Caitlin (Cait) Yeager

When we established Giving Health To Kids (GHTK) in 2007, we had no idea whether we would be successful or not.  We did not know if we would be welcomed in another country – whether the government or the hospitals would feel we were being presumptuous in offering our help.  You are probably aware of our history by now and how shocked we were at the neonatal death ratein Guyana.  Fortunately for us, we were welcomed with open arms by the government, the hospitals and the medical and nursing staff.   They truly felt that if we could work with them and support them in their efforts, they would work alongside.

GHTK was fortunate to gather a dedicated and committed Board of Directors with one goal and that was to move forward to help the babies and their families.  From the outset, we did not want to just fundraise and buy much needed equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU), we wanted to establish a sustainable program.  We are proud to say this is what we have done.

True, we have bought the most up-to-date incubators, transport monitors, cpap machines – we have been able to provide equipment for each NICU in Guyana’s hospitals.  We also heard from the hospitals’ medical and nursing staff that they would like us to establish educational programs to support their ongoing professional development. To this end, we were able to establish a 3-year Paediatric Residency Program for physicians and a hospital-based Nenonatal Nursing certificate.

We had incredible suport from McMaster University, Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the US, the Hospital for Sick Children to name a few.   They were there to guide us to determine what we needed to do and today, 18 physicians have graduated from the Paediatric Residency Program and 70 nurses have received their NICU Certificate.

Several members of the GHTK Board were involved in establishing these programs: Dr Leif Nelin, from Nationwide, Dr. Shirley Sit from Humber River, Dr. Andrea Hunter from McMaster and Caitlin (Cait) Yeager, from Nationwide Children’s Hospital.   Cait has been the driving force behind the nursing program and we thought it was appropriate that she would be the first Board member we would write about in our Update.

Cait has worked hard to develop the Nursing Certificate Program and she did this in cooperation with the Nursing Administration at Georgetown Public Health Corporation (GPHC), the University of Guyana and members of the board.  The Univerity of Guyana is so pleased with the program that they are moving it to a Bachelor’s Degree in Neonatal Nursing this fall.

Not only has Cait designed and developed the program, she also goes to Guyana (and now Antigua) to teach it.  She has established a team of volunteer nurses in both the US and Canada who also take turns in visting the country for one or two weeks at a time to teach.   They use their vacation time from their full-time jobs, GHTK provides their air fare and the hospitals in Guyana and Antigua provide the accommodation during their stay in the country.   Cait also skypes into teaching programs on a regular basis.

She has assisted in the training of all 5 Nursing Cohorts and continues to mentor the Lead Nurse Educator in Guyana.   While not Guyanese by birth, Cait has developed a love of the country and she feels humbled to have the opportunity to serve the people of Guyana, by making a real difference in the lives of neonates and their families.

Cait is very proud to share with the supporters of GHTK that two nurses from the NICU Training Program were recognized in September for nursing excellence,at the Annual Meeting of the Guyana Nursing Association.  Nurse Michelle Pompey is a graduate of the GHTK 2014 program and currently serves as the NICU Nurse Manager at GPHC.   Hermantram Jagdeo is a graduate of the GHTK 2017 program and is a Nurse at New Amsterdam Hospital.  At the meeting, the President of the Association spoke of the importance of investing in the training of nurses and recognition of the roles of nurses and midwives in strengthing primary health care.

The words of the Chair of the Board of Directors of GPHC are worth repeating “The individual performance of each nurse contributes to the perception of and regard for the nursing profession.  When you perform your duties with excellence, you are making a contribution to the common good; you are encouraging high standards among all your peers, and setting an example for those who will come after you.   And most importantly, when a nurse performs with excellence, he or she is making a real impact on good health and well-being”.

Cait’s individual performance, as a nurse and as a member of the Board of GHTK, is beyond exemplary.  We knew when she joined us in 2012 that we were very lucky to have someone of her calibre, and we are very proud of the work she has done to support our work in Guyana and now as we have moved into Antigua.

Thank you Cait for your belief in our organization and all the work you have done to further such positive relationships with our colleagues in Guyana and Antigua.

In our October Update, we will let you know about the equipment we buy!

9th Annual Gala – Saturday, November 2, 2019

The days are getting shorter and soon our Annual Gala will be here – if you have not bought your ticket yet, there is still time.   Individual tickets are $125.00 and a tax receipt will be issued after the event.   A table of 10 is $1,250.00.  Our theme this year is “Masquerade”.  The Gala is the major fund raising endeavour for GHTK and we need your support more than ever in 2019 so we can continue our work in Guyana and now Antigua.

