As an effort to improve clean and healthy living behavior in Cancer children, the Community Service Team from the Department of Child Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, University of Indonesia (FoN UI) held a Training of Trainers (ToT) for Shelter House Managers and Community Shelter Volunteers for Children with Cancer.
The train of trainers was held for 2 days at the RIK UI Building, Depok campus on 29 – 30 August 2019 which was attended by 56 volunteers from several shelters for cancer children in Jabodetabek.
TOT is carried out in the form of seminars and workshops that teach families and caregivers to children with cancer clean and healthy living behavior for children with cancer (PHBS-cancer) such as washing hands, continuing to do physical activity to avoid weakness as a side effect of using drugs. chemotherapy drugs, management of used waste from children undergoing chemotherapy, nutrition, and skin health.
A halfway house is a temporary place to stay when the child comes home from the hospital and waits for the next treatment cycle. Halfway houses provide benefits in reducing child fatigue because they are generally close to the therapy location.
Shelters for children with cancer in the Jabodetabek area, have a community of volunteers who actively provide support to children and families whose children are being treated for cancer therapy. This group is considered strategic enough to educate children and families about PHBS.
The head of the FIK UI Community Service team, Dr. Allenidekania, S.Kp., M.Sc said, “As a follow-up to the program, an integrated plan has been made including 1) Creating work programs and implementing education in Shelters about PHBS cancer by involving trained volunteers, 2) Assessing the knowledge of the volunteer community about PHBS and conduct education about PHBS cancer, and 3) Form a WhatsApp group to facilitate communication and monitor the implementation of PHBS cancer education, as a means of maintaining communication with cancer PHBS trainers and identifying problems faced and discussing solutions to solve problems.”
Previously, the FIK UI Community Service team had successfully released a PHBS pocket book for children with cancer and had educated children with cancer and their families living in shelters from the Indonesian Children’s Cancer Foundation and the Indonesian Children’s Oncology Foundation.
Seeing the high interest of children and families in learning about clean and healthy living behavior, the Community Service Team of FIK UI again carried out a follow-up activity in the form of the ToT.
This activity featured speakers from the Department of Pediatric Nursing, FoN UI, namely Dr. Allenidekania, S.Kp., M.Sc.; Ns Happy Hayati, S.Kep., M.Kep., Sp.Kep. An and Ns. Khairunnisa, S.Kep., M.Kep., Sp.Kep.An. This activity also involves students of Nurses and Masters in Child Nursing as committees and facilitators during the TOT activity.
It is hoped that through this real action, the academic community of FoN UI can increase the capacity and independence of halfway house managers in educating clean and healthy living behavior in cancer children and their families.
Thus, the volunteers at the Shelter House can provide maximum moral support and appropriate treatment to overcome side effects during anti-cancer therapy.
It is hoped that this program can also have a direct impact on children with cancer in the form of avoiding infectious diseases, increasing the pattern of eating vegetables and fruits, children wanting to move and exercising their muscles, sleeping problems are not found, and children’s weight is always monitored.