Tag Archives: POS Declaration
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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

Healthy eats, tasty treats

We’re starting a new series, sharing healthy recipes that are also tasty and easy to prepare. Do let us know if you have any great recipe ideas. This week we have a simple dish: rancher’s eggs (huevos rancheros).  The eggs are baked in a spicy tomato sauce, made using a similar method to a Trinidadian […]

World Food Day – A Caribbean farmer speaks

World Food Day – A Caribbean farmer speaks October 16 is World Food Day and the theme is ‘Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too’. It is well known that climate change is having an impact on food security around the world and the Caribbean is no exception. How are our farmers adapting to […]

Message from Dr Alafia Samuels on World Obesity Day

Message from Dr Alafia Samuels on the occasion of World Obesity Day In Barbados nearly 2,500 children between 10 – 19 years of age have hypertension because they are obese. Is your child one of them?  Children this age would not have hypertension if they were normal weight. In addition, more than 200 children between […]

Island Grill changing the way we eat

If we are really to make a difference in the region’s NCD epidemic we have change the way a lot of us eat. One example of a restaurant trying to turn the tide is ‘Island Grill’ in Kingston, Jamaica. They don’t call their products ‘fast food’ – they prefer the term ‘quick service food’- and […]

COHSOD: Making progress in the NCD response

Non-communicable diseases were high on the agenda at the 30th meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD). Taking place at PAHO Headquarter in Washington on 24-25 September, one of the key elements of the meeting agreed on revised priorities for the 2007 Port of Spain Declaration on NCDs. A report on the […]

Getting salty in Jamaica

Getting salty in Jamaica Many of us in the Caribbean are eating too much salt. A recent study from the region of the Americas found that although 90% of people believe salt is bad for their health, only 30% thought reducing salt intake is very important. In Barbados, according to the Health of the Nation […]