Montserrat Healthy Hearts
Bringing Cardiology to the Heart of the Magma: Montserrat Experience
Montserrat is a tiny British Island, 40 square miles in the Eastern Caribbean with inhabitants predominantly of African descent but with inter racial mixing of Arawak and Carib Indians as well as the early European settlers. The island was a vibrant and thriving place to live before the volcano erupted in the late 20th Century. The Volcano had been dormant for 400 years, and became active in 1995. The first major eruption occurred in 1997 with 19 deaths due to people moving back into the forbidden zone. There were a total of three significant eruptions; most of the other volcanic activity included acid rain, heavy ash and sulfur emissions. These events destroyed the capital and many surrounding areas. Other important structures destroyed were the American University of the Caribbean (AUC) medical school and the AIR studios (musical recording studio). The loss of infrastructure and revenue resulted in a mass exodus of people, over 80% of the population. There are now approximately 7000 people on the island crowded into the northern most portion of the island. Many have experienced the loss of loved ones and relatives. To aid this damaged community, Montserrat Healthy Hearts has brought and continues to bring cardiovascular healthcare to citizens of the island as a portion of the efforts to rebuilt infrastructure.
2015 Healthcare Services
Aspirations for 2016 & Beyond
Goals include increasing awareness of health issues on island, providing more education, training, supplies (including certain medications) and providing more cardiac services on island to include Stress testing, Holter Monitors, CT Scanning.