The Guyana component of the CONTACT Study could not have been established and maintained without the guidance, support and input of our partners, who include academic institutions and researchers, government agencies and NGOs, and members of civic society. Some of our key partners are listed below.
Professor Seeromanie Harding, Social Epidemiologist, is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the overall CONTACT Study. Dr Ursula Read, Anthropologist, also of King's College London, is our lead qualitative methodologist.
Co-investigators from the Caribbean include Prof. Rainford Wilks (Co-PI), Dr Ishtar Govia and Ms Shelly McFarlane (all from the Jamaica Mona Campus) and Prof. Alafia Samuels (formerly from the Barbados Cave Hill Campus).
Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica
Our other Co-investigators from the Caribbean include Dr Robert Nasiiro (Co-PI) and Ms Rosana Emmanuel, both of Dominica. Both Dominica and Jamaica are also intervention sites for the study.
With the support of the Minister and Permanent Secretary, the Ministry pays CONTACT Study Health Advocate stipends, and provides printing services and health promotion materials for the project. They also permit access to the primary health care staff in the health centres selected for participation.
The local PAHO/WHO office, led by Dr William Adu-Krow, have strongly supported CONTACT from its inception, and have provided technical assistance and financial support. They co-sponsored our Health Advocate Award Ceremony.
The RDC for Region 3 provides logistic support for Health Advocate meetings and training, and access to the health centre facilities in the region.
Central Religious Bodies
Guidance during the set-up process and on development of the intervention, as well as networking support was provided by the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG), the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha (led by Dr Vindhya Persaud, President), and the Guyana chapter of the Interreligious Organisation.
Project team members meet with Ministry of Public Health officials and representatives of the University of Guyana and PAHO at the Ministry of Public Health, Wednesday 15thFeb 2017. From left to right: Dr William Adu-Krow, PAHO-WHO Country Representative, Guyana; Dr Reeta Gobin, Co-Investigator and Project Coordinator, Guyana; Prof. Seeromanie Harding, Principal Investigator, King’s College London, UK; Ms Volda Lawrence, Hon Minister of Public Health, Guyana; Dr Karen Cummings, Hon. Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Guyana; Dr Thelma Alafia Samuels, Co-Investigator and Director, Chronic Disease Research Centre, UWI, Barbados; Dr Madan Rambaran, Co-Principal Investigator, Guyana; Dr Karen Gordon-Boyle, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Guyana; Prof. Michael Scott, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Engagement, UG.