PRESS RELEASE: Turks and Caicos Islands completes UK hospital fact finding mission

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG) top health officials returned to office from an intense fact finding trip to the UK, Monday, 8 September 2014.

The group visited medical facilities around London in order to understand the role of the National Health Service (NHS) Trusts in managing the costs and value associated with Public Private Partnership.

Meetings were held at the Department of Health, North Middlesex University Hospital, and Queen Mary’s Hospital with representatives from, National Audit Office, NHS National Property Services, NHS Contracting and Public Finance Unit.

These meetings focused on clinical services performance management, contract management and proper touring of the facilities.

The Minister stated; “It is the responsibility of TCIG to explore all options in regards to our health care system, and through our special relationship with the UK, we were able to visit these medical facilities around London.

“We were able to visit mental health, elderly and special needs facilities that successfully outsource management through Public Private Partnerships. These were just two of many examples that could potentially be implemented in TCI.

“Overall, the visit was an excellent learning experience for the team. We intend to continue utilizing relationships like these to improve on TCIG’s product.”

Team Members Included:

  • The Honourable Porsha Stubbs-Smith, Minister for Health and Human Services
  • Mrs Desiree Lewis, Permanent Secretary, The Ministry of Health and Human Services
  • Ms Athenee Harvey, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance
  • Dr Nadia Astwood, Director of Health Services Development, The Ministry of Health and Human Services
  • Mrs. Zaneta Burton, Chief Executive Officer, National Health Insurance Board
  • Mr Stephen Batts, Adviser to Permanent Secretary, The Ministry of Health and Human Services


NEWS RELEASE: The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies - Upgrading of the CDEMA Disaster Education Kit Pilot Study

The Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) and Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will be rolling out a Pilot Study for the Upgrading of CDEMA Disaster Risk Education Kit on Thursday and Friday 11th – 12th September 2014. The schools participating in the pilot study are the HJ Robinson High School, The Eliza Simons and the Ona Glinton Primary School.

The kit comprises a number of tools and resources for teaching and learning about Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) and provides guidance on mitigating Disaster Risks in the Education Sector. Some of the components of the Disaster Management Education Kit were first developed in 1996 and are in need of upgrading to (i) reflect more current thinking and recent advances in the disaster management discipline and (ii) refine and/or strengthen the treatment of the regional strategic cross-cutting themes of climate change, gender and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). Further, the CDEMA Participating States and Coordinatring Unit have also developed newer educational resources that should be integrated into the kit.

The Classroom testing and observation will take place over a period of one and a half days. Teachers from the schools that participated in the baseline study will utilize the resources from the kit in actual lessons. The consultants will observe the lesson on site. They will also gather feedback from the teachers and students in short interviews (individual or group) after the lesson.

A teachers’ panel has also been set up to review the upgrade resources and to return their comments on the practicability and teacher/student friendliness. They will also be adding any recommendations to strengthen the kit to make it more relevant to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Prior to Turks and Caicos Islands Schools being selected to take part in the study the project saw the involvement of CDEMA, DDME and the Education Department. The activities were done in phases once the schools were selected. The phases involved the following:

  1. Baseline data collection and analysis.
  2. Preparation of a revised Disaster Education Kit with new/upgraded resources for teachers (guided by the results of the baseline analysis).
  3. Field testing of the new/upgraded teacher resources in pilot countries.
  4. Finalization of the new Disaster Education Kit, based on the results of the field testing.

On completion of the surveys focus group interviews were set up with teachers and students and conducted by the consultants of Sustainability Frontiers.

This Pilot Study will benefit the TCI in the following ways:

  • The integration of Disaster Education in the school curriculum for teachers and students
  • Using Education as a tool for the Disaster Risk Reduction.
  • Using knowledge, innovation Education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels as mandated by UNSIDR
  • Raise the level of Disaster Risk Awareness in schools
  • A culture of Preparedness in schools
  • Using the future generation to reinforce the message of Disaster Preparedness
  • Help to build resilience in the education System

The CDEMA Disaster Education Kit for Caribbean Schools is a part of a collection of resources for the education sector that is specifically targeted at the primary and secondary school levels.

The Upgrade of the CDEMA Disaster Education Kit Pilot Study is being carried out by Sustainability Frontiers and is being led by Dr David Selby and Dr Fumiyo Kagawa.


For further information please Contact:

Andrea Been

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Telephone #: 649 946 2801 Extension 11904



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Turks and Caicos Islands Government Announces New Senior Appointment

The Deputy Governor’s Office announces the appointment of six new senior managers within the Turks and Caicos Islands Government (TCIG).

New Senior Appointments:

  • Deputy Secretary Finance – Shonia Thomas-Been
  • Director of Information Technology – Andre Mills
  • Principal (Eliza Simons Primary) – Juliette Arthur-Thadwell
  • Supervisor Wellness Centre – Alexia Durham
  • Health Educator – Charlene Higgs
  • Assistant District Commissioner (Middle Caicos) – Shamara Parker

Deputy Governor, Hon. Anya Williams said: “During the last year we have worked to fill several key vacancies across government and have already begun to reap rewards from these appointments.”

“Several of the new senior appointments have come from within the civil service, while others are returning former civil servants and also some new candidates.”

She also stated that; “I would like to both welcome and congratulate these persons that will fill critical roles within the TCIG and would like to wish them much success as they embark upon this new journey.”

“Together with their respective teams I believe that there is much that can be accomplished and look forward to positive results from their respective areas.”

“We aim to continue attracting great talent to the civil service and look forward to these new appointees taking part in our 21st Century Manager and other training programs.”