Objectives
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!    

New trial to target preventable deaths in the Caribbean

Bridgetown, Barbados, February 17, 2017.  A study just launched will investigate ways to reduce non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which cause more than 60 per cent of deaths in the Caribbean. Researchers from King’s College London, the University of Guyana (UG), Ross University Dominica and the University of the West […]

Challenge to childhood obesity in the Caribbean
gets a high-level boost

The need to address a growing epidemic of childhood obesity in the Caribbean brought together a range of top regional experts, leaders and officials in Barbados recently with the aim of thrashing out a road map to respond to this epidemic and make a difference to our children’s health. Hosted by the Caribbean Public Health […]

CARPHA – “We can, I can” Reduce My Risk of Cancer

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. February 4, 2017. The large number of deaths from breast and cervical cancer in the Caribbean is very alarming, since cervical cancer is largely preventable, and breast cancer can be detected early and treated successfully. Executive Director, Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr C. James Hospedales said, “Common modifiable […]

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 […]

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 […]