University of West Indies


The University of West Indies (UWI) is the premier tertiary level institution in the English-speaking Caribbean. The UWI is charged with meeting the region’s human resource needs. Through its research, academic and administrative expertise, it assists with the resolution of the developmental issues facing the region. The UWI is funded by sixteen regional governments and delivers its certificates, diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees across is four campuses, Mona (Jamaica), St. Augustine (Trinidad & Tobago), Cave Hill (Barbados) and virtually, through the Open Campus. UWI is a member of the Hemispheric University Consortium (HUB) established by President Frenk at the University of Miami this past April. The HUB is a unique cooperative mechanism in higher education, established to facilitate opportunities for research, education and innovation across the hemisphere. Dr. Kahwa is the Deputy Director of the UWISON’s PAHO/WHO-designated Collaborating Centre, one of only 18 such Centres in The Americas, an elite recognition UWI shares with the UM SONHS. Dr. Kahwa has collaborated with PI Dr. Johis Ortega since 2011 around their mutual membership on the PANMCC (Pan American Nursing and Midwifery Collaborating Centres) network to which she is currently the Chair-Elect. Dr. Ortega holds an adjunct Faculty appointment at the UWI as he is currently a member of a Dissertation committee for a PhD student at UWI.


Caribbean Institute for Health Research


The Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR) conducts innovative research that provides evidence for improvements in the health and well-being of persons in the Caribbean and globally. They have a record of research excellence, with an increasing emphasis on development and evaluation of effective health interventions.
The Caribbean Institute for Health Research (CAIHR) has a rich history that dates back to the 1950's with the pioneering work of the late Professor Sir John Waterlow, a renowned physiologist, who was posted in Jamaica in 1945 by the British Colonial Office to conduct commissioned research on the high death rate of children under five years old on the island, as well as in Guyana and Trinidad.

From foundations laid in pre-Independence Jamaica, CAIHR today has grown into the leading research entity of its kind in the Caribbean, known for more than its pioneering work in Nutrition, but also in Child Development and Chronic Diseases such diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular and Sickle Cell Disease.