ABOUT US

Caribbean Medical Providers Practicing Abroad is a 501 (C) (3) organization, founded by Dr. Gerard M. Antoine, M.D. in 2006 and dedicated to his mother, Lucille S. Antoine who died on December 2nd, 1972 during routine childbirth in Trinidad.

MISSION: To serve the Caribbean Community through volunteerism, medical education, “Giving Back.”

VISION: To establish Caribbean Medical Providers Practicing Abroad Rehabilitation Medical Clinics in every Caribbean island in order to reduce the cardiovascular and stroke deaths in the Caribbean by 20 percent in the next five years.

VALUES: In the Caribbean Community we value:

  • Access to Rehabilitation Health Care for Every Citizen
  • Caribbean Medical Diaspora Volunteerism
  • Service to the Caribbean Community
  • Preventative Health Care
  • Collaboration with Local Community Health Care Teams

Caribbean Medical Providers Practicing Abroad is an organization of a diverse group of international medical and non medical professionals dedicated to improving and providing health care to the people of the Caribbean.

We are a state registered non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to “giving back” to the people of the Caribbean. All volunteers on medical missions to the Caribbean are responsible for financing their own cost.

The vision of Caribbean Medical Mission Practicing Abroad is to provide a vehicle for medical and non medical professionals from the Caribbean to give back to the communities from where their parents or they originated.

Caribbean Medical Providers Practicing Abroad is a unique opportunity for international medical providers from the Caribbean to participate in a medical program to advance the health care of the Caribbean.


wpc5803539_05_06Dr. Antoine was born in Trinidad and attended Arima Boys Roman Catholic School and Holy Cross College in Arima, Trinidad from 1974-1978. He migrated to the United States in 1978 and graduated from Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Illinois in 1979. Dr. Antoine completed his undergraduate B.S. Biology degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and  his Medical Doctorate Degree from Georgetown University Medical School in Washington,D.C. in 1998. Dr. Antoine completed his internship in family medicine at Howard University Hospital and his residency training at The National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington,D.C.. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Chief, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Antoine’s vision is to establish The Trinidad and Tobago Neurological Rehabilitation Hospital specializing in brain and spinal cord injuries.

OUR SERVICES

The vision of Caribbean Medical Providers Practicing Abroad is to advance the health care of the Caribbean Islands by providing medical care to the  local population, community health education, preventative health care and public health.

Basic Health Assessment

A Basic Health Care Assessment will be performed and is an evaluation of the health status of the individual by performing a physical examination after obtaining a health history. Various laboratory tests may also be ordered to confirm a clinical impression or to screen for dysfunction. The depth of investigation and the frequency of the assessment vary with the condition and age of the patient and the facility in which the assessment is performed. The person’s response to any dysfunction present is observed and noted. The techniques of the health assessment include inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation.


Pediatrics Health Assessment

The assessment will include a careful evaluation of language, motor, social, and adaptive development and immunization status. This will also include screening for vision, hearing, blood pressure, and scoliosis.


Blood Pressure Screening

Unfortunately, high blood pressure contributes to countless deaths every year through complications like:

   Heart attack, Congestive heart failure, Stroke, Kidney damage, Vision loss, Memory loss, Angina

Do I Have High Blood Pressure?

It is important to have your blood pressure tested on a regular basis. The American Heart Association’s classifications of blood pressure for adults are:

Category

Systolic, mmHg

Diastolic, mmHg

Hypotenstion
Less than 90
Less than 60
Normal
90-119
60-79
Pre-hypertension
120-139
80-89
Stage 1 Hypertension
140-159
90-99
Stage 2 Hypertension
160-179
100-109
Hypertensive Crisis
Greater than 180
Greater than 110

Diabetic Screenings

Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by hyperglycemia resulting from defects in insulin secretion, insulin action, or both. Type 2 diabetes, the most prevalent form of the disease, is often asymptomatic in its early stages and can remain undiagnosed for many years.

The chronic hyperglycemia of diabetes is associated with long-term dysfunction, damage, and failure of various organs, especially the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart, and blood vessels. Individuals with undiagnosed type 2 diabetes are also at significantly higher risk for stroke, coronary heart disease, and peripheral vascular disease than the non-diabetic population. They also have a greater likelihood of having dyslipidemia, hypertension, and obesity.


Minor Surgical Procedures

There are many conditions that can be treated quickly and easily by simple excision which just requires a little local anesthetic. Some of the procedures that we will be able to perform during this mission are:

  •   Skin Tags Excision
  •   Skin Cyst Drainage and Removal
  •   Incision and Drainage of an Abscess
  •   Warts Destruction Treatment
  •   Mole Removal
  •   Hemorrhoid Excision
  •   In-growing Toenail Treatment
  •   Lipomas/ Fatty Tumors
  •   Pre-cancerous and Cancerous Skin Lesions
  •  Laceration and Incision Repair of Skin & Soft   Tissue
  •   Joint Injections
  •   Trigger Point Injections
  •   Bartholoin’s Cyst/Abscess
  •   Burn Treatment
  •   Foreign Body Removal

Eye Examinations and Eye Glasses Distribution

With the help of our volunteers we will provide basic eye examinations and distribute donated eye glasses for those in need and provide a community with more opportunities to grow and thrive.

There are many organizations throughout the world that provide recycled eyeglasses to communities. Donate your used eye glasses and change someone’s life forever. Imagine if you could help a child read. An adult succeed in his job. A senior maintain her independence.


Distribution of Medical Supplies and Equipment

Global disparities in health care access have far-reaching consequences.  Doctors Without Borders indicates that in developing countries millions of people each year die from infectious diseases that are preventable. The World Health Organization estimates that 1.7 billion people have inadequate access to essential medicines. In the developing world lack of access and inadequate health care perpetuate poverty and illness. These conditions are correctable and we intend to correct them.