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Table 3 Number of radiation oncologists per country compared to the numbers recommended by the IAEA

From: Radiotherapy in the Caribbean: a spotlight on the human resource and equipment challenges among CARICOM nations

Country Existing Recommended1 (population based) Absolute difference (population based) Recommended2 (patient based) Absolute difference (patient based)
Antigua and Barbuda 3 < 1 2 < 1* 2
The Bahamas 2 4 − 2 2 0
Barbados 1 3 − 2 3 − 2
Belize 0; NRM 4 − 4 < 1 − 1
Dominica 0; NRM < 1 − 1 < 1* − 1
Grenada 0; NRM 1 − 1 < 1* − 1
Guyana 1 8 − 7 2 − 1
Haiti 0;NRM 111 − 111 27 − 27
Jamaica 6 29 − 23 16 − 10
St. Kitts and Nevis 0; NRM < 1 − 1 < 1* − 1
St. Lucia 0; NRM 2 − 2 < 1 − 1
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 0; NRM 1 − 1 < 1* − 1
Suriname 2 6 − 4 2 0
Trinidad and Tobago 7 14 − 7 7 0
All countries 22 186 − 164 66 − 44
  1. NRM no radiotherapy machine
  2. *Using average crude incidence ratio (new cases/population) of the nine CARICOM nations with known incidence data from GLOBOCAN = 0.002 06 (95% CI = 0.000 82)
  3. 1One per 100 000 inhabitants (per population) and using World Bank population data 2019 revision [6]
  4. 2One per 250 patients/year (using radiation utilization rate of 55% and GLOBOCAN data) [7]