Week of activities for AAB

In celebration of its 25th Anniversary and World Asthma Day, The Asthma Association of Barbados (AAB) will hold an Asthma Awareness Week from May 3-9.

The highlight of the week will be a free public lecture on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at Courtyard by Marriott at 6 p.m. The lecture will be delivered by Dr. Vincent Hutchinson, Paediatrician, Allergist and Immunologist on the topic “Improving Asthma Outcomes in School-Aged Children using a Multi-Faceted Intervention Strategy.”

Asthmatics, relatives and friends of asthmatics, parents, doctors, nurses and teachers are all invited to attend.

Dr. Hutchinson, a Barbadian who has lived and worked in the USA for over 40 years, has devoted his career to improving the quality of life of families and children with Asthma, primarily those who live in Harlem. Dr. Hutchinson is also a founding member and current President of the Caribbean American Medical & Scientific Association (CAMSA), Inc.

CAMSA, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization which was formed in 2002 in New York by a group of doctors and health professionals of Caribbean descent. CAMSA’s mission is to “foster improvements in health care for Caribbean peoples through medical, scientific, educational, and charitable activities”, both in the USA and the Caribbean. CAMSA participates in health education events, including health fairs, town hall meetings, conferences and health symposia, and its members volunteer for medical missions to many Caribbean islands. CAMSA’s charitable causes have included Haiti and St. Lucia.

Annually, CAMSA recognizes individuals of Caribbean descent who have had outstanding achievements or made significant contributions to their communities through community work or volunteerism.

The CAMSA Board of Directors is proud to present the Community Service Award for 2015 to Ms. Celia Rosita Pollard, President of The Asthma Association of Barbados, for her 25 years of selfless service in educating families suffering from Asthma.

World Asthma Day (WAD) is being celebrated worldwide on Tuesday, May 5. WAD is an annual event organised by The Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. The theme is “You Can Control Your Asthma”.

Other activities planned for Asthma Awareness Week by the AAB are Educational Display Booths at Sky Mall on Thursday, May 7 and at Sheraton Mall on Saturday, May 9.


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