Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services welcomes visit of PAHO/WHO Representative, Dr. Esther Mary De Gourville

Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services thanks Dr. Esther Mary DeGourville, PAHO/WHO Representative for the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, for her recent visit to the Turks and Caicos Islands, 19th – 22nd February 2018, to review the Strategic Plan PAHO and Member States signed onto for the period of 2014 – 2019.

The purpose of the strategic plan is to achieve nine (9) regional/national impact goals as shown below:
1. Improve health and well-being with equity
2. Ensure a healthy start for newborns and infants
3. Ensure safe motherhood
4. Reduce mortality due to poor quality of health care
5. Improve the health of the adult population with an emphasis on NCs and risk factors
6. Reduce mortality due to communicable diseases
7. Curb premature mortality due to violence and injuries by tackling major risks of adolescents and young adults (15-24 years of age)
8. Eliminate priority communicable diseases in the region
9. Prevent death, illness and disability arising from emergencies

These goals all have three (3) cross-cutting aims: 1) gender and ethnicity, 2) human rights and equity, and 3) determinants of health.


Over the years, Turks and Caicos Islands has worked in collaboration with PAHO/WHO to achieve global, regional, and national objectives under a cooperative agreement carryout through Biennial Work Plans (BWPs). As we enter the last biennium of this Strategic Plan, Dr. De Gourville visited the TCI to meet with the Honorable Minister of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services along with Ministry Executives and Heads of Department.

The first meeting was held with the Minister, Hon. Edwin Astwood, to share a donation of laptop computers and satellite telephones which will strengthen the Ministry's capacity to respond to disasters such as hurricanes and improve resiliency within the health sector. During the meeting with the Executive Team, she also shared the objectives of the visit.

Her primary objectives were to review progress made over previous biennium periods covered under the Strategic Plan in preparation for a region wide country self-assessment as well as review and update the BWP Implementation Plan for 2018-19.

Technical support received over the previous periods was noteworthy and achievements were made in many areas:
• Strategic Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation
• Information Systems for Health and Data Protection
• Public and Environmental Health
• Health Disaster and Emergency Preparation and Response
• Legislation, Regulation and Policy Development and Implementation/Enforcement
• Strengthening of Primary Health Care (strategy, financing, infrastructure, training, services)
• Health in All Policies

Moving forward, technical support will continue in the aforementioned areas among others and special attention will be given to the following areas:
• Health System Strengthening with emphasis placed on Primary Health Care
• Non-Communicable Diseases inclusive of Nutrition
• Women, Children and Adolescent Health
• Mental Health
• Special Needs

The Ministry is grateful for the support received from PAHO/WHO, especially in preparation for and response to hurricanes Irma and Maria. We are honoured that Dr. De Gourville took time out of her busy schedule for this very important visit and look forward to sustaining our longstanding cooperative relationship with PAHO/WHO.

Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services welcomes visit of PAHO/WHO Representative, Dr. Esther Mary De Gourville

Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services thanks Dr. Esther Mary De Gourville, PAHO/WHO Representative for the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands, for her recent visit to the Turks and Caicos Islands, February 19th – 22nd 2018, to review the Strategic Plan PAHO and Member States signed onto for the period of 2014 – 2019. The purpose of the strategic plan is to achieve nine (9) regional/national impact goals as shown below:

  1. Improve health and well-being with equity
  2. Ensure a healthy start for newborns and infants
  3. Ensure safe motherhood
  4. Reduce mortality due to poor quality of health care
  5. Improve the health of the adult population with an emphasis on NCs and risk factors
  6. Reduce mortality due to communicable diseases
  7. Curb premature mortality due to violence and injuries by tackling major risks of adolescents and young adults (15-24 years of age)
  8. Eliminate priority communicable diseases in the region
  9. Prevent death, illness and disability arising from emergencies

These goals all have three (3) cross-cutting aims: 1) gender and ethnicity, 2) human rights and equity, and 3) determinants of health.

Over the years, Turks and Caicos Islands has worked in collaboration with PAHO/WHO to achieve global, regional, and national objectives under a cooperative agreement carryout through Biennial Work Plans (BWPs). As we enter the last biennium of this Strategic Plan, Dr. De Gourville visited the TCI to meet with the Honorable Minister of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services along with Ministry Executives and Heads of Department.

The first meeting was held with the Minister, Hon. Edwin Astwood, to share a donation of laptop computers and satellite telephones which will strengthen the Ministry's capacity to respond to disasters such as hurricanes and improve resiliency within the health sector. During the meeting with the Executive Team, she also shared the objectives of the visit.

