Board Room Table

Photo by S O C I A L . C U T on Unsplash

On the 28th January 2020, Trinidad and Tobago held one of its VNR’s. It was held at the Ministry of Works and Transport head office under the auspices of the Ministry of Planning and Development. These VNR’s are aimed at assessing where T&T is in relation to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). There will be a United Nations (UN) high-level meeting to be held at its headquarters in New York in the week of 13th to 17th of July 2020. In order to have our reports prepared for then, we have enlisted the consultancy services of Mr. Keith Santos. Mr. Santos is responsible for leading the information gathering and the preparation of the report.

There are 17 SDGs, adopted by all UN member states in 2015 as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

These are:

1. No poverty
2. Zero hunger
3. Good health and well-being
4. Quality education
5. Gender equality
6. Clean water and sanitation
7. Affordable and clean energy
8. Decent work and economic growth
9. Industry innovation and infrastructure
10. Reduced inequalities
11. Sustainable cities and communities
12. Responsible consumption and production
13. Climate action
14. Life below water
15. Life on land
16. Peace justice and strong institutions
17. Partnerships for the goals

The achievement of these SGDs are measured by 232 indicators

Each country is given the flexibility to report on certain goals. T&T has chosen to report at this VNR in July 2020 on goals 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 13, 16 and 17. The discussion for this VNR were goals 3, 4 and 5 and as such the invitees to this focus group were governmental, private and civil society who were best suited to contribute on where we are and what we need to do the achieve these SDGs. An important part of this VNR was how the SDGs coalesce with vision 2030. Being a representative from a health organization I was involved in the focus group on SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being.

The common themes that came out from the focus groups were:

1. Persons are much more aware of the SDGs than vision 2030
2. Governmental support and commitment appears to be inadequate
3. Differently abled and the mentally ill are marginalized
4. The need for continuous education as a prerequisite for re-licensure for persons who require same to practice
5. Over reliance on certification and not a competence
6. Weak or non-functioning regulatory institutions
7. Organizations operating in silos resulting in duplication of efforts between and within organizations especially government organizations.

There will be a series of focus group sessions with different participants, which will be invited based on their relevance to the SDG being discussed. There will also be public meetings to be held in San Fernando, Port of Spain, Arima and Tobago. The dates and times for these will be made available as the time drawers nearer.

The TTRNA would like to thank the Ministry of Planning and Development and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) local consulate for seeing it fit to invite the Association to these vital discussions, aimed improving the well-being of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.

February 17, 2020

The Night Shift - Thank You

56 hits

February 17, 2020

Nurses 2020 Gala

63 hits

February 10, 2020


In photo from left to right: Sharon Lakhan-King – TTRNA Education and Research officer, Sherma Alexander - GM Nursing of NWRHA, Idi Stuart – TTRNA President, Beryl Brewster – TTRNA Academy Manager The Trinidad and Tobago Registered Nurses Association (TTRNA) congratulates Ms. Sherma Alexander on becoming the General Manager of…

519 hits

February 06, 2020

Relief coming soon for POSGH Nurses.

From right to left - TTRNA President – Idi Stuart speaking with, General Manager of Quality, CEO (Ag) – Terron Gilchrist, POSGH Nursing Supervisor, Project Manager, IRO for POSGH (partly blocked), and General Manager of Nursing - Sherma Alexander Trinidad and Tobago Registered Nurses Association (TTRNA) was pleased to be…

587 hits

February 01, 2020


Photo by S O C I A L . C U T on Unsplash On the 28th January 2020, Trinidad and Tobago held one of its VNR’s. It was held at the Ministry of Works and Transport head office under the auspices of the Ministry of Planning and Development. These…

180 hits

January 25, 2020

Significant progress made with TRHA management

In Photo: TRHA CEO – Sheldon Cyrus (left) and his executive management, meet with TTRNA President – Idi Stuart (right) and Tobago branch executive. Trinidad and Tobago Registered Nurses Association (TTRNA) has made remarkable progress over the last three (3) months since entering into frank, open and honest deliberations with…

424 hits

January 23, 2020

Grande nurses on the inside for Nurses All-inclusive Fete

Thanks for the support from the Grande nurses crew as they will be coming out in their numbers to the 2nd Annual Nurses All-Inclusive Fete carded for Saturday 15th February 2020. All roads lead to TTRNA Headquarters (opposite Jean Pierre Complex), for what has already become a staple on the…

283 hits