USM promotes a healthier and more sustainable St. Maarten on Thursday
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USM promotes a healthier and more sustainable St. Maarten on Thursday

SINT MAARTEN (POND ISLAND) - On Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm, the University of St Martin (USM) will host its second public seminar with a focus on health and sustainability.

The free seminar will consist of three 20-minute presentations followed by a Q&A period where the public will get a chance to participate in an open dialogue. The speakers for the evening will be Ms. Rose Rumnit – a Highly Qualified Detox Specialist and Liver Cancer Survivor, Ms. Maria Henry - Section Head General Health Care at Collective Prevention Services (CPS), and Dr. Golden Jackson - Assistant Dean for Service-Learning and Community Affairs at the American University of the Caribbean (AUC).

In addition to an engaging discussion, attendees will be given the opportunity to receive information on pertinent health conditions and practices on St Maarten. “Awareness plays an important role in promoting a healthy country.

Thus, we found it necessary to invite health-related NGOs to participate in the upcoming seminar”– said Dr. Rolinda Carter, Blood Research Scientist and Dean of Academics at USM, in written statements to the press on Wednesday.

Invited organisations include Positive Foundation (Breast Cancer Awareness), St. Maarten Sickle Cell Foundation (Sickle Cell Awareness), Kelaha Projects (Cervical Cancer Awareness), and the Diabetes Foundation of St. Maarten (Diabetes Awareness).

During her presentation, Ms. Rumnit will use her life experiences and the knowledge that she gained through many years of research to outline different therapies she applied with the help of Traditional Healing Professionals.

Ms. Henry will discuss current and future projects that CPS is undertaking to prevent and eliminate diseases on St Maarten. Finally, Dr. Jackson will speak on AUC initiatives in support of health sustainability. The host and moderator of the night will be Ms. Keoma La Hamer - Public Communication Associate at United Nations Development Programme, and founder of The KeLaHa Projects.

Present to give an introduction on the topic and its relevant UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 3: good health and wellbeing) will be Ms. Joy Arnell, Secretary General of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor.

“The USM Seminar Series was born out of efforts to shape future academic programs, as well as to service the community, government and public policy,” stated Dr. Carter, who was mandated to develop the natural sciences at the university.

“This is a great opportunity for government, academia and civil society to think about the future of health sustainability for the country and our region.”

The seminar will also be streamed live on Cani TV Facebook page.

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