Guidance

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: migrant health guide

Advice and guidance on the health needs of migrant patients from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for healthcare practitioners.

Main messages

If the patient is new to the UK:

  • explain to them how the NHS works
  • discuss how this compares to the healthcare system they’ve been used to

Ensure that all patients are up-to-date with the UK immunisation schedule.

Consider screening for hepatitis B, particularly among those who have recently arrived. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has an intermediate prevalence.

Consider screening for hepatitis C, because Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has a considerably higher prevalence than the UK.

Ask opportunistically about any travel plans the patient may have to visit friends and relatives in their country of origin, and see National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC), or the Health Protection Scotland websites (TRAVAX and fitfortravel), for travel advice.

Infectious diseases

Immunisation

Ensure that all patients, especially children, are up-to-date with the UK immunisation schedule. See Immunisation collection with complete schedules.

Tuberculosis

There is a low incidence of TB in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (<40 cases/100,000), so:

  • routine screening for TB is not required
  • consider testing in patients (including children) who show signs and symptoms
  • be aware that TB is a notifiable disease

Sexually transmitted infections and HIV

Take other risk factors into consideration when assessing likely health needs relating to HIV and STIs (no data are available on HIV prevalence in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines).

Hepatitis B

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has an intermediate prevalence of hepatitis B, so:

  • consider screening for hepatitis B, particularly those who have recently arrived
  • offer screening for hepatitis B to all pregnant women during each pregnancy
  • immunise appropriately babies born to mothers who are hepatitis B positive, and follow-up accordingly
  • be aware that the UK has a selective immunisation programme for hepatitis B

Hepatitis C

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has a considerably higher prevalence of hepatitis C than the UK, so consider screening for hepatitis C.

Travel plans and advice

Ask opportunistically about any travel plans the patient may have to visit friends and relatives in their country of origin, and see National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC), or the Health Protection Scotland websites (TRAVAX and fitfortravel), for travel advice.

Typhoid

There is a risk of typhoid infection in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, so:

  • ensure that travellers to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are offered typhoid immunisation and advice on prevention of enteric fever
  • remember enteric fever in the differential diagnosis of illness in patients with a recent history of travel to-or-from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Women’s health

Reproductive health indicators

Reproductive health indicator UK Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Number of children per woman¹ 2 2

¹ lifetime average

No data are available on:

  • contraceptive use
  • mammography screening rates
  • cervical cancer screening rates

Nutritional and metabolic concerns

Anaemia

There is a moderate risk of anaemia in adults (estimated prevalence in non-pregnant women is 20 to 40%) and pre-school children (estimated prevalence is 20 to 40%), so:

  • be alert to the possibility of anaemia in recently arrived migrants, particularly women and pre-school children
  • test as clinically indicated

Vitamin D

Consider the possibility of vitamin D deficiency in people who may be at risk due to:

  • covering their body for cultural or religious reasons (lack of sunlight)
  • skin colour
  • diet (vegan or vegetarian)

Vitamin A

There may be a risk of vitamin A deficiency in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Country profile

Health indicators and health care

WHO Global Health Observatory has a summary of health indicators and health care in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Culture, politics and history

BBC News and The World Factbook provide background information on the culture, politics and history of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Languages

The main languages used in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are:

  • English
  • French patois

Source: The World Factbook.

Religions

Religion Population (%)
Protestant¹ 75
Roman Catholic 13
Other² 12

¹Anglican 47%, Methodist 28%; ²includes Hindu, Seventh-Day Adventist, other Protestant

Source: The World Factbook.

Migration to the UK

There were over 7,000 people from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines living in England and Wales at the time of the 2011 Census.

Source: Office for National Statistics.

Published 31 July 2014