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Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons to fill the position of Primary Care Physician
II at the North-Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA).
Primary Care Physician II
The Primary Care Physician II will be responsible for diagnosing and treating persons attending the
Health Centres within the Region. The work involves health promotion and disease prevention
activities and supervision of Health Team.
Develop plans and programmes for the development of primary health care.
Co-ordinate all disease prevention activities in conjunction with health visitors and public
Plan and execute health promotion activities, such as counseling patients and lecturing to
community groups. This requires visiting schools or community venues outside of the health
Coordinate the work of and supervise all clinical staff.
Complete medical records for all persons treated.
Arrange referrals and/or transfers as necessary to secondary or tertiary facilities.
Perform the medico-legal duties.
Ensure the accuracy of reports, data, etc.
Ensure improved levels of public health.
Ensure that the highest ethical standards of medical practice are followed at all times.
Minimum Requirements and Experience:
Post-Graduate certification in Family Medicine OR Public Health and at least ten (10) years
post-internship experience, preferably in a primary healthcare environment.
Experience in the practice of preventative medicine and in child and maternal healthcare.
Up to date registration with the Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago.
Any suitable combination of training or experience
Certificates acquired at foreign universities MUST be supported by certified transcripts as well as
evidence that the completed programme is accredited in Trinidad and Tobago.
Applications must be submitted along with Curriculum Vitae by June 20, 2014 to:
Office of the General Manager, Human Resources
North-Central Regional Health Authority
Building # 39, First Floor
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
Unsuitable/late applications will not be acknowledged.
NAIROBI---Leaders at a
US-Africa summit on ener-
gy congratulated and
thanked the United States
for a new Obama admin-
istration proposal to reduce
carbon dioxide emissions
from power plants, the US
secretary of energy said
Ernest Moniz attended a
two-day summit in Ethiopia
to explore strategies to
accelerate the development
of clean energy sources and
the adoption of energy effi-
cient technologies on a con-
tinent where two-thirds of
the population doesn t have
access to electricity.
Moniz said he was sur-
prised at how much those
in attendance talked about
climate change. The Mon-
day announcement of Pres-
ident Barack Obama s pro-
posed rule for the
Agency to cut carbon diox-
ide emissions by up to 30
per cent by 2030 from 2005
levels was well received, he
How can people in the world s poorest slums
increase their businesses---even when they don t
have enough money to buy food every day?
One solution found by residents in a slum on
Kenya s coast is simply to print their own money.
For a year now, more than 180 local businesses
in what is called the "Bangladesh" slum near the
coastal Kenyan city of Mombasa have used their
own colourful currency alongside the Kenya shilling.
It is called "Bangla-Pesa." It is slightly larger
than a dollar, comes in 5s, 10s, and 20s, and is
helping to stimulate trade in one of Kenya s most
neglected places by its use in businesses, churches,
The slum, home to 20,000 people who live with
no paved roads, running water, or electricity, is 100
per cent native Kenyan. It is nicknamed
"Bangladesh" since locals say the place is as poor
and congested as the South Asian nation. "Pesa"
is Swahili for money.
Bangla-Pesa works by allowing barter between
small business owners. Since Bangla-Pesa is accept-
ed only in "Bangladesh," the cash stays in the com-
munity, allowing people to save their Kenyan
shillings for bigger purchases.
For example, a motorcycle taxi driver may have
the capacity for 20 trips a day but only takes five.
At the same time, a fish vendor throws out 20 per
cent of her stock. With Bangla-Pesa, the fish vendor
can buy a ride to the market instead of walking;
the taxi driver can buy the excess fish, or something
The Bangla-Pesa acts as a voucher for the trade.
"The whole idea of alternative currencies is to
help communities manage themselves with local
economies and local leadership," says Will Ruddick,
an American economist living in Kenya who intro-
duced the Bangla-Pesa last May, sparking a large
outcry from Kenya s central bank that he was under-
mining the shilling.
After government charges and a brief arrest, Rud-
dick went free as he explained that Bangla-Pesa
allows people to tap into excess goods and services
that already exist in their community, but that go
to waste because residents don t have enough capital
to buy them.
What s different about the Bangla-Pesa is that
it is Africa s first alternative currency and is designed
to fight poverty and is apparently having a good
After a year of use, there is both actual and anec-
dotal evidence that the new currency is helping
people s lives.
Alfred Sigo sells flour, soap, and other basic goods
at a small makeshift shop. He makes 400-500
Kenya shillings ($4.60 to $5.70) per day, plus the
equivalent of 70 more (about 80 cents) in Bangla-
Pesa. With his mother and his younger sisters to
support, any extra business helps.
"If you have ten customers with the Kenya
shilling, you can get two more with the Bangla-
Pesa," he says. The extra Bangla-Pesa he uses to
buy vegetables, and the extra savings in Kenyan
shillings pay his sisters school fees.
"Bangla-Pesa complements the work of the Kenya
shilling," Sigo says. "When you don t have enough,
it s the extra coin."
Ruddick s data finds that Bangla-Pesa users come
out ahead by an average of 84 shillings a day, equiv-
alent to 98 cents. That sounds like a tiny increase,
but for people living on a few dollars a day, it rep-
resents 16 per cent more spending power.
"For some people, that s feeding their kids," Rud-
dick says. ---Christian Science Monitor
US lauded in Africa for
coal emission proposal
"The whole idea of alternative
currencies is to help communities
manage themselves with local
economies and local leadership."
Will Ruddick, Economist
helps fight poverty
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