UWI mourns passing of Haematology stalwart
The University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine Campus is mourning the death of a former member of the Medical Sciences Faculty, Dr Waveney Charles.
The UWI notes that Dr Charles was the first registered haematologist in the country. She pioneered the diagnosis and treatment of blood disorders locally as Director of the National Blood Transfusion Service. The university also praised the former faculty member for transforming and internationalising Trinidad and Tobago’s blood banking service.
According to the tertiary level institution, Dr Charles established a paediatric haematology programme that resulted in a decreased mortality rate among children with Thalassemia, Sickle Cell Anaemia and Haemophilia. In September 2018, she was presented with the Chaconia Medal (GOLD) for her contributions to the nation.
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the St Augustine Campus, Professor Brian Copeland, extended condolences on behalf of the Campus Community.
He said: “We have lost a friend, a member of our extended family, a woman whose life work positively affected thousands of families. Words cannot express the thanks we owe for her service to The UWI and to Trinidad and Tobago.”