PAHO Gives Input to Over-the-Hill Partnership Initiative

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Philip Weech, Director, The Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology (BEST) Commission, presented on the National Climate Change Adaptation Plan of The Bahamas. (PHOTO/OTHU)

Components of the Over-the-Hill-Community Development Partnership Initiative are coming together as envisioned by Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis to rejuvenate and restore pride in the disadvantaged communities. Recently, the Over-the-Hill Unit in Office of the Prime Minister and the Pan American Health Organization teamed up in a workshop to focus on health, water and sanitation components of the Initiative. A Stakeholders Workshop on Health, Water and Sanitation Components of the Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative was held at the National Training Agency on Gladstone Road from October 1-4, 2018. Among the presenters over the four-day session were: Engineer Antonius Vlguman, Caribbean Sub-regional Senior Advisor for Water, Sanitation and Environmental Health, PAHO; Dr. Daniel Buss, Advisor for Climate Change and Health, PAHO; and Philip Weech, Director, the Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology (BEST) Commission, who spoke on the National Climate Change Adaptation Plan of The Bahamas.

Engineer Antonius Vlguman, Caribbean Sub-regional Senior Advisor for Water, Sanitation and Environmental Health, PAHO; and Philip Weech, Director, The Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology (BEST) Commission, presented at a Stakeholders Workshop on Health, Water and Sanitation Components of the Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative held at the National Training Agency on Gladstone Road from October 1-4, 2018. The workshop was held in partnership with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO). (PHOTO/OTHU)

 

The presenters gave overviews of PAHO’s work on water, sanitation, environmental health, and issues climate change, and held discussions on potential areas of technical support from PAHO for the Over-the-Hill project, food security and nutrition, waste management, vector-borne diseases, and other related topics. The participants represented the government, private sector, NGOs and Civil Society and were placed in groups during the working sessions with a view to making recommendations towards improving health and sanitation aspects of the Over-the-Hill Community Partnership Initiative. Dr. Ester de Gourville, PAHO/WHO Country Representative, Bahamas, and Samita Ferguson, Executive Manager, Over-the-Hill Unit, both delivered remarks opening the workshop. “The PAHO/OTHU technical collaborative workshop on Health, Water and Sanitation Components of the Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative was educational, empowering, productive and engaging,” Mrs. Ferguson said. The goals of the Over-the-Hill Initiative focus on social empowerment, economic empowerment, rejuvenation, smart technology, green technology, the youth and the elderly. The Initiative has a three-phased approach spanning November 2017 to May 2019, which will spur the launch of longer-termed planning projects.

Samita Ferguson, Executive Manager Over the Hill Unit in the Office of The Prime Minister delivered opening remarks at a Stakeholders Workshop on Health, Water and Sanitation Components of the Over-the-Hill Community Development Partnership Initiative held at the National Training Agency on Gladstone Road from October 1-4, 2018. The workshop was held in partnership with the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO). (BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.)

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