|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.