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Contact: Adhara King


Tuesday, April 21, 2009 – Regional health officials—comprising researchers, practitioners and policy makers—will meet on island this week, to discuss health issues facing the Caribbean population.  The fifty-fourth meeting of the Caribbean Health Research Council (CHRC) will be held at the Coco Palm Resort on Wednesday April 22nd.


Following that meeting, the CHRC will hold a scientific conference at the Sandals Grande Beach Resort and Spa, from Thursday April 23 to Saturday April 25.  This year, the over 200 delegates  who will be in attendance will receive sixty oral, and fifty-seven poster presentations, as well as feature lectures.


“The mini symposium on managing diabetes will discuss the critical need for a review of current approaches to managing diabetes. We think this is very timely and important for Saint Lucia, since  diabetes is one of those chronic non-communicable diseases that we’re trying our best to educate the population about,” said Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Felix St. Hill.


The majority of presentations will centre on the most significant health issues currently facing the Caribbean—namely HIV/AIDS and chronic non-communicable diseases. The results of four Saint Lucian research studies will be presented during the conference.


“The Saint Lucian researchers, we think, will give a good account of themselves with the results of four Saint Lucian research studies that have been conducted. And they will be making presentations concerning those at the CHRC meeting. The topics will include ‘Obesity in children’, ‘Knowledge, Attitudes and Practice of of Health Care Workers about Pandemic Influenza’, ‘Burden of Diarrhoeal Illnesses’, and ‘HIV infections among Drug Users',” said St. Hill.


The series of meetings is meant to facilitate the exchange of the findings of various health research projects conducted throughout the region. This is in keeping with the mandate of the CHRC to co-ordinate, promote and facilitate health research and disseminate the findings.

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