Our goal this year is to raise $100,000–for those not familiar with our history we like to call ourselves “the little charity that could”.  We have enormous heart and our organization is run completely by volunteers – 95% of the funds we raise are used to purchase much needed equipment for the NICUs in Guyana and Antigua, and to support the educational programs for physicians and nurses.

However, we cannot continue to improve things for the babies, their parents or the professionals who look after them, without your help.   Please take a moment to purchase your tickets for the GHTK Gala now – just e-mail : office@ghtk.ca or to mary_latter@outlook.com

 

Website

Please visit our updated Website at:www.ghtk.ca

As always, our goal is to provide you, our supporters, with regular updates on our activities and we welcome your feedback and questions always.

Thank you so much for your support.“Every child deserves a tomorrow”

Dr. Narendra Singh, President GHTK

e-mail: office@ghtk.ca

Giving Health To Kids (GHTK), 2365 Finch Avenue West, Suite, 203, Toronto, Ontario M9M 2W8

Charity Registration # 805 814 316 RR0001

Beginning our Program in Antigua

It is with great pleasure that I can report that GHTK’s outreach in Antigua has begun.  Caitlin (Cait) Yeager and four of her colleagues kicked off the year-long Nursing Education Program in Antigua on July 17, 2019.  Cait, along with her colleagues, Kate McGlumphy from the US, and Chris DeBoer, Saba Tasleem and Jillian Dekker from Canada were in Antigua to initiate the teaching program.

There are twelve nurses in the program – 3 from Maternity, 2 from Paediatrics, 1 from PACU (Post Anaesthetic Care Unit), 1 who is a full-time faculty from the School of Nursing and 6 who are from the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).  The program began at the Mount Saint Johns Medical Centre (MSJMC) with a welcome ceremony from the Matron Jacqueline JnoBaptiste.

During the weeks the GHTK Team was present, nurses had lectures on topics such as newborn assessment, pain assessment and management, gestational age assessment, Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) training and neonatal development.   All participants will continue to have 1 class day per week on a variety of topics.  Students who are currently working in other areas of the hospital will spend at least 12 hours per week providing direct patient care in the NICU.   Students who already work in the NICU will work their regularly scheduled hours and also provide guidance to other students in the program.

Cait and her colleagues who were in Antigua asked that we express sincere thanks, on their behalf, to everyone affiliated with this program.   They were warmly welcomed by the hospital leadership, the Ministry of Health in Antigua, the Unit Managers – all who have been very receptive and pleased to provide support – as well as the students who were engaged and eager to learn.

Expanding GHTK’s Outreach

As outlined in our May Update, Giving Health To Kids (GHTK) is moving forward to assist other countries to reduce their neonatal mortality rate.  Antigua & Barbuda were the first to approach us and we wanted to start our educational programs as soon as the Memorandum of Understanding was signed.   We have also provided a number of pieces of equipment for the NICU at Mount Saint Johns Medical Centre, and there will be more as needs are identified.

Our outreach program will not lessen our involvement in Guyana and while it is significant that the neonatal death rate has been reduced by 40% since 2007, we recognize that there is still much work to be done.   This coming year will see another 5 physicians in the Paediatric Residency Program and the Neonatal Nursing Diploma will move to a Bachelor’s Degree in Neonatal Nursing at the University of Guyana – thanks to the leadership and commitment of Dr. Emanuel Cummings, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University.

The Board at GHTK has decided that we should take things one step at a time.  We have a well developed program in Guyana and have garnered very good relationhips with the Ministry, the Hospitals, the University and the physicians and nurses who provide the care to this vulnerable patient population.   The Board has restated its ongoing commitment and support to the program in Guyana.

We are proud to have started our outreach in Antigua & Barbuda and will determine what our next steps are as we move forward.

Board of Directors

In our September Update, we will start to introduce you to our Board of Directors.   However, we would also ask that if you are interested in volunteering to be on the Board, please send us an e-mail with your cv to: office@ghtk.ca.

9th Annual Gala – Saturday, November 2, 2019

Our theme this year is “Masquerade”.   The Gala is the major fund raising endeavour for GHTK and we need your support more than ever in 2019.   If you have attended in the past, you know it is a fun evening with good food, great door prizes and always interesting entertainment; if this is your first time attending – we highly recommend it – and want to assure you that all funds raised go towards reducing the infant mortality rate in Guyana – and now also in Antigua.

