A typical Ibtissama day starts the day before!

Clown Doctors prepare all their equipment and paraphernalia the day before their hospital visit. Most importantly, they have their gowns cleaned and disinfected.

Because Clown Doctors perform visits to different hospitals on different days, they have a pre-set schedule that points out the exact date and location of each visit. The schedule is also shared with each hospital administration.

Clown Doctors wear their usual street clothes on their way to the assigned hospital. Clown Doctor costumes, gowns and shoes are only used for Clown Doctor work. Sanitization of the whole Clown Doctor attire is essentially performed before each and every visit.

Inside the Hospital
Hospital staff look forward to the Clown Doctors’ scheduled visits.

Upon arrival, Clown Doctors start their work at the pediatric oncology care unit, based on their infection control protocol. They salute the nursing and medical team, and then they use a clean changing room to get dressed and to prepare their guise. Their costumes have only few basic colors to minimize stimulation. Minimal makeup is used, if any at all. The famous Red Nose is fixed in place and the Clown Doctor is ready to charm the children!
Inside a Child’s Room

This is where all the magic happens!

Just before the Clown Doctor begins the visits to children’s rooms, a short meeting is held with the nursing staff, to learn all Children’s names, cases and special considerations. The Clown Doctor then plans the order of room visits based on each child’s medical and psychological state.

The Clown Doctor would then head to the first room, where s/he asks the child for permission to enter the room. If the child allows, the Clown Doctor makes an entrance that captivates the child’s attention and raises his/her interest. The Clown Doctor uses body movements, suggestion games, role play, music, colors, juggling, soap bubbles and many other techniques intended to make children and their families fascinated and cheerful.

Having opened a window for the change of mood, the Clown Doctor salutes the child and the family, and leaves to another room. Sometimes, before leaving, the Clown Doctor offers a special symbolic gift as a souvenir for the child.

Clown Doctors visit all children rooms in the hospital; regardless of age, gender, social, or economic background. The only requirement is the child’s and/or the family’s permission.