Merimna - Program support - Stavros Niarchos Foundation


Program support
For the first and second year of operation of the Home Care service. Home care is a basic component of pediatric palliative care, which ensures better quality of life for children and their families in the last stages of life of a seriously ill child.  Through Home Care, children can spend their last days in a familiar environment, parents and other family members can contribute to the child’s care, and families can be better prepared for the mourning process. During Home Care, 24-hour medical, pharmaceutical, and psychological care is provided to children and their families, together with the capability for transfer to a hospital, if needed. The Home Care program is implemented in collaboration with the Oncology, Neurology, and Intensive Care Units of the Children’s Hospital Aglaia Kyriakou in Athens. Merimna has also developed collaborations with the Children’s Hospital of Penteli, the infant departments of the Alexandra and Elena Venizelou hospitals, and the Agioi Anargyroi Oncology hospital.

Merimna was founded in 1995 by a group of scientists to support children who face life-threatening illnesses or who are mourning the loss of a loved one. Merimna also conducts research and has undertaken publishing initiatives.