World Pediatric Project Making its Mark in Dominica
In answer to this daunting statistic, in 2001 the International Hospital for Children (IHC) was founded in Richmond, Virginia with the mission to link worldwide pediatric surgical, diagnostic and preventative resources to heal critically ill children in developing countries.
In 2011, IHC merged with Healing the Children Missouri and became World Pediatric Project (WPP) with the tagline Heal a Child, Change the World.
It is a humanitarian non-profit organization that offers medical and pediatric services to the Eastern Caribbean, Central America and Belize among other countries.
During the period 2008 to 2013, value of services provided to Dominica amounted to over eight million XCD.
Jacqueline King, Regional Coordinator of WPP says the organization performs general surgery, unitology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology and cardiology performed in St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Dominica to name a few.
Unfortunately the group has not been able to attempt transplants and dialysis or provide cancer treatment.
Other procedures are undertaken either in St. Vincent or the United States.
To date over 184 children are under the programme with 43 having surgery in St Vincent and four in the United States.