The Ministry of Health’s national immunization programme got a boost recently, with the donation of 27,600 Medical AD Syringes Needles via the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO).
The donation, valued at approximately USD $34,000, was made possible courtesy the Alma Jean Henry Charitable Trust (AJHCT), according to a release issued by PAHO.
The official handing over of medical supplies took place last Thursday, May 12, with PAHO/WHO's Country Representative, Dr Erica Wheeler, presenting the gift to Minister of Health, Terrence Deyalsingh MP.
PAHO says the medical equipment will assist the Ministry with its expanded program of Immunization and its vaccine roll out.
“Ms. Alma Jean Henry was a prolific Trinidad and Tobago vocalist who gained international acclaim as a concert contralto opera singer, performing in Africa, China, Israel, Europe and the Caribbean. We remember her humanitarianism as much as her musical talent,” the PAHO release stated.
Ms Henry has left a legacy of philanthropy as Founder/Director of the IFFCARE—the International Fellowship for Care, Re-housing and Education Charity—as well as with the establishment of the AJHCT in 2001, which was created two years after she succumbed to cancer in 1999.
“The AJHCT has touched many lives, providing grants to other charities for the relief, support or education of homeless persons and other discretionary grants,” said the release from PAHO.
It added: “PAHO/WHO recognizes the contribution of its donors and is committed to strengthening these efforts in support of Trinidad and Tobago's COVID-19 response.”