Delegation at health conference

Cayman Islands delegates are attending the International Conference on Health for Development: Rights, Facts and Realities, being held this week in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The delegation is led by the Minister of Health and Human Services Anthony Eden. Other delegates are the ministry’s Chief Officer Diane Montoya, Policy Officer of Health Satina DaCosta-Cottam and Health Advisor Dr. Tamer Tadros.

The conference is organised by the Argentine Government and its Ministry of Health, along with support from the World Health Organisation, Pan American Health Organisation, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the Ibero-American General Secretariat.

According to Minister Eden, participating in this conference enables Cayman to gain knowledge about international and regional experiences in developing healthcare systems (consisting of primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare), and to hear how Caribbean and Latin American countries have implemented their primary healthcare strategies.

‘Our aim is to gather data, in order to make well-informed decisions in establishing a new model of healthcare in the Cayman Islands,’ he said in a GIS press release.

The conference celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Alma-Ata Declaration, under which WHO member states adopted the primary health care strategy. It also marks the seventh year of the United Nations Millennium Declaration, which set global millennium development goals.

Bearing in mind these anniversaries, conference organisers aim to build consensus and promote global and regional alliances in order to strengthen health systems. This, in turn, would contribute to the enhancement of health policies, and enable countries to reach the millennium development goals by 2015.

In particular, attendees will discuss:

primary healthcare and health systems in the current global context;

human resources in health for the new millennium; and

equity in health and financing.

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