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Look out for the Encyclopedia of Caribbean Archaeology, by Basil Reid and R. Grant Gilmore III, which
o ers a comprehensive overview of the available archaeological research conducted in the region.
Beginning with the earliest native migrations and moving through contemporary issues of heritage
management, the contributors tackle standard questions of colonization, adaptation, and evolution
while embracing newer research techniques, such as geoinformatics, archaeometry, paleodemography,
DNA analysis, and seafaring simulations. The introduction includes a survey of the various archaeological
periods in the Caribbean, as well as a discussion of the region's geography, climate, topography, and
oceanography. It also o ers a review of the prehistoric and historical archaeology, providing a better
understanding of the cultural contexts of the Caribbean that resulted from the convergence of Native
American, European, African, and then Asian settlers.
Basil A. Reid is senior lecturer in archaeology at The UWI, St. Augustine and the author of Myths and
Realities of Caribbean History. R. Grant Gilmore III is a freelance heritage management consultant on
the board of the International Committee for Archaeological Heritage Management of the International
Council on Monuments and Sites.
All you ever wanted to dig up
The Institute for Gender and Development
Studies, UWI St Augustine hosted "Women and
Political Power: A Right to Lead" on March 19. e
event was a timely intervention into public a airs,
raising critical questions and emerging themes
from the current political landscape where gender
issues have once again come to the fore. ere
were three major points made by the speakers: (i)
it is necessary for academics and members of the
community to deconstruct the gendered nature
of media coverage, (ii) women's experiences in
politics gives insight into the ongoing unequal
gender power relations in the Caribbean and (iii)
the IGDS is committed to engaging the society
with diverse stakeholders in developing informed
analyses of current a airs.
is event was a follow-up on a three-year
research project between the International
Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the
Canadian High Commission, titled "Politics,
Power and Gender Justice in the Anglophone
Caribbean: Women's Understandings of Politics,
Experiences of Political Contestation and the
Possibilities for Gender Transformation." All
presentations may be found on our IGDS St
Augustine YouTube page.
e numbers are mind-boggling: toward the end of 2012
there were 35.3 million people across the world living with
HIV. In the Caribbean an estimated 250,000 persons are
living with HIV (UNAIDS 2013 Global Fact Sheet). It has
a ected millions and remains one of the most challenging
diseases to manage. Since the beginning of the epidemic,
almost 75 million people have been infected with the
HIV virus and about 36 million people have died of HIV,
according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
e UWI Faculty of Medical Sciences has developed
a regional programme to help improve the quality of
life for those living with the virus. It has partnered with
the International Training and Education Center for
Health (I-TECH), University of Washington, Seattle,
USA, and the Caribbean HIVAIDS Regional Training
Network (CHART) to o er the Diploma in the Management
of HIV Infection.
Last year the rst cohort of twelve health care providers
crossed the stage at e UWI Sport and Physical Education
Centre to shake hands with Chancellor, Sir George Alleyne,
and receive their certi cates. ree of these UWI graduates
One of them, Ingrid Marcellin-Wiseman spoke of the
importance of the part-time Diploma and its impact on the
medical profession and those living with HIV.
" e management of HIV is a very complex one and so
I was grateful for this course since it allowed me a greater
understanding of the disease, mostly because it encompasses
all aspects of HIV care and treatment and as such should be
pursued by all medical personnel working in or with special
interest in this eld of study."
For UWI graduate Erica Joseph the programme
provided, "new and up-to-date information and knowledge,"
which was "empowering."
" is should ideally lead to better health outcomes
for HIV/AIDS clients under our care, and should enhance
one's advocacy role when there are gaps in management or
sub-optimal care," she added.
Enrollment is now open and this Diploma in the
Management of HIV Infection class of 2014-2015, will nd
greater exibility in delivery of the material, as it will be a
blended learning programme which combines online as well
as face-to-face teaching in clinics. e enhanced delivery
will ensure that the course is more accessible throughout
the region by maximizing access for professionals working
in the public sector, non-governmental organizations and
commercial organizations. e deadline date for registration
is July 18th and classes for the new semester begin on
September 8th, 2014.
e part-time, one year, blended learning programme
o ers courses in HIV treatment online as well as in the
clinics of medical institutions. Students have the exibility
to access the course material from "anywhere in the world
and at any time, while learning about the latest health care for
HIV, from experts in the eld," Programme Coordinator,
Professor Zulaika Ali explained recently.
e modules or courses being taught include: HIV
Epidemiology and Pathogenesis, HIV and the Laboratory
for diagnosis, General Management of HIV Infection,
HIV Co-infection and Related Issues, HIV and the
Health System, HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health,
Research Methods and Design, Dissertation and Practicum/
Diploma in Management of HIV
Application forms can be obtained at: UWI School of Graduate Study and Research, St. Augustine Campus.
For more information please contact: Professor Zulaika Ali, Child Health Unit, Building 69, 1st Floor, EWMSC, Tel/Fax 868-662-9596
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