Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Two OECS meetings

The Ministry of Health and Social Development in the British Virgin Islands is preparing to host two separate meetings of Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) which will take place this week.

The 22nd board meeting of the OECS Pharmaceutical Procurement Service (OECS/PPS) will be held on September 11. On this meeting, several papers are to be presented, which include the “OECS/PPS Budget for 2008-2009” and “Feasibility Study on the Pooled Procurement of Dialysis Fluids and Supplies.” The agenda of this meeting will also include a video presentation on counterfeit medicines, and a discussion on the strategies how to combat it. An opening ceremony for this meeting will be held on September 10, the delegates will be welcomed by Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Social Development Hon. Dancia Penn.

The OECS/PPS is a formal group of nine Eastern Caribbean countries - Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. It was previously known as the Eastern Caribbean Drug Service, established under a project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 1986 with the purpose to maximise OECS government resources for the purchase of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies. The organisation is financially self-sufficient since 1989.

Another OECS meeting that will be hosted by the British Virgin Islands – the meeting of OECS Health Ministers, which will take place on Friday, September 12. The agenda for this meeting is not released yet.

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