In 2003, we were proud to have taken part in
the creation of Baku's first Children’s Ward for psychiatric patients.
The boys' room at the Children's Ward
As often is the case, the project
was only possible thanks to many generous sponsors. It was very fortunate that
the British Embassy was moving premises at the time of the
refurbishment and lots of furniture found its way to the ward.
Other large donors were the
Caledonian Society and ACE Forwarding. Numerous
individuals contributed which resulted in a ward where 15 young patients can be
treated in a child friendly environment.
With a focus throughout on the needs
of both parents and their children, the ward received much attention for its
innovative and professional setup.
The recreation area of the ward was
also used for arts and craft and music sessions for adult psychiatric patients.
This was a new idea for staff and CSA volunteers alike but all doctors agreed it
was of tremendous benefit to the patients. A piano was donated and many mugham
sessions ensued with volunteers and patients having a good time. Sadly, there
was a fire at the hospital and although the children’s ward was not affected,
all activities are on hold until the hospital is rebuilt.