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NCDs top agenda for new PAHO/WHO rep

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

NCDs top agenda for new PAHO/WHO rep

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The fight against non-communicable diseases is high on the agenda of Dr Godfrey Xuereb, the newly-appointed Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) representative to Barbados.

During a recent courtesy call with Minister of Health John Boyce, Dr Xuereb stated that one of his key objectives was “to re-establish the political leadership of the NCDs agenda for the region”.

Dr Xuereb, who also served as a public health nutritionist at the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute in Jamaica, noted that at the PAHO/WHO Office located at Dayrells Road, St Michael, they were in the process of introducing a healthy lifestyle programme for staff, visitors to the office and the surrounding community.

Minister Boyce welcomed Dr Xuereb to Barbados and pledged Government’s continued support for the work of PAHO/WHO. 

The two health officials agreed that the first order of business would be to advance the technical cooperation agreement with Barbados which is referred to as the Biennial Work Programme (2014-2015). (BGIS)