Tuesday, June 28, 2022
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World Pediatric Project (WPP) continues to collaborate with the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment to enhance the quality of health care extended to the children and families of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The current focus is the Speech and Language Therapy Mission, ongoing at the Helping Hand Center in New Montrose. The mission commenced on May 14th and ran through to the 18th. Dr. Miriam Kerr, the mission leader and her team were supported by our very own Paediatric Neurologist Dr. Mishka Duncan-Adams. 

Other memebes of the team included a number of Speech Pathologists with varied specializations, including: Miriam Kerr – Cleft Lip and Palate Specialist; Melissa Ruge – Autism Behavior Specialist; Wendi McMillan – Augmented Communication and Non-Verbal Specialist and Perry Flynn – Language Articulation Specialist. Also accompanying the team was WPP’s Managing Director of Emerging Opportunities, Ross Silkman. 

With this being WPP’s fourth mission for the year, it takes a different approach from the previous three surgical teams. This team concerned itself with problems of vocal challenges, speech delays, articulation, behavioral and adjustment issues. It also addressed cleft lip and palate concerns, including follow-up therapy, as well as children with speech delays or non-verbal communication attributable to autism. 

The WPP and its ground support were encouraged by the fact that close to one hundred children accessed the services of the mission.  In fact, the team was proud to be able to play a role in helping families to access the care that is needed for their children.  This would draw persons to advocate strongly against the stigma and discrimination towards our children who may have disabilities or health conditions beyond their control.

Looking forward, the local WPP office encouraged parents, whose children may need that special support, to reach out to the WPP or to Dr. Mishka Duncan-Adams at the Milton Cato Hospital, to get on to the programme.

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