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Health: Non-Communicable Diseases Matter

The playlist below is based on the Health Sector and Non Communicable Diseases.

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Dr. Penny Siebert grew up in Guyana and in the past has worked at the University of Guyana as a technician in the Physics and Biology departments. She left Guyana in 1984 to carry on her education. She has always had an interest in health and in the social, cultural and environmental factors that influence health outcomes and studied Human Sciences at the University College London and her Masters in Public Health at the University of Nottingham and Doctoral Research at the University of Sheffield. Currently a Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, she is engaged as a researcher in residence working alongside health care professionals and stakeholders, with a key role in translating theory and research into practice. She has a special interest in the use of research that draws on theories of human needs and equity to inform the design and implementation of innovations aimed at improving health outcomes and addressing the wider determinants of health.

Dr. Douglas Wilbert Slater assumed the position of Assistant Secretary-General, Directorate of Human and Social Development of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat on 1 October 2013. A national of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and a Medical Doctor by profession, Dr. Slater was the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Consumer Affairs of St. Vincent and the Grenadines from 2010-2013. In that capacity, he also served as representative of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to the ACP-EU Parliamentarians Group, and as alternate for the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance on the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Authorities. Additionally, Dr. Slater was Chair of the Executive Committee of PAHO and was involved in discussions regarding the now established Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). He has participated in numerous regional conferences on public health issues and initiated and led the successful implementation of the managed migration of registered nurses.

Dr. Shamdeo Persaud, MBBS, M.P.H., is currently the Chief Medical Officer in Guyana. He graduated from the University of Guyana School of Medicine in 1992 with a Bachelors of Medicine, Bachelors of Surgery, then he attained a Masters of Public Health/Epidemiology from the University of the West Indies (Jamaica) in 1999 and he is currently working to achieve his PhD in Epidemiology from the St George’s University, Grenada. At present, Mr. Persaud also stands as the Chairman of several organizations namely the Central Board of Health of Guyana, Institutional Review Board MOH Guyana, Pharmacy and Poisons Board Guyana and Training Advisory Committee (CARPHA). His professional experience is extended but not limited to Director for Pesticides and Toxic Chemical Board of Guyana, lecturer at the University of Guyana School of Medicine, and Research Fellow at the Windward Island Education and Research Institute.

Ms. Akima Sandiford-Simmons is a practicing community pharmacist, who enjoys serving others and graduated from the University of Guyana in 1994 with a Diploma in Pharmacy; in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy (hons.); and in 2016 with a Master of Public health. Her professional career began in 1994 in Guyana, and later worked as the Assistant Manager for the M&C Drugstore chain in St. Lucia. In 2000, Ms. Sandiford-Simmons returned to Guyana, and has held the position of the principal and manager of A&D Drugstore. Ms. Sandiford-Simmons is also a member of the Guyana Pharmacists’ Association, and in 2011 won the Pedro Roberts Fair Play Award as a member of the Caribbean Association of Pharmacist.

Dr. William Adu-Krow is presently the PAHO/WHO Representave for the Guyana Country Office. He acquired 4 degrees from the University of Science and Technology, School of Medical Sciences, Kumasi, Ghana after which he went on to earn a Masters and Doctor of Public Health majoring in Socio-medical Sciences with emphasis in Survey Research from Columbia University. Prior to joining PAHO/WHO in 2001, he worked in the Ashan Region in Ghana as a Medical Officer of Health, with the Ministry of Health, Barbados, as the Director for Research and Development at the New York Urban League, Northern Manhattan Perinatal Partnership and as Program Director, HIV Early Intervention Services for the Newark Community Health Centers, Inc. Within PAHO/WHO, Dr. Adu-Krow worked as a technical officer in Washington, as the Sub-Regional Advisor for Family and Reproducve Health and as the Regional Advisor for Gender, Health and Development. Between 2008 and 2010, Dr. Adu-Krow became the WHO Country Liaison Officer in Solomon Islands, before being appointed in 2010 as the Representave for Papua New Guinea where he worked till 2014 when he assumed office in Guyana.

