Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 8th 2018 Contents transformation and not just immediate,
though necessary, donation and service is
our true power.
If each of us is guided by our conscience,
we can find some way to help turn trauma
to resilience, now and forever.
Monday, January 8, 2018
Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the post of Chair, Population Health
Sciences at the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre (GA-CDRC),
University of the West Indies, Barbados.
This is a full-time, professorial position available for 3 years in the first instance.
Applicants for this post should possess a PhD in a relevant Population Health Science discipline
(e.g. Public Health, Epidemiology, Nutrition). It would be especially beneficial to our team if the
prospective Population Health Scientist were to have a background in population level
interventions, nutrition, physical activity, or spatial & environmental epidemiology.
APPLICANTS WILL BE EXPECTED TO:
• Develop a research programme in one or more of the following areas
- Population-level interventions
- Defining and understanding health disparities and social determinants
of NCDs in the Caribbean
- Environmental epidemiology with an emphasis on "Healthy Settings"
eg. healthy cities
- Epidemiological studies focusing on nutrition and/or physical activity
• Have a proven record of distinguished original work and graduate supervision
• Have a demonstrated ability to obtain research grant funding
The successful applicant will play the lead role in developing the population health research
programme in collaboration with the GA-CDRC surveillance programme, and the Public Health
group of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, UWI Cave Hill.
OTHER DUTIES OF THE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT WILL BE TO:
• Develop relationships between the GA-CDRC and key stakeholders, including the
Ministry of Health, to guide the public health response to emerging burden of NCDs
• Contribute to the teaching of the Masters in Public Health (MPH) course offered
through the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Cave Hill
• Strengthen the research links between the GA-CDRC and the sister units of the
Caribbean Institute of Health research (CAIHR) on the Mona campus in Jamaica
For further information about the post and its duties we encourage you to contact the Director
of the GA-CDRC (Professor Alafia Samuels; email@example.com).
For formal applications, you are requested to contact The University Registrar, Office of
Administration, The Vice-Chancellery, UWI, Mona, Kingston 7, JAMAICA W.I.
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 876-977-1422, from whom application forms, further
particulars of the post and full details of the remuneration package are available.
THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS: JANUARY 17, 2018
Rebuild a home
got nuff respect for sustained contribution
and commitment beyond a news cycle, for
it shows when care is real. So, I was deeply
humbled to hear of the Rebuild A Home pro-
ject, aimed to re-establish the stability of
houses, schools and communities in Antigua,
Dominica, Barbuda, Anguilla and the British Virgin
It gave me hope that we could do more than ex-
press horror at others’ fate and offer help briefly,
but ultimately far too ineffectually. Remember,
just a few months ago, hurricanes Irma and Maria
wreaked over three billion dollars in damage, and
mangled life chances in ways only the heartbreak of
individual stories can convey.
I kept hearing Rudder in my head while the pro-
ject’s organisers spoke. Rudder is rallying round
lovely cricket, but those lyrics are like oxygen in
your lungs when you want to sing and shout and
bawl about “these tiny theatres of conflict and con-
fusion/Better known as the isles of the West Indies”.
Centuries repeatedly show we can only collectively
survive if we support one another, rather than be at
“somebody’s mercy”, whether colonial ruler, local
politician or donor agency.
The Rebuild A Home project is spearheaded by
the Living Water Community’s Mercy Foundation,
and its team is a range of corporate supporters, in-
cluding the Global Business Leadership Forum, the
Joint Chambers of Commerce, Digicel, Beacon, Shell
and BP. There are international allies such as Qnary
and Align Entertainment Group, which are head-
ing international social media campaigning and
fundraising. And, there’s Build Change, which has
to lead construction of hurricane-resistant homes
during our brief dry season.
Corporate Caribbean stepping up and in where
governments don’t or can’t, will be absolutely key
in our precarious future. More than anything else,
post-independence governments across the region
have shown more failures than successes, unless
pressed to do better by ordinary people, business
influence or aid conditionalities.
With dire circumstances seemingly everywhere at
once, from Yemen to Venezuela, the lesson to take
into this initiative is that the West Indies cannot
wait for aid. Instead, anyone with a connection to
the Caribbean, whether through literature, music,
ancestry or blessed baptism in our blue sea, has to
live by the philosophy of love for our region. Then
and now, we are a unique crucible in which the his-
tories of far flung continents have been enduringly
forged together. This has been our strength and our
vulnerability, and up to this second we are being
presented with the opportunity to choose.
You can choose to sponsor a home or make a do-
nation to help meet a $10 million USD project goal.
You can donate $1 or $100, the equivalent of one
fete ticket or as much as one mas costume. Or, you
can get your mas band and fete promoter to donate
for every ticket or purchase, turning your dispos-
able consumer dollars into a boundless solidarity
The project’s website and fundraising platform,
www.rebuildourhomes.com, reports that, among
other ongoing volunteer actions, 35 containers were
shipped to affected islands, a warehouse was con-
structed to store supplies, and vehicles were sent to
help with distribution. The plan ahead is to rebuild
a minimum of 200 homes and start constructing
schools. From within my crease, I’m also thinking
about contributing post-disaster healing methodol-
ogies developed especially for Caribbean children.
Rudder’s pen seems to say it all: “Little keys can
open mighty doors”.
As always, there is more if we want to move
from adaptation to mitigation, which ultimately we
must. The burning of fossil fuels, CO2 increase and
climate change is the number one spiraling threat
to the Caribbean. Small as we are, we have to be
brave enough to think and act big so that long-term
You can choose to sponsor a
home or make a donation to
help meet a $10 million USD
project goal. You can donate
$1 or $100, the equivalent of
one fete ticket or as much as
one mas costume. Or, you can
get your mas band and fete
promoter to donate for every
ticket or purchase, turning
your disposable consumer
dollars into a boundless
Entry 267: Diary of a mothering worker
Dr Gabrielle Hosein
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