Pfizer Philippines Foundation Inc. (PFFI) extended a P1 million grant to Kythe Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of hospitalized children with cancer and other chronic illnesses.
“We wanted to continue our support for Kythe because we saw how effective their Child Life Services were. Through the activities we had with Kythe over the years, we saw firsthand the positive effect of therapeutic play sessions on the children,” said PPFI program manager Anna Mayor.
“One of the most important things in this partnership is seeing how Pfizer believes that it takes more than just medicine to heal our children. They understand that holistic care is needed,” said Dr. Angie Sievert Fernandez, program manager for Kythe’s Child Life Services.
“With Pfizer as our partner, we are able to sustain our services and reach as many children as possible,” Fernandez added.
The donation will support Kythe’s Tele-Child Life services which provide helpful online play and therapeutic play sessions over video calls to pediatric patients. Therapeutic play sessions are important to chronically ill children as these aid in their emotional and physical well-being.
Four hospitals around the Philippines will receive the grant, namely the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, National Children’s Hospital, the Cebu Cancer Institute, and the Philippine Orthopedic Center.
Kythe has helped more than 8,000 children through its Child Life Services in 2020. PFFI has been supporting the organization since 2003.