Sandals Foundation & SickKids Make History In Barbados

Adam Stewart, President, Sandals Foundation and
Heidi Clarke, Director of Programs, Sandals Foundation (right) congratulate
Dr. Chantelle Browne-Farmer from Barbados on her 2 year fellowship at
The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Sandals Foundation and the Hospital for Sick Children have joined forces to provide funding for Dr. Chantelle Browne-Farmer to receive a 2 year fellowship at the Toronto hospital as part of the SickKids-Caribbean Initiative. At SickKids, Dr. Browne-Farmer will be part of the Division of Haematology and Oncology where she will become immersed in the care of children diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. 

Upon completion of the fellowship, Dr. Browne-Farmer, as only the 2nd paediatric haematologist/oncologist in Barbados, will be able to bolster the efforts of the staff at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown. 

According to Heidi Clarke, Director of Programs for the Sandals Foundation, “Barbados was chosen as it is a hub for other Eastern Caribbean countries, such as Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines, both of which are partners of the SickKids-Caribbean Initiative and which currently do not have paediatric oncologists.”

Clarke also explains that as part of the SickKids-Caribbean Initiative,  3 nurses from Barbados will be trained in paediatric  oncology in Trinidad and Tobago starting in September 2016.  After their training, they will return to support Dr. Browne-Farmer when she returns from her fellowship at SickKids. 

Sandals Foundation President Adam Stewart believes the initiative will make a very positive impact in Barbados. “This is truly an incredible undertaking in my opinion. The SickKids-Caribbean Initiative has already trained 2 dedicated paediatric haematologists/oncologists at SickKids who are currently based at Bustamante Hospital for Children and the University of the West Indies Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica.”  

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