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GoodHeart | VM Foundation gifts $4.5m to Adopt-A-Clinic Programme

Published:Saturday | May 21, 2022 | 12:08 AM
Courtney Cephas, executive director, Philanthropic Mobilization – Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton, minister of Health and Wellness, Samantha Charles, CEO – VM Foundation and Shamalla McGregor, financial services specialist – VM
Courtney Cephas, executive director, Philanthropic Mobilization – Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr Christopher Tufton, minister of Health and Wellness, Samantha Charles, CEO – VM Foundation and Shamalla McGregor, financial services specialist – VMBS.
Dr Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness, Shamalla McGregor, financial services specialist – VMBS and Samantha Charles, CEO – VM Foundation engage in conversation after the recent Adopt-a-Clinic signing.
Dr Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness, Shamalla McGregor, financial services specialist – VMBS and Samantha Charles, CEO – VM Foundation engage in conversation after the recent Adopt-a-Clinic signing.
Samantha Charles, chief executive officer, VM Foundation.
Samantha Charles, chief executive officer, VM Foundation.
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The VM Foundation has officially renewed its partnership with the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ Adopt-a-Clinic Programme with a $4.5 million commitment to the St Jago Park Health Centre in St Catherine for the provision of well-needed medical equipment.

The three-year agreement follows the foundation’s 2018 adoption of the clinic, which provided infrastructure repairs, as well as clinical and facility equipment valued at $3 million. This included the provision of an X-ray machine, which has been critical in helping to diagnose varying conditions at the health centre, which is the main referral centre for all clinics in St Catherine.

Samantha Charles, chief executive officer at the VM Foundation, said the renewed agreement also aims to provide a wellness and education programme for users and staff of the facility. The programme to advance child and maternal wellness will feature financial health and literacy sessions; provide mentoring for parents; and deliver care and nutrition packages.

“This partnership aligns well with one of the key areas of focus for the VM Foundation, which is to improve health and family life in Jamaica. Our mission is to empower people within our communities, locally and in the diaspora, with transformative programmes,” Charles said.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton, expressed appreciation for the donation, noting that it will go a far way in supporting the delivery of quality healthcare at the community level.

“We appreciate that you have chosen public health and, in particular, primary health care to deliver on a commitment that will help thousands of Jamaicans, in terms of availability to health services, diagnostic support, and in ensuring that the internal stakeholders, our doctors and nurses, are comfortable,” he said.

He further commended the VM Foundation for being true to its mandate of improving health and family life in Jamaica, and for using a comprehensive approach to holistically impact the users of the facility.

The Adopt-a-Clinic Programme is a strategic initiative of the Ministry of Health and Wellness that seeks to proactively leverage the philanthropic support of the private sector and diaspora to play a more critical role in improving the primary healthcare system.

Tufton said the programme, launched five years ago, has so far raised over $150 million for primary healthcare facilities across the country, with over 35 adoptions being completed.

Primary healthcare in Jamaica is delivered through a network of over 320 community health centres spread across the nation’s 14 parishes. Most facilities were built in the 1970s, and Jamaica received global recognition from the World Health Organization then, for its best practices in primary healthcare.