The Oncology Department at the Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC) hosted an advocacy workshop aimed at empowering its staff and other stakeholders to become active advocates for the improvement of cancer policies, as well as teaching them how to effectively partner with local and international stakeholders to improve patient care.
The participants included doctors, nurses, social workers and members of the Friends of the Bustamante Hospital for Children
The workshop was held on May 14, 2018, in conjunction with the Just Because Foundation (JBF). The Foundation, which is chaired by Noel and Chevaughn Joseph, is a non-profit paediatric cancer support group based in Trinidad and Tobago which seeks to provide medical and social support at no cost to the affected families.
“We are very thankful for the collaboration with the Just Because Foundation. We have been inspired by what they have been able to accomplish in their country and we look for to working with them in the future,” Dr. Sharon McLean, Consultant Paediatric Haematologist/Oncologist, Bustamante Hospital for Children. “The workshop was very motivational and instructional and we will be keeping some of these principles in mind as we try to build our capacity here at the Bustamante Hospital for Children.
In 2008, the Foundation initiated and spearheaded the development of the JBF Paediatric Speciality Unit (JBFPSU), the Caribbean’s first multi-disciplinary, family centred children’s ward. This Unit is located at the Wendy Fitzwilliam Paediatric Hospital, Mount Hope in Trinidad. The JBFPSU caters to children with cancer as well as other chronic non-communicable diseases in a family- friendly environment.