Health conference set here

Cayman will play host to this year’s Caribbean Health and Research Council/Caribbean Public Health Agency annual research conference.

It is the first time the conference, which is the largest of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean, will be held in Cayman.

More than 200 delegates, including researchers, policy makers and healthcare providers, are expected to attend the three-day event, which will feature keynote lectures, satellite meetings and training workshops by medical professionals and researchers.

This year, close to 60 researchers will share their findings.

“The dissemination of health research findings is one of the CHRC’s most important functions. The annual regional conference helps us to create a unique network of health stakeholders who share needs, information and experiences,” said the Caribbean Health and Research Council Director Dr. Donald Simeon.

Cayman’s health minister Mark Scotland said it was an honour for Cayman to host such a high-level conference. “Providing affordable and quality healthcare to our citizens remains a challenge throughout the region. I have no doubt that the 57th Annual CHRC/CARPHA Scientific Conference will once again generate productive partnerships, while also giving us access to valuable information that enables us to strengthen and streamline our healthcare policies,” he said.

This conference will kick off on Thursday evening, 19 April, with a Minister’s Reception at the Cayman Islands National Gallery and will end on Saturday, 21 April.

The general conference will be preceded by a two-day meeting of the region’s chief medical officers, starting on Monday, 16 April.

“We are looking forward to another great conference. Apart from keeping abreast of the latest regional research, participants can also look forward to experiencing a great destination as there will be time enough to explore the unique features of the Cayman Islands after every day’s sessions,” Dr. Simeon said.

The Caribbean Health Research Council is the regional health institution with the mandate to promote and coordinate health research in the Caribbean. It serves countries that are members of the Caribbean Community and Common Market, or CARICOM, providing advice to ministries of health and other stakeholders and generally supporting research related activities. The Caribbean Public Health Agency’s purpose is to draw together and build on public health knowledge and expertise across the Caribbean, preventing duplication of effort and resources, thus enabling a coordinated approach to public health issues including managing the risk of disease outbreaks in the Caribbean region.