Her primary objectives were to review progress made over previous biennium periods covered under the Strategic Plan in preparation for a region wide country self-assessment as well as review and update the BWP Implementation Plan for 2018-19. Technical support received over the previous periods was noteworthy and achievements were made in many areas:

  • Strategic Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Information Systems for Health and Data Protection
  • Public and Environmental Health
  • Health Disaster and Emergency Preparation and Response
  • Legislation, Regulation and Policy Development and Implementation/Enforcement
  • Strengthening of Primary Health Care (strategy, financing, infrastructure, training, services)
  • Health in All Policies

Moving forward, technical support will continue in the aforementioned areas among others and special attention will be given to the following areas:

  • Health System Strengthening with emphasis placed on Primary Health Care
  • Non-Communicable Diseases inclusive of Nutrition
  • Women, Children and Adolescent Health
  • Mental Health
  • Special Needs

The Ministry is grateful for the support received from PAHO/WHO, especially in preparation for and response to hurricanes Irma and Maria. We are honoured that Dr. De Gourville took time out of her busy schedule for this very important visit and look forward to sustaining our longstanding cooperative relationship with PAHO/WHO.

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TCI Passes on Chairmanship of OCTA after Successful Year

The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Premier, Hon. Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson along with a delegation consisting of the Deputy Governor and EU Program Manager, Her Excellency Anya Williams, Permanent Secretary of Finance, Athenee Basden, Director of the Office of the Premier Ronlee James, TCI UK Representative and Head of the London Office, Tracy Knight and Consular Officer, Kimo Tynes attended the Ministerial Conference of the Association of Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union (OCTA) and 16th annual European Union Overseas Countries and Territories Forum in Brussels, Belgium on the 22 and 23 of February, 2018.

The Turks and Caicos Islands has had a long relationship with European Union and as such the islands have significantly benefitted in expertise, advice and financial assistance over the years. The TCI most recently benefitted from two European Development Funds (EDF) 10 and 11 and is also a participant in several Regional EU Programs. Under the EDF 11 Program, which is focused on improvements in the education sector and sustainable energy, marine biodiversity, climate change and disaster risk reduction.

Commenting on the EU Forum and the continued partnership between the TCI and the EU, Premier Hon. Cartwright-Robinson said; “The Turks and Caicos continues to benefit over the years from funding through the European Development Fund programme, but moreover, the past several days spent with fellow OCTA Leaders and Representatives as well as European the Commission, signify to me their commitment to issues we face both collectively and individually. It has been a rewarding year as Chair of OCTA and we look forward to continuing our relationship, building on the successes we both share.

“Last year on assuming the Chair of OCTA, I outlined that one of the main areas my government would be focused on is the environment and renewable energy for the long-term protection, survival and vitality of our marine and eco environments and I was pleased to report on the success we have had at that, particularly in light of experiencing two major hurricanes in 2017. But my governments commitment doesn’t end there. I remain steadfast to the issues around Climate Change, a specific concern to all members of OCTA and which remit falls under my office, as we have begun to identify initiatives that will lower our carbon emission and footprint and increase our adaptability.”

Deputy Governor and EU Program Manager Her Excellency Anya Williams added; “As the European Development Fund Program Manager for the past five (5) years since the Turks and Caicos Islands was reinstated into the program in 2008, I am happy to report that the TCI currently manages one of the most successful EU programs in the region. Programming Documents for the 11th EDF which focuses on the Education Sector were the 2nd in the region to be signed at the 15th OCT Forum held in Aruba in February 2017 and work is already well underway through the development of a new Education Sector Policy, the tendering of the construction of a new primary school on the island of Providenciales and a number of key strategic reforms in the education sector.

“We are grateful for our continued partnership with the EU and for the early release of the first tranche of $4m under this program which was received shortly after the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017 to assist with any potential cash shortfalls. The Turks and Caicos has already submitted an application for emergency relief funding under the EDF 11 B Envelope to assist with rebuilding works required in our education sector and is also a part of the Regional Program which will be focusing on Renewable Energy and Marine Biodiversity, along with the Thematic Program which will be focusing on Climate Change. We register our thanks to our technical team the PS Finance Mrs. Athenee Basden and Director of Strategic Policy and Planning Mrs. Kathleen Forbes (Deputy Program Manager) for their continued assistance in managing the EU work programs and along with colleagues in the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning and Ministry of Tourism and the Environment look forward to even further progress on the EDF 11, Regional and Thematic work programs.”

