Author Archives: igp
Obesity fight: Marathon not a sprint

Jamaica Observer – June 10, 2018. “Pork is red meat, people!” That was the message from Professor Alafia Samuels, director, George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre at The University of the West Indies in Barbados, as she warned those in attendance at the opening ceremony for the Medical Association of Jamaica’s 2018 Symposium Jamaica Pegasus […]

Let’s unite to fight the obesity plague

Jamaica Observer – June 08, 2018. The Government has taken the sensible approach in giving at least six months’ notice that it will, starting in January 2019, enforce restrictions on the use of sugary drinks in the diets of students and public health patients as part of efforts to combat growing obesity in the country. Health […]

When the sugar too sweet

Jamaica Observer – June 08, 2018. Member of Parliament Dr Christopher Tufton, minister of health, is not a “joke man” when he says that schoolchildren have to give up on the sweet drinks and do the right thing — drink nice, fresh water, and keep their young bodies healthy and pure, yuh nuh! All right, […]

Doctors to focus on obesity at three-day symposium

Jamaica Observer – June 05, 2018. The spotlight will be on obesity at this year’s staging of Medical Association of Jamaica’s (MAJ’s) three-day symposium, which starts on Thursday at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston. The symposium will be held under the distinguished patronage of Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and under the theme ‘Obesity: […]

Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence 2016/17

The POS Evaluation Project was presented with the Vice Chancellors award for Excellence 2016/17 – Multi-Campus Research Collaboration: One UWI Award. Professor Alafia Samuels Principal Investigator, The George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, Cave Hill Campus collected the award. This research project 2014-2017 was characterised by its multi-campus, multi-agency research team. The project’s objective was […]

More facts, more figures, more implementation ideas

The Port of Spain evaluation on NCDs contains a wealth of detail and recommendations on the way forward in the multisectoral challenge to the epidemic of chronic diseases in the Caribbean. Here is a wide-ranging but easily digestible look at the situation in a number of critical areas and what can and should be done […]

CARICOM leaders: Breakthrough in the fight against NCDs in the region

The push for a healthier Caribbean received a considerable boost when the leaders at the 38th CARICOM Heads of Government Conference in Grenada made new commitments to tackle the epidemic of chronic diseases which is costing the region dear in terms of health and development. In a session devoted to action against NCDs (non-communicable diseases), […]

Sugar Shocker

At the 38th CARICOM Heads of Government Conference one of the main attractions in the meeting area was a ‘sugar display’ constructed by the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre . A number of people who saw the display expressed real surprise and concern about the amount of sugar we’re consuming. They included the Prime […]

A CARICOM Head of Government reflects….

H.E. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, was one of the original signatories of the Port of Spain Declaration on chronic non-communicable diseases and is attending the 38th CARICOM Heads of Government Conference which is marking the 10th Anniversary of the signing of this landmark declaration. Here are his thoughts on […]

10 years after the Port of Spain Declaration: what’s the score?

2017 marks the 10th Anniversary of the signing of the landmark CARICOM Heads of Government Port of Spain Declaration on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This year’s thirty-eighth CARICOM Conference of Heads (July 4-6) is expected to celebrate this momentous achievement. In 2007, the Caribbean led the world in convening the very first conference of Heads of […]