UK LANCASHIRE ARMY CADETS FORCE EXCHANGE CAMP

UK LANCASHIRE ARMY CADETS FORCE EXCHANGE CAMP

UK LANCASHIRE ARMY CADET FORCE EXCHANGE CAMP

BDF Media Release| 22 MAY 19

Photography credit: BDF Media

Headquarters Barbados Defence Force in its commitment to youth development, with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, hosted a detachment of 14 from the Lancashire Army Cadet Force over the 2-week Easter holiday.

The cadets participated in military exercises, community projects, physical challenges, safety of life at sea and an exciting 7 x 1KM road race. The camp’s schedule also included participating in cultural events highlighting Barbados’ history and its tourism value.

In an article by Mr Jack Marshall (UK) of the Lancashire Post, stated that Lancashire ACF Regimental Sergeant Major Oliver Pallister exclaimed “it was the best experience I have ever had. Not only the tasks we were given, but now I have friends in Barbados that I will keep for life.”

The reciprocal leg of the exchange camp with the Barbados Cadet Corps will be arranged in 2020.  (Read More)

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BDF PARTNERS WITH MAY MEASUREMENT MONTH

BDF PARTNERS WITH MAY MEASUREMENT MONTH

BDF PARTNERS WITH MAY MEASUREMENT MONTH

FEATURED ARTICLE BY: DR KENNETH CONNELL, PRESIDENT OF THE HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION BARBADOS

BDF Media Release| 17 MAY 19

Photography credit: BDF Media

On May 17th 2019, academia, civil societies, leading organizations in public health policy, and health care providers, will join the rest of the international community in recognizing World Hypertension Day. Also joining this tapestry of stakeholders, will be many people living with hypertension and its catastrophic events, heart attacks and strokes, as well as the families, friends, and caregivers, who are helping their loved ones cope with the disabilities associated with these sudden events. Very importantly, in this group, will also be people who have lost their brothers, aunts, workmates or acquaintances, as a consequence of this silent killer.

The observance of World Hypertension Day cannot therefore be just another day to acknowledge a longstanding enemy, it must be a time of much deeper reflection on methods and policies to rapidly stem the loss of just over 10 million people per year who succumb to this fate.

Hypertension discriminates shamelessly. It targets low-to-middle income countries, that are the most vulnerable to other natural disasters, such as tsunamis and hurricanes, and who must face difficulty decisions of prioritizing health care costs, with providing clean drinking water for their citizens.

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Hypertension is racist. It targets, disproportionately so, the communities of the African diaspora, whether by creating an enabling environment that facilitates the social determinants of risk factors, like unhealthy foods high in sodium, limited environments for physical activity, or smoke friendly public spaces. It has been argued that these enabling environments that are conducive to the social determinants of ill health, result in unhealthy decisions and an addiction for risky additions. Of the people living with hypertension, only half of them know they have it; the major first barrier to successful blood pressure control has been awareness. Treatment can only be achieved if people are aware they have high blood pressure. From 2017, the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) has launched an international programme to raise awareness about high blood pressure, around May 17th, World Hypertension Day, with May Measurement Month. This programme aims to screen newly diagnosed cases of elevated blood pressures, and over 2.7 million people have been screened in two years! http://maymeasure.com Barbados, through civil society organizations like the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados Inc., and the Barbados Defence Force, will again team up under the theme “Drilling Down the Numbers, Because I Say So!!”. This highlights the nature of both the enemy, and the necessary combat response needed for a public health threat to our very sustainability! It also borrows the ISH’s strategy of using the strong influence that our children have in all of our lives, in motivating their parents, teachers, neighbors etc., to get their blood pressure checked, Because I Say So! Once aware of the diagnosis, people living with high blood pressure should implement lifestyle changes to reduce their blood pressure. These include a reduction in added sodium (salt) intake, getting approximately 150 minutes of physical activity every week, smoking cessation, and reduction in harmful alcohol intake. These lifestyle changes must be emphasized at all stages of the attack against high blood pressure.

Despite these their best efforts, however, the majority of people living with high blood pressure will require tablets (pills) to reduce their blood pressure, and will need to continue this protection for their entire lives. On and off treatment of high blood pressure may put these people at a higher risk for stroke. Your insurance policy only protects you from a natural disaster when it’s current and active, even if it only expired yesterday!

Healthcare providers – doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians and psychologists – all have a responsibility of creating the most enabling environment for people living with hypertension to reach their target blood pressure, including motivating them to continue their efforts at healthier living and reminding them to take their medication every day, to guarantee protection, should a hurricane strike!

