Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sagicor boosts Jamaica Kidney Kids operation with Dialysis Machine

Sagicor today presented part proceeds of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run 2015 to the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation (JKKF). The presentation included a much needed Peritoneal Dialysis Machine and other dialysis supplies to strengthen The JKKF service delivery to kidney patients. The presentation was made at the ICU Conference Room, University Hospital of the West Indies on Tuesday, August 25, 2015.
Dr Mayolynne Miller (c), Chairman of Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation (JKKF) proudly holds a wall plaque from Sagicor symbolising the donation of a Peritoneal Dialysis Machine from part proceeds of the 2015 Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run. On hand for the presentation of the machine and other supplies were (from left) Cecil White, CEO of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI); Erin Hayle of JKKF; Donovan Perkins, President and CEO of Sagicor Bank and the Honourable Dr Fenton Ferguson, Minister of Health.

President and CEO of Sagicor Bank Donovan Perkins in making the presentation lauded the work of the Foundation and expressed high hopes for the programme, which he says "will have a positive impact on the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation and help to save more lives."
The Peritoneal Machine will reinforce the JKKF's operations which currently serve through their outreach clinics, approximately 8-12 patients monthly with a cohort of approximately 50 children in Montego Bay, 20 in Mandeville and at least 100 patients per year in Kingston who suffer from kidney problems of all types, and cannot afford desperately needed medication.
Since 2012 JKKF, a non-profit organization has consistently sought to improve the care of children with kidney disease. The Foundation currently cares for six children under the age of 12 years, two on haemodialysis and four on peritoneal dialysis. Care is also provided for two children over the age of 16 years, who are both on haemodialysis.

World Champion Swimmer Alia Atkinson was the Patron for the 2015 staging of the Sigma Corporate Run and has since agreed to be the patron of the Jamaica Kidney Kids Foundation. She has spent a lot of time reading to the children on dialysis and along with her mother, Mrs. Sharon Atkinson, has provided the children with books and games. They are now an integral part of JKKF.
Now in its 17th year, Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run, an annual road race event, is staged to increase awareness of institutions that care for children whilst raising much needed funds to assist their programmes. The Sigma Run was designed to help, support and strengthen organizations like the JKKF, in keeping with Sagicor's mandate to improve the lives of persons in the communities which it operates.

About Sagicor Group Jamaica

Sagicor Group Jamaica is a financial services conglomerate. The Group offers products and services in the areas of Banking, Insurance, Investments, Real Estate, Asset Management and Retirement Planning. Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited is the leading Life and Health insurance provider in Jamaica. The Company commenced operations in 1970 as Life of Jamaica Limited, the first locally owned life insurance company and the first life insurance company to be listed on the JSE. The Sagicor Group owns the 3rd largest bank in Jamaica and one of the top Investments Company. Sagicor Group Jamaica is a member of the wider Sagicor Financial Corporation. Sagicor Financial Corporation operates in over 20 countries and its operations date back to 1840.

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