Ms. Edé Tyrell is currently a Microbiology Lecturer, in the Faculty of Health Sciences at rhe University of Guyana--- for nearly 20 years. She was also the Head of Department of Medical Technology from 2007-2011. Her Research interests include, Antibiotic microbial resistance (AMR) especially antibiotic resistance development in bacteria and prevention and control strategies; uses of bush and herbal medications for treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases; prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections; lymphatic filariasis and other neglected parasitic infections. Ms. Tyrell is also the Country Ambassador of the American Society of Microbiology – ASM. She earned her first Diploma in Medical Technology at the University of Guyana; a BSc Microbiology – University of Surrey, UK; a Post Graduate Diploma in Education – University of Guyana ; and a MSc Microbiology – St. George’s University, Grenada.

Her activities include, her love for weight-lifting and anything gym, she is involved with the activities at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Plaisance; community development in Plaisance; mentoring of young people- and currently part of the Planning Committee for the upcoming Queens Collage Student Conference in February for 150 QC students and 50 students from Annandale Secondary, Bishops’ High School, Christ Church Secondary, North Georgetown Secondary, Richard Ishmael Secondary, Tutorial High, and West Dem Secondary.

Professor Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith is the Tenth Vice Chancellor and Principal of The University of Guyana. Earlier, he served as Executive in Residence at The University at Albany, State University of New York, and the Ninth President of Fort Valley State University in Georgia where he led the right-sizing of the educational and economic enterprise, focusing on growing enrollment, improving community and corporate linkages, controlling expenditure, launching an Honors program and an Undergraduate Research Program, and initiating a feasibility study to establish a School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation.

A political scientist, Dr. Griffith served earlier as a tenured professor of political science and provost and senior vice president at York College of The City University of New York from 2007 to 2013 where notable achievements included growing the full-time faculty by 30 percent over four years, re-organizing the academic division into Schools of Business and Information Systems, Arts & Sciences, and Health Sciences and Professional Programs, and enhancing the research and scholarly climate by creating the Provost Lecture Series, the Distinguished Scholars Lecture Series, and the Undergraduate Research Program, and recognizing and rewarding research and scholarship. He also established Discovery to celebrate and incentivize faculty excellence in research and service.

Recipient of the 2015 William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education named in honor of former United States Defense Secretary Dr. William J. Perry, he has published seven books, including Strategy and Security in the Caribbean (Praeger, 1991), The Quest for Security in the Caribbean (M. E. Sharpe, 1993), the highly-acclaimed Drugs and Security in the Caribbean: Sovereignty under Siege (Penn State University, 1997, the research for which was funded by the MacArthur Foundation), The Political Economy of Drugs in the Caribbean (Palgrave, 2000), and Caribbean Security in the Age of Terror: Challenge and Change (Ian Randle Publishers, 2004). His more than 50 academic and policy articles have appeared in Security and Defense Studies Review (US), Social and Economic Studies (Caribbean), Low Intensity Conflict and Law Enforcement (US), Naval War College Review (US), Third World Quarterly (UK), Journal of Money Laundering Control (UK), Caribbean Quarterly (Caribbean), Caribbean Studies (Caribbean), Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics (UK), University of Miami Law Review (US), Caribbean Perspectives (Caribbean), Dickinson Journal of International Law (US), Caribbean Affairs (Caribbean), Conflict Quarterly (Canada), Mershon International Studies Review (US), UN Institute for Disarmament Research Newsletter (UN), and The Round Table (UK).

Ms. Sara Scott is a QC alumnus and current 5th year student and the UG School of Medicine. Active member of the University of Guyana Medical Students’ Association (UGMSA) where she served as Secretary from 2013-2015, and President from 2015-2016. She is also one of the founding members of the Guyana Medical Students’ Association (GuMSA).

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