The Pan American Health Organization, regional office of the World Health Organization for the Americas announces the opening of its newly relocated office for The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands, which is located on the second floor, Grosvenor Medical Centre, situated at Grosvenor Close, Shirley Street in Nassau.
Dr. Gerarda Eijkemans, PAHO/WHO Representative Bahamas (and Turks and Caicos)
The opening ceremony will take place on Monday, 12th December, 2011, and will involve a high level of participation by officials of the Government, as well as PAHO’s regional office in Washington, DC, USA. The Honourable T. Brent Symonette, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs; will lead the official ribbon cutting ceremony of the refurbished office in downtown.
PAHO/WHO was first established in The Bahamas in 1978 as a sub-regional office of the Jamaica Office. By 1982, it was upgraded to a full Country Office Status.
Since then, an important and healthy relationship has evolved, and although the priorities have shifted, PAHO/WHO has contributed significantly to the health of the population of this nation.
In accordance with the Agreement that was signed in 1974, the Government and people of The Bahamas have certainly complied with and provided the necessary support to enable the Organization to achieve its mandate; and the beautifully refurbished office space is another example of this.
In its efforts to improve health, PAHO targets the most vulnerable groups such as mothers and children, workers, the poor, the elderly, and refugees and migrants.
Dr. Gerry Eijkemans, PAHO/WHO Representative [seated at centre], Dr. Victor Zamora, HSS Advisor, seated to her left and Miss Barbara Knowles, PAHO Administrator, seated to her right. Ms. Raquel Graham, Administrative Secretary, missing from the photograph. Standing from right: Mrs. Linda Sweeting, Technical Area Secretary, Ms. Vanria Rolle, Clerk, Mr. Alex Rolle, Messenger/Driver, Ms. Cleola Mackey, PWR’s Secretary, Ms. Raquel Simmons, Custodian and Ms. Barbara Sweeting, Finance Assistant.
The Organization strongly focuses on issues related to equity for those who lack access to health, and on a Pan-American approach, which encourages countries to work together on common issues.
Its core values are reflected in cross cutting issues such as gender equity, human rights and social protection, just to mention a few.
Dr. Gerarda Eijkemans, PAHO/WHO Representative Bahamas (and Turks and Caicos), presenting her credentials to The Hon. T. Brent Symonette, Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs on 15th November, 2011
The current endeavor of tackling the pending agenda of infectious and neglected diseases, the growing burden of non-communicable diseases and linking health to development, calls for a rigorous, up-to-date and strong response based on the best practices of health promotion and a true inter-sectorial approach.
PAHO/WHO, although working primarily with the health sector, actively advocates for the participation of all members of the society. PAHO/WHO strongly believes that measures needed for primary prevention on an adequate population-wide scale lie beyond the direct control of ministries of health. Making a difference will largely depend on action taken by non-health sectors.
Grosvenor Medical Centre, off Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas