The Jamaican Diaspora Healthcare Sector and Friends of Jamaica, in association with Jamaica’s Ministry of Health, will conduct an International Healthcare Fact Finding Mission to Jamaica next month.
The Mission is part of the ongoing effort to integrate overseas healthcare outreach to Jamaica into the Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Health.
The Ministry of Health has identified areas of need within the healthcare system of Jamaica and believes the collaboration between the Jamaican Diaspora and Friends of Jamaica can play a vital role in responding to these needs. Individuals and groups from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States are preparing to participate in the event.
Groups that have conducted healthcare outreach missions to Jamaica or those having an interest to do so are invited to participate in the event, which will feature meetings with leaders of Jamaica’s health sector. The meetings are aimed at identifying needs related to patient care, professional development and infrastructure development.
The costs associated with recommended solutions from the needs assessment exercise will be used to launch a global fundraising campaign to raise support for the health sector in Jamaica. Overseas groups will also be asked to play a role in managing the allotted funds and projects undertaken at their hospital of choice.
Healthcare professionals from the Jamaican Diaspora and Friends of Jamaica are invited to join the growing list of individuals and organizations that will participate in the Mission. There are 25 public hospitals in Jamaica and the goal is to have at least one overseas group committed to working to improve a hospital of choice over the next five years.
Participants will have an opportunity to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony of the May Pen Medical Centre of Excellence. In addition, nurses will have an opportunity to attend the Annual Conference of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ). Nursing professionals from the Jamaican Diaspora in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom are part of the panel for the NAJ conference.
The International Healthcare Fact Finding Mission to Jamaica will be held from Monday, October 10 to Saturday, October 15. The registration fee is US$100.00. Arrangements are being made for persons to stay at various hotels across Jamaica.
For registration forms, recommended hotels, information on the list of hospitals, schedule and more details, visit www.osdjamaica.com or call 416-756-0856.