In order to take the first steps to address the staggering number of work related accidents, injuries and diseases in the Caribbean region, a 2-day sub-regional planning meeting was held to discuss the way forward, followed by a 1 day seminar and exchange of best practices in the Caribbean by selected sector. These meetings took place on December 10th-12th, 2012 in Nassau, The Bahamas and were organized by Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Bahamas, the National Insurance Board of the Bahamas (NIB) and St. George’s University in Grenada and hosted jointly by the PAHO/WHO Bahamas office and the NIB of the Bahamas. Delegates from various Caribbean nations, Government representatives from the Ministries of Labour, Health and National Social Security Systems, academia, employers, workers representatives, the ILO and PAHO HQ came together to meet three main objectives:
Dr. Gerry Eijkemans, PWR and Dr. Kevin Bowe, Deputy Director/Vice President-Medical Services, National Insurance Board of The Bahamas
Through the use of information sessions as plenary and working group activities, both the 2-day planning meeting and the following seminar yielded the following outcomes:
The meeting was very successful; representatives from the various sectors signed a Call for Action and PAHO and ILO will jointly support further development of Occupational Health and Safety in the Caribbean.