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Centre for Global Child Health

Capacity Building in the Caribbean

The SickKids-Caribbean Initiative (SCI) 

SCI is a not-for-profit collaboration between SickKids Centre for Global Child Health and seven Caribbean institutions across six countries that strive to improve the outcomes and quality of life for children with cancer and blood disorders.  

Since 2013, healthcare specialists at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto and their counterparts in the Caribbean have been working together to support the early identification and treatment of children living with cancer and blood disorders in the Caribbean.

Partners and Stakeholders

SickKids is working in partnership with the University of the West Indies (UWI), Ministries of Health and key hospitals and institutions from the six participating Caribbean countries: The Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.


The objective of the SickKids-Caribbean Initiative is to build sustainable, local capacity to diagnose, treat and manage paediatric cancers and blood disorders in the region through:

  • Providing training and education in the areas of haematology/oncology, nursing, and laboratory services based on expressed needs of Caribbean partners
  • Establishing best practices and improving health outcomes through the development and maintenance of local hospital-based paediatric oncology databases and treatment protocols adapted for local use
  • Establishing an integrated and sustainable communication structure to promote education between local partners and SickKids, creating and enhancing a regional community of practice


  • Improved access to services for children with cancer and blood disorders in the Caribbean
  • Enhanced capacity for Caribbean partners to provide timely, accurate diagnosis and high-quality follow-up care
  • Strengthened infrastructure that enhances capacity to care for children with cancer and blood disorders
  • Indirect benefits for other users of health systems in the region
  • Robust knowledge exchange and new regional and global linkages established, fostering a sustainable community of practice in the region

Read the SickKids-Caribbean-Initiative's:


SCI Patient Education Materials (For Use by Health Care Providers)  


SickKids-Caribbean Initiative is supported by the SickKids Foundation. Please Donate.

Together, we will make an impact on paediatric cancer and blood disorder care in the Caribbean.


Shaw Centre for Paediatric Excellence (SCPE)

The SickKids Centre for Global Child Health is working with its partners in Barbados and in the broader region to establish Barbados as a Centre for Paediatric Excellence over a span of seven years (2020-2027). The partnership will focus on elevating education, clinical care and research to maximize the positive impact on child health and development in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.

Partners and Stakeholders include:

• Queen Elizabeth Hospital
• Barbados Ministry of Health
• The University of the West Indies (UWI)
• UWI Chronic Disease Research Centre


A Centre for Paediatric Excellence will be established through a robust partnership and targeted investment in the following objectives:

1. Establish a critical mass of health workers with expertise in paediatrics and maximize the quality of the environments in which they work;
2. Leverage a new skilled health workforce to improve the quality of paediatric care and establish a culture of continuous improvement; and
3. Invest in research and advocacy that informs policy and drives sustainability.

A black woman with blue and white polka dot shirt standing at a podium
The Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados

Read the news story: SickKids and Government of Barbados launch partnership to establish Centre for Paediatric Excellence

Learn more about the expected program impact.