Latasha Jennings is a 3rd year Biology and Women, Gender Sexuality Studies Double Major. She traveled to St. Kitts and Nevis for the UVA summer class in Social Determinants of Child Health. Below are some of her photos and experiences.
Similar to our visit to Tucker Clarke Primary School, we gave presentations to the children at Ivor Walters Primary School in Nevis on asthma, how it is triggered, and how it can be managed. The goal of our presentations was to show children that they can still lead healthy, active lives with asthma.
We visited this school twice during our stay in St. Kitts. During the first visit, we presented the teachers with the books and teaching supplies that Dr. Richardson donated to the school and then briefly observed a class. During the second visit, we gave a talk to children in grades K-2 about what asthma is, what triggers it, and what they should do if they begin to have an asthma attack.
The National Museum is located in St. Kitts at the meeting point of Basseterre and Port Zante. The building in which it is housed was completed in 1894, and it used to serve as the Treasury Building for St. Kitts. It opened its doors as the National Museum for the first time in 2002.
In 2005, St. Kitts switched from an economy based on sugar cane production to one based on tourism, and Port Zante pictured above has become a tourist hotspot as a result. Cruise ships dock at the Port, and tourists spend the day shopping at the multitude of shops and craft markets located at the Port.
A press conference was held during our visit to Ivor Walters Primary School where Dr. Richardson presented the school with children’s books and teaching supplies.
We were given a tour of one of the six community health centers in Nevis by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Nicole Slack-Liburd. These health centers are located within walking distance of the communities they serve and provide primary care to the citizens of Nevis.
Teaching Assistant, Seleena Moore, along with Dr. Richardson spoke during a press conference in Nevis on the findings of the research the two have done on the social determinants of childhood asthma in St. Kitts and Nevis.
During our stay in St. Kitts, we went on a short hike into the island’s rainforest and visited the location where all of the island’s freshwater is collected. This water is filtered, treated, and piped down to the rest of the island.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site was designed by British Army Engineers and built by African slaves. Construction of the Fortress began in 1690 and continued intermittently for just over 100 years until completion. The Fortress is now a National Park that is managed by the Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park Society.