Seven proposals to improve the health care environment for children were selected from proposals submitted by the most advanced pediatric facilities nationwide
～ The announcement of the donation recipients and the presentation ceremony took place at the “11th Aichi 21st Century Children’s Health Forum”～
Tokyo - “Children’s Health Forum” (Nishikamo-gun, Aichi prefecture; President: Minoru Tanabe), a nonprofit organization (NPO) that promotes pioneering activities to improve the healthcare and medical treatment environment for children, solicited innovative proposals for improving the medical treatment environment for children from pediatric care facilities across Japan. The Forum received ten proposals from nine organizations from across Japan. After careful consideration, seven programs were selected to receive funding. The announcement of the donation recipients and the presentation ceremony took place together as part of the “11th Aichi 21st Century Children’s Health Forum” on Monday, February 11.
Manulife Life Insurance Company (Head office: Chofu-shi, Tokyo, President & CEO: Geoff Crickmay), a Canadian life insurance company that supports the activities of the NPO Children’s Health Forum, previously conducted a “Manulife Japan Fundraising Campaign to Improve the Pediatric Care Environment for Seriously Ill Children,” and gave the funds donated by Manulife Japan employees nationwide and the company itself to the Forum. The Children’s Health Forum utilized these funds in seeking proposals from pediatric care facilities and making donations to the facilities with the top proposals.
This was Manulife Japan’s second fundraising campaign for the Children’s Health Forum, following the “Manulife Paper Crane Fundraising Campaign” held at the time of the 2005 Aichi Expo with great response. This time a total of 1,288,349 yen was donated to the Forum, and this time the number and quality of the proposals received by the Forum for use of the funds exceeded those received after the first fundraising campaign. Representatives of the seven winning organizations and details of each program are introduced on the attached sheet. The presentation ceremony at which the donations were presented to the representatives of each winning organization took place as part of the “11th Aichi 21st Century Children’s Health Forum,” held at the Aichi Children’s Health and Medical Center on Sunday, February 11.
Details of the programs can be found on the internet at: http://www.npo-cln.org/frame_new.html
Nonprofit Organization “Children’s Health Forum”
Manulife Life Insurance Company
About the NPO “Children’s Health Forum”
The “Children’s Health Forum” believes it is necessary to have an environment where children can have dreams and wishes for their future. Starting with the “Aichi Children’s Health and Medical Center” (Ohbu-shi, Aichi Prefecture; Head: Masami Nagashima), one of the most advanced pediatric care center in Japan, it provides supports for decorations in various children’s health facilities, playrooms, and holds various events in child health care facilities. It is highly rated by society for creating hospital environments that soothe sick children and their families and encourage them to undergo medical treatments.
About the 11th Aichi 21st Century Children’s Health Forum
The non-profit organization (NPO) Children’s Health Forum (Nishikamo-gun, Aichi Prefecture; President: Minoru Tanabe) held the “11th Aichi 21st Century Children’s Health Forum”, an event which aimed to support the sound growth of children’s minds and bodies, on Sunday, February 11. At this event, which helped publicize the Aichi Children’s Health and Medical Center, the only pediatric care center in Aichi Prefecture (Ofu-shi, Aichi Prefecture; Head: Masami Nagashima), the Forum proposed solutions for the problems of child abuse and obesity of children as a result of the modern diet, handling various child-raising issues through dietary education, and overcoming the challenge of the declining birthrate.
About the “Manulife Japan Paper Crane Fundraising Campaign”
This campaign was run in 2005, involving Manulife Japan’s PLAN RIGHTTM advisors (sales representatives) who called for customers to make paper cranes, and raised donations depending on the number of paper cranes made. The Company and its employees also voluntarily donated money, and the donations were then handed over to the “Children’s Health Forum”. Manulife Japan used the Aichi Expo as an opportunity, as a sponsor of the Aichi Expo Canada Pavilion, to contribute to society. While supporting exchange activities between the youth of Japan and Canada, it held exchange events for children who are battling illness in both countries. Manulife Japan’s activities also promoted further development of this campaign.
Facilities that received the donation last time, and object programs
(Recipients of donation collected through “Manulife Japan’s Paper Crane Fundraising Campaign” which was held in 2006)
1. Aichi International Hospital (Nisshin-shi, Aichi Prefecture): “If you know it, you don’t have to be afraid!”
2. Aichi Children’s Health and Medical Center (Ohbu-shi, Aichi Prefecture): “Race in the exciting cart!”
3. Osaka University Hospital, Medical School, Pediatric ward (Suita-shi, Osaka Prefecture): Circle for Supporting Development “Kindergarten Make-believe”
4. Juntendo University School of Medicine, Pediatric Department and Department of Pediatric Surgery (Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo): “For better support for children and their families in children’s ward”
5. Fujita Health University Hospital 1-7A, 1-7B, NICU Ward (Toyoake-shi, Aichi Prefecture) : “A play room where older infants and elementary school kids can have fun”
6. Mental Care Nanairo No Mori (forest of seven colors) (Nagoya-shi, Aichi Prefecture)：”My picture book”
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