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Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten admitted as new PAHO Associate Members

10/12/2012 (Archived)

Minister of Health and Sport of Aruba Richard Visser, D.C. (West '93), has reported that Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten have been admitted as new Associate Members of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). This took place during the annual Pan American Sanitary Conference in Washington, D.C.

This category of membership will enable the three countries to participate directly in PAHO activities. As PAHO Associate Members, they will have the right to participate in Governing Bodies meetings, albeit with no vote; to participate with voice and vote in technical commissions or committees; to have access to all technical cooperation services of PAHO; and to receive information and documentation produced or distributed by PAHO. 

According to Dr. Vesser, this membership in PAHO marks "a new beginning for Aruba" and reflects the need for closer relations with the countries of the Caribbean" to face common health problems, such as noncommunicable diseases. Minister of Health of Curaçao, Jacinta Scoop, and Minister of Health of Sint Maarten Cornelius de Weever both thanked PAHO Member States for admitting their countries. 

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