The Barbados National Registry

Barbados National RegistryThe Barbados National Registry for Chronic Non-Communicable Disease (BNR) is a national surveillance system being conducted by the Chronic Disease Research Centre on behalf of the Ministry of Health. The BNR is made up of 3 registries: BNR-Stroke, BNR-Heart and BNR-Cancer. Each registry collects data about new cases of cancer, stroke, and acute myocardial infarction (also known as a heart attack or cardiac arrest) and produces statistics concerning incidence, mortality, and survival. Information from the BNR is used to inform public health policy and clinical practice and is an important resource for Caribbean researchers investigating the problems of chronic disease.

The BNR is a unique initiative in the Caribbean. It is a Ministry of Health initiative being conducted by the Chronic Disease Research Centre of The University of the West Indies.

BNR 10th Anniversary Seminar

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The Barbados National Registry culminated its 10th Anniversary celebrations with a Seminar and Public Lecture entitled "A Multi-Disciplinary Stakeholder Engagement on NCDs" at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on April 5th, 2019. The event was attended by senior health officials, doctors, nurses and allied health and featured a keynote presentation by  Karl Theodore, Professor Emertius, Director, Health Economics Unit, UWI.


After opening remarks by Senior Medical Officer of Health, Dr Arthur Phillips, that underscored the Ministry's continued commitment to the reduction of these diseases. The event  then commenced with a plenary presented by Dr Xuereb, PAHO Representative for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.


Professor Theodore's moving session outlining the costs of NCDs, the critical position we as a region find ourselves in due to the debt created by these diseases and some strategies to move forward, the attendees addressed the ethics of data sharing with a panel led by Professor Ian Hambleton.


Dr Natasha Sobers shared the strategic vision for the BNR along with its data, followed by two very informative and interactive breakout session by Dr Vikash Chatrani and Dr Colette George tackling female genital cancers and diabetes. The final session was a review of local cases studies and the discussion of the complexity of managing these cases by Dr Lynda Williams and Dr Joseph Herbert.


After the close, members of the public were invited in to view sponsor booths, have health checks and hear the informative session done by Dr Harold Watson and Professor Karl Theodore. The session began with opening remarks from Dr Harris, Director of Medical Services at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Dr Kim Quimby then took the public through an interactive online poll to test their knowledge about the registry and the symptoms of heart attack, stroke and cancer. The final activity was a CPR demonstration by Regal Development Solutions.


The session featured displays by events sponsors: Ensure, Seven Seas and Coverley Medical Centre.

BNR Team Pics


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