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Centre for Biosecurity Studies

Climate Change Risk and Biosecurity Implications for the Caribbean

Keynote Speaker
Name: Dr. Leslie Rollock
Title: Senior Medical Officer, Environmental Surveillance
Institution: Barbados Ministry of Health and Wellness

Dr Leslie Rollock is a medical graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona and holds a DM in Family Medicine from the UWI, Cave Hill.  With over twenty years of experience in clinical medicine and just over ten years in public health medicine, Dr Rollock presently works in the Ministry of Health, Barbados as the Senior Medical Officer with responsibility for Surveillance, Infection Control and Environmental Management under the designation of SMOH (N).  Please click here for a full biography (.PDF).

Keynote Address
This address discussed climate change risks and biosecurity implications for the Caribbean. It provided specific scenarios as well as responses to these implications. Please click here for a full PowerPoint presentation.

Chair, Climate Change Theme
Name: Professor Leonard Nurse
Title: Senior Lecturer in Integrated Coastal Area Management and Climate Change
Institution: Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), The UWI, Cave Hill Campus

Discussants, Climate Change Theme
Name: Dr. Arthur Phillips
Title: Senior Medical Officer
Institution: Barbados Ministry of Health and Wellness

Dr Arthur Phillips is a physician with training and experience in population health and health services management. He is currently employed as a Senior Medical Officer with the Ministry of Health and is an Associate Lecturer in Public Health with The University of the West Indies. 

Discussant Presentation
This presentation discussed the linkage of climate and its biosecurity implications with non-communicable diseases. It also examined some possible mechanisms by which particular climate change scenarios impact NCDs in the region. Please click here for the full presentation (.PDF).

Name: Captain Robert Harewood
Title: Deputy Director
Institution: Department of Emergency Management (DEM), Government of Barbados

Captain Harewood, who is a Commissioned Officer in the Barbados Defence Force, is the Deputy Director at the Department of Emergency Management (DEM) – Barbados’ National Disaster Office.
He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Science Degree in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management from the University of Leicester and a Professional Diploma in Project Management from Cambridge University.
Captain Harewood has professional training and certification in Damage Assessment & Needs Analysis, Urban Search & Rescue, Incident Command, and Emergency Operations Centre operations; and is a Certified Business Continuity Manager.  Please click here for a full biography (.PDF).

Discussant Presentation
This presentation explored the effects of biosecurity on the region.  It noted that Biosecurity was of concern for the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), as contaminated drinking water and reduced access to safe water, food, and shelter in some areas, had the potential to create conditions for outbreaks of infectious diseases such as leptospirosis, dengue, hepatitis A, typhoid, Zika, and influenza.
As the government department with responsibility for coordinating the National Emergency Management System (NEMS), the issue of biosecurity rests well within our area of concern, with the Health Services Sub-Committee of the NEMS directly responsible for its mitigation, preparedness and response interventions.  Please click here for the full presentation (.PDF).