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Organizations sign MOU to fight NCDs


(From left) BARP vice president Dame Billie Miller, Heart & Stroke Foundation CEO Gina Pitts, BARP president Ed Bushell and chairman of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation Dr Oscar Jordan.


Three organizations have teamed up to raise awareness of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Barbados Diabetes Foundation and Heart & Stroke Foundation at the Maria Holder Diabetes Centre for the Caribbean.

BARP president Edward Bushell said this united approach would further sensitize Barbadians, especially its 43,000 members, of management programmes in the screening and monitoring of NCDs.

These sentiments were echoed by chairman of the Barbados Diabetes Foundation Dr Oscar Jordan; Dr Elizabeth Ferdinand, chairperson of BARP’s health committee; CEO of the Heart & Stroke Foundation Gina Pitts and senior medical officer in the Ministry of Health Dr Kenneth George.

Bushell explained that 66 per cent of BARP members are still in the workforce, making a significant contribution to the economy.

Dr Jordan noted this collaboration would improve the health of not only BARP members, but the country.

BARP’s vice president Dame Billie Miller strongly emphasized the importance of public education programmes targeting the home, as well as kindergarten and primary schools, noting that self-care should be “our first individual personal responsibility”.

BARP will continue its public education and awareness in upcoming activities recognizing World Salt Awareness Week from March 16 to 22 under the theme Healthy Start for Children.

One Response to Organizations sign MOU to fight NCDs

  1. Alex Alleyne March 1, 2015 at 9:32 am

    First , the powers at be must stop pine hill from making that SYURP up there that they put in boxes and call it juice . Then go over to the banks holdings company and tell them cut back on the amount of sugar in the drinks . Barbados is #1 in the world for doctors cutting off limbs thus making us “stumpy town” and yet you cannot get a drink ( except water) that is not “full of sugar” . The USA is serious with its people and health . If one can remember , the corned beef from South America to the USA was said to have in too much fat , so the USA put a “ban” on the item untill they got it right . They (USA) did not go around bashing “fat” people . They asked the food people to get it right or you will loose out on the bottom line $$$$$. We care for our people .


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