The Trustees of Barbados Association for Cancer Advocacy and Living Water Community Inc. (LWC) announced in June the signing of a joint venture agreement to construct and operate a standalone hospice and palliative care facility on the LWC compound at St. David’s, Christ Church in Barbados.
BACA, LWC and other stakeholders recognize that the aging of the Barbados population, the increase in chronic non-communicable diseases, limited home hospice and palliative care options and the lack of such a facility on the island are factors that make a standalone hospice a desirable option. Also noted, is that the Barbados Palliative Care Needs Assessment Project’s 2012 report recommended a standalone hospice be part of the palliative care offerings in Barbados.
BACA and LWC have agreed that a 14-bed facility would fit the current needs of Barbados. Fundraising for the hospice is spearheaded by the Barbados Diaspora Collaborative USA (BDC USA), a not-for-profit US organization in conjunction with domestic and international stakeholders. It is expected that approximately BDS $4,000,000 will be needed to initiate and sustain the project in its initial stages.
The Ministry of Health of Barbados has lauded the efforts of these charities to fill this important void in the health care services in Barbados and supports the call for philanthropy from members of civil society and the business communities locally, regionally and internationally.
BACA is the local arm of Barbados Cancer Association USA (BACA), Inc. which is presently under the Presidency of O’Neall Parris, MD.
Over its 10-year history, BACA has provided support for cancer-related services in Barbados through significant funding for early detection, scholarship support, research and the provision of medical equipment.
The idea for a hospice was first proposed by BACA at the January 2011 meeting of leaders of Barbados organizations in the New York jurisdiction at the Consulate General of Barbados at New York. Notably, it fitted in well with the call of the late Prime Minister David Thompson for the Barbados diaspora to engage in substantive development activities and initiatives to aid Barbados.
LWC is a Catholic Lay Community in Port of Spain founded by Rhonda Maingot and Rose Jackman in 1975. The Community has vibrant ministries targeting the poor, homeless, abused, dying, drug addicted and illiterate in Trinidad and around the region. LWC has operated hospices in Trinidad since 1983 and as such will bring over 30 years of expertise to the Barbados hospice. LWC will be assisted by a pool of trained volunteers in the day to day operation of the hospice.
Construction of a state of the art “green” building is expected to start in 2016, with services to start in 2017.
For further information, please contact:
USA: O'Neall E. Parris, MD, MPH, FAAP
BACA USA, Inc.
410 Lakeville Road
New Hyde Park, NY 11042
866|729|1011 Ext. 101
BACA, CAMSA, BNAA to host Symposium on Lifestyle and Cancer
BACA, the Caribbean American Medical & Scientific Association (CAMSA) Inc. and the Barbados Nurses Association of America (BNAA) are once more collaborating to present their annual cancer symposium on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Lillian Minkin Ballroom at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, 585 Schenectady Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.
This year’s topic focuses on how lifestyle can increase cancer risk and will emphasize lifestyle strategies that reduce risk.
Faculty will be announced soon.
Annual Symposium Highlights Disparities in Cancer Services
The annual cancer symposium sponsored by BACA, Caribbean American Medical & Scientific Association (CAMSA) and Barbados Nurses' Association of America (BNAA) was held on September 13, 2014. It focused on breast cancer and featured keynote speaker Dr. Kathie-Ann Joseph, director of breast services at Bellevue Hospital. Dr. Joseph discussed disparities in cancer services for the African-American population versus the population at large.
As a result of the symposium, 85% of attendees reported a significant increase in knowledge about breast cancer inequities, 94% reported being more likely to be vigilant in following cancer screening guidelines for themselves and 94% reported being more likely to encourage family members to follow cancer screening guidelines.
BACA, BDC USA Present Hospice and Palliative Care Primer at
Barbados Network Consultation 2014, 3rd Network Conference
BACA in conjunction with the Barbados Diaspora Collaborative USA (BDC USA), Inc. and the Barbados Association for Cancer Advocacy hosted a Forum on Hospice & Palliative Care in Barbados during the Barbados Network Consultation 2014, 3rd Network Conference.
The forum took place on August 7 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Convention Center.
Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, Senator the Honourable Maxine McClean keynoted the event. Others on the program included Dr. Natalie Greaves, Research Consultant, ES Caribbean Health Services-BARBADOS, who provided an update on hospice and palliative care in Barbados; Ms. Rose Jackman of the Living Water Community addressed volunteerism in the hospice and palliative care setting - the Trinidad experience, and BACA’s chairman Dr. O’Neall Parris provided an update on the diaspora hospice initiative to build a hospice and palliative care facility in Barbados.
