NCD Stories
Childhood and adolescent obesity

Childhood and adolescent obesity is a major health issue in the Caribbean: more than 10% of young people are now obese. In some countries this figure rises to around 25%. Less than a third are active enough and are at growing risk of NCDs such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension. In fact, in Barbados […]

Let’s protect the sugary drinks tax in Barbados

It is critically important that “we all work together to protect the tax on carbonated beverages” in Barbados, says a top regional official of the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation. Dr Godfrey Xuereb, PAHO/WHO Representative for Barbados, told a packed public lecture held at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus that […]

Increasing taxes on sugary drinks – will it make us healthier?

Can the rising epidemic of obesity in the Caribbean be tackled by taxing sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs)? How effective is this strategy? Many countries have tried it, including Mexico. In August 2015, the Barbados Ministry of Finance implemented a 10% tax on sugary drinks to help reduce consumption. Dominica has now done the same. But will […]

Christmas stuffing?

For most of us the holidays are a time to kick back, relax and indulge in rich food and drink. We asked dietician Rachel Harris for some practical tips on how to make the most of the season, while keeping our health in mind. Be prepared When you’re going to Christmas parties, it’ll be easier […]

Champion of Public Health in the Caribbean

Dr Alafia Samuels, Director of the Chronic Disease Research Centre and head of the Port of Spain NCD Evaluation team, has long been a champion of public health in the Caribbean and a leading campaigner in tackling obesity and other NCD risk factors. An in-depth profile has just been published in The Lancet, Alafia Samuels: […]

HCC First Annual Caribbean Alcohol Day

November 18 was the Healthy Caribbean’s first Annual Caribbean Alcohol Reduction Day. The harmful use of alcohol is one of the major risk factors for NCDs. According to HCC: “Alcohol contributes to cancer, liver and heart disease, mental illness, violence, accidents and injuries. Globally the harmful use of alcohol is linked to 3.3 million preventable […]

Eyes on Diabetes

Eyes on Diabetes November 14 is observed as World Diabetes Day. According to the International Diabetes Federation, in 2015 some 415 million people across the world were reported to be living with diabetes. It is having a devastating impact on the Caribbean, which has double the global rate of the disease. Half of the people […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Michelle gets busy!

One of our first interviewees on the website was Michelle O’Kieffe from Trinidad who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in 2000 at the age of 32. Michelle has been in remission for a number of years and has had a daughter. She has become an activist now and we wanted to […]

PAHO Director receives UWI-led landmark report on NCDs

It’s time to accelerate action on non-communicable diseases   Bridgetown, Barbados, 17 October, 2016:  A landmark report on trends in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Caribbean since the Port of Spain Declaration in 2007 was formally presented to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr Carissa Etienne, at an event hosted by the University […]

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 […]