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Table 7 Megavoltage machines per population size and proportion of nations with megavoltage machines and brachytherapy services based on economic index grouping

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

Country grouped by economic index1 Population per country (thousands)2 No. of patients (GLOBOCAN data) Total population (thousands)2 Total incident population No. of megavoltage machines Persons per megavoltage machines Estimated patients requiring radiotherapy per megavoltage machine3 Proportion with at least one megavoltage machine No. of countries with brachytherapy services Proportion with brachytherapy services
High  
Antigua and Barbuda 96 198* 2211 5853 7 315 838 460 80% 3 60%
The Bahamas 386 933
Barbados 287 1245
St. Kitts and Nevis 52 108*
Trinidad and Tobago 1390 3369
Upper middle
Belize 383 358 5148 10 480 8 643 512 721 38% 3 38%
Dominica 72 148*
Grenada 111 230*
Guyana 779 751
Jamaica 2935 7348
St. Lucia 182 376
St. Vincent and the Grenadines 110 227*
Suriname 576 1042
Low
Haiti 11 123 12 366 11 123 12 366 0 Not evaluable Not evaluable 0% 0 0%
  1. *Using average crude incidence ratio (new cases/population) of the nine CARICOM nations with known incidence data from GLOBOCAN = 0.00206 (95% CI = 0.000 82)
  2. 1According to the World Bank Gross National Income data 2019 revision (Criteria ranges in US dollars: low = $1025 or less; upper middle = $3996 to $12 375; high = $12 376 or more) [11]
  3. 2Based on World Bank population data 2019 revision
  4. 3Using radiation utilization rate of 55% and GLOBOCAN data