A moving documentary on hospice and palliative care was shown, featuring Barbadians including Member of Parliament Mara Thompson who speaks to her family’s struggles as they faced the loss of former Prime Minister David Thompson. It was the brainchild of BACA member and former BACA Chairman Jessica Odle-Baril and will be used extensively as a public education tool.
The timeline for the hospice initiative projects services to start in 2016. With the support of the US, Canadian and UK diasporas, we can do this.
The Collaborative's Work Continues
Barbadian US Diaspora individuals and organizations continue their individual donations and fundraising efforts with recent significant donations from alumni organizations, churches and individuals. A choral fundraiser sponsored by the People’s Institutional AME Church of Brooklyn on March 2 was quite successful and upcoming events planned by BACA to benefit the hospice project are its traditional summer white event on June 7, annual cancer symposium on September 13 and annual fundraiser on September 19.
Your continued support is much appreciated.
BACA Holds Fundraiser for the Barbados Hospice Initiative
Barbados Cancer Association USA (BACA) Inc. again raised funds for the Barbados Hospice Initiative at its annual gala in September. Honored at the event were The Barbadian Ex-Police Association; Deborah Brathwaite, MD, and President of the Caribbean American Medical & Scientific Association (CAMSA), Inc; Julia Hollingsworth-Brown, Public Relations Officer, National Association of Barbados Organizations (NABO), Inc., and Rev. Carrie Nobles, People's Institutional AME Church, Brooklyn, NY. Special recognition was given to BACA Finance Officer Diana Cadogan, a triple-cancer survivor, for her stoicism in the face of major challenges.
A special feature of the festive event was a rousing performance by Andy (Blood) Armstrong. The attendees danced to the latest Cropover hits and dined on an array of delectable dishes.
BACA Chairman Dr. O'Neall Parris reminded the audience of the necessity for the hospice and urged them to continue to support the worthy cause.
Activities in support of the hospice initiative continue. BDC USA is officially a registered nonprofit in New York state as of December 2012 and the application for federal 501 c (3) status has been submitted. Once the latter has been approved fundraising can start in earnest here in the US.
Meantime, the Barbados Public Workers Co-Operative Credit Union Ltd has been a committed supporter and smaller donations continue to come in.
We have reached out to the new Minister of Health Hon. John Boyce and once he is fully briefed on the project by the assigned project liaison, expect to hear from him regarding his thoughts.
The project timeline still calls for a 2014 launch date.
BDC USA Choral Fundraiser Held on March 3; Raised Funds for Hospice Facility
A choral fundraiser for the Barbados Diaspora Collaborative USA (BDC USA) in collaboration with the Barbados Cancer Association USA (BACA) Inc. and Peoples Institutional AME Church was held on Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM at 628 Madison Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221. The event, under the patronage of Hon. Lennox Price, Consul General of Barbados at New York, was a great success with excellent performances by the various choirs and provided a nice boost to BDCUSA's fundraising efforts.
BACA Raises Funds for Barbados Hospice Initiative
The Barbados Cancer Association USA held a Nostalgic Affair on Sept. 21 to raise funds for the Barbados Hospice initiative. The fun event featured a 70s theme with a live performance of "oldies and goodies" and was a spectacular success.
The first project to be undertaken by the BDC USA is the establishment of a residential facility in Barbados to provide hospice and palliative care to terminally ill Barbadians.
Currently, there is no such facility in Barbados and some home hospice and palliative care is provided by a few organizations.
Government by default provides some such services in the hospital and other government institutional settings or supports such in the nursing home setting.
The hospice and palliative care business plan can be accessed here.
BDC USA hosted Symposium on Hospice & Palliative Care at 2nd Barbados Network Conference
BDC USA hosted a symposium on Hospice & Palliative Care in Barbados on August 7, 2012 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at the Erskine Sandiford Conference Center. More than 70 people attended the event held to discuss the hospice initiative BACA is spearheading along with the Barbados Diaspora Collaborative (BDC USA).
The symposium examined the current status of hospice services in Barbados, reviewed the rationale for a residential hospice and BDC USA’s plans for the Barbados hospice project. Speakers included Dr. Natalie Greaves, Caribbean regional healthcare consultant; Professor Anselm Hennis, Director of the Chronic Disease Research Center, Barbados, and Dr. O’Neall Parris, chairman of BACA, which is working with BDC USA to advance the hospice initiative.