Minister of Health, Donville Inniss

Minister of Health, Donville Inniss, is travelling to Geneva, Switzerland, where he will chair the annual Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting on Sunday, May 20.

This year’s theme, Linking Non-Communicable and Communicable Diseases, will place the focus on the dual burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the context of health service integration.

Participants will also look at finding ways of applying the experience gained from tackling communicable diseases – particularly HIV and AIDS – in response to the growing challenge of Non-Communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, cancers and diabetes.

The main objectives of the meeting are: to provide countries with an opportunity to receive a technical update from the World Health Organization; examine the status of NCDs in the Commonwealth and to discuss the challenges and opportunities that face countries; identify elements of possible contribution to the Commonwealth Secretariat Road Map on NCDs; and provide an opportunity for the Secretariat to receive policy and technical direction for its existing work and any proposed work on the Health Millennium Development Goals and Non- Communicable Diseases.

Mr. Inniss will also be attending the 65th World Health Assembly (WHA) Meeting from May 21-26, and the 131st Session of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO) from May 28-29. Barbados is a member of the WHO’s Executive Board. These meetings are also being held in Geneva.

The WHA meeting will examine and discuss topics such as: Health Systems Strengthening; Substandard/Spurious/Falsely Labelled/Falsified/Counterfeit Medical Products; Cholera: Mechanism for Control and Prevention; Child Injury Prevention and Youth and Health Risks.

Other officials attending the meetings include: Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Joy St. John; Samuel Deane, Chief Health Planner in the Ministry of Health, Ambassador Marion Williams, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Barbados in Geneva, and staff of the Barbados Embassy in Geneva.


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