Scientists, practitioners and civil societies, also have a moral and professional responsibility to:

  1. Lobbying for healthier environments- sugar sweetened beverage and cigarette taxation
  2. Taking steps to urgently address the high prevalence of childhood obesity – 1 in 3 children in Barbados are overweight or obese
  3. Establishing the availability of core medications and a simplified management protocols and algorithms. The use of larger, more complex (and much longer!!) guidelines are robust academic and peer reviewed documents, but they’re only effective if used. Update of these guidelines remains low. This is clearly demonstrated in the WHO Global Hearts

Initiative, which aims at providing a collection of toolkits that aim to implement both public health and individual patient interventions. https://www.who.int/cardiovascular_diseases/ hearts/en/

  1. Establishing a cleaner pathway of converting the new evidence into the care of people living with hypertension

My wish for World Hypertension Day 2019 is that we step back from data on rates, risks and ratios, to step back from the search for new drugs and gadgets used to treat and measure high blood pressure, and to move into the homes and lives of the many people living with hypertension, from the street corners in New York, to the remote villages in Uganda, and ask ourselves “why does it all matter?”. It matters to us in Barbados, because all of our very strong and successful efforts made to improve the lives of our people post-independence, are under the real threat from an enemy, who has become so cliché, that its best defense has been familiarity. Get out there and have your blood pressure checked, and if you’re already living with high blood pressure, keep at it!! This isn’t just your individual effort, entire communities are here to support your efforts, and to live healthier because our children say so!

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Two BDF Pioneers Join Lancashire Cricket Foundation

Two BDF Pioneers Join Lancashire Cricket Foundation

Two BDF Pioneers Join Lancashire Cricket Foundation

BDF Media Release| 10 May 19

Photography credit: Lieutenant S Gollop

Headquarters Barbados Defence Force is extremely pleased to recognize the achievements of Pioneers Damario Goodman and Vataly Wilkinson, cricketers of the BDF Sports Programme.

Goodman a Left-arm spinner and Wilkinson an all–rounder, will be embarking on a four-month cricketing attachment with the Lancashire Cricket Foundation (LCF). This attachment is a continuation of the Barbados Cricket Association’s partnership with the LCF. 
Both players credit the Barbados Defence Force, its Sports Programme and the Barbados Cricket Association for the disciplined instilled in them, the commitment to the development of their skills and the unwavering support to ensure possible international opportunities were fully explored. 
The BDF Sports Programme aims to develop a unique body of highly trained athletes in various sports, capable of representing Barbados at the highest levels of competition and also rounded in their social, educational and moral development. 

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Kemi Football Club Signs Two BDF  Pioneers

Kemi Football Club Signs Two BDF  Pioneers

Kemi Football Club Signs Two BDF  Pioneers

BDF Media Release| 26 Apr 19

Photography credit: Lieutenant S Gollop

Headquarters Barbados Defence Force is extremely pleased to recognize Pioneers Shane Codrington and Rashad Jules, footballers of the BDF Sport Programme who have successfully gained contracts with Kemi Football Club in Finland. 
The BDF Sports Programme aims to develop a unique body of highly trained athletes in various sports, capable of representing Barbados at the highest levels of competition, and also rounded in their social, educational and moral development. 
Both players credit the Barbados Defence Force, its Sport Programme and the Barbados Football Association for the disciplined instilled as they developed their skills and the unwavering support to ensure every possible opportunity was available. 

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ANZAC Day Celebrations

ANZAC Day Celebrations

ANZAC Day Celebrations

BDF Media Release| 26 Apr 19

Photography credit: BDF Media

The New Zealand High Commission (NZHC) to Barbados commemorated ANZAC (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) Day at the Military Cemetery, Gravesend. His Excellency Anton Ojala, New Zealand High Commissioner to Barbados led the ceremony which is held annually on April 25 in recognition of the first major action fought by the Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. This year marks the first time that ANZAC Day was commemorated in Barbados. 

In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open a corridor into Dardanelles for the allied navies. The ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany. Commemorative services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing, while later in the day, former Australian and New Zealand servicemen and servicewomen meet to take part in marches and other activities. Commemorative ceremonies are used as occasions when Australians and New Zealanders reflect on the many different meanings of war. 

BDF Chief of Staff Colonel Glyne Grannum noted that the BDF was pleased to partner with the NZHC to participate in the commemorative event since the value of sacrifice for the country remained very much a part of contemporary military culture and the legacy of such will be forever treasured. 

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BDF Appoints New Force Sergeant Major

BDF Appoints New Force Sergeant Major

Bdf Appoints New Force Sergeant Major

BDF Media Release| 1 Apr 19

Photography credit: Lieutenant S Gollop

Master Chief Petty Officer Class One (MCPO1) Austin Howell has been appointed Force Sergeant Major (FSM) effective 1 April 2019. As a 30-year veteran of the BDF, MCPO1 Howell was appointed following the Commissioning of the former FSM Warrant Officer Class 1 Samuel Boyce in the rank of Captain.

As the most senior enlisted rank, the FSM acts as an advisor to the Chief of Staff, the senior command element, with specific responsibilities for junior enlisted leadership, discipline, ceremonial and parade matters among many other responsibilities.

Congratulations FSM!

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