As the Chair of OCTA, the Premier was responsible for chairing the Ministerial Conference of OCTA and round table discussions, with her Ministerial colleagues. This year, the TCI also participated in a one-day meeting on oceans organised by OCTA, under the theme “More than 17,000,000 Km2 of Ocean Policy: OCTs and the Sustainable Management of the Ocean and its resources”. During that discussion, the Premier highlighted her governments challenges and commitment to the issues faced including: challenges with pollution, fisheries, new opportunities for blue growth and new opportunities for research.

It is customary for the Chair of OCTA to host a Gala Dinner in honour of the delegates, officials and guests who have travelled to the host country, or in this instance Brussels, for the auspicious occasion.

This year the Premier, as Chair, brought some of Turks and Caicos’ best cultural performers along with her to treat guests to a taste of TCI’s culture, with musicians Quinton Dean and Lindsey “Zeus” Butterfield, as well as London based students Renate Hinds and Mary Fulford who performed both songs and poetry.

At the conclusion of the week of meetings, French Polynesia was elected as Chair of OCTA and thanked the TCI for its leadership over the past year and welcomed all to Tahiti next year where the next OCTA Ministerial and OCT EU Form 2019.

 

 

Vandalism of the Water Main Located on Church Folly Grand Turk

The Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning in collaboration the Water Undertaking Unit within the Department of Public Works, would like to advise the residents of Grand Turk that Wednesday, 28th February 2018, the water main that services church folly, Hospital road and Pond street was vandalized and sustained major damage as a result.

Water Undertaking is utilizing all efforts to expedite downtime and would like to thank the General Public for their patience and understanding, while we seek to have this matter rectified.

The Ministry and Department would like to ask all customers to be as vigilant as possible and notify the Water Undertaking Division at 1 649 338 3519 or 1 649 338 3522, if you notice any leaks or any person(s) tampering with the system.  

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TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS GOVERNMENT COMPLETES NATIONAL SKILLS AUDIT

The Turks and Caicos Islands Government, under the direction of the Ministry of Border Control and Employment, has conducted a National Skills Audit, which assesses the level of skills that are currently available throughout the country and the demographic attributes of each skill set.

 

The report was completed and presented to Cabinet in August 2017 by consultant Dunn Pierre Barnett and Associates Limited (DPBA), located in Toronto, Canada, and Kingston, Jamaica.  

 

The Turks and Caicos Islands National Skills Audit and Migration Study provides insight and information on the skills and knowledge needs and imbalances within the country and it also identifies the occupations and skills required to meet the changing needs of the economy and labour market.

 

It is the vision and intention of the Government to have this report utilized as a guide for its own educational policies, and that of other educational establishments, on the introduction and offering of vocational programmes, career and personal development.  This approach would lead to more targeted training and development and better recruitment to meet the needs for sustainable development of a vibrant and competitive workforce in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

The information contained in the audit will further enable all stakeholders – government, employers, individuals, universities, colleges, other training providers, social and political actors – to make well-informed decisions about which areas of the economy that are most likely to provide opportunities in terms of employment and economic growth, and about the areas of possible skills shortages and deficiencies, now and in the future.

 

In appreciation for the changing trends in the populace in recent years, the study looks at the impact on population growth, including inward and outward migration in the TCI, the employment and skills of migrants, the social and economic challenges that they face in the TCI, and the impact on their dependents.

 

Deputy Premier Hon. Sean Astwood stated that; “I am pleased that the National Skills Audit is now complete. This document is a blueprint that can be used for the future development of the Turks and Caicos Islands especially as we, in this critical time, seek to focus on the education system and its offerings, the development of our people and the revamping of our employment services to ensure that Turks and Caicos Islanders are not marginalized in their own country.”

 

The Commissioner of Labour, Edwin Taylor remarked that; “The National Skills Audit provides the TCIG with more accurate knowledge of current competency levels within the country. This knowledge can assist individuals with career pathing and provide skills gap information for future scholarship allocation. I am hoping this information can assist us in partnering more with the private sector, and focusing more of our training efforts to build local capacity.”

 

In February 2018 the Audit was presented to the Ministry of Education in an exchange of hands between the Deputy Premier and Minister of Border Control and Employment, Hon Sean R. Astwood, and the Minister with responsibility for Education, the Hon. Karen Malcolm. 

 

Click here to view the full report.

 

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