The Region’s Health Ministers, currently meeting in Washington, have expressed solidarity with the people of Dominica whose country was devastated by Category 5 Hurricane Maria last Monday.
The Ministers, attending a Meeting of the CARICOM Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) approved the formation of a Caribbean Immunisation Technical Advisory group (CITAG), and endorsed the work of the Regional Health Information System.
The Meeting congratulated Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands and Montserrat for attaining the status of Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV and Syphilis.
COHSOD also approved a Monitoring and Evaluation plan for CCH IV (Caribbean Cooperation in Health Initiative), adopted by CARICOM Health Ministers in 1984 to optimise the utilisation of resources and promote technical cooperation among member Countries. The Meeting vowed to be actively engaged in preparation for the UN General Accessibly Special Session on NCDs and urged Member States to participate at the highest level.
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) used its presence in Washington to sign an MOU with the US Department of Health and Human Services. It recognises technical and financial collaboration existing between CARPHA and US Health Institutions (CDC, NIH, USAID, HEARSA). The agreement was signed by CARPHA’s Executive Director Dr James Hospidales and Health Secretary Tom Price and was witnessed by the PAHO Director and the CARICOM Secretariat’s Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development, Dr Douglas Slater.