SickKids and Scotiabank Working to Help Children Fight Cancer

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September 23, 2020

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.

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 professionals in six countries in the Caribbean with specialists at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Canada, in order to provide life-saving treatment for their young patients.

Since the launch of SCI, a total of seven telemedicine facilities have been completed across the region, with The Bahamas currently benefiting through the Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau. 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; and,

· provided critical support through diagnostic screening and research.

Scotiabank 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 specialized diagnostic services, minimal data on treatment efficacy, and few health-care professionals with specialized training in the region. SickKids recognized 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.

“Our support of the SCI is highly aligned with the focus on supporting youth and ensuring that they can achieve their true potential. This initiative has increased the capacity of our doctors and nurses in The Bahamas to take care of children with diseases such as sickle cell disease and leukaemia. This ultimately means not only a better standard of care but also higher recovery rates for our children” said Roger Archer, Managing Director, Scotiabank Bahamas.

With the support of SickKids Foundation, the SickKids-Caribbean Initiative (SCI) was created in partnership with the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health and the University of the West Indies (UWI), Ministries of Health and key hospitals and institutions in six Caribbean countries: The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

SCI Team Members at an Annual Work Planning Meeting in Toronto.

About Scotiabank
Scotiabank is a leading bank in the Americas. Guided by our purpose: “for every future”, we help our customers, their families and their communities achieve success through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of over 90,000 employees and assets of approximately $1.2 trillion (as at July 31, 2020), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: BNS) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit our website and follow us on Twitter @ScotiabankViews.

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 record-breaking 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.

News date : 09/23/2020    Category : About Bahamians, Business, Press Releases

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