3 organisations altering how we take into consideration well being within the Caribbean

Navigating the healthcare panorama might be overwhelming. It may be troublesome to know the place…

Navigating the healthcare panorama might be overwhelming. It may be troublesome to know the place to search out assist and it’s straightforward to suppose that there aren’t succesful sources at residence which can be devoted to your well being and therapeutic. 

Thankfully, there are high organisations throughout the jap Caribbean islands which can be altering the best way that we take into consideration well being.  

Despite the fact that they might look like the best-kept secret within the area, these organisations are established. They’re doing good work. They’re altering lives in communities that require their dedication and experience. 

Lake Well being and Wellbeing – St Kitts and Nevis 

Lake Well being and Wellbeing

Lake Well being and Wellbeing is one organisation that’s main the pack. 

As a registered public well being non-government organisation (NGO) in St Kitts and Nevis, Abi Begho began the work to deal with the excessive fee of non-communicable ailments (NCDs) within the Federation the place 63 per cent of deaths are on account of ailments resembling kidney illness, cystic fibroids, coronary heart illness, hypertension, bronchial asthma and diabetes. 

In Honour of her Roots 

Abi’s work is in honour of her Kittitian-Nevisian roots.  

After working within the pharmaceutical business within the UK, she made the choice to relocate to the house of her mom, St Kitts and began Lake Well being and Wellbeing in February 2018. 

It’s no shock that due to her roots, she is devoted to attending to the basis of ailments that have an effect on many individuals on our islands via her public well being and advocacy work.  

“My mom’s maiden identify is Lake and I arrange Lake Well being and Wellbeing in loving reminiscence of all of the Lakes we’ve misplaced too quickly on account of well being challenges, specifically John Lake, Walter Lake, Marina Lake, Joan Lake and Patricia Lake-Oquaye,”  Abi Begho, Founder and Director of Program Administration, Lake Well being and Wellbeing. 

The NGO serves its native, worldwide, and on-line communities via analysis, public well being interventions, occasions, campaigns, and by providing public well being providers to small organizations. 

Your Candy Sufficient 

Lake Well being and Wellbeing

Their most present You’re Candy Sufficient undertaking focuses on addressing a key danger issue for the event of non-communicable ailments, an unhealthy weight-reduction plan, and particularly focuses on decreasing the general public’s consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks (SSBs). By way of public training campaigns and advocating for evidence-based wholesome meals insurance policies on the island, this undertaking has turn out to be well-known all through St Kitts-Nevis. 

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Fibroids Analysis and Assist 

Moreover, now in its fourth 12 months of operation, the organisation is finishing work round fibroids analysis, consciousness, and assist. 

Fibroids is a persistent reproductive well being situation, and the Lake Well being group is working to know the wants of ladies in St Kitts and Nevis who’re dwelling with this situation after which develop an consciousness, info, and assist programme. The analysis part of this undertaking was funded by Soca Ladies Rock. 

“Though we’re a reasonably new NGO, now we have made important progress in elevating consciousness of vital well being points and advocating for change leading to our work has been recognised. Extra lately we have been recognised by the World Well being Group,” Abi Begho.  

My Wholesome Heroes 

Abi and her group are additionally main the My Wholesome Heroes pilot undertaking that makes use of a artistic strategy to have interaction and educate youngsters concerning the significance of a wholesome life-style.  

“We’ve got created enjoyable meals characters that are the central part of this undertaking and we will probably be creating sources based mostly on these characters. We lately carried out a pilot undertaking with fourth graders and are creating sources for academics,” Abi Begho. 


The Dominica Dementia Basis (DDF) – Dominica 

Dominica Dementia Basis


One other organisation that’s main change round a non-communicable illness – dementia – is the Dominica Dementia Basis. 

Dementia is thought to happen in individuals over the age of 65. And, it isn’t unusual for younger individuals to be prone to creating it too. 

Rianna Patterson, the 2022 Commonwealth Youth Awardee from Dominica, will get that. 

At 18 years previous, after the passing of her grandfather, she launched the Dominica Dementia Basis. The Basis is the one group that’s fully led by younger individuals within the jap Caribbean islands that’s elevating consciousness of Dementia. 

A Historical past of Doing the Work on The Floor 

From 2016-to 2021, Rianna and her group have held World Alzheimer’s Month actions, donated to the Grange Home in Portsmouth, and to household houses at Soufriere and Canefield. 

In 2017, they have been capable of assist all of the care houses in Dominica affected by Hurricane Maria via the contributions of the Queens Commonwealth Belief. 

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In March of 2021, they collaborated with Amplify Caribbean throughout Dementia Consciousness Week in Could 2021. They’ve additionally hosted fundraising occasions the place they have been capable of elevate $1,000 EC for donations to be handed out in September 2021. 

Rianna was additionally capable of launch the Dominica Dementia Buddies Programme with the assist of the Alzheimer’s Society UK to extend dementia information in communities. 

“By way of this initiative, now we have remodeled 30 individuals in Dementia Buddies in Dominica. They’ve lately launched the dementia assist community as a response to COVID-19 psychological well being assist in Dominica, with Dominican households within the UK,” Rianna Patterson. 

Inching Nearer to the Objective 

As of late, Rianna and her group are working with the Ministry of Well being in Dominica to develop a Nationwide Plan for Dementia on the island. This plan will present key actions to be executed for the livelihood of individuals with Dementia and their households in addition to define the assist that will probably be wanted for the continuation of their work. 

Rianna is predicated within the UK however her coronary heart is all the time together with her residence nation, Dominica.  

“I’m most pleased with the latest conversations on Dementia care hosted by Q95 radio with the present president of the Dominica Dementia Basis. Locals have been capable of name in to share their experiences with Dementia. This was the primary time I’ve seen the diaspora overtly share their private story on the air. It was a heartwarming factor to expertise as this implies we’re really normalising speaking about psychological well being in Dominica.” 

The Dominica Dementia Basis has its eyes on elevating consciousness so that fifty per cent of the inhabitants in Dominica is conscious of dementia and its results.  

From the skin trying in, they don’t seem to be removed from reaching and surpassing that aim. 


Attain Inside – Grenada 

Attain Inside

There’s a rise in conversations round traumatic experiences and understanding the affect of trauma. However there are usually not sufficient organizations which can be main trauma-informed packages and care within the area, particularly for younger individuals. 

Attain Inside, a non-profit organisation in Grenada is leaning into that problem and serving to younger individuals thrive towards any odds. 

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The organisation is a program of the Windward Islands Analysis and Training Basis (WINDREF) and it’s the first of its variety to steer trauma-informed care to youngsters in an official capability within the Japanese Caribbean islands.  

Publicly endorsed by Prime Minister Keith Mitchell of Grenada as a group well being initiative, the group at Attain Inside helps the work of the Little one Safety Authority, a division of the Ministry of Social Growth, Housing, and Neighborhood Empowerment in Grenada. 

Interventions Rooted in Care 

Based in 2005, the organisation has been working with Grenada’s most susceptible youngsters and youths whereas fine-tuning a easy mannequin of care to assist resiliency improvement and improved well being outcomes.  

Following a mannequin of care that’s based mostly on Adversarial Childhood Experiences (ACEs), a seminal research carried out by the CDC-Kaiser Permanente, the organisation addresses the roots of kid abuse and neglect for over 150 youngsters and youngsters dwelling in residential care houses, foster houses and street-connected youth.  

It’s a mannequin that’s rooted within the energy of real connection and constant assist.  

“One connection was sufficient to alter my life. All it takes is one particular person to look into your eyes, to see what’s occurring and perceive you,” a former resident of Father Mallaghan’s Dwelling for Boys in Grenada. 

Rewiring Minds One Younger Individual At a Time 

Attain Inside

Up to now, the organisation has led coaching in developmental trauma for over 1,000 caregivers and group members.  

Culturally acceptable interventions resembling rhythmic actions like drumming, yoga, and sports activities are additionally used to re-pattern mind modifications that happen from abuse in younger individuals.  

You’ll be able to think about that the work of therapeutic from trauma is a life-long dedication. It is for that reason, that the organisation gives mentoring and job or faculty placement for the younger individuals that they work with.  

As of late, the group at Attain Inside is at the moment recruiting runners for its November 2022 NYC Marathon Crew. By way of this fundraising exercise, the group will proceed to steer packages and modifications within the lives of younger individuals, in Grenada and over time, all through the Caribbean area. 


Study extra about these organisations 

Lake Well being and Wellbeing – https://lakehealthandwellbeing.com/ 

The Dominica Dementia Basis – https://dominicadementiafoundation.org/ 

Attain Inside – [email protected]