2nd National One Health Symposium for the Cayman Islands
Hosted by the local antimicrobial resistance (AMR) / ’One Health’ working group, the second annual ‘One Health’ Symposium for the Cayman Islands was held on Wednesday, 30th May 2018. It was an all-day event targeted at healthcare professionals and students in the human and animal health fields, as well as media personnel.
By Dr. Samantha Dorman, Animal health focal point for the OIE, Veterinary Officer, Department of Agriculture, Cayman Islands.
A wide range of topics were discussed. These included:
- Climate Change and Health
- One Health Concepts and Natural Disasters
- Social Concepts and One Health
- Nutrition and Health
- Wastewater treatment methods in the Cayman Islands
- One Health reporting: the role of the media
- Pediatric Vaccination recommendations in the Cayman Islands.
The working group was privileged to receive a live presentation by Dr. Sandra Vokaty, sub-regional advisor in Veterinary Public Health, PAHO/WHO Trinidad and Tobago on the first listed topic. Last year, she gave a virtual presentation on "One Health in the Caribbean", as well as on "regional and international One Health collaboration and partnerships" at 2017’s symposium, and continues to be a key advisor to the One Health working group for the Cayman Islands. Dr. Vokaty chairs the Veterinary Public Health Working group of CaribVET and was actively involved in the One Health, One Caribbean, One Love Project, an EU partner project of CaribVET.
Local Ministry of Health representation was made by the Honorable Minister for Health, Mr. Dwayne Seymour (who offered opening remarks), Chief Officer Ms. Jennifer Ahearn, as well as by her Deputy, Mrs. Nancy Barnard.
Local Speakers were Dr. Dorman, Mrs. Whorms-Riley, Mr. van Genderen, Ms. Moore-Simpson and Dr. Williams-Rodriguez; USA speakers: Dr. Martinez, Dr. Smith Schwind. Another PAHO speaker coming from the Jamaica Office was Mrs. Crossman Johnson.
The symposium generated a total of 127 participants mostly local professionals and students, compared to 75 participants in 2017. Attendees represented the public and private sector, as well as academia. Several veterinary students also attended the event. Attendees received Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for attending the symposium, with a total of 7 hours available. Certificates of attendance were issued which quantified the CME hours earned by each participant.
Evaluation forms revealed that the attendees were grateful for the multi-sectoral approach to the symposium, and positive feedback was received on the range of topics and balance between local, regional, and international speakers. Several topics were suggested for future symposia, and overall, the event was rated as a huge success.
The planning committee has already identified topics for 2019’s symposium (to be held in April or May 2019) and looks forward to building on the successes of the first two ‘One Health’ symposia held in the Cayman Islands.
Announcement of the next symposium will be made on the CaribVET Agenda
Dr. Kanyuira Gikonyo, Senior Veterinary Officer at the Cayman Islands Department of Agriculture and member of the CaribVET Steering Committee, continues to support the endeavours of the local ‘One Health’ working group and is proud of the many accomplishments made to date.
Refreshments were offered throughout the day, and a catered lunch was provided for all attendees. The planning committee wishes to thank our regional PAHO/WHO office for sponsoring the food for this event. Attendees also received ‘One Health’ tote bags and pens as giveaways.