Ninety percent of the world’s population has access to only 10 percent of the world’s health resources. On our unspoiled island of Nevis, this statistic holds true and it’s challenging for local children to receive quality, critical-care health services, particularly those requiring advanced specialty treatment. Fortunately, The World Pediatric Project (WPP) partners with the Caribbean to provide diagnostic and surgical care to those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to specialized pediatric care.
Ten years ago, less than 1% of children in the Caribbean had an opportunity to receive an evaluation from a specialist. Thanks to WPP, this number has increase to 30% and their goal is to reach 100% by 2023.
WPP serves 13 countries in the Caribbean, including our 2-island nation of St. Kitts and Nevis. In the past few years, 55 children from St. Kitts and Nevis have received evaluations from WPP, 20 of which resulted in surgery. If the necessary resources are not available on-island, WPP will fly children to the United States to receive the care they need. It’s incredible how the work of World Pediatric Project empowers children, families and Nevis communities with strength and hope.
Just a little contribution can make a big difference. On Nov. 11, WPP is hosting its 12th annual World Pediatric Project Treasures in Paradise event in Richmond, Va. Places in “paradise” donate treasures for a silent auction, and this year, there are more than 200 auction items, including a stay at our intimate resort, which is already receiving bids. At Nisbet Plantation, we’re delighted to help support such a worthy cause and appreciate the hard work and dedication of the World Pediatric Project doctors and their support team.