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Jamaica named one of two VPs of the 52nd PAHO Directing Council


Jamaica and Bolivia have been named Vice Presidents of the 52nd PAHO Directing Council which came to a close at the PAHO headquarters in Washington DC on Friday, October 4.

The PAHO Directing Council meets yearly—except for every fifth year, when the Pan American Sanitary Conference meets instead—to set the organization’s policies and priorities.

Delegates include health authorities from PAHO’s 35 Member States and representatives of its four Associate Members, three Participating States, and two Observer States.

Policies on HIV and progress in the fight against non communicable diseases are among the topics discussed as part of the health agenda.

Other issues include health financing policies, human resources for health, the requirements of the International Health Regulations (IHR), and a strategic plan for the new Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson was among health officials from the Caribbean Community who engaged in discussion about priorities in public health at the 25th Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) which took place prior to the start of the Directing Council. 

Dr. Ferguson is the Chair of COHSOD and CARPHA.