Sagicor partners with John Hayes Foundation for World Kidney Day
Port of Spain, Trinidad—Sagicor is pleased to support the John Hayes Memorial Kidney Foundation for World Kidney Day, which takes place on Thursday, March 12.
In order to raise awareness on the impact of chronic kidney disease on the quality of life of those afflicted, Sagicor donated funds to assist the foundation with their second annual kidney health awareness event—a Secondary Schools’ Kidney Health Caravan and Community Outreach Programme.
Sagicor is committed to improving the lives of people in the communities in which it operates and welcomed the opportunity to interact with students at St Francis Boys’ College in Belmont, and Woodbrook Government Secondary School on Monday, March 9.
The other schools to be visited by the foundation as part of the caravan are Naparima Girls’ High School, Southern Academy of SDA, SWAHA Hindu College, ASJA Girls College, St Anthony’s College, Corpus Christi College, Mason Hall Secondary School, and Roxborough Secondary School.
The theme of this year’s observance day is “Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere; from Prevention to Detection and Equitable Access to Care.” As a health insurance provider, Sagicor recognises that preventative initiatives, such as this school caravan, are invaluable in helping communities, through its youth, to practice healthier lifestyles to prevent kidney disease.
According to the foundation, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), like hypertension and diabetes, remain the main causes of kidney failure in Trinidad and Tobago, with increases in both adult and childhood NCDs raising grave concern among the medical fraternity. NCDs and, by extension, kidney disease can be devastating to the financial earnings and livelihood of those afflicted.
Sagicor employee Talia Simpson-Cox, left, from the Employee Benefits department, is pleased to hand over a cheque to Abiola Baptiste, a registered nurse at The John Hayes Memorial Kidney Foundation, at Sagicor’s Head Office in Port of Spain, in honour of World Kidney Day. The funds donated will assist the foundation with their second annual kidney health awareness event—a Secondary Schools’ Kidney Health Caravan and Community Outreach Programme. World Kidney Day is observed annually on the second Thursday in March and is meant to bring awareness to the negative impact kidney disease has on one’s quality of life and what can be done to avoid it.