about the importance of handwashing in preventing infections. Promoting healthy eating habits, the Health Food Plate stall showcased the significance of a balanced diet for children's growth and development. The Dental Hygiene stall emphasized the significance of regular dental care for children.</p><p>The participation of AKUH's dedicated staff reflected their commitment to going beyond medical care, embracing a holistic approach to healing. Through entertainment, education, and community engagement, AKUH not only celebrated World Children's Day but also reaffirmed its commitment to providing comprehensive care and support for every child under its wing.