The Institute of Child Health

The Institute of Child Health (ICH), which was founded in 1965 by Spyros Doksiadis, offers specialized services on prevention and public health and develops research and education activities in the scientific field of child health.

Foundation year: 1965
Founder: Spyros Doxiadis

Legislative status: The ICH is within the jurisdiction of private institutions, however it belongs to the wider public sector. It is subjected to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. It functions under the presidential law 867/1979. According to the law no. 3370/11.07.05, ICH is subjected to the law no.1514 governing Research Institutions. The latter are supervised by both the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Ministry of Development.
Financial Resources: The operation and main activities of ICH are funded by the regular budget of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. Concerning specific programs, ICH is funded by the European Union, national and international organizations and other collaborating bodies or donations.
Administrative/Directorate Council: It is assigned by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. It is constituted by 5 members: three scientists of recognized status with 5-year tenure, and two scientists – Heads of Departments or Sectors of ICH with 2-year tenure. It is responsible for administering operational and scientific matters.

Scientific Council: It is constituted by the Heads of the Departments and Sectors of ICH. It is responsible for the evaluation of every scientific program of ICH. It communicates its opinion in relation to any scientific issues of ICH’s interest to the Administrative/Directorate Council.
Bioethics Council: It evaluates the ethical issues raised by any service protocol used and research project carried out by ICH.

ICH offers specialized prevention and health promotion services, and develops research and educational activities related to Child Health. In particular, its activities include:

Specialized clinical-laboratory work, emphasizing prevention, early diagnosis and intervention, and genetic counseling on diseases that can have paramount effects on child development
1. Preventive examination to neonates from all over Greece
2. Hereditary metabolic diseases
3. Other congenital diseases
4. Disorders of bones metabolism
5. Diseases of the endocrine system

Specialized services on social and developmental pediatrics, primary care, health promotion, and quality of life of children and their families
1. Evaluation and registration of Greek children’s health status
2. Evaluation and support provision to health and social welfare services
3. Examination of environmental and social factors influencing child physical and mental health and child development
4. Training and health promotion of children and their families
5. Evaluation and prevention of child abuse and neglect
6. Study of family relations
7. Developmental pediatrics
8. Health at school and health promotion in schools
9. Primary health care and community development
10. Child protection and promotion of children’s rights

Some distinct characteristics of the Institute’s identity/profile are the following:

1. Multidisciplinary constitution aiming at an integrated treatment of child health
Staff comes from 14 different scientific specialties
Scientists of different specialties participate in the research projects and programs as external collaborators

2. The institute is experienced in specific fields of child health, while it is constantly developing in terms of infra-structure and scientific orientation
In some of these fields, it is the only scientific centre in Greece

3. ICH mainly carries out applied research in the following fields:

  • Health promotion and promotion of quality of life of children and their families
  • Clinical pediatrics and general child care
  • Organization/systematization of health and social welfare services for children in Greece
  • Evaluation and implementation of ICH’s services

4. ICH is a point of reference in Greece due to the specialized services it provides, while it maintains close collaboration with other institutes

  • For clinical and laboratorial examinations, diagnosis and following up of children with specific problems
  • For the development of scientific and research programs
  • For evaluation of issues related to child health and provision of support to ministries and other relevant bodies, health and social welfare services, schools and educational institutions, local authorities, institutions of child protection and other bodies or persons
  • For training scientists and professionals, university students and students specializing in the fields of health and social welfare

5. ICH cooperates closely with institutions abroad that develop similar activities
For reassuring the high quality of its services
For being constantly aware of new scientific developments
For contributing to international scientific output