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Hydrotherapy for Czech children with cerebral palsy

  • Norway has financed a new swimming pool at the Hamza`s specialised sanatorium, which will offer water-based treatment to 120 patients each day.

    For many children with conditions such as cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis, resulting in weak and stiff muscles, water therapy enables them to move easier and do exercises they would not be able to do on dry land. The warmth of the water and its buoyancy, the upward force that keeps things afloat, decrease muscle stiffness and relieve the stress on joints.
    Watch a video clip from the sanatorium.

    The Hamza`s Sanatorium in Lue has for long used water therapy, but an unsatisfactory and old swimming pool hampered the effectiveness of the method. A grant from Norway provided the necessary means to construct a new pool, which will be used daily to treat 120 patients.

    The Hamza`s Sanatorium was founded in 1901 as the first sanatorium for children with tuberculosis in the Czech lands. In 1962, the TBC-treatment was stopped and the centre was transformed into a sanatorium for patients with locomotion disorders, particularly for children with cerebral palsy. As of 1991, also adult patients have received treatment at the sanatorium. The sanatorium has a capacity of 505 beds and employs 520 staff.

    Photo: Helena Benýšková

  • Country:

    Czech Republic

    Project title:

    Swimming pool for recovering and consecutive medical care HL Luže - Košumberk

    Case number:


    Priority sector:

    Health and childcare


    € 364,355



    Type & project assistance:

    Individual project

    Project promoter:

    Hamzas Specialized Sanatorium for Children and Adults

    Type of institution:

    Governmental organisation

    Project website:


    Project duration:

    24 months

    Project cost:

    € 433,034

    Grant rate:


    Grant from:

    Norway Grants

    Grant agreement date:

    01 November 2007

    The purpose of the Project is to open a new medical care swimming pool with increased recovery capacity, with the overall objective of increased activity in recovery healthcare and improved medical treatment for children. Reference is made to the application, dated 3 August 2005, and additional information received from the Project Promoter through the Focal Point on 21 April 2006, a corrected application form received by e-mail from the Focal Point on 10 May 2006 and a statement about financing of 6 September 2006 received by e-mail from the Focal Point on 7 September 2006.

    The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:

    General construction works and swimming pool equipment, for a recovery swimming pool for younger and older children in existing pavilion M of the Project Promoter's hospital premises, such as

    - modifications to the existing building,

    - new sewage connection,

    - inner surface finishing,

    - basin installation with equipment such as air conditioning,

    - water treatment and recycling, water heating etc.

    - equipment for patient lifting and mobility

    - cloakrooms, toilets, and a room for physiotherapists.

    The Project Promoter is the Hamza's Specialized Sanatorium for Children and Adults.

    The Project Promoter shall provide at least 15.86 percent of the estimated eligible project cost.