Two Israeli therapeutic clowns will visit Cypriot hospitals in December to promote medical clowning and give relief to hospitalised children.
Avital Dvory and Shahar Hurevich will visit Makarios hospital, the children’s wings of Limassol and Larnaca General Hospitals and Ygia Polyclinic in Limassol between December 4-6.
According to an Israeli embassy in Cyprus announcement, Dvory and Hurevich – members of the Dream Doctors Project – will also provide seminars on medical clowning, an officially-recognised paraprofessional medical profession.
The Dream Doctors are professional medical clowns integrated into the multidisciplinary care teams in 29 hospitals throughout Israel. Each hospital has a contact person who supervises the medical clowns and sets the priorities, directing the clowns to the various wards as the hospital needs.
Dream Doctors participate in more than 40 various medical procedures: taking blood samples, accompanying patients to surgery and other painful and complex procedures, such as injections directly into the joints, burn therapies, and accompanying child victims of sexual abuse during their examinations.
They are performing artists and experienced actors who use a wide variety of techniques during procedures to distract child patients, create a fantasy world centering on the medical equipment used, role play, and much, much more.
The Dream Doctors’ visit to Cyprus in an Israeli Embassy in Cyprus initiative for the celebrations of Hanukkah.