First Name: Anna
Last Name: Garchakova
Position Title: Director of Belarusian Children’s Hospice
Job Responsibilities: Combination of Research and Patient Care
About Me/My interests: I am interested in enhancement of quality of life for children and young people with life-limiting conditions. I focus my work on practical methods of relieving social and spiritual fears. The support of family through end-of-care and beyond is one of the goals of our program. We offer a support system to help people to live as actively as possible. The process of enlightening our society about palliative care is very important to us. We also provide our staff with professional training and implement modern technologies of palliative rendering according to needs and socio-economic conditions.
I’ve been working as a clinical psychologist for 14 years, focusing mostly with teenagers (12-17 years old) living with oncological diseases. I feel strongly that these children should be aware of their disease and prognosis. But it is not an easy task but my work focuses on enhancing honest communication with the children, multi-disciplinary team work; and work with mourning parents.
My Contact Information:
Address: Berezovaya Roscha str. 100a,
Borovlyany, 223053, Minsk Region Belarus
Phone: +375 29 631 96 10, +375 17 205 27 45(47)
Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Fear, hope, support, death, palliative care.
Publications that may be of interest to others:
Garchakova A. Environmental factors in palliative care. International Journal of Environmental Studies. 2007; 64(3): 309-313
Garchakova A. Work of team in the organization of palliative care (in russian)
Garchakova A. Actual issues of palliative care for children in RB
Moroz I, Davydova M, Gorchakova A. ‘The development of palliative care in Belarus’. Unpublished paper, nd (probably early 1999). (in russian)