01 December 2015

World AIDS Day: Getting to zero – supporting positive living, community by community


December 1 is World AIDS Day, an opportunity for people to work actively and collaboratively with partners around the world to raise awareness about...
24 November 2015

World Prematurity Day


You may have seen people wearing purple last Tuesday. This is because World Prematurity Day was observed on November 17. People wear purple to promo...
17 November 2015

Potential risks of national health insurance


Last week, the potential benefits of National Health Insurance (NHI) were highlighted. It was discussed that NHI has the potential to improve access t...
10 November 2015

National Health Insurance


In 2012, I conducted a study in St Vincent and the Grenadines entitled “Willingness to participate and pay for a proposed National Health Insuran...
03 November 2015

From millennium development goals to sustainable development goals


The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) mark a historic and effective method of global mobilization to achieve a set of important social priorities wo...
20 October 2015

Breast lumps


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a worldwide annual campaign involving thousands of organizations, to highlight the importance of breast canc...
13 October 2015

HIV and its cousins


A few months ago, one of our local radio stations carried the headline that the HIV/AIDS figures for St Vincent and the Grenadines were alarming. The ...
06 October 2015

Violence, crime and public health


It is not often that violence and crime are linked to health. Most times, they are viewed as social issues to be addressed solely by law enforcement...
29 September 2015

Medical marijuana


As a medical practitioner, I have been asked over and over what is my position on the issue of legalizing marijuana in St Vincent and the Grenadines...
22 September 2015

Understanding cancer and its risk factors


When we speak of risk, simply put, it is the probability that an event will happen. When talking about cancer, risk is most often used to describe t...