In order to implement the “Capacity Building Project for the Prevention and Control of Diabetes in St. Vincent and the Grenadines”, three officials of the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, visited Taiwan from August 13 to August 23, 2018.

The officials are Dr. Del Hamilton-Consultant, Preventive Medicine and Public Health/Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Focal Point; Ms. Patsy Wyllie-Chief Health Promotion Officer and Mrs. Andrea Robin-Chief Nutritionist in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment.

The project aims to develop not only integrated care strategies of prevention and control of diabetes here, but also to establish health self-management system in communities across the country.

The Vincentian delegation was equipped with an overall understanding of the measures on prevention and control of diabetes in Taiwan.

They visited the Taiwan International Cooperation and Development Fund (Taiwan ICDF) which funded the project and the Mackay Memorial Hospital which is the hospital responsible for the project.

The governments of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and St. Vincent and the Grenadines signed an agreement to launch the 3-year project last February.

On August 21, 2018, the fund for the first quarter, totalling US$380,000, was handed over by Ambassador Calvin Ho, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), to Mr. Cuthbert Knights, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health.

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