The Bank teams up with SickKids to support telemedicine program
TORONTO, March 14, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, through Scotiabank's global
philanthropic program, Bright Future, the Bank announced a pledge of $1
million to support the Caribbean-SickKids Paediatric Cancer and Blood
Disorders Project. These funds will be used to support the project's
telemedicine programs in Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and
the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and The Bahamas.
The telemedicine element of the project will allow physicians in the
Caribbean to connect directly with leading paediatric cancer and blood
disorder experts at SickKids. As well, physicians specializing in areas
other than cancer and blood diseases can also connect with both
Caribbean and international colleagues, enhancing their ability to
diagnose and care for Caribbean children. The goal of this project is
to expand access to world-leading medical professionals allowing
children to get the best care possible in their own country.
"The Caribbean is a big part of Scotiabank's history and our future.
This donation and our partnership with SickKids are directed at giving
the next generation a better chance of growing up healthy and making
their contribution to the Caribbean," said Sabi Marwah, Scotiabank Vice
Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. "Supporting our communities
through the Bright Future program is a big part of Scotiabank's culture
and our way of giving back to the network of 55 countries we call
Through SickKids Foundation, Scotiabank also previously pledged $1
million to the International Patient Program.
"We are grateful for Scotiabank's generous support of the telemedicine
element of the project," said Ted Garrard, President and CEO, SickKids
Foundation. "Too often, children in the Caribbean succumb to cancer
because the proper diagnostics and treatments are not available. This
gift will help build capacity for these Caribbean countries to more
effectively diagnose and treat children."
In the Caribbean, there is often a combination of factors that
negatively impact on the ability to deliver clinical care, including: a
lack of medical professionals with specialized training in paediatric
cancer care; limited technological resources which often prohibits
proper diagnoses; few nurses and pharmacists able to provide
specialized front-line health care; and limited data on the
effectiveness of treatments and epidemiology of paediatric cancer.
Working with local hospital partners in the Caribbean, the
Caribbean-SickKids Paediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders Project
includes a five-year plan to address the region's gaps in research,
care and education in order to advance the diagnosis and management of
paediatric cancer and blood disorders.
Elements of this five-year plan include using telemedicine, physician
envoys, and the SickKids International Learner Programme to provide
customized, hands-on training to local individuals, establishing and
maintaining a patient registry to provide high-quality data and key
outcomes, and increasing the knowledge of primary care practitioners
and pharmacists in the region to improve cancer care access. Trainees
will also travel from the Caribbean to SickKids on a regular basis for
hands-on training and experience within the Garron Family Cancer Centre
For more information on the Caribbean-SickKids Paediatric Cancer and
Blood Disorders Project, please visit www.sickkidsfoundation.com/caribbean. To watch a video about the Project, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvntNAnvuSY.
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. For the fiscal
year ending March 31, 2012, SickKids Foundation made an investment of
$61.3 million in children's health, a direct result of community and
corporate support. For more information, please visit www.sickkidsfoundation.com.
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live
and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic
program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader
internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable
donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on
average approximately $47 million annually to community causes around
the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.
SOURCE: Scotiabank - Sponsorships & Donations
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