Individual Tickets are $125.00 and a tax receipt will be issued after the event.  A table of 10 is $1,250.

Our goal this year is to raise $100,000 –for those not familiar with our history we like to call ourselves “the little charity that could”.  We have enormous heart and our organization is run completely by volunteers – 95% of the funds we raise are used to purchase much needed equipment for the NICUs in Guyana and Antigua, and to support the educational programs for physicians and nurses.

However, we cannot continue to improve things for the babies, their parents or the professionals who look after them without your help.   Please take a moment to purchase your tickets for the GHTK Gala now – just e-mail : office@ghtk.ca or to mary_latter@outlook.com

 

Website

Please visit our updated Website at: www.ghtk.ca

As always, our goal is to provide you, our supporters, with regular updates on our activities and we welcome your feedback and questions always.

 

Thank you so much for your support.                             “Every child deserves a tomorrow”

 

Dr. Narendra Singh, President GHTK

e-mail: office@ghtk.ca

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Photos from the Nursing Program in Antigua

 

 

 

 
 

Giving Health To Kids (GHTK), 2365 Finch Avenue West, Suite, 203, Toronto, Ontario M9M 2W8
Charity Registration # 805 814 316 RR0001

Please Join Us ……

 On Saturday, November 2, 2019 – at the Annual GHTK Gala – our theme this year is “Masquerade”.   The Gala is the major fund raising endeavour for GHTK and we need your support more than ever in 2019.   If you have attended in the past, you know it is a fun evening with good food, fun door prizes, always interesting entertainment; if this is your first time attending – we highly recommend it and want to assure you that all funds raised go towards reducing the infant mortality rate in Guyana – and now also in Antigua.

In 2019, we have changed our venue and will be holding the Gala at the beautiful Paramount Event Space, 222 Rowntree Dairy Road in Woodbridge – doors will open at 6.00 p.m.  Dressing in Theme Costume is optional and we do promise you a wonderful evening and that your funds are going to an exceptional cause.

We know that you probably get many requests throughout the year asking for help with sponsorship or to buy tickets for special fundraising events – we know all are worthwhile but it is our hope that you will choose GHTK to support.   There are several ways you could help – and whichever one you choose – please know that we are very grateful.  They are:

  • Event Sponsor $10,000
  • Gold Sponsor $7,500
  • Silver Sponsor $5,000
  • Bronze Sponsor $3,000

If you would like more details about what is included, please contact Mary Latter at mlatter@ghtk.ca  (each level includes a Table of 10).   If you are able to be one of our Sponsors we know that will ensure the success of our event.   Our goal this year is to raise $100,000.

 If you would like to be a Table Sponsor – we will offer an Early Bird Discount until August 2, 2019a table of 10 would be $1,000 – valued at $1,250. Individual Tickets are $125.00 and a tax receipt will be issued after the event.

For those not familiar with our history we like to call ourselves “the little charity that could”.  We have enormous heart and our organization is run completely by volunteers – 95% of the funds we raise go directly towards purchasing much needed equipment or providing assistance for our educational programs in Guyana and Antigua.

e know it’s hard to imagine that in Canada a baby is born, maybe prematurely, maybe with breathing problems, maybe with multi-health issues and we have fully trained doctors and nurses ready to help along with other support health professionals; we have the most up-to-date medical equipment and mostly our babies live.   That is not the case in developing countries and sadly babies often do not have the same chances they would have if they had been born in Canada – hard to imagine but true!

At GHTK, we are committed to changing that – we are proud of our efforts over the past 12 years but we recognize there is much more to be done.   We also feel fortunate because we decided from the outset that we were not going to just raise funds and buy equipment, but that we would assist our colleagues in Guyana to establish sustainable educational and biomedical programs.

We work closely with the Ministry of Health in Guyana, the University of Guyana, the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation and the other 5 smaller hospitals throughout Guyana.   We have established a Paediatric Residency Program and as of July 2019, 19 Paediatricians have graduated from the program.  We also entered into partnership with the Nursing Profession and more than 70 nurses are now NICU trained.   We are working with the University of Guyana to move from a Diploma NICU Nursing Program to a Bachelor’s Program.

