Caribbean health ministers meeting in United States

Caribbean health ministers are meeting their counterparts from the Americas today Monday for a week-long meeting to discuss health priorities and plans of action at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

The PAHO 57th Directing Council will seek agreement on regional strategies and plans that address the common and most pressing health challenges of the Americas.

These include a plan to reduce heart disease by eliminating industrially produced trans-fatty acids, a strategy to make access to organ, tissue and cell transplants more equitable, and a plan to improve the quality of care in health services delivery.

The Dominian-born PAHO Director, Dr Carissa F Etienne, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and Bahamas Minister of Health, Duane Sands, will be among the speakers at the opening ceremony.