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Jamaican Diaspora 2011 International Healthcare Fact Finding Mission to Jamaica – Oct. 10-15

KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaican Diaspora Healthcare Sector and Friends of Jamaica in association with the Ministry of Health will be conducting an International Healthcare Fact Finding Mission to Jamaica October 10-15, 2011.

This is part of the ongoing effort to integrate overseas healthcare outreach to Jamaica into the Strategic Plan of the Ministry of Health.

The Ministry of Health has indentified critical areas of needs within the healthcare system
of Jamaica and believes this collaborative network from the Jamaican Diaspora and Friends
of Jamaica can play a vital role in responding to these needs. Individuals and groups from
Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States are galvanizing their network to participate in this landmark event.

Groups that have conducted healthcare outreach missions to Jamaica or those having an interest to do so are invited to participate in this one week event which will feature focused meetings with leaders within the health sector of Jamaica.

These meetings are aimed at identifying the needs as related to patient care, professional development and infrastructure development. The costs associated with recommended solutions from this needs assessment exercise will be used to launch a global fundraising campaign to raise
support for the health sector in Jamaica.

Overseas groups will also be asked to play a role
in managing the allotted funds and projects undertaken at their hospital of choice.

We are inviting healthcare professional from the Jamaican Diaspora and Friends of Jamaica to participate in this landmark event and join the growing list of individuals and organizations committed to using this time to develop a collaborative plan for working to help improve the healthcare delivery system of a hospital of choice in Jamaica. There are twenty five public hospitals in Jamaica and the goal is to have at least one overseas group committed to working to improve a hospital of choice over the next five years.

Persons participating in this International Fact Finding Mission will also have an opportunity to participate in the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the May Pen Medical Center of Excellence. Nurses will also have an opportunity to attend the Annual
Conference of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ). Nursing professionals from the Jamaican Diaspora in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom are part on the panel for the NAJ Conference.

The registration fee for the International Healthcare Fact Finding Mission is US$100.00.
This will also help to defray costs of ground transportation. Registration forms are available at www.osdjamaica.com. Arrangements are being made for persons to stay at various hotels across the island. For information on the list of hospitals, contact persons, schedule, and recommended hotels please visit www.osdjamaica.com.

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