However, we cannot continue to improve things for the babies, their parents or the professionals who look after them without your help.   Please take a moment to purchase your tickets for the GHTK Gala now – just e-mail : office@ghtk.ca or to mary_latter@outlook.com

As always, our goal is to provide you, our supporters, with regular updates on our activities and we welcome your feedback and questions always.

 

Thank you so much for your support.                             “Every child deserves a tomorrow”

 

Dr. Narendra Singh, President GHTK

e-mail: office@ghtk.ca

PRESIDENT’S UPDATE : JUNE 2019

NEONATAL CONFERENCE

I am delighted to report that the Neonatal Conference held in Guyana on June 1 and 2 was a resounding success with 135 participants over two days.  The first day of didactic lectures was led by International and Local Experts in Neonatology, and the second day was dedicated to hands-on workshops in which participants learned skills in resuscitation and some of the nuances of caring for high risk neonates.

We were honoured that Dr. Shamdeo Persaud, Chief Medical Officer of Guyana joined us to welcome all participants and to express appreciation to GHTK, the Sponsors and the organizers for the work done in organizing this inaugural event to support the work of the healthcare teams throughout Guyana who care for the most vulnerable in our society – the children.   Dr. Persaud provided objective data on the decreasing neonatal mortality over the past few years and he emphasized the need to strengthen the strategic partnership between the Ministry of Health andGHTK.

For the supporters of GHTK, we cannot emphasize enough what your contributions mean to enable us to do what we do in Guyana, and soon in Antigua.  I know it is difficult to imagine that things we take for granted in Canada, are just not available in developing Countries.   We think about the birth of a premature baby and we feel reassured that the medical and nursing knowledge along with vital equipment is there to help a newborn survive and grow into a healthy child – sadly this is often not the case!

The Neonatal Conference enabled us to continue our goal of educating and supporting those on the ground in Guyana to reduce infant mortality.   The two days provided opportunities for participants to learn from experts in the field to enhance the care that they provide in Guyana and Antigua.   Of note, we were very pleased that Antigua sent representatives to the conference and to see the work of GHTK (more about Antigua later in our July update).

One of those experts, Dr. Esther Rai, Neonatologist from McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton, Canadaspoke about the “Golden Hour” which is the same concept derived from adult medicine that refers to the critically important first hour of management after a patient suffers trauma, stroke or MI.  Similarly, the care provided in the first hour after the birth of a preterm or high-risk infant, impacts both short-and-long term outcomes.   The development of “Golden Hour” Management Guidelines aims to provide consistent, evidence-based practice to optimize patient outcomes and can be applied at the time of birth but also following resuscitation or during the transportation of a preterm/high risk infant.

It is important to remember that all the speakers volunteered their time and energies to make the conference a success.  They travelled from Canada, the USA and of course, within Guyana to provide their knowledge and expertise to support members of the healthcare teams in Guyana to learn from the best in their fields.  While we would like to share all the sessions at the Conference, this Update would morph into many pages, instead we would like to recognize them for their belief in GHTK and for giving of their time to a cause that is dear to all our hearts.   They are:

Dr. Ulanda Haynes, Paediatrician/Senior Registrar at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Dr. Leif Nelin, Neonatologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in OHIO, USA, Dr. Amit Mukerji, Neonatologist at McMaster’s Children’s Hospital, Hamilton, Canada, Dr. Clive Bowman, Paediatrician/Consultant, GPHC, Dr. Garrett Hunt, Paediatric Infection Disease Specialist, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, OHIO, USA, Dr. Marisa Seepersaud, Paediatric Surgeon, GPHC, and Mrs. Caitlin Beggs Yearger, UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, USA.  A sincere thank you on behalf of all of us at GHTK.

All in all, a very busy but productive and successful conference.  The Conference was held at the beautiful Arthur Chang Conference Centre and the facilities and service were outstanding.   We also owe sincere thanks to Aruna Faria, GHTK Coordinator for the Paediatric Residency and ICU Nursing Programs – her organizational abilities, her time, attention to detail – were instrumental in the success of this event.

BACHELOR’S DEGREE IN NEONATAL NURSING

We are also very pleased to report that our Application to move the current Neonatal Nursing Diploma to a Bachelor’s Degree in Neonatal Nursing at the University of Guyana (UG) is now before the Academic Board at UG and the goal is for it to be rolled out by the end of September 2019.  The 2-year Program will be delivered by the Institute of Health Sciences, which is the educational arm of GPHC, in collaboration with the Faculty of Health Sciences at UG.

