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PAHO/WHO Bahamas and Universal Health Coverage in the Bahamas

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Policy-makers in countries worldwide are continually reviewing avenues to guarantee universal health coverage to all their citizens that is financially feasible and sustainable. Reviews have been conducted on the method of fund collection, how funds are pooled to spread risks, which services are provided free and which are purchased, and how doctors, nurses, and other staff are paid. Focus has also been directed at ways to cope with soaring health care costs, changing disease patterns, and the rising expectations and demands of their populations.

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 July 2014 20:05

Mental Health and Disasters in The Bahamas

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Dr. Devora Kestel,  PAHO/WHO's Regional Advisor on Mental Health, visited The Bahamas on March 12 and 13, 2013.  The overall objective of her visit was to provide technical advice and training to the institutions and personnel involved in the activities related to disaster preparedness and response, with particular emphasis on issues surrounding mental health response during emergencies.

Last Updated on Friday, 22 March 2013 19:59

Meeting Discusses Integration of Mental Health Services into Primary Health Care

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The Ministry of Health of the Bahamas, the Department of Public Health and the Public Hospitals Authority, with the technical support from PAHO/WHO, conducted a one day workshop on February 7th, 2013, aimed at discussing and validating the logical framework for a national initiative on integrating mental health care services into primary health care (PHC). The overall purposes of the project are to bring mental health services closer to the communities,  to enhance mental health legislation, and to reduce stigma.

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 17:33

OHS Planning Meeting Summary

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Dr. Gerry Eijkemans, PWR and Dr. Kevin Bowe, Deputy Director/Vice President-Medical Services, National Insurance Board of The Bahamas
In order to take the first steps to address 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:
  • To assess the current status of OHS in the Caribbean
  • To strengthen and expand a network of OHS practitioners, in the region and beyond
  • To work towards a sub-regional framework (strategic plan) for OHS in the Caribbean (as part of the Global and Regional WHO and ILO frameworks)

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 February 2013 17:27

21st Annual Conference of the Caribbean Water and Waste Water Association Held in The Bahamas

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During the first week of October 2012, the Caribbean Water and Waste Water Association (CWWA) held its 21st Annual Conference at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Islands, Nassau, Bahamas. The PAHO/WHO Representative, Dr Gerry Eijkemans, delivered the Keynote Address during the opening ceremony. The event gathered international public and private representatives to discuss matters associated with Water and Sanitation. 

Last Updated on Monday, 12 November 2012 14:12
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