See full statement from Digicel Guyana:
Digicel Guyana has been a long-standing partner of the Government and other organisations for social development across communities in Guyana. Today, demonstrating that support and commitment, Digicel signed an agreement to support the Ministry of Health on their Special Needs vision.
The long-term vision is the creation of world-class development facilities for children with special needs across the ten regions of Guyana.
The initial period sees Digicel and starts with investing in special needs training for individuals and professionals within the disabilities sector in Guyana. Today Digicel has made a financial commitment of $60 million dollars over a three (3) year period to the Ministry of Health as part of their ongoing support and commitment to special needs and rehabilitation services.
This agreement will support the Ministry and will provide support to families living with disabilities in communities across Guyana.
Across the region and in Guyana Digicel has been keen on developing sustainable programmes in areas like special needs, education and community development that impact key social and economic development markers.
“We have made a commitment to support the Ministry of Health as they strive to make a difference in the lives of the children and their care givers. This is a small step in a long term commitment, and it is envisioned that this project will continually enhance quality of life, and empower the people of the community and will provide a holistic approach to the well-being of families with special emphasis on health and education through various empowerment programmes.” Noted CEO, Gregory Dean at the signing of the agreement on Tuesday.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Malcolm Watkins expressed gratitude to Digicel for this initiative, stating it is immeasurable. We would like commit that this partnership will facilitate and foster long-term enhancements to the health sector. This partnership falls under the testament of the Ministry of Health’s comprehensive approach to health care and we intend to build and strength on this partnership