National Health Accounts Workshop

A workshop to launch the St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Health Accounts study will be held here today.

The Ministry of Health says the study is designed to measure health spending, including spending on HIV/AIDS, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Participants at the workshop will be drawn from key government agencies, including the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Environment, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Insurance Companies, among others.

The workshop will be facilitated by technical staff from the University of West Indies Centre for Health Economics and also from ABT Associates.

The objectives are :
1. to define and provide an overview of National Health Accounts
2. to discuss the main ways that National Health Accounts data can support health financing reforms in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
3. to present the timeline for the National Health Accounts implementation AND
4. to review the important roles that key stakeholders can play to facilitate data collection and analysis.

The workshop will also seek to outline future expected results and their implications for ongoing and upcoming health financing initiatives here in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The session takes place at Frenches House, Kingstown, from nine this morning.

The Opening ceremony will hear brief remarks by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Luis de Shong, Tamara Bobb, Deputy Health Planner, Professor Karl Theodore, Coordinator of the Health Economics Unit, UWI, and Roxanne Brizan-St Martin, Research Officer, also of the Health Economics Unit of the UWI.