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Members of SCI and the health care specialists from throughout the Caribbean.

The SickKids-Caribbean Initiative (SCI), funded in part by Scotiabank, continues to improve access to health services for children in six Caribbean countries who are diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders.

A statement from the bank said as telemedicine partner and key supporter of the programme for many years, Scotiabank has seen first-hand the importance of the programme, which connects health-care specialists in six countries in the Caribbean and their counterparts at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Canada, in order to provide life-saving treatment for their young patients.

The bank said since the launch of SCI, a total of seven telemedicine facilities have been completed across the region, with Trinidad and Tobago currently benefiting through The Wendy Fitzwilliam Paediatric Hospital, Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Champ Fleurs.

To date, SCI has also:

Provided training for more than 40 oncology and haematology professionals in the

Caribbean.

Facilitated over 500 telemedicine consultations with SickKids for sick patients in the

Caribbean.

Provided critical support through diagnostic screening and research.

The bank said it has has also supported the establishment of hospital-based paediatric oncology patient registries in each of the six SCI partner countries, to help track patient outcomes and leverage this data to implement quality improvements for life-saving cancer care for children.

“Prior to the launch of this initiative in 2013, young people in the Caribbean diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders faced major systemic challenges as there were few specialised diagnostic services, minimal data on treatment efficacy, and few health-care professionals with specialised training in the region. SickKids recognised the opportunity to make a difference and we remain grateful to corporate leaders like Scotiabank for their continued support, as the first financial institution to donate CAD $1 million to the program and for the additional CAD $1 million gift to support Phase Two,” said Ted Garrard, CEO, SickKids Foundation.

“We care about the communities in which we live and work. Through our support of SCI, we’re

helping children with blood disorders such as leukemia and sickle cell disease in Trinidad and

Tobago receive better health-care. The programme also aims to improve facilities and equip

doctors and nurses with tools for more timely and precise diagnoses and greater recovery rates for our children,” said Stephen Bagnarol – Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago.

About SickKids Foundation

Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation raises funds on behalf of The Hospital for Sick Children

(SickKids) and is the largest charitable funder of child health research, learning and care in Canada.

Philanthropy is a critical source of funding for SickKids – one of the world’s foremost paediatric

health-care institutions. Thanks to the generosity of the community, and as a result of a recordbreaking year in fundraising, SickKids Foundation generated an unprecedented $190 million for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2020. For more information, please visit sickkidsfoundation.com.