Sagicor helps keep hope alive


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In their quest to lead relatively normal lives, Barbadians suffering from lupus, sickle cell anemia and arthritis have benefited from the tremendous and selfless help provided by the Hope Foundation.

However, the 30-year-old non-governmental organization has faced significant financial challenges in recent years that have threatened its very existence.

Like many other charities and businesses, the Foundation’s financial situation has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, making it difficult for them to carry out their various initiatives and programs, all of which are aimed at helping Lupus, Sickle. Cell and people with arthritis manage
their conditions.

In response to this challenge, the Foundation this year launched ‘Keeping Hope Alive – 30 for 30’, inviting businesses in Barbados and the general public to donate at least $ 1 for each of the 30 years of existence. of the foundation, to ensure that it can continue to provide support to the many Barbadians affected by these diseases.

Sagicor recently demonstrated its commitment to helping the Foundation by making a large donation to fundraising. “Sagicor has been instrumental in providing assistance to people affected by these conditions, which can be very debilitating.

At the end of last year, Sagicor pledged to fund the provision of essential lupus kits, which aim to minimize hospitalization of lupus patients, by facilitating self-management, ”said Shelly Weir, President of the Hope Foundation.

Each kit consists of a thermometer, blood pressure monitor, and urine test strips, allowing lupus patients to monitor their condition at home and record their data via an electronic medical record, which is available at home. in turn monitored by doctors.

“Based on the recorded data, doctors can monitor a patient’s condition and thus be proactive if it evolves in a negative direction.

I am happy to say that we have been able to distribute 60 kits so far on a priority [basis], starting with the sickest patients at the time of distribution, and that resulted in zero hospitalizations and zero deaths among those 60 people, ”Weir added.

Speaking about Sagicor’s continued assistance to the Hope Foundation, Assistance VP of Marketing Carolyn Shepherd said: The Lives of Others. They need our help to continue supporting people who cannot cope on their own.

As a health insurer, we see firsthand the impact of such conditions on the quality of life and finances of those affected.

Thus, as far as possible, we strive to support organizations that help these people, to give them the
greater chances of positive results when managing their health. (RP)

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