Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

On 19 June 2018, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines launched its National Action Plan for Adolescent Health and Development in collaboration PAHO/WHO. The plan was developed following recommendations of WHO AA-HA! guidance document; as such, it involved stakeholders from various ministries, civil society and faith-based organizations. Read more...

 

A Port Health workshop was convened from 4-6 May, 2016 at the Blue Lagoon Hotel & Marina conference room, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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vct group photoOn February 15-19, 2016, PAHO's Caribbean Country and Subregional Managers met in St Vincent with an agenda that focused on three themes:

  1. The current Zika crisis and how PAHO as part of the UN system, and in coordination with government and health partners could best respond.
  2. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  3. PAHO's engagement with the United Nations. (photos)

Zika crisis

There was an internal discussion on how PAHO is managing the Zika crisis, it was led by a Dr Sylvain Aldighieri, PAHO's Incident Manager for the Zika Epidemic, and an evening symposium with external partners and the government of St. Vincent. (photos)

The Sustainable Development Goals

Although only one of the SDGs — goal 3 "Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages" has a specific health focus, PAHO plans to work across sectors to have a broader impact on all 17 SDGs.

There were several presentations on SDGs starting with a global perspective delivered by Jeffery Sachs of Sustainable Development Solutions Network; a regional perspective by Ann-Kira Fortune, PAHO's Advisor on Sustainable Development and Health Equity; and an update from a member state perspective by Mr. Easton Williams and Ms.Toni-Shae Freckleton from the Planning Institute of Jamaica.

PAHO's engagement with the United Nations

On the final day of the meeting Stephen O'Malley, UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Countries delivered a presentation on "UN Multi-country Development Framework". This was followed by a panel who discussed "Partnerships to address the SDGs in the Caribbean". The panel comprised:

o OECS Secretariat, Didacus Jules, Director General

o CARICOM Secretariat, Myrna Bernard, Director of Human and Social Development

o CARPHA, James Hospedales, Executive Director

o Caribbean Development Bank, EE. Deidre Clarendon, Division Chief, Social Sector Division


On Wednesday evening, the Minister of Health hosted a Hand Washing Symposium on "Hand Hygiene the key to being germ free". During Dr Etienne's remarks she noted that in 2015 WHO celebrated 10 years of hand hygiene campaigns aimed to encourage health care workers to decrease the burden of healthcare associated infection. Hand hygiene is seen as one of the most effective, yet simple and cost-effective means for reducing the transmission of infections, including infections caused by multidrug-resistant micro-organisms. She continued to highlight that implementation of hand hygiene strategies in hospitals showed more than 40% reduction in associated infections.

 

PAHO Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne

Specific to the Caribbean, the Director stated that in 2007, 12 countries in the Caribbean signed the Statement pledging their support to the "Clean Care is Safer Care" WHO initiative. She said that between 2010 and 2015, 9 Caribbean countries assessed their infection prevention and control programs and microbiology laboratories with PAHO's support. However surveillance of healthcare associated infections, infrastructures and processes for hand hygiene, proper isolation of patients and cleaning and sterilization of medical devices were a challenge.

Feature speaker Dr. Corey Forde

Dr Corey Forde, Consultant Internal Medicine and Infectious Control Diseases at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados was the featured presenter for the evening, he spoke on Hand Hygiene from the Caribbean Perspective. This was followed by a presentation by Mr Elliot Samuel, Senior Lab Technologist on "Antimicrobial s Resistance".


The week-long activities concluded with a farewell reception in honour of PAHO's Director which was hosted by Hon. Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves, Prime Minister St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Here are some scenes from the event:

 

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Hon. Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves, Prime Minister St. Vincent and the Grenadines giving remarks.

 

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Hon. Robert T.L.V Browne, Minister of Health, Wellness & the Environment , St. Vincent & the Grenadines giving remarks

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Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, PAHO Director giving remarks

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Hon. Sir Frederick Ballantyne, Governor General, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, PAHO Director

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Hon. Robert T.L.V Browne, Minister of Health, Wellness & the Environment presented a gift to Dr. Etienne

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Ministry of Health, Wellness & the Environment
1st Floor Ministerial Building
Kingstown
St. Vincent and the Grenadines

 

Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment  - Hon. Robert T.L.V. Browne

Permanent Secretary - Mr. Cuthbert Knights

Chief Medical Officer - Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache

 

PAHO/WHO Country Program Office - St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Country Program Specialist - Mrs Nicole Liburd-Slack

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