2003, 2004

In two separate visits in 2003, 2004, and in collaboration with the World Heart Foundation (WHF), International Hospital for Children (IHC), Rotary Gift of Life New York, Haitian Hearts, and Caribbean Heart Menders, a feasibility study was done.  The goal was to help and support a center of excellence or hub for comprehensive cardiac services.  The IHC has since established a relationship to refer selected financially supported patients from neighboring islands, including St. Vincent, for further evaluation and treatment in Barbados.

The island was uninhabited when first settled by the British in 1627. Its economy remained heavily dependent on sugar, rum, and molasses production through most of the 20th century. In the 1990s, tourism and manufacturing surpassed the sugar industry in economic importance
Location: Caribbean, island between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela
13 10 N, 59 32 W
Population: 275,330 (July 2001 est.)
Area - comparative: 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC
Climate: tropical; rainy season
(June to October)
Terrain: relatively flat; rises gently to central highland region
Elevation: lowest:  Atlantic Ocean 0 m
highest:  Mount Hillaby 336 m

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