SickKids-Caribbean Initiative

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The Challenge

In the Caribbean, children with cancer and serious blood disorders often face a poorer chance of survival. Due to a lack of health-care professionals with specialized training, limited technology, sparse data on disease outcomes, and unique geopolitical challenges, many patients are unable to receive the lifesaving care they desperately need.

Why SickKids

SickKids is one of the world’s top children’s hospitals and is committed to building health-care capacity in other countries through the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health. As a child health leader, SickKids has the know-how and the track record of successful partnerships to deliver the best possible care to patients everywhere. Over the past five and a half years, SickKids has worked with Ministries of Health, the University of the West Indies, and nursing and physician partners at seven sites in six Caribbean countries (The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago) to improve the capacity to diagnose and treat local children.

Our Vision

Your support for the SickKids-Caribbean Initiative (SCI) will allow SickKids and our Caribbean partners to close the gap in survival rates and improve health outcomes for children living in the Caribbean with paediatric cancer and blood disorders.

Your Impact

Your investment will provide sustainable local access to health-care services for patients with paediatric cancer and blood disorders in The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. It will support specialized paediatric nursing training programs, fellowships at SickKids and training for Caribbean doctors. And it will help maintain local cancer databases and enhance the capacity to diagnose and treat children using videoconferencing technology to connect health-care professionals across the Caribbean to each other, to SickKids, and to the world.

What it Will Cost

We are currently entering the second phase of SCI and require $5 million to ensure the Initiative’s sustainability





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