Guyana signs third Country Cooperation Strategy with PAHO/WHO

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Guyana has signed the third Country Cooperation Strategy with the Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization.

The Country Cooperation Strategy (CCS) was signed by Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence and PAHO/WHO Director Dr. Carissa Etienne. The CCS outlines a medium-term vision of PAHO/WHO and defines a strategic framework for the Organization’s cooperation with Guyana.

Dr. Etienne said the CCS is related to PAHO/WHO’S strategic plan 2014 – 2019 which guides the technical cooperation of the organization and is based on the sustainable development agenda.

PAHO/WHO Director- Dr. Carissa Etienne

PAHO/WHO, through the implementation of this strategy will provide technical cooperation to Guyana to address five priorities in the health sector.

Minister Lawrence said these include the strengthening of health systems for universal health, achieving health and well- being through the life course, the promotion of safe, resilient and healthy environments,   reduction of the burden of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and the reduction of morbidity and mortality due to Communicable Diseases.

Public Health Minister- Volda Lawrence

The strategy will span four years giving Guyana an adequate opportunity to access support in achieving all goals set for the health sector.

Meantime, PAHO/WHO country representative, Dr. William Adu-Krow regarded the CCS as a blueprint for PAHO/WHO which will help the organization to better collaborate with the Ministry of Public Health to meet the Health Vision 2020 goal.

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