PAHO/WHO confirms St. Kitts and Nevis has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV

Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis
Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis
“I feel a sense of personal pride and satisfaction that St. Kitts and Nevis is a leader in this aspect.” – PM of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon Timothy Harris
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) –In August of this year, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris announced to the country that St. Kitts and Nevis was on par to becoming the first country in the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), CARICOM, and the Americas, outside of Cuba, to bring an end to mother-to-child transmission with respect to HIV.

That assertion has since been validated by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a communiqué addressed to the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis.

The WHO describes mother-to-child transmission of HIV as the spread of HIV from an HIV-infected woman to her child during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding. (more…)

On Independence anniversary, CARICOM SG hails progress of St. Kitts and Nevis

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque
CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, has praised the progress that St. Kitts and Nevis has made over the past 34 years.

St. Kitts and Nevis observes its 34th Independence anniversary today. In a congratulatory message to Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, the Secretary-General said that the belief, resilience and determination that its government and people have shown in their nation-building quest was “most admirable”.


Please see full message below: 

On behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), I extend warmest congratulations to you and the People of St. Kitts and Nevis on the occasion of your country’s Thirty-Fourth Anniversary of Independence.

This year’s theme, ‘Youth, Vision, Integrity, Securing our Nation’s Prosperity’, speaks to the commitment and shared vision of the people of St. Kitts and Nevis in its continued strides for a better future.  It is also a call on the new generation to participate in the sustainable development process of the country. (more…)

CDF grant ensures further development of ‘De Strip’

The Frigate Bay Strip in St. Kitts and Nevis (Photo via SKNIS)
The Frigate Bay Strip in St. Kitts and Nevis (Photo via SKNIS)

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) – Development on the South Frigate Bay Beach Enhancement Project, popularly known as “De Strip”, is set to enter a new phase, after the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis signed an agreement effectively securing additional financing for the project.

The South Frigate Bay Enhancement Project was commissioned in November 2016 to revitalise the strip experience, making it more viable and sustainable by improving its infrastructure, security and its identity on a whole.

 During a brief ceremony held at the Office of the Prime Minister at Government Headquarters on Friday, August 4, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris and Chief Executive Officer of the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) Mr. Rodinald Soomer signed the agreement that will see funds totaling US$1.2 million pumped into the project.

Prime Minister Harris and CDF CEO Mr. Rodinald Soomer sign CDF agreement (Photo via SKNIS)
Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris and CDF CEO Mr. Rodinald Soomer sign CDF agreement (Photo via SKNIS)

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PM Harris discusses regional, global issues with President Clinton

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon Timothy Harris and President Bill Clinton deep in conversation
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon Timothy Harris and President Bill Clinton deep in conversation

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, (SKNIS) July 25, 2017 – St. Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris yesterday (July 24th) met with the 42nd President of the USA, President Bill Clinton, at the Clinton Global Foundation in New York. Prime Minister Harris was in New York for a forum geared at promoting partnership for expanding healthcare to Every Caribbean Woman, Every Caribbean Child.

President Clinton was a special guest at the event. Also present were the Most Honourable Mrs. Juliet Holness, First Lady of Jamaica, Her Excellency Sandra Granger, First Lady of The Co-operative Republic of Guyana, plus representatives from several women groups including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

In the meeting with Prime Minister Harris and President Clinton, the two statesmen discussed the success of the Clinton Global Initiative.

President Bill Clinton, the Hon. Senator Wendy Phipps, Minister of State within the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender Affairs and Social Services, and PM Timothy Harris
President Bill Clinton, the Hon. Senator Wendy Phipps, Minister of State within the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender Affairs and Social Services, and PM Timothy Harris

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Urgent action required to curb chronic NCDs – PM Harris

Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris

Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 11, 2017 (SKNIS):  Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) continue to take a toll on CARICOM Member States, and urgent action is required to curb the threat of such diseases, said Prime Minister, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, during National Assembly on Tuesday, July 11.

Prime Minister Harris was updating the general public and the listening audience on the 38th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, held in Grenada from July 4-6, where he was given the opportunity to present a study on the economic ramifications of NCDs as it relates to Trinidad and Tobago. A similar study was also done in Barbados and Jamaica.

“The study estimated that five per cent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is being lost by the impact of preventable diabetes, hypertension and cancer. Half of that five per cent is direct medical care cost and the other half is in the loss of productivity,” said Prime Minister Harris, adding that if one was to examine the growth pattern of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean region over the last 10 plus years, they would not find that the country would have grown by five percent.

“Therefore, when in fact five per cent of the economy is being impacted negatively with respect to NCDs, this is a major cause for concern. The costs here are significant and they are as unsustainable for any country. Importantly, these diseases are preventable impediments to growth.”

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