The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, is moving forward with its implementation of the Capacity Building Project for the Prevention and Control of Diabetes in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

And, as part of this process, three officials from the Ministry of Health visited Taiwan from August 13 to August 23.

The three-member delegation from the Ministry of Health comprised; Dr. Del Hamilton (Consultant, Preventive Medicine and Public Health/NCD Focal Point), Patsy Wyllie (Chief Health Promotion Officer) and Andrea Robin (Chief Nutritionist)

While in Taiwan the delegation visited the Taiwan International Co-operation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF), the Mackay Memorial Hospital, Community Health Centers and other related agencies. They also held discussions on diabetes prevention and control.

The TaiwanICDF provided funding for the Diabetes Control Project and the Mackay Memorial Hospital is the Hospital responsible for the project. St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Republic of China (Taiwan) signed an agreement to launch the 3-year project in February.

And, on August 21, a cheque for 380-thousand US-dollars was handed over by Taiwanese Ambassador Calvin Ho, to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Cuthbert Knights,

The Diabetes Control and Prevention Project aims to develop not only integrated care strategies for prevention and control of diabetes in SVG, but also to establish health self-management systems in communities across the country.

Later this year, another eight officials from St. Vincent and the Grenadines will visit Taiwan and some medical items will be provided by for project as well.