PAHO meets on the Strategic Direction for Nursing in Trinidad and Tobago Aug 2019 web

Topic: Collaboration on Strategic Direction for Nursing in Trinidad and Tobago
Date: July 26th 2019
Time: 10am to 12md
Location: NCTT Board room

1. PAHO representatives – Silvia Cassiani (Regional Advisor)
2. PAHO representative – Annella Aver (Human Resource for Health officer).
3. National Nursing Administrator – Betty-Ann Pilgrim
4. President TTRNA – Idi Stuart
5. President TTAM – Marcia Rollocks
6. Director of UWISON – Oscar Ocho
7. President NCTT – David Murphy
8. Registrar NCTT – Denise Richardson

PAHO representatives (Silvia Cassiani – Regional Advisor and Anella Aver – Human Resource for Health) met with Nursing stakeholders (see attached full list) in Trinidad and Tobago on Friday 26th July 2019, at the Board Room of the Nursing Council. TTRNA was represented by its President – Idi Stuart where he was able to identify the Associations challenges and goals, and who the PAHO network can assist the Association in pursuit of our goals.

The PAHO team also managed to impress on the stakeholders, the need to be involved in the preparation of ‘The State of the World’s Nursing Report (SoWN)’ which will be launched in 2020. With a two (2) week window for all data collection to be completed, the National Health Workforce Accounts (NHWA) is expected to drive this process with input from professional associations, employers, population-based surveys and others.

The representatives also highlighted 2020 will be the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale and The International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife. Therefore, some of the planned activities to be conducted by WHO/PAHO and ICN prior to and following the 73rd World Health Assembly was discussed.

Ms. Cassiani also praised the Association for the launch of Nursing Now Trinidad and Tobago, and commented that Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Director-General of World Health Organization), Lord Nigel Crisp and Professor Sheila Tlou (Co-Chairs of Nursing Now Campaign) wrote to the Minister of Health Trinidad and Tobago, congratulating him on the establishment of a national Nursing Now group within this country. Ms. /Cassiani also commended the Association for seeking Professor Tlou attendance at the TTRNA Quadrennial Conference which will be held from 20th to 26th October 2019 at the Hilton Hotel Trinidad and the Mt Irvine Hotel Tobago.

Ms. Cassiani recommend that at some point during the Celebration of the Nurse and Midwife in 2020, the Association should seek to invite the Chief Nursing Officer of WHO – Ms. Elizabeth Iro to Trinidad and Tobago, as she comes with a wealth of Experience and knowledge that will bode well for the development of the Association and Nursing in Trinidad and Tobago.

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