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  • The New Jersey based Caribbean Medical Mission (CMM), will stage its 10th annual black tie gala on Saturday, December 14, at the Bethwood Manor in Totowa, New Jersey
  • The organization, which was formed in 1996 under the auspices of Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, comprises medical and non-medical professionals
  • The CMM has conducted 10 successful missions to Jamaica, providing health care to over 20,000 patients in Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine, St. Thomas, St. Mary, St. Elizabeth, Manchester and Westmoreland.

The New Jersey based Caribbean Medical Mission (CMM), will stage its 10th annual black tie gala on Saturday, December 14, at the Bethwood Manor in Totowa, New Jersey, as it raises funds  for a mission to Jamaica and several other Caribbean islands next year.

The organization, which was formed in 1996 under the auspices of Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, comprises medical and non-medical professionals and its main purpose is to provide humanitarian health care for the needy in the Caribbean region.

President of CMM, Dr. Winston Scott, said the organization relies on the fundraising gala to offset the cost of its yearly medical missions.  He pointed out that over the last decade, the CMM has conducted 10 successful missions to Jamaica, providing health care to over 20,000 patients in Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Catherine, St. Thomas, St. Mary, St. Elizabeth, Manchester and Westmoreland.

He added that some US$800,000 in medical supplies, equipment and medicine was donated to various health facilities and patients.

Dr. Scott informed that last year, the CMM conducted its largest health mission where approximately 2,000 patients in four parishes, Kingston, St. Catherine, St. Mary and Westmoreland, were treated.   They also performed a number of surgeries and donated several pieces of equipment and supplies such as hospital beds, wheel chairs, eye glasses, x-ray film processors, dental exam chairs, blood pressure and blood sugar monitors.

 

The CMM President said that in addition to Jamaica, they have conducted missions to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana, Grenada, Dominica, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti and have seen over 25,000 patients free of charge.