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World Pediatric Project Receives $93,000 from Rotary Clubs

Training program will strengthen access to lifesaving medical care to babies in the Caribbean
Richmond, VA (Mar. 27, 2018) – West Richmond Rotary, Rotary Club of Barbados, West and Rotary International are partnering with World Pediatric Project (WPP) to reduce needless infant mortality through the launch of an advanced medical care skill building program in the Eastern Caribbean region.
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Neonatologist, and WPP medical volunteer, Dr. Rob Fleming from St. Louis spearheaded the development and launch of WPP’s newborn advanced medical care training program five years ago for the Eastern Caribbean and WPP’s Transformation2023 initiative.
The WPP program is being made possible by a $93,000 grant spearheaded by West Richmond Rotary.  The first phase of the four country initiative began this month in St. Lucia and Grenada, training frontline health care workers to effectively respond to critical newborn conditions. Common issues around breathing, feeding and jaundice are common to newborns everywhere, but in places with less skilled medical care, these common conditions can quickly become life threatening.
 
St. Lucia and Grenada have nearly double the infant mortality rate compared to the United States.
 
The newborn skills training program will train doctors, nurses and midwives on the frontlines of newborn care to equip them to respond to common, yet urgent medical conditions with babies during their early days of life. 
 
WPP CEO, Susan Rickman says the program will make a huge impact in these developing countries.  “The ultimate outcome of this program is to provide sustainable access to skilled neonatal care for the approximately 650 babies born each year in these two countries, thus achieving 100% access to newborn advanced or urgent medical care.”
 
The program is part of WPP’s strategic focus, Transformation, 2023 which has an overarching goal of providing access to advanced medical care for 100% of babies and children in need of such care. 

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About World Pediatric Project

World Pediatric Project is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bridging the gap in access to pediatric advanced medical care. Since 2001, WPP has assisted more than 12,000 children in the Caribbean and Central America including hundreds of children who have received care in Richmond for complex conditions requiring comprehensive medical center resources. For more information, visit worldpediatricproject.org or call 804-282-8830. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Contacts:
Denise Kranich, Director of Annual Campaign and Stewardship
World Pediatric Project
dkranich@worldpediatricproject.org
804-282-8830
www.worldpediatricproject.org

Eric Van Der Hyde, Immediate Past President
Rotary Club of West Richmond
Eric.vanderhyde@nm.com
804-762-7037