The Bahamas has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to share expertise and resources, and to play an active role as a PAHO Member State in the health development of the Region. The CCS will take cognizance of these particular characteristics as the role of PAHO/WHO is defined. It will also inform decision-making as regards planning, budgeting, and human and financial resources allocation.
The specific expected results and objectives of the CCS are to identify:
The core priority areas of work, key functions, and the roles of the country with respect to health development, reflecting all levels of the Organization
The CCS Review Team consisted of Dr. Kathleen Israel, PAHO/WHO Representative, Guyana; Dr. Lloyd Webb, Sub-regional Advisor on Veterinary Public Health, representing the PAHO Office of Caribbean Program Coordination [OCPC], Bridgetown, Barbados and the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute [CFNI], Kingston, Jamaica; Dr. Jacques Girard, Health Services Advisor from the PAHO/WHO Representation in Chile, representing PAHO/WHO Health Systems and Services Program; Mr. Shambu Acharya, representing Country Focus Support at WHO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland; Ms. Dianne Arnold, Manager, Human Resources Management, PAHO Headquarters, Washington, DC, USA; Mr. Rony Maza, Caribbean-Country Program Analyst, PAHO Headquarters, Washington, DC, USA; Dr. Yitades Gebre, Advisor-Disease Prevention and Control, PAHO/WHO Bahamas Representation and Dr. Merle J. Lewis, PAHO/WHO Representative, The Bahamas & Turks and Caicos Islands.
Based on extensive discussions undertaken during the CCS Review with a variety of stakeholders, including officials and staff from the Ministries of Health, Environment and Education; the Public Hospitals Authorities, among others, it was determined that the PAHO-WHO technical co-operation agenda for the next five years should focus on the following three strategic priorities: