Launch of the Caribbean Public Health Law Forum – PAHO / WHO


Join us for the launch of the “Caribbean Forum on Public Health Law” to Wednesday June 30, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Barbados time).

the Caribbean Public Health Law Forum (“The Forum”) is jointly organized by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Academy of Law of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CAFL), as the Caribbean’s premier virtual network of government officials, lawyers, personal public health specialists and other distinguished professionals, focused on using the law to address public health challenges, including noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors.

At this official virtual launch of the Forum, members representing various regional and subregional health and / or legal organizations, civil society organizations, academia and Member States will discuss the importance of the Forum and its expected results.

In the Caribbean, noncommunicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease, as well as their four common risk factors of smoking, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle remain the main causes of mortality, morbidity and disability. The law has been identified, both internationally and regionally in several mandates, as having a central role to play in the fight against NCDs and their risk factors. The Forum is expected to accelerate the implementation of public health measures that require legal and regulatory measures, and improve knowledge sharing, capacity building and cooperation in the Caribbean. Ultimately, the Forum envisions the emergence of a regional culture of using the law to deal with public health problems.

  • 11:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. – Welcome and opening remarks
    • Mr. Dean Chambliss – Subregional Program Director, Caribbean Subregional Program Coordination Office, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO)
    • The deputy. Mr. Justice Winston Anderson – Judge at the Caribbean Court of Justice (JCCJ), President of the CAFL
  • 11:10 am – 11:55 am a m Session 1: The relevance of the Caribbean Public Health Law Forum: Context, objectives and expected results
    • Chair:
      • Dr Anselm Hennis – Director, Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO)
    • Panelists:
      • Dr Ignacio Ibarra – Advisor, Health Legislation, Office of the Legal Advisor (PAHO / WHO)
      • The deputy. Mr. Justice Winston Anderson – JCCJ, President of CAFL
      • Dr. Karen Gordon-Boyle – Program Manager, Health Sector Development, Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)
      • Sir Trevor Hassell – President, Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC)
  • 11:55 a m – 12:25.m. Session 2: Successful experiences in using the law to address NCD risk factors: Country experiences
    • Chair:
      • Nicole foster – Vice-Dean UWI Cave Hill
    • Panelists:
      • Netricia miller – Lawyer and Senior Deputy Attorney General, Jamaica
      • Joana Joseph Henri – Deputy Director of the Substance Abuse Advisory Board Secretariat, Department of Health and Wellness, Saint Lucia
      • Samantha moitt – Nutrition Officer and Noncommunicable Diseases (Ag) Coordinator, Ministry of Health, Welfare and Environment, Antigua and Barbuda
      • Joy Dublin – Crown Attorney, Ministry of Legal Affairs, Antigua and Barbuda
      • Jenièce Saint-Romain – Crown Attorney, Ministry of Legal Affairs, Antigua and Barbuda.
  • 12:25 – 12:30 p.m.Closing remarks
    • The deputy. Mr. Justice Winston Anderson – JCCJ, President of CAFL

Hourly Correspondence

  • 8:00 am – Los Angeles
  • 9:00 p.m. – Belmopan, Guatemala City, Mexico, Managua, San José (CR), San Salvador, Tegucigalpa
  • 11:00. – Bridgetown, Castries, Georgetown, Kingston, Nassau, Port of Spain, Washington DC
  • 12h00. – Brasilia, Paramaribo

For other cities, check the time below link

To note:

This event was made possible by a grant managed by the International union Against tuberculosis and lung diseases (The Union) and funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The content of this event is the sole responsibility of the authors and can in no way be taken to reflect the position of The Union or Bloomberg Philanthropies.


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