Rire Medecin, France © Jacques Grison


efhco Annual General Meeting

 in Lisbon, Portugal
Wed 17 - Frid 19 November 2021


Fondation Théodora + Hôpiclowns Genève support children during a blood test for a C-19 study @ University Hospital Geneva (HUG)

Is there immunity to Covid-19 for children? The study involves a blood test on children from 0 to 17 years old, a very distressing act for young people.  The Population Epidemiology Unit (PEU) at HUG was conducting a Covid-19 seroprevalence study from November 23 to December 23, 2020 among randomly over 1.000 selected children aged 0 to 17 years and their families. This study seeks to evaluate the proportion of the population that has developed antibodies against the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and is part of the Swiss national research program ‘Corona Immunitas’. 

In order to make children's waiting time before their appointment more pleasant, the UEP is calling on the clowns of the Swiss efhco members Hôpiclowns Genève and Fondation Théodora. This is an unprecedented collaboration to help these child research heroes overcome the ordeal of having their blood drawn. Their intervention was made possible thanks to the support of the Sanfilippo Foundation and the HUG Private Foundation.

Healthcare Clowns are using an integrated and sustainable approach that not only focuses on children, but also seeks to support medical staff in their daily work. Humor has the potential to create a powerful emotional connection between people, enhancing and stimulating social interactions. Humor also plays a vital role in reducing stress and anxiety, and in fostering a better working environment with beneficiaries, especially in very stressful and tense situations.

All professional Clown doctors have developed and maintained high artistic quality standards and all organisations behind the clowns are constantly investing in permanent training of its artists. Furthermore lately also in heightening the already strict hygiene protocols to ensure the health and safety of clowns doctors, patients and all healthcare workers in hospitals and care institutions.


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“Legacies for Healthcare Clown Organizations”
– efhco’s 1st virtual FundraisingXchange 2021

In February 2021 efhco’s first vFx 2021 attracted 19 participants from 12 European countries on the topic of legacies for our healthcare clown organizations – a hot topic with an excellent fundraising potential.  Testamentary donations have seen a steep increase already in recent years, along with aging of our society.  The lockdowns 2020 and the serious pandemic situation around the globe makes many realize their own transience.  Our daily work with and for vulnerable people gives us the experience to reach out to potential donors for their final giving.

Frances, CliniClowns Nederland, a well-known specialist explained in detail how to start, how to develop a successful multiyear strategy. She shared colorful their experiences with insights, data, chances and examples.  The Q&A session following her presentation was peppered with specific questions of the professional fundraisers, excited to exchange their learnings and to enforce their own action taking on legacies.
….to be continued ....


Time for Inspiration & Fantasy
New Experiences & Curiosity
Never-ending Humour & Smilesfor ourselves and others!

 Enjoy reading our annual review 2020 


 We are featured on EURONEWS !

December 2020: We are delighted that our European federation and members are featured on euronews TV and online!  The coverage shows the exceptional creativity of our clowndoctors, working under multiple Covid-19 restrictions.  Enjoy their performances, bringing humour and smiles to children and elderly in hospitals and care institutions.







Congratulations to our newly elected efhco board for 2020 - 2023!

Kenneth Ohrberg (Denmark) is now our chairman,
new Vice-Chairwoman is Caroline Simonds (France),
Coen Abbenhuis (The Netherlands) keeps an eye on the treasury,
Valerie van Gastel (Belgium) is our official Secretary General.
Susana Ribeiro (Portugal) is reponsible for efhco's research efforts.
Laura Fernandez (Germany) is reappointed as Artistic Advisor to the board.
 We are welcoming new on board Suzie Ferguson (Scotland)
and Ivana Bacanovic (Austria).

They will strengthen our professional goals in artistic matters and in advocacy!


Just out in November 2020, the results of our summer survey 2020, see our report
conducted by Red Noses International and efhco:
 “The Impact of COVID-19 on European Healthcare Clowning Organisations”
showing the resiliency and creativity of our clowns.

Do you want know more about our work during the pandemic? Just click here.