The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services (MOHAHS) continues to receive assistance and support from Public Health England (PHE) in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

In response to an invitation from Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services (MOHAS), Dr. Autilia Newton was part of the team of technical experts PHE dispatched to TCI during October 2017 to support the local health team in assessing Public Health needs and also to design short, medium and long term interventions to meet these needs.

Dr. Newton, the leader of the PHE Team sent to TCI, is a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control (CCDC) with PHE. She has more than 7 years of experience working overseas and recently returned from a 2-year assignment in Sierra Leone. There she collaborated with the Chief Medical Officer to oversee the transition from the extraordinary response to Ebola Virus to the return to normal responsibilities for emergency planning and response within the local Ministry of Health.

Dr. Newton is currently the Technical Adviser to the PHE United Kingdom’s Overseas Territories (UKOTs) International Health Regulations (IHR) Compliance Program, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Security Fund. 

As part of this program, Dr. Newton and the UKOT team, had already established a working relationship with the TCI’s Public Health Team, led by Dr. Nadia Astwood, Director of Health Services and Dr. Terese Maitland, National Epidemiologist and Head of the National Epidemiology and Research Unit (NERU) team. 

The MOHAHS is grateful to the team at PHE for providing assistance at this critical time and looks forward to ongoing support and collaboration in the coming months. Additional details will be provided by the Ministry moving forward. 



The Environmental Impact Assessment for Desarrollos Hotelco TCI Development Ltd PR. 12462 (Ritz Carlton Hotel Development) has been finalized and is available online for review at


Physical copies are also available at the Department of Planning offices in Providenciales and Grand Turk for review.


The Environmental Impact Assessment was submitted in accordance with condition 25 of the Outline Development Permission PR. 12462 for the Ritz Carton Hotel Development granted on August 15, 2016.


Comments can be sent to the Department of Planning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to the Department of Planning, Emily House, Leeward Highway, Providenciales or at South Base, Grand Turk within twenty-eight days of the date of the initial publication.


A public consultation meeting will be held on Thursday, November 9 2017 at the Gustarvus Lightbourne Auditorium, Providenciales at 5:30 p.m.




The Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) invites the general public to attend its quarterly Town Hall meeting in Grand Turk on Wednesday, November 8th at 6:30 pm at the H.J. Robinson High School.

Further Town Hall meetings will be held in North and Middle Caicos on Friday November 10th.

The Middle Caicos Town Hall meeting will be held at the Community Centre at 2:30 pm. The North Caicos town hall will be held at the Raymond Gardiner High School at 6:30 pm.

Town Hall meeting dates for the remaining islands will be announced in due course.