Caribbean Centre for Health Systems Research and Development

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The UWI St Augustine COVID-19 Research

"Evidence to inform a Multi-Disciplinary Response to the Pandemic"

Trinidad and Tobago is a twin-island Caribbean country with a population of about 1.4 million. On the 12th March, 2020, the Ministry of Health reported its first COVID-19 patient. The first wave of COVID-19 infections ended April 2020 (116 total confirmed cases, 8 deaths) and the 2nd wave began in June 2020; as of 1st September, 2020 there were 1773 total confirmed cases and 25 deaths.

On 2nd April, 2020, the Faculty of Medical Sciences (FMS) established a COVID-19 Research Group (CV-RG) chaired by the Caribbean Centre for Health Systems Research and Development (CCHSRD).  The CV-RG, among other things, serves to coordinate the FMS COVID-19 research and identify short, medium and long-term research priorities that can provide the evidence needed to contribute to the control of the COVID-19 outbreak and inform preparedness activities for future outbreaks. They also identify key research collaborators within and outside the FMS and internationally; this includes multidisciplinary partners.   The group comprises 21 members representing the five schools of the FMS, the Faculties of Engineering and Social Sciences and the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies.

  The symposium on the 3rd September, 2020, highlights some of the research being conducted by staff of The UWI St Augustine campus, one of five campuses of the University of the West Indies (The UWI).  The abstracts provides viewers and participants with some insight to the multi-disciplinary work being conducted which, it is hoped, will contribute to an evidence-informed approach to addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. The UWI’s Faculty of Medical Sciences (St Augustine), together with the Caribbean Centre for Health Systems Research and Development (CCHSRD), is pleased to share this research, which also includes papers from the Faculties of Social Sciences and Science and Technology. This work also contributes to the work of The UWI COVID-19 Task Force which aims to leverage the University's knowledge and experts to assist the Caribbean in its readiness and response to the pandemic.

Please click on the link below to access the abstracts:

 COVID-19 Virtual Symposium 3 Abstracts.pdf


Thursday 3rd September 2020 at 1:00pm





Flyer.pdf and Programme.pdf





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