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The UWI Five Islands Campus has a New Principal

The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Densil A. Williams as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of its Five Islands Campus, located in Antigua and Barbuda. His appointment was approved by the University Council at its meeting on May 13 and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has indicated its keenness to work with Professor Williams in a...
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Telecoms providers grant UWI students free access to websites

Over the next month, tertiary level students will sit their end of year and degree awarding examinations from the comfort of their homes for the first time in the island’s history of higher education. Starting tomorrow and running until mid-June, students at The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus will undergo final assessments for the just concluded semester in an online or remot...
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COVID 19 Presents Opportunity to Fix Underlying Race Class Issues in Health Systems

Regional Headquarters Jamaica. Wednesday, 06 May 2020. With over 3 million reported cases of COVID-19 worldwide, the virus’ impact on racial and ethnic groups is still emerging. However, internationally, reports have highlighted a disproportionate bearing of illness and death among racial and ethnic minority groups. On April 27, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) hosted a virtual...
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UWI scientists provide daily COVID-19 surveillance and monitoring

Daily surveillance and modelling of COVID-19 from the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre (GA-CDRC) at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is now publicly available to provide evidence-based decision-making in the Caribbean. The Centre’s reports gathered currently from 20 Caribbean countries can be accessed at
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Scientist lauds Region’s Early Response to COVID-19

Deputy Dean of Research at the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, Dr Madhuvanti Murphy has commended the early intervention of Caribbean countries to contain the spread of COVID-19. Dr Murphy told an April 22 online discussion forum on the topic ‘UWI on the frontline: Combatting COVID-19 through Data’ that countries in the region had implemented a number of non-pharmaceutical in...
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Researcher cautions against an unhealthy diet of food and information

UWI lecturer in Public Health and Epidemiology, Dr Natasha Sobers, has reiterated a call for the public to rely only on credible sources for information on COVID-19. Addressing an April 22 online forum hosted by The UWI Cave Hill Campus entitled ‘UWI on the frontline: Combatting COVID-19 through data’, Dr Sobers said medical officials have been bombarded daily with suggestions of magical cur...
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Quimby: Follow WHO directions on lifting restrictions

Scientific researchers at The UWI Cave Hill Campus have highlighted the need for Caribbean countries to follow the guidelines set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) regarding how to lift restrictions that were put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the region. This was one of the topics raised during an April 22 discussion forum entitled ‘UWI on the frontline: Combatting COVID...
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Hambleton: Surveillance Remains Critical

A Cave Hill Campus medical research scientist has advised that the Caribbean is still in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic and surveillance remains critical as regional governments consider changes to their national responses. That advice came from Professor of Biostatistics at the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, Ian Hambleton during a discussion forum on April 22nd e...
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Combating Covid 19: Early Days Yet For The Caribbean

The current moment is by far the most defining in modern history. The global community is engulfed in three major crises, which must be confronted simultaneously: the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a health crisis of enormous proportions. As of2 am CEST, 17 April 2020, there have been2,074,529 confirmed casesof Covid-19, including139,378 deathsreported to the World Health Organisation (WHO). W...
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UWI Students Assured of Fair and Just Final Assessments

UWI Students Assured of Fair and Just Final Assessments The UWI, Cave Hill Campus, April 16, 2020.Students at The University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus have been given an assurance that the upcoming period of examinations and final assessments to bring formal closure to semester two, will be fair and just. That assurance comes from campus principal Professor the Most Honourable Eudin...
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Medical Students Volunteer for Health Services

Medical students volunteer to help Fight Covid-19 The UWI, Cave Hill Campus, April 14, 2020.Dozens of medical students enrolled at The University of the West Indies Cave Hill are lending critical support to Barbados’ fight against the coronavirus pandemic as authorities gear for a possible surge in the number of COVID-19 cases across the nation. The volunteers who are at the clinical ...
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Cave Hill Campus activates Emergency Remote Teaching

Cave Hill Campus activities Emergency Remote Teaching The UWI, Cave Hill Campus, April 14, 2020.When classes at Cave Hill campus were suspended in March by the coronavirus lockdown, many students pondered an uncertain future. With face-to-face teaching suspended while a National Preparedness Plan was rolled out to combat the emergence of COVID-19 in Barbados, few could predict with any certain...
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Clinical and Ethics experts join The UWI COVID-19 Task Force

Clinical and Ethics experts join The UWI COVID-19 Task Force The UWI Regional Headquarters, Kingston, Jamaica, Thursday, 9 April, 2020. Four new members have joined The UWI COVID-19 Task Force, bringing expertise to address the clinical aspects of the virus. They are Professor Terence Seemungal, Pulmonologist and Dean of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at The UWI St Augustine Campus; Dr Carl...
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COVID-19’s psychological impact on workers

Researchers have cautioned that workers under 35 years old are least likely to adhere to measures proposed to halt the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. In addition, they say the disease’s impact on Barbadian workers should be a major consideration in the nation’s response to the ongoing pandemic. These findings were among the preliminary discoveries coming out of the first phas...
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UWI Partners with Government in Fight against Covid-19

Clinical care specialists and medical researchers at The University of the West, Cave Hill Campus, are actively engaged in the fight to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Barbados and across the region. Some have joined clinicians and other health care responders on the front line offering critical care to the stricken while others are providing analytical psychosocial and scientific research to a...
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