NCD Stories
POS @ 10 ‘Time to Step It Up’

The 3rd UN High-level Meeting on NCDs was held on Thursday, 27th September 2018, during the high-level week of the UN General Assembly under the theme: Scaling up multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral responses to the prevention and control of NCDs in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. A CARICOM High-Level Breakfast event entitled […]

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 […]

How to live a longer, healthier life & avoid chronic illness

For all you ever wanted to know about how to live a longer and healthier life and how to take steps to avoid chronic illness, listen to Dr Alafia Samuels, head of the Port of Spain NCD evaluation, being interviewed by Natasha Lettsome for the Government Information Service in BVI. No preaching, just lots of […]

Dr Alafia Samuels discussing accelerating action on NCDs

Join a lively Dr Alafia Samuels, head of the Port of Spain Evaluation project, discussing how to accelerate action on NCDs so we can all get to our “three score years and 10”. She’s chatting with Joan Tull, the project’s information and communications officer. Informative and not too heavy!    

Breakthrough in move to stop fast food advertising in Barbados schools

The Barbados Minister of Health, the Hon. John Boyce, has announced plans to cut back on fast food outlets advertising in schools across the nation. Speaking in the House of Assembly Minister Boyce said, “There are a number of fast food agents who provide some form of gifts for our private schools, especially, but I’m […]