Dr. Emanuel Cummings, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Guyana spoke of his enthusiasm and pride for the Bachelor’s Degree program.  Dr. Cummings noted that “there are three factors that speak volumes about a country and they are all interlinked.  These are Infant Mortality, Maternal Mortality and Life Expectancy”.

Dr. Cummings went on to say “Nurses spend a lot of time with babies, so neonatal training is critical.  We also have to look at how many die before the age of six.  However, over the past few years there have been significant improvements.”   Dr. Cummings also paid tribute to Dr. Narendra Singh, President of GHTK, who was instrumental in setting up the Post Graduate Program.

A recent article in Guyana’s Kaieteur News about GHTK will provide you with more information about the ongoing work of GHTK and our goal to continue to provide sustainability and comprehensiveness to the programs that GHTK is supporting.

Dr. Winsome Scott, Paediatrician, GPHC and President of GHTK, Guyana noted that “they are looking forward to a future of even further reduced neonatal mortality rate with the continuation of training, continued engagement in the residency program and through conferences”.   You can access the article through the following link:  https://www.kaieteurnewsonline.com/2019/06/04/lowered-infant-mortality-rate-seen-in-guyana-dr-narendra-singh/

Some photos attendees at the Neonatal Conference on June 1 and 2, 2019 in Guyana.

As always, our goal is to provide you, our suporters, with regular updates on our activities and we welcome your feedback and questions always.

Dr. Narendra Singh, President GHTK

e-mail: office@ghtk.ca

PRESIDENT’S UPDATE : MAY 2019

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Guyana Help The Kids (GHTK), we are pleased to introduce you to our new name and official logo. As part of GHTK’s Strategic Plan, it was decided that with the move to expand our activities in the Eastern Caribbean, it would be beneficial to change our name and logo to reflect this move. At the beginning of April, we received official approval from Corporations Canada of our request to change our name to “GHTK (GIVING HEALTH TO KIDS)”. We are grateful for the work and guidance of HemdatSawh and Terry Sawh for their leadership in assisting the organization with this name change. As you can imagine, it involved several documents to be completed involving many hours of work and follow-up with the various government bodies.

“Guyana Help The Kids” reflected the work we have done in Guyana since the organization was established in 2007. It is fair to say that we have succeeded beyond our wildest dreams in what we have been able to achieve. As an organization, it was always our intent to not only establish educational programs, provide much needed medical equipment and provide mentorship programs to those caring for children but, most importantly, to ensure that everything we did was sustainable and was done in partnership with the Ministry of Health and the Hospitals in Guyana.

Many of you who receive this Update have been with us from the beginning, and I am sure you feel the same pride that we do in knowing that our efforts have made a difference in the lives of so many young children, who now have a life and a future because of your support.

We still have much to do in Guyana and we will not abandon our programs and services there; indeed we have learnt much from our colleagues who live and work in Guyana, who are as excited as we are to realize the next steps in the evolution of our organization.

As mentioned in our April Update, we continue to work with the Ministry of Health in Antigua to sign a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU); GHTK has been warmly received for the expertise and guidance we can now bring to Antigua in supporting existing programs and helping them to expand and improve their infant mortality.

GHTK is also very fortunate to have the expertise and commitment of Mr. Kelly Pearce, who joined the Board in 2011. Kelly, formerly a Respiratory Therapist by training and business owner for a medical equipment company, has been instrumental in obtaining NICU Equipment donations for Guyana and most recently Antigua. In our recent trip to Antigua in March 2019, Kelly and I were able to bring the following donations to Antigua: supply of useful disposable infant care accessories donated by Neotech Inc. of California (though most of these supplies are commonly used in NICUs in North America, they are new to Antigua); 24 Pocket Air aerosol medication nebulizers (state of the art) along with replacement medication cups – these are used in the Paediatric Ward to deliver aerosol medications for children suffering from respiratory conditions such as asthma, bronchiolitis etc (all donated by Kelly personally).

The GHTK Board has also approved the following equipment to be ordered for donation to St. John’s Hospital: 2ea UP7000 Multi parameter wall mounted NICU monitors; 2ea Pumani Bubble CPAP systems with extra circuits; 1 ea PC66B Handhand Pulse/Oximeter with neonatal sensor; 1 ea New/Demo Bilicare Bilirubin Non Invasive Monitor.

