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WHAT a difference a few years make.

Up until recently, Bajans at home and in the diaspora didn’t focus much attention on hospice and palliative care.

Bajans weren’t alone. At least 120 United Nations member-states haven’t acted on World Health Organisation pleas to integrate such care in their health services.

But thanks to the efforts of the Barbados Cancer Society in Bridgetown, the Barbados Cancer Association USA Inc. (BACA) in New York and the Barbados Association of Palliative Care this picture has changed.

Click here to read more of the Nation News article written by Tony Best.
Source: - October 18, 2015


Saturday, October 10, 2015 is World Hospice & Palliative Care Day and to highlight the importance of hospice care and palliation, you are invited to join us for a church service at St. Leonard’s Church, 765 Putnam Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221 on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Since 2002, the World Health Organization (WHO) has been encouraging governments to integrate palliative care services into their cancer and non-cancer programs and the Barbados Ministry of Health has recognized the need to strengthen such services at home.

For the past few years, BACA has been in the forefront of a diaspora effort to help in this regard, and aid the establishment of a standalone hospice and palliative care facility in Barbados to supplement current public sector and nongovernmental offerings in palliative care.

BACA takes the opportunity of World Hospice & Palliative Care Day to bring issues of hospice and palliation to your attention.

We hope you can join us.

Refreshments will be served.

en 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.


14 July, 2015

A chance meeting by a pool led to a visit by members of the Barbados Cancer Association (BACA) to a Worcestershire hospice.

A team from BACA visited St Richard’s in Worcester last Friday (10th July) to learn more about the growth of the hospice from small community-based beginnings to the large, well-supported charitable organisation it is today.

Read more


Sunday, June 7, 2015 marks the 28th National Cancer Survivors Day. This is an annual “Celebration of Life” that provides an opportunity for cancer survivors, their families and friends, medical professionals and others who care to reflect that there can be meaningful life after cancer.

Look around you and reach out to any survivors you know. To learn about issues faced by persons living with cancer, visit

You are invited to worship at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 331 Hawthorne Street, Brooklyn, New York on June 7 at 11 a.m. to celebrate, support and salute cancer survivors and their families.


BACA will celebrate 10 years of service to Barbados and the Caribbean community in the US on Friday, September 18, 2015, when it holds its 10th Anniversary Gala at Roma View Overlooking the Water in Howard Beach, NY.

The celebration will provide a retrospective on past activities, outline the vision for the future and recognize those individuals, organizations and businesses that have been so critical to BACA's cancer advocacy mission.

Save the date! Check back regularly for updates.


The idea for a Barbados Hospice and Palliative Care standalone facility 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, Honorable Lennox Price. Then Minister of Health, Honorable Donville Inniss participated in the meeting by telephone and expressed his support for such a project. .

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 were all cited as factors that made this a desirable option. 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. Little did we know then that a Ministry of Health commissioned study would in 2012 advise the establishment of such a facility.

The subsequent 2 years were spent solidifying the support of the US Barbados diaspora, dialoguing with the Barbados Ministry of Health, collaborating with stakeholders such as UWI’s Chronic Disease Research Center (CDRC) in Barbados, the Barbados Cancer Society, (Barbados) Cancer Support Services, the Living Water Community (a lay Catholic Ministry in St. David’s) and others and developing a business plan.

From the outset, it was determined that a new nonprofit 501 (c) 3 entity would best serve to foster the desired collaborative spirit that would bring the project to fruition and serve as a US diaspora entity for other development projects benefitting Barbados. Thus was born the Barbados Diaspora Collaborative USA (BDC USA) which attained federal tax exempt status in October of 2014 and stands ready to push this project to completion as well as taking on other worthy projects in the future.

It has been determined that a 15 bed facility would fit the current needs of Barbados and the time line calls for continued fundraising in 2015 and 2016 for startup costs. Construction is expected to start in 2016 and services in early 2017. It is projected that BDS $4,000,000 will be needed to get the project off the ground and BACA and BDC USA have been reaching out to the Barbados diaspora. Now, with the attainment of federal tax exempt status, the push for funding through donor agencies and interested foundations and philanthropies starts in earnest. A site announcement is imminent and architectural plans are in the works.

BACA and BDC USA looks forward to the continued support of the Barbados Diaspora and Barbados-centric individuals and organizations.   866-519-2226 866-729-1011