Investment in health is an essential priority

 The Region’s health care systems and the public health infrastructure are in urgent need of attention and should be better financed and more cost effective.  Strengthening health systems has been identified as a priority health area for the Caribbean from as early as 1984 and has remained so due in part to an upward spiral in health cost and finite resources. Greater investment is urgently needed especially in cost effective health promotion, disease prevention and population health measures.
Health research was identified as one key aspect of the health system capacity that needs to be improved and made more policy-relevant. Research is needed to address critical issues such as the improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of health systems, investments needs and opportunities, and barriers to uptake of services and evidence.For this reason, “Sustainable Health Systems for Economic Development and Wealth” has been chosen as the theme for Caribbean Public Health Agency’s (CARPHA) 63rd Annual Health Research Conference this year. The aim is to highlight indigenous research that can contribute to health systems strengthening and improve the performance of the six health systems building blocks: governance, financing, service delivery arrangements, health human resources, information and evidence, and medical products and technologies. (more…)

UPDATE: Ensure average person benefits from progress in energy – COTED Chair

Regional Ministers of Energy on Thursday met at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and were charged to ensure that the progress that the sector is registering is felt by the average Caribbean person.

Barbados Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Senator the Hon. Darcy Boyce chaired the one-day 73rd Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Energy, and expressed satisfaction with the progress the Region was making on the energy front.

However, he cautioned that the benefits of those efforts that are being taken filter to the average Caribbean person.

“We also have to make ensure that the benefits of the work that we are doing in energy efficiency and renewable energy redound to the benefit of the average consumer, in the homes, in the businesses of our countries”, he said.

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Recent Consultation met its objectives – CARIFORUM Director-General

The Regional Consultation to assess the development of a Framework for an effective platform for structured and continuous dialogue between CARIFORUM and French Caribbean Outermost Regions (FCORs), and British and Dutch Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), has met its objectives. This is according to Director-General of the CARIFORUM Directorate, Mr. Percival Marie.

The main objective of the Consultation, which was held recently in Barbados, was to examine CARIFORUM’s relationship with the FCORs and the OCTS. The relationship was previously promoted through four Thematic Task Forces (TTFs) in the areas of Natural Disaster Management, HIV/AIDS, Trade and Investment, and Interconnection.

In an interview following the Consultation, Mr. Marie said that it undoubtedly met its objectives.

See the above clip for details on the recommendations coming out of the engagement.

 

 

 

 

CARIFORUM Consultation on effective platforms for Wider Caribbean Dialogue: Photo highlights

The Caribbean Forum of the Group of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States (CARIFORUM) recently held a consultation to assess the development of a Framework for an effective platform for structured and continuous dialogue between CARIFORUM and French Caribbean Outermost Regions (FCORs) and British and Dutch Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). The consultation was at the Radisson Barbados, April 11-12, 2018. It’s purpose was to examine CARIFORUM’s relationship with the FCORs and the OCTS, which was previously promoted through four Thematic Task Forces (TTFs) in the areas of Natural Disaster Management, HIV/AIDS, Trade and Investment, and Interconnection.

 Check out the photos below for highlights of the two-day Consultations:

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The Consultation was funded under the 10th EDF Regional Indicative Programme through a dedicated Technical Cooperation Facility (TCF) which, in part, aims to strengthen cooperation among CARIFORUM States, the FCORs and Caribbean OCTs.

 

In the video above, Ambassador of the European Union Delegation in Barbados Her Excellency Daniela Tramacere gives more details on the nature of support provided by the EU.

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WMO retires Maria, Irma, Harvey as hurricane names

The World Meteorological Organisation’s Hurricane Committee is meeting in Martinique, France, from 9 to 13 April to review the devastating 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and to discuss regional coordination and operational planning to protect lives and property in the forthcoming one.

The Hurricane Committee retired the names Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate from its list of rotating names. They will be replaced by Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel.

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