Key Accomplishments


1.     A Situational analysis of  Elderly Health in Guyana has been carried out by the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health

2.     A National Elderly health committee has been established in partnership with the Ministry of Social Protection.

3.     Monthly Medical outreaches are conducted at elderly homes and this exercise is executed by the Regional Health Services Department.

4.     Elderly Health Clubs have been established in Regions 4 and 10

5.     A National Maternal and Child Health Programme has been established

6.     National sexual and reproductive health promotion and prevention is carried out

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Co-ordinator: Dr. Melissa De Haarte

Address: Lot 1 Brickdam, Stabroek, Georgetown

Telephone Number: (592) 223-7354

Elderly Health Goals & Objectives

Elderly Health Goal

By 2020, the Ministry of Public Health and other stakeholders build a platform to support “Healthy Ageing” in adults 60 years and over, subsequently increasing expectancy of life, longevity and quality of life of our elderly population, making countrywide quality health services accessible to all.

Elderly Health Objectives

Fostering healthy ageing in all administrative regions.

Aligning health systems to the needs of the older population

Creating age friendly environments

To sensitize the elderly towards key aspects of elderly health, not only  chronic disease and disability  but health in its entirety:

 a) Educating elderly men and women to be more health aware and grounded in their own health responsibilities as well as their family.

b) Highlighting the unique needs of the elderly, the need for routine visits to health centers, healthy eating, physical activity and adherence to medication regimens.

Evaluate and improve the quality of elderly care at all levels of health, including government institutions (elderly homes), primary health care and home care.

a. Orient health care workers on the importance of holistic elderly care and elderly rehabilitation.


A healthier elderly population and community making changes to their disposition towards health and disease. This includes improved attitudes towards healthy eating, exercise, medication adherence and elderly care.


Women's Health Goals & Objectives

Women’s Health Goals

  • To promote the adoption of healthy lifestyles among women living in the 10 administrative regions. The Ministry of Public health will:
  • Develop, implement and evaluate a community-based health promotion program to increase rates of healthy eating and exercise, and increased knowledge on sexual and reproductive health.
  • By 2020, the Ministry of Public Health and other stake holders will build a platform to support “Healthy living” among Guyanese women and subsequently increase expectancy of life, longevity and quality of life of our female population.

Women's Health Objectives

To ensure that women are adequately informed about the benefits of Sexual and Reproductive health for themselves, their partners and families and actively participate in and access Sexual and Reproductive health services:

  • Provide information on contraception, safe sexual practices and offer HIV counseling and testing to all sexually active women.
  • Educating women on frequent health issues related to their reproductive system. e.g. fibroids, cancer, breasts, cervix, uterus and ovaries

To sensitize women towards key aspects of women’s health, not only reproductive health but health in its entirety:

 Educating women to be more health aware and grounded in their own health responsibilities as well as their family.

  • Highlighting the need for women to be monitored for hypertension and Diabetes mellitus.

 To ensure prevention, early screening and treatment of cancer of the reproductive organs:

  •  Promote prevention, early screening and treatment of breast and cervical cancer.
  • Provide information, education and counseling on all reproductive tract cancers in all health facilities.

To reduce the incidence of Sexually Transmitted Infections:

  • Integration of STI and HIV, AIDS prevention and treatment into all Sexual and Reproductive health
  • Emphasize the voluntary HIV testing and counseling.

The Government of Guyana in responding to these health challenges has put in place the National Health Sector Strategy 2013-2020, which has four clear goals:

- Equity in distribution of health knowledge, opportunities and services

- Consumer-oriented services: people focused and user friendly

- High quality services (and good value for money)

- Accountable providers and government

The Government of Guyana addresses the identified five strategic priorities:

1. Strengthening health systems governance, organization and management based on primary health care approach.

2. Addressing the social and environmental determinants for improved health outcomes.

3. Reducing the burden of diseases.

4. Enhancing family and community health.

5. Leadership and management for results.


Healthier women of the population making changes to their disposition towards health, disease, gender based violence, drug abuse and sexually transmitted infections.

Featured Projects

Chronic Disease Control



To address the top four causes of premature death in Guyana: cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, ensuring a multi-sectoral, integrated approach is maintained. Learn More

Mental Health Unit


Mission Statement

To promote, coordinate and implement technical activities and actions directed towards strengthening the national capacity to develop policies, plans, programs and services, thus contributing to the promotion of mental health, the reduction of the burden of the psychiatric diseases, prevention of disabilities, and the development of rehabilitation. Learn More 

Maternal and Child Health Unit


Mission Statement

To ensure that women, children and family members obtain maximum health care that is necessary for their growth and development. Learn More


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