Minister of Health and the Environment, the Honourable Molwyn Joseph was elected to the position of First Vice President of the 54th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
Minister Joseph is currently in Washington D.C at the PAHO annual meeting where he joins other Ministers of Health from the Americas in discussing key policies and actions to improve health.
During the PAHO meeting that spans September 28th to October 3rd 2015, Ministers will focus on areas that include Violence Against Women, Dementias in Older Persons, Workers’ Health, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, the International Health Regulations and Ebola Virus Disease.
Areas to be discussed that are of particular relevance to Antigua and Barbuda include the Implementation of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Chronic Kidney Disease and Immunization.
During the week, Minister Joseph will also hold discussions with Dr. Carissa Etienne, the Director of PAHO and Dr. Pablo Jimenez, Regional Advisor on Radiological Health at PAHO.
The purpose of the meeting is to request PAHO’s assistance for continued support to Antigua and Barbuda in monitoring and regulating the Cancer Canter of the Eastern Caribbean.
Later in the week, Minister Joseph and his delegation will also hold discussions with advisors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and PAHO on drafting legislation to regulate facilities that provide radiation therapy, establishing a regulatory body for monitoring and ensuring regular scheduled on-site visits to the Cancer Center by radiation experts.