Monday 20 August, 2018

$5 million needed for Family Planning fix

(L-R) Director of Clinical Services, Shanae Gill; Executive Director, Anderson Langdon; President, Ruth Phillips; Chief Financial Officer, Sonya Alleyne; Ambassador, Kirk Brown.

(L-R) Director of Clinical Services, Shanae Gill; Executive Director, Anderson Langdon; President, Ruth Phillips; Chief Financial Officer, Sonya Alleyne; Ambassador, Kirk Brown.

Last Saturday's fire at the old Ministry of Health buildings on Jemmont's Lane, The City has the staff of the Barbados Family Planning Association (BFPA) out in the cold- the situation being described as a "national emergency". 

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Management of the BFPA held a press conference from the Warrens office of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation to discuss the way forward for the association. Executive Director of the BFPA, Anderson Langdon said the staff is unable to operate from the Bay Street location due to the fire.  

Langdon said this is regrettable considering the BFPA has been a staple medical facility in the community for over 60 years with affordably priced services. He said the BFPA has been "crippled" by the fire and going forward, until they are able to secure a new location, will be reduced to offering emergency and appointment services only at their temporary location.  

Chief Financial Officer of the BFPA, Sonya Alleyne told reporters the group is presently brainstorming fundraising activities and in the interim they are accepting donations from the public.  

"Our appeal is for government, private sector, anybody that can offer any assistance – a building or land. Anything that will be able to set up a facility to resume operations. It looks like it is about a $5 million project. It’s a major undertaking but this takes the BFPA from the 1950's from which we operate now in very trying circumstances on Bay Street into the next century." 

Alleyne said she hopes, with a new location, the BFPA would be able to upgrade their services.  

"More services need to be offered, more facilities need to be on our practice. In the immediate we are looking for donations for replacement of equipment, our fridges which store our medication, the computers and printers and televisions that were burnt up in the fire. Anything helps."  

The BFPA has named deejay and entertainer, Kirk Brown as an ambassador to assist with the fundraising activities.