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UWI Health Economics Unit Launches Construction

For Release Upon Receipt - May 14, 2008

St. Augustine

On Thursday 8th May, 2008, The University of the West Indies (UWI), Health Economics Unit (HEU) officially launched the construction of its new Centre and Conference Facilities at the site on 25A Warner Street, St. Augustine.

Professor Clement Sankat, Pro Vice Chancellor and Campus Principal, UWI St. Augustine Campus, welcomed the guests at the ceremony and Professor Karl Theodore, Coordinator of the Health Economics Unit, delivered the feature address. The ceremony also featured speeches by Mr. Edward Emanuel of PANCAP/CARICOM; Mr. Willy De Geyndt of the World Bank; Senator Wesley George, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health; and Ms. Margaret Richardson, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Technology and Tertiary Education. Closing remarks were delivered by Professor Dennis Pantin, Head of the Department of Economics, St. Augustine Campus. Dr. Hamid Ghany, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

Guests included delegates from a number of local, regional and international agencies and this forum provided the opportunity for the UWI/HEU to publicly express its appreciation and thanks for the unstinting support it has received over the years.

Established in 1995, the HEU is a research, training and technical policy support institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and policy development in the areas of health policy and health administration and related areas of social development, including poverty reduction and improved income distribution. The construction of these facilities comes at a time when the HEU has been awarded Centre status within The University of the West Indies, a transition that brings with it greater recognition and many expectations.

The event concluded with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting by Professor Clement Sankat.

For further information about the HEU, please contact the Secretariat at (868) 662-9459, (868) 662-2002 Ext. 3050 or e-mail at