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Legal battle causes educational facility for pregnant teens to temporarily shut its doors

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by Linda Straker 

  • The Programme for Adolescent Mothers began in 1994
  • PAM will be temporarily shut until legal matter is resolved
  • Students in PAM will be re-assigned to other schools and educational institutions

Education Minister Hon. Emmalin Pierre has confirmed that the educational facility Programme for Adolescent Mothers (PAM), set up for ladies who have dropped out of school due to pregnancy, will be temporarily shut until a legal matter is resolved between a board of directors elected in March 2019 and some directors who were elected out of office also in March 2019.

“The government took a decision that it will make accommodations available for every student currently enrolled at PAM to attend other institutions or other programmes according to their choice,” Pierre disclosed during the post-cabinet briefing on Tuesday, 3 September 2019.

“As it relates to subvention for PAM, government’s decision is to discontinue subvention to PAM at this time so that all matters can be resolved and that a decision on the way forward can be taken,” she also confirmed.

Last Friday the Ministry of Social Development, which is the ministry through which the institution is provided EC$240,000 in annual subvention, released a statement saying that due to the ongoing impasse between the board of directors, government had made two important decisions as part of steps to safeguard the future of enrolled students.

“Government has been monitoring the situation and has made several attempts to help resolve the issue. However, it has become clear that the present challenges have unduly disrupted the smooth operations of the programme and the quality of education provided for the young mothers,” said the statement. “Government has therefore decided to make arrangements to provide for the continued education, psychosocial and other needs of the students in PAM, by re-assigning them to other schools and educational institutions.”

Pierre told the media that the cabinet has also taken a decision to waiver daycare fees for the children of students who will have to be placed at a daycare facility while the mother is at her new educational facility. PAM also housed daycare for the babies of the students.

The Programme for Adolescent Mothers began in 1994 through the support of UNICEF/UNFPA and the Government of Grenada, and opened its doors to the first group of young women in April 1995. It was an initiative of the Grenada National Coalition for the Rights of the Child (GNCRC) and was managed by GRENSAVE, the Grenada Save the Children Development Agency. In 2011 it became a registered non-governmental organisation with Terry Charles as its president. Since its establishment, more than 500 young ladies have passed through the programme.

The minister confirmed that a committee has been established with a mandate to make recommendations on a programme of support for the PAM students going forward. It comprises representatives from the Ministries of Education, Social Development and Legal Affairs as well as the Grenada Coalition on the Rights of the Child and the Grenada National Organisation of Women (GNOW).

As it pertains to the court matter, it is understood that members of both the old and new boards are restricted from speaking to the media until the matter is legally resolved.

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NHI is a transformational initiative for healthcare system – NOW Grenada

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  • Universal healthcare provides healthcare and financial protection to all residents 
  • Focus of 2-day conference will be to listen to community, public education, and information sharing
  • Government has entered into a 9-month contract with JIPA as of 29 October

Dr Kester Nedd, CEO of the Miami-based JIPA (Joint Independent Provider Association) Network, has described his contract with government to engage in broad-based consultations with all the relevant stakeholders to implement a national health insurance system, as a transformational initiative as Grenada embarks on providing universal health for citizens.

“Today we are beginning the steps of universal health coverage for all,” Nedd told participants attending a 2-day conference where the vision of the JIPA Network is being presented to stakeholders.

While JIPA is formally introducing its brand and ideas to the Grenadian community, the focus of the event at the Radisson Convention Centre will be to listen to the community, public education, and information sharing. “Change can only be successful when we listen to others,” he told participants from the medical fraternity, Trades Union Council, private sector, insurance industry, political organisations, civil society organisations, churches, and government officials.

JIPA Vision

Explaining that National Health Insurance is not a band-aid to fixing the current challenges, Nedd said that the initiative is part of a wide concept that will eventually result in the transformation of Grenada’s healthcare system.

“Most important, there is a need for political will. We need that kind of support as part of the governance structure,” he said while pointing out that political will is significant to achieve universal healthcare.

Universal health coverage (UHC) is a healthcare system that provides healthcare and financial protection to all residents. Grenada is committed to achieving UHC, which means that all people and communities can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.

Dr Francis Martin, Senior Medical Officer with responsibility for primary healthcare said that UHC cannot be achieved if there is no reform. “If healthcare remains the same, government will have to make some hard changes and reallocate funds,” he told participants while presenting on the current state of healthcare in the country.

Coss section of participants at JIPA conference

Besides local experts, the event also features international speakers who are sharing lessons learned from the NHI Bahamas, BVI and Turks and Caicos.

Government has entered into a 9-month contract with JIPA valued between US$800,000 and US$1.5 million to complete the process for implementation of the National Health Insurance programme.

The contract came into effect as of 29 October 2019, and builds on the work already started by the University of the West Indies and other stakeholders.

Grenada received US$653,916 from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to establish the secretariat of the NHI and to undertake initial preparatory work. The decision of government to introduce a National Health Insurance plan is in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

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Police investigate death at Duquesne – NOW Grenada

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Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 34-year-old that occurred on Thursday, 14 November 2019 sometime after 7 pm at Duquesne, St Mark.

Marvin Francis of Duquesne was pronounced dead at the scene following an altercation in which he received several chop wounds to the body.

An autopsy is pending to determine the actual cause of death.

One man is currently in custody assisting police with the investigations.

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Netherlands Insurance sponsors youth at Yuletide Concert for Rotary’s Carols by Candlelight XI – NOW Grenada

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Netherlands Insurance, proud supporter of the arts, has announced its support for the much anticipated Rotary Club of Grenada’s Carols by Candlelight.

Netherlands Insurance, a historic sponsor of the event since its inception, will once again sponsor the highly-rated, first-class concert produced by award-winning playwright and writer Richardo Keens-Douglas.

Carols by Candlelight will be held on Sunday, 1 December 2019 with the concert as one of the main highlights of the day. This year’s concert which is specially coined ‘Youth at Yuletide’ will feature a selection of voice students trained by renown voice coach Valerie Daniels and many of Grenada’s top performing artists including Jeverson Ramirez, Jadey Bissessar, Jenny J, Johnathan Francis, Tamantha Chole, Lucinda Ogilvie and Johnathan Francis, Jay Mc Donald and Chris Julien. These acts will be supported by the talented dancers of Conception Dance Theatre and a host of popular musicians.

Commenting on his company’s longstanding support for Carols by Candlelight, Richard Strachan stated, “Netherlands Insurance has historically taken a particular interest in developing the arts and nurturing the talents of Grenada’s performing artists. We firmly believe that having opportunities to perform at events that are produced at an internally accepted level, will further motivate local artists to develop their product while at the same time giving them an outlet for their talents to be seen and heard. We have identified the concert put on at Carols by Candlelight as one such opportunity.”

In addition to leading artists, the concert will employ a number of professional sound and light engineers and stage effects to bring to Grenada what is undoubtedly one of the best musical experiences in the region.

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