Thursday, January 29, 2009 – A new agreement signed between the
Government of Saint Lucia and two main international health organisations will
ensure the country continues to receive financial and technical assistance from
The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and World Health Organisation (WHO),
through the renewed agreement, will be able to conduct their affairs on the
island without issue and unnecessary red tape.
It is a facility, which Prime Minister the Honourable Stephenson King said, will
only work in the best interest of the country as the Ministry of Health seeks to
provide Saint Lucians with the best quality of health care.
“We signed such an agreement to allow the organisations to do their work and to
allow them to enjoy the privileges that they are accustomed to in order to
provide excellent public health in conjunction with the Ministry of Health,”
said Prime Minister King.
A team of PAHO and WHO officials headed by the organisations’ Eastern Caribbean
Representative Gina Watson, was this week working out finer details on a
technical programme of assistance for the island for the new period of
“Our organisation has been committed and has a long standing history of
providing technical cooperation with Saint Lucia. We strive to continue in your
best interest, based on your priorities and the resources that are coming from
other sources,” said the PAHO/WHO official.
The facility, which gets renewed at the end of each period of cooperation in all
countries of the Caribbean Community and OECS, has been in existence since 1949.