Health Care Conference Aruba 2015 is huge success
ORANJESTAD – The first Health Care Conference Aruba was held during the first days of June of this year. The three-day conference was held at the Renaissance Convention Center Aruba. The conference hosted prominent and very high-level speakers in the area of Health Care management, who shared their expertise with over 250 conference delegates. On the first day, Minister of Public Health of the Netherlands representing the BES-islands, Ms. Edith Schippers, Minister of Public Health of Curaçao, Minister Bernard Whiteman, and the host of the conference, Minister of Public Health of Aruba, Minister Alex Schwengle, opened the conference by sharing their respective visions in the area of health care.
At the end of the first day, two MOUs were signed; one between Aruba, The Netherlands and Curaçao on the International Health Regulation (IHR) and the other between The Netherlands and Aruba on collaboration between the islands in the area of health care. The minister of St. Maarten could not be present due to a prior commitment but signed both MOUs later in the month. Curaçao is also set to sign the second MOU shortly.
In addition to the first-class speakers from organizations such as Harvard, PAHO/WHO, the World Bank, TIAS, BeBright Foundation and the University of the West Indies, the conference offered 18 accreditation points to health care professionals.
The Health Care Conference Aruba was organized as a result of the discussions led by the IPKO, the inter-parliamentary Kingdom dialogues, which take place a few times a year and touches upon a broad selection of topics related to the Dutch Kingdom partners. These dialogues concluded that the Dutch Kingdom partners should pursue more collaboration within the area of health care.