Professor Nigel Unwin is current Chair of Population Health Sciences, Chronic Disease Research Centre, a division of the Tropical Medicine Research Institute, The University of the West Indies based in Barbados.As a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University, UK (from 1993) his research interests developed in the epidemiology and public health importance of diabetes and cardiovascular risk disease, particularly in low and middle income countries and across different ethnic groups. Between October 2003 and December 2005 he was a medical officer with the Diabetes Unit at the World Health Organization in Geneva. Nigel returned to Newcastle University in 2006 as Professor of Epidemiology, and was joint head of the Newcastle University WHO Collaborating Centre for Diabetes.He moved in August 2010 to the University of the West Indies as is Professor of Public Health and Epidemiology at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.
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The T. Alafia Samuels is Senior Lecturer in Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies(UWI), Cave Hill and CARICOM Consultant in Chronic Disease Prevention and Control.She is a UWI medical graduate, with a Masters in Public Health and a PhD in Chronic Diseases Epidemiology, both graduate degrees awarded with honors, from Johns Hopkins University. Past employment include Advisor in Chronic Diseases at PAHO/WHO, Director of Outcomes at XL Health, a Disease Management company in Baltimore MD, and 20 years with the Ministry of Health Jamaica managing Primary Health Care Services. She is currently a member of the Barbados National NCD Commission, appointed by the Hon. Minister of Health and is External Examiner for the MPH at University of Technology Jamaica.Currently she holds the position of Director of the Masters of Public Health programme at UWI Cave Hill.
To determine the extent to which the 27 commitments in the Port of Spain Declaration are reported to have been implemented and the national and other characteristics associated with high levels of implementation within the 20 CARICOM countries and territories..
To describe within the limitations of currently available data, trends in NCD mortality and risk factors from the year 2000 to 2013, in the 20 CARICOM countries and territories.