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Pioneering Psychosocial Care for Pediatric Oncology Patients and Families in Pakistan at The Indus Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

Atoofa Najmi is working as the team lead of Child Life Services at Pediatric Psychosocial Department, The Indus Hospital. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and has been working with pediatric patients in hospital settings for over two years. Her area of interest lies in child and adolescent mental well-being, medical play and procedural support.

When I started working at The Indus Hospital Pediatric Psychosocial Department more than 2 years ago, I had little idea about the profound impact working here would have on me.  In the line of work such as ours, one forever lives and shifts (often within minutes) between two conflicting emotional states: sadness and happiness, despair and joy, hope and helplessness.
I still remember my first day at the hospital, where I had to accompany a counselor to support a grieving family whose teenage son had passed away a few minutes ago. In complete contrast, I also recall the experience of witnessing Muneeb* and his family’s ecstatic sm…

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