The Barbados Ministry of Health and the Barbados National NCD Commission on Friday, 24 March, 2017, hosted a national consultation on Healthy Foods for Barbadians under the theme ‘Affordable, Safe and Nutritious Food: Combatting NCDs’ (Non-Communicable Diseases).
The multi-sector meeting, which saw representation by schoolchildren, faith-based organisations and the local chamber of commerce, was opened by Sir Trevor Hassell, Chair of the Barbados National NCD Commission and President of the HCC. In his opening remarks, Sir Trevor highlighted the staggering impact of NCDs by asking participants to stand if they had an NCD. He then asked those with affected family members to stand. The entire room stood. The powerful exercise harkened back to the early days of HIV and AIDS activism and had an immediate and profound impact on delegates.
Acting PAHO/WHO Representative, Dr. Peter Cowley, followed with fulsome praise for the Barbados national NCD prevention and control response citing the implementation of the SSB tax, the National NCD Commission’s 10-year anniversary and the impact the collective efforts have had on the general public. He ended by sharing a recent experience in a Barber shop when two young men were discussing the unhealthiness of a national staple dish – macaroni pie. This is progress he remarked, when everyday people are discussing NCDs in their everyday lives. (more…)