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BACA & LWC Sign Agreement to Build a Hospice

July 2015

The Trustees of BARBADOS ASSOCIATION FOR CANCER ADVOCACY (BACA) and LIVING WATER COMMUNITY INC. (LWC) have announced the signing of a joint venture agreement to construct and operate a standalone Hospice and Palliative Care facility at the LWC compound at St. David’s, Christ Church in Barbados. Central to this agreement is the concept that human beings deserve the right to palliative care that permits a pain-free, peaceful, dignified transition.

BACA, LWC and other stakeholders recognize that the aging of the Barbados population, the increase in chronic non communicable diseases, limited home palliative care options and the lack of such a facility on the island are factors that make a standalone hospice a desirable option. Also noted, is that the Barbados Palliative Care Needs Assessment Project’s 2012 report recommended a standalone hospice be part of the palliative care offerings in Barbados.

BACA and LWC have agreed that a fourteen (14) bed facility would fit the current needs of Barbados. Fundraising for the hospice will be spearheaded by the Barbados Diaspora Collaborative USA (BDC USA), a not-for-profit United States organization in conjunction with domestic and international stakeholders. It is expected that BDS $4,000,000 will be needed to initiate and sustain the project in its initial stages.

The Ministry of Health of Barbados has lauded the efforts of these charities to fill this important void in the health care services in Barbados and supports the call for philanthropy from members of civil society and the business communities locally, regionally and internationally.

BACA is the local arm of Barbados Cancer Association USA (BACA), Inc. which is presently under the Presidency of O’Neall Parris, MD, a son of the soil.  Over its 10 year history, BACA has provided support for



cancer related services in Barbados through significant funding for early detection, scholarship support, research and the provision of medical equipment.

The idea for a Hospice was first proposed by BACA at the January 2011 meeting of leaders of Barbados organizations held at the Consulate General of Barbados at New York under the auspices of then Consul General, Honourable Lennox Price. Moreover, it fitted in well with the call of the late Prime Minister David Thompson for the Barbados diaspora to engage in substantive development activities and initiatives to aid Barbados.

LWC is a Catholic Lay Community in Port of Spain founded by Rhonda Maingot and Rose Jackman in 1975. The Community has vibrant ministries to the poor, homeless, abused, dying, drug addicted and illiterate in Trinidad and around the region. LWC has operated hospices in Trinidad since 1983 and as such will bring over thirty (30) years of expertise to the Barbados hospice. LWC will be assisted by a pool of trained volunteers in the day to day operation of the hospice.

Construction of a state of the art “green” building is expected to start in 2016 and services to start in 2017.

For further information please contact:

Barbados:  Anne Reid
                  Unity Chambers, Dewsbury House
                  Bay Street, St. Michael
                  Tel: (246) 231 2070      

Or              Rose Jackman
                  Living Water Community, St. David’s Christ Church
                  Tel: (246) 271 0555       

Trinidad:   Rhonda Maingot
                  Living Water Community
                  109 Frederick Street
                  Port of Spain Trinidad & Tobago
                  Tel:868 625-6730          

USA:          O'Neall E. Parris, MD, MPH, FAAP
                  Barbados Cancer Association USA (BACA), Inc.
                  Tel: 1-866-729-1011 Ext. 101