Corn­wall Re­gional part­ners with di­as­pora non-profit for in­cu­ba­tor do­na­tions

Jamaica Gleaner - - WESTERN FOCUS - Christo­pher Thomas Gleaner Writer

THE CORN­WALL Re­gional Hos­pi­tal (CRH) in Mon­tego Bay has forged a part­ner­ship with the Ja­maica United Re­lief As­so­ci­a­tion (JURA), a South Florida-based non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, for the pro­vi­sion of neona­tal in­cu­ba­tors to the hos­pi­tal, fol­low­ing a meet­ing be­tween the two groups at the hos­pi­tal on Wed­nes­day.

JURA’s visit was part of its planned drive to ar­range do­na­tions of in­cu­ba­tors to both CRH and the Vic­to­ria Ju­bilee Hos­pi­tal in Kingston.

JURA was founded in 1985 in South Florida by civic-minded Ja­maicans in the di­as­pora who were re­spond­ing to the need for a Caribbean-ori­ented ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tion ad­dress­ing the needs of the less for­tu­nate, with the aim of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity in both South Florida and Ja­maica.

“The plan is, first of all, to at least open the door with get­ting one in­cu­ba­tor here within the next month or so, and af­ter that we be­gin to see how many would be needed and what the avail­able re­sources would al­low us to do,” said Oliver Fal­loon-Reid, pres­i­dent of JURA.

FUNDRAIS­ING

“Our fundrais­ing for health-care needs is done in April of ev­ery year, so it will not be un­til next April that we will then make an­other commitment of how many in­cu­ba­tors we can bring based on the re­ceipts we get from that project,” Fal­loon-Reid con­tin­ued. “It is go­ing to match the spec­i­fi­ca­tions we are given, and what we are see­ing, it is some­where in the re­gion of US$4,000 to US$7,000 for one unit. That matches the specs that CRH have sup­plied us.”

Fal­loon-Reid said there needs to be stronger col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween di­as­pora or­gan­i­sa­tions and their ben­e­fi­cia­ries in Ja­maica and promised to li­aise with di­as­pora groups in the United States to pro­vide the in­cu­ba­tors over time.

“The size of the need is go­ing to be big­ger than our group’s abil­ity to re­spond, and what I in­tend to do is to say to a few of the di­as­pora as­so­ci­a­tions, ‘Let us col­lab­o­rate on this. Let us make a greater impact, and let us not just bring one in­cu­ba­tor and move on’,” he said. “There has to be greater di­a­logue, nat­u­rally ... I think with many of our re­cip­i­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions here, there is a dis­con­nect be­tween the giv­ing and the re­ceiv­ing. It is very trans­ac­tional, and be­cause of that, a lot of op­por­tu­ni­ties are lost in terms of build­ing on a success story.”

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the CRH, An­thony Smikle, pledged the sup­port of the hos­pi­tal in build­ing on the re­la­tion­ship with JURA and other di­as­pora in­ter­est groups.

“We al­ways en­cour­age part­ners to con­tinue to con­trib­ute to our or­gan­i­sa­tion be­cause we want that type of re­la­tion­ship be­cause it en­ables the com­mu­nity to feel like they are a part of the in­sti­tu­tion and be­cause it takes a com­mu­nity to run this out­fit,” he said. “We want to reach out and have a re­la­tion­ship with the di­as­pora, and we want to con­tinue to fos­ter the re­la­tion­ship. We com­mit to work­ing with you to pro­vide all the in­for­ma­tion that is needed for that part­ner­ship.”

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