It is hard to believe that the above noted equipment is taken for granted in NICUs and Paediatric Wards in Canada, but is life saving for babies in countries like Antigua and Guyana. We have also purchased equipment for Guyana – more about that next month!

We are also very excited to let you know that we are holding our first ever Neonatal Conference in Guyana on June 1 – 2, 2019 with participants from throughout the country and with an International Faculty. We will share the highlights with you in our June Update.

Dr. Winsome Scott is the President of the local chapter of GHTK in Guyana and a Graduate of the Paediatric Residency Program. We are so pleased to let you know that Dr. Scott has been accepted into a Neonatal Fellowship Program at McMaster Children’s Hospital in Hamilton. This is a reflection of the quality of the GHTK Residency Program and Dr. Scott’s leadership and her own ongoing commitment to learning ….. congratulations Dr. Scott.

We again ask you to mark down the date of Saturday, November 2, 2019 in your calendars. That is the date of GHTK’s Annual Gala, which we hope you will attend. The Theme for this Year’s Event is “Masquerade” and the Gala will be held at the Paramount Event Centre in Woodbridge. More details in our June Update.

As always, our goal is to provide you, our supporters, with regular updates on our activities and we welcome your feedback and questions always.

Dr. Narendra Singh, President GHTK
e-mail: office@ghtk.ca

PRESIDENT’S UPDATE : APRIL 2019

I am very pleased to let you know that our recent trip to Antigua was a resounding success. As outlined in our Strategic Directions for 2019, Guyana Help the Kids (GHTK) is moving forward with the expansion of our activities into the Eastern Caribbean. We have had excellent meetings with officials in Antigua who have responded positively to our outreach. It is our goal to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Health in the near future.

Antigua has embraced the Mission of GHTK and understand that we will be changing our name to Giving Health to Kids (although we will still keep the GHTK byline in our documents). Antigua has approximately 1000 births per year with an infant mortality rate of 13/1000 births. There are two paediatricians in the NICU and no Neonatal Intensive Care trained nurses. While the team is consistently able to save babies above 28-weeks’ gestation, there are challenges with babies less than 28-weeks for a number of reasons including the availability of specialized nutrition.

In meetings with Ministry officials in Antigua, the proposed partnership will endeavour to enhance the care currently provided to decrease the infant mortality while establishing a sustainable training program for neonatal nursing. A one-year Nursing NICU program will start in July 2019, and the plan will be to use this as a HUB for training NICU nurses for the rest of the Caribbean. The program for Physician Training will not begin in Antigua at this time, but the offer will be made for doctors to enter the Paediatric Training Program in Guyana. We will, however, conduct regular lectures in Antigua to elevate the standard of Neonatal Care.

We have also committed to assisting Antigua with the procurement and purchase of essential Neonatal equipment for their NICU.

During our stay in Antigua we were warmly welcomed by Hon. Molwyn Joseph, Minister of Health, Dr. Rhonda Sealey-Thomas, Chief Medical Officer and Dr. Albert Duncan, Medical Director. In addition, I presented a paper on Choosing Wisely to the Health Care community with a focus on evidence based medical practice. There is no doubt that Antigua is very pleased that we will support their initiatives in increasing neonatal training for nurses, doctors and other staff involved in the care of their most vulnerable population – the children.

In relation to our program in Guyana, I am pleased to provide the following update:

  • 15 physicians have completed their Residency Training to-date
  • 4 more physicians will graduate in 2019 and 4 applications have been received for this coming year
  • thanks to the support of McMaster University for their monthly subspecialty lectures, the program is almost self-sufficient
  • 70 NICU nurses have been trained so far
  • a new two-year neonatal nursing degree program will be starting in June in collaboration with the University of Guyana
  • 10 new incubators have been delivered this year
  • 5 new CPAP machines have been purchased with the funds raised from the Gala held in November 2018

The Board is currently planning the Gala for 2019 and we ask that you save the date of Saturday, November 2, 2019 in your calendars. This year the event will be held at the Paramount Centre in Woodbridge.

It is our goal to provide you, our supporters, with regular updates on our activities and we welcome your feedback and questions always.

Dr. Narendra Singh, President GHTK

Dr. Rhonda Sealey-Thomas, Dr. Shivon Bell, Dr. Shirley Sit, Hon. Molwyn Joseph, Dr. Narendra Singh, Dr. Claudine Richardson&Dr. Albert Duncan.

Donation of Medical Equipment made possible by GHTK generous Board Member Mr. Kelly Pearce.