Sir George Alleyne, Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, was Trinity School of Medicine's featured lecturer for the month of February and shared his views on the Millenium Development Goals initiative and the governments joint efforts to reduce the mortality rate from noncommunicable diseases by 25%.
Sir George Alleyne dedicated the greater part of his career in Medicine and Health Care to uplifting the standard of public health for the benefit of its citizens and the overall process of Caribbean development. He holds the degree of Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery and has the distinguished achievement of attaining the highest rank of Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the American College of Physicians. His career has been largely dedicated to medical education and health research in the Caribbean and service as Scientific Secretary of the Caribbean Health Research Council. He was knighted in 1990 for his services to medicine, and in 2001, was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Community, the highest honor that can be conferred on a Caribbean national.
The following was originially published on TheVincentian.com as reported by International Correspondent Ben Harrison:
A standing room only gathering of students, faculty and invited guests attended an inspiring lecture by Sir George A.O. Alleyne at the Trinity School of Medicine’s main lecture hall, on Monday Feb. 18, 2013.
Dr. Alleyne began a career in academic medicine at the University of the West Indies where he was appointed Professor of Medicine. In addition to serving on the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee of the WORLD Health Organisation (WHO), Tropical Disease Research Program and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Scientific Investigation in Developing Countries, he served as a member and chair of the The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Advisory Committee on Medical Research. He was appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean region.
He is currently Chancellor of the University of the West Indies. He was knighted in 1990 for his services to medicine, and in 2001, was awarded the Order of the Caribbean Community, the highest honor that can be conferred on a Caribbean national.
His lecture, supported by an excellent series of slides and statistics, referred to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in which health is a key component, and the approach to the prevention and control of non communicable diseases (NCDs) where governments have adopted a goal of a 25% reduction in mortality by the year 2025. NCDs are leading causes of death and disability, and include cardio-vascular, diabetes, hypertension and cancer. The direct cost and economic loss attributed to NCDs reach staggering amounts of money, amounting to trillions of dollars, creating devastating consequences to economic stability in both high and low income countries.
Dr. Alleyne urged that strong partnerships should be formed with adolescents and young people, not only because they are the adults of the future, but also because many of the risk factors and patterns of consumption that contribute to NCDs begin and must be stopped in adolescence. Prevention, particularly relating to life style of parents and society, must begin during the first 1000 days of life, starting from conception.
Kudos must be given to Trinity School of Medicine for its initiative in bringing world class academics to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, providing the finest quality of education to its medical students as they prepare for their career in this most important field.