The Honourable Ann Peters, Minister of Health heads the Government of Grenada’s Delegation to the 51st Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) which is being held at PAHO Headquarters in Washington, DC, 26th–30th September 2011.
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PAHO is one of the longest-standing institutions of the inter-American system and the Directing Council is composed of representatives of all the Member States and meets annually in order to review and analyze its overall policies.
Minister Peters’ participation in this week’s Directing Council meetings was preceded by her participation in the inaugural meeting of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Executive Board on Friday 23rd September 2011 at PAHO Headquarters, Washington, DC; the 20th Meeting of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Caucus of Ministers of Health which was held at PAHO Headquarters September 24th–25th 2011 and the United Nations High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) held on September 22nd in New York.
The Inaugural Meeting of CARPHA was Chaired by Dr. Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and CARICOM Head of State Chair for Human Resources, Health, HIV and AIDS and who represents a renewed collaborative approach for public health in the Caribbean. CARPHA Executive Board is responsible for a number of other functions including setting the strategic direction of CARPHA and ensuring promotion of public awareness related to public health of which the response to NCD is among the major priorities.
Grenada currently serves on the Executive Committee of PAHO and this week’s Directing Council meetings will address a diverse range of issues related to the determinants of Health including its Plan of Action to reduce Maternal Mortality, Strategy and Plan of Action on Climate Change, Plan of Action to reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol and the Report on the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases.
In opening the meeting, Dr. Mitra Roses, Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), referred to ongoing public health challenges and threats and to the Directing Council meeting as an occasion to consider a variety of strategies and plans of action and underscored that the challenges to attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) are among a number of commitments that must be met, including those made by the Region’s Leaders at the recently concluded United Nations High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases.