Caribbean Program Coordinator with the Pan-American Health Organisation, Dr. Bernadette Theodore??Gandi presents PAHO documents to Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean during a farewell call on her at the Minister’s Culloden Road office.??

The close relationship between Barbados and the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO), as well as the role that organisation plays in disease prevention and reduction has been lauded.

The kudos came from Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign trade, Senator Maxine McClean, as she paid tribute to outgoing Caribbean Program Coordinator with PAHO, Dr. Bernadette Theodore Gandi, during a farewell call at the Minister’s Culloden Road office.

??"Barbados has worked very closely with PAHO and we can see the results," Senator McClean said as she thanked Dr. Gandi for assisting the country in addressing issues related to chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, ‘, NULL, NULL, 0); keeping these on CARICOM’s agenda; and for having the administrative arrangements in place to facilitate Barbados.

She stressed: "In Barbados we can see tremendous costs to tax payers with respect to these diseases, and I think it is so critical that the issue of prevention be focused on the agenda. We are paying a significant percentage of our allocation for health on CNCDs."

In accepting the compliments, Dr. Theodore Gandi expressed pleasure at having resided and worked in Barbados since October 2006. ??And, she presented the Minister with a report summarising her tenure and programme over that period, as well as a document outlining PAHO’s strategy on sub-regional cooperation.

Dr. Gandi takes up a new assignment in Trinidad and Tobago as PAHO/World Health Organisation representative, from November 29.??

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