Manulife Financial Corporation: “Manulife Waku Waku Room” Opens at Ibaraki Children’s Hospital Provides Recreation Space for Adolescents Undergoing Treatment

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February 3, 2014

"Manulife Waku Waku Room" Opens at Ibaraki Children's Hospital Provides Recreation Space for Adolescents Undergoing Treatment

Japan - On Monday February 3, a "Manulife Waku Waku Room" was officially opened at Ibaraki Children's Hospital with the support and cooperation of the NPO Children's Health Forum. This new recreation space will serve young patients-adolescents in particular-who are undergoing medical treatment at the hospital. The head of Ibaraki Children's Hospital, other hospital personnel, as well as representatives from NPO Children's Health Forum and Manulife Life Insurance Company attended an opening ceremony and viewing of the room to mark the occasion.

The Manulife Waku Waku Room Special Support Project started in 2008 with the sponsorship of Manulife Life Insurance Company and the cooperation of the Central Community Chest of Japan. It is one of several initiatives by the NPO Children's Health Forum to improve the medical treatment environment of children in Japan. The project aims to support the creation and operation of high-quality model playrooms to raise awareness for the significance that playrooms have in improving the well-being of children undergoing medical treatment. It is well documented that providing hospitalized children with a place to play allows them to put thoughts of their illness and treatment aside while building social skills through interaction with other children. This reduces children's hospitalization stress and aids in children's recovery.

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The newly completed Waku Waku Room is the tenth room completed under the project and the first to one built in the Ibaraki Prefecture. Ibaraki Children's Hospital already had rudimentary playrooms in both its inpatient and outpatient wards, but they were aimed chiefly at toddlers and young children. Adolescent patients tended to keep to their own rooms for the duration of their hospitalization.  Adolescents have their own developmental themes and needs that the existing facilities did not address. The new Manulife Waku Waku Room aims to provide a relaxed environment in which such adolescents can enjoy age-appropriate activities and interact with other children of a similar age while exploring a broad range of studies and interests. 

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