Improving Household Nutrition Security and Public Health in the CARICOM (FaN- Food and Nutrition):
The project builds on the lessons and outcomes from the “Farm to Fork” project and the findings and recommendations of the Evaluation of the POS Declaration, and seeks to determine how previous and proposed research can best be scaled up and incorporated into more nutrition-sensitive, gender-responsive food systems for CARICOM.”
Improving Household Nutrition Security and Public Health in the CARICOM
(FaN – Food and Nutrition)
The Caribbean has the highest burden from NCD in the Americas, driven by an epidemic of adult and child obesity, caused by the “diet/nutrition transition”. The overall goal of the project is to build a shared understanding amongst stakeholders of the complex adaptive systems driving local food production and consumption in English-speaking CARICOM states; and implement coordinated packages of interventions within national food systems that promote sustainable livelihoods of vulnerable groups, and combat obesity and diet-related NCDs.
The Port of Spain Declaration Evaluation (POSDEVAL)
The Port of Spain Declaration on Non-communicable Diseases: the path to a healthier Caribbean
In 2007, CARICOM leaders signed the ground-breaking Port of Spain Declaration aimed at uniting to stop the epidemic of NCDs. Now this Declaration is being evaluated by a team of top experts.
Are these ambitious commitments being met? What are the successes and challenges?
The evaluation answers these critical questions.
Public perceptions of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
What does the public understand about NCDs? Have they heard of them? What are their experiences of them and how do they feel they touch their lives?
This was the question that Dr Anique Atherley, a Junior Research Fellow at the University of the West Indies and a group of researchers set out to answer in a quick research project focusing on short street interviews with Barbadian men and women. They captured a variety of opinions in a variety of settings around the island.
Here is a selection of their voices.
Living with cancer: Michelle’s story
Michelle O’Kieffe was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer at the age of 32. Having been in remission for many years, she is determined to improve support for women living with cancer in Trinidad and Tobago. Here is her story.
My name is Michelle O’Kieffe and I live in Trinidad. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2000 at the age of 32.
I discovered a small lump just below my right breast. When I went to get it checked out the doctors were more panicked than I was. I didn’t have a clue that it could be cancer. There was no history of it in my family and I was young, 121 pounds, I didn’t smoke, I was vegetarian, really active.
But when I got the diagnosis, that the cancer had already spread, I took it in my stride. I saw it as another challenge, another hurdle to get over. If anything it was harder on my mum who was alive at the time. She took all the worry, all the emotion, asked all the questions that I didn’t want to ask.
It was hard on my husband and kids as well. I had two sons Christopher aged 12 and Christian 6. I started preparing them for what might happen.