In an efforts to play its part in the promotion of healthy living in Barbados, Cave Shepherd & Co. Ltd has partnered with the Barbados Community Foundation to donate $25 000 to the University of the West Indies (UWI), The Barbados Diabetes Foundation and the Chronic Disease Research Centre (CDRC) in the fight against diabetes in Barbados.
Chief executive officer of Cave Shepherd, John Williams explained that the donation to the Wound Healing in Diabetes Study referred to as the WHY Study further strengthens the company’s commitment to health care in Barbados.
The research is a 24-month, 600 patient case-controlled study which began in March 2008 and follows on from previous research conducted by the Chronic Disease Research Centre (CDRC) in 2003, which has shown an increasing trend in lower limb amputation due to diabetes in Barbadian women. More alarming, are the results of the follow-up study done in 2007 which indicated a 50 per cent mortality rate within one year following amputation – the worst mortality figures worldwide to date.
The study is being led by Dr. R. Clive Landis, the senior lecturer in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of the West Indies. Dr. Landis is also the principal researcher at the Edmund Cohen Laboratory for Vascular Research and the Chronic Disease Research Centre, both located in Barbados.
“We view the work being undertaken by Dr. Landis as important to all Barbadians, including our employees as well as many pensioners,” added Williams.