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Dr. Subira Franklin the Arnot Cato-COB Award Recipient for 2019

For Release Upon Receipt - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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Dr. Subira Franklin is this year’s recipient of the Arnott Cato Foundation-City of Bridgetown (COB) Credit Union Ltd award.

The Master’s in Public Health (MPH) student received the $5,000 sponsorship cheque during an awards ceremony at the Errol Walrond Building, Clinical Skills Complex, Jemmotts Lane, Bridgetown recently.

An emotional Franklin said she was looking forward to furthering her training, which will provide a better platform for patient advocacy, especially in relation to sickle cell anaemia and systemic lupus erythromatosus, better known as lupus.

“Hopefully, with my MPH, I can now better serve these marginalized patient populations and continue to fight for universal neonatal screening for sickle cell disease, or lobby for better treatment options for Lupus patients whose medications are very expensive and [therefore] is often unaffordable for the average patient.”

COB was commended for its commitment at a time when sourcing financial funding for those in the medical field has become a challenge.

“With the well-known economic difficulties we have seen with the government, there is a lot of pressure to be able to train health personnel and to assist them to realise their full potential,” said Chairman of the Arnott Cato Foundation, Professor Sir Errol Walrond.

The MPH programme of the Faculty of Medical Sciences can be completed full-time over one year or part-time over two years and has attracted a diverse group of students, with applicants hailing from the Caribbean, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Denmark and Nigeria.

“Our graduates have been able to apply a population-focused approach to areas such as academia, medical laboratory technology, media and communication services and, of course, the health sector through the development and implementation of health policies and assuming positions of leadership in their respective countries,” Coordinator of the MPH Programme, Dr Heather Harewood said. “The potential of the well-equipped MPH graduate to contribute to improving population health is clear.”

The COB has partnered with the Arnott Cato Foundation for almost ten years.

The Arnott Cato Foundation is named after St Vincent-born Sir Arnott Cato, a graduate of The University of the West Indies who had a distinguished career in medicine and served in varying positions in the legislature during his 60 years residing in Barbados.

The foundation provides assistance and awards in the areas of education, training, and research to promote efficiency and productivity of human resources at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

PHOTO: Dr. Subira Franklin (centre) with Chairman of the Arnott Cato Foundation, Professor Sir Errol Walrond (left) and President of the City of Bridgetown Cooperative Credit Union, Henderson Williams.


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