Photo Credit: World Pediatric Project
Making a Difference in the Caribbean
Fact: 90% percent of the world’s population has access to only 10% of the world’s health resources. Throughout the Caribbean, it’s challenging for local children to receive quality, critical-care health services. St. Vincent & The Grenadines (SVG) has a high incidence level of rheumatic fever, close to 200 times that of the United States, which can result in rheumatic heart disease if left untreated.
World Pediatric Project
Fortunately, World Pediatric Project (WPP) provides diagnostic and surgical care to those who wouldn’t otherwise have access. Their efforts began in the United States. Then, in 2001, WPP’s CEO had a chance meeting with a family member of Young Island’s General Manager Bianca Porter.
After discussing the Caribbean and SVG’s needs, the WPP CEO made her first trip to our country and stayed at Young Island. Soon after, WPP developed a Caribbean program, based in St. Vincent.
WPP has long been “close to the heart” of Young Island’s co-owner Sir Frederick Ballantyne. A career cardiologist and long the chief medical officer of SVG, Sir Frederick currently serves as Governor-General, a platform allowing him to continue ensuring that the youngest Vincentians receive vital health care including that from WPP.
WPP bridges the gap in access to advanced pediatric specialty care through diagnostic and surgical care outreach to hundreds of Eastern Caribbean children each year, while also providing ongoing training to local healthcare workers.
In addition, they coordinate treatment through a network of United States and international partner hospitals. About 15 children from St. Vincent & The Grenadines receive services through this program each year.
Young Island’s Impact
Throughout the year, teams of doctors and medical professionals travel from North America to help patients in SVG.
To show our appreciation and gratitude for helping our local community and neighbors, Young Island accommodates these doctors and medical professionals and offers concessionary rates arranged through WPP. In addition, the resort proudly supports WPP fundraising initiatives.
How You Can Help
When you visit St. Vincent & The Grenadines, we’d appreciate any support you can provide for the World Pediatric Project. The following items are needed for patients at the hospital or can be distributed at clinics.
- Pillows (including pillow pets)
- Stuffed animals
- New or gently used books
- Travel-size toiletries kits
- Stationery kits (pencils, pencil case, erasers etc.)
Bring supplies during your stay at Young Island or mail them to the address below:
World Pediatric Project
P.O. Box 748
Kingstown, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Attn: Ms. Lauren McIntosh