The Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs, the Honourable Cynthia Forde, evaluated with Cuban Ambassador Francisco Fernández the possibility of implementing a technical assistance project with Cuban experts to deal with Alzheimer's disease, for which there is available the financing of the Pan American Health Organization´s office for the Eastern Caribbean. Accompanied by Deputy Minister Carolyn Springer and other senior officials of her team, the Minister expressed her satisfaction at having the experience and willingness of cooperation of the Ministry of Public Health of Cuba, as it has been historically, and highlighted the value of this action because both countries have a large segment of their population over sixty years of age, but in the case of Barbados it is necessary to carry out a study on the ground as proposed in order to elaborate a Strategy and a National Plan to determine more precisely the steps that must be followed to face that disease more effectively.
The Ambassador thanked the acknowledgment of Cuban cooperation, said that this is a principled position with all CARICOM member states, which was ratified at the last bilateral Summit Meeting, and stressed that once the conditions were created by both parties Barbados would be soon added to those countries that meet international standards in fighting against Alzheimer's, a disease that has an incidence not only in patients who suffer from it but also in their family environment. He also highlighted that this action is an integral part of the collaboration in other health spheres since the barbadian Ministry of Health has presented a list of purchases of Cuban medicines that include some for the Alzheimer's program and other advanced products of Cuban biotechnology like Heberprot-P for the diabetes program, as well as cancer vaccines. (Cubaminrex - Embacuba Barbados)