Key Responsibilities

  • Promote, guide, and facilitate the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of policies, strategies, plans, programs, guidelines, and protocols related to the prevention and control of priority NCDs, their risk factors, and violence and injuries, guided by relevant national, sub-regional, regional, and global frameworks.
  • Lead the multi-sectoral response and convene other governments and civil stakeholders on NCDs.
  • Collaborate with other ministries; bilateral partners and partners in the UN and other international agencies; technical advisors in the PAHO/WHO Guyana and at other levels of the Organization as necessary, non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, and the private sector, with particular emphasis on approaches incorporating the social determinants of health and cross cutting themes such as human rights, gender and equity.
  • Collaborate with entities as necessary in the establishment/strengthening of surveillance for NCDs, their risk factors, and violence and injuries.
  • Collaborate with others ministries and stakeholders as necessary to strengthen the integration of prevention and control strategies for NCDs, and violence and injuries into primary health care, and the use of the Chronic Care Model.
  • Undertake resource mobilization efforts to support the delivery of programmes related to NCDs, their risk factors, and violence and injuries and contribute to the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of national projects that impact the prevention and control of these conditions.
  • Collaborate with the Health Promotion (HP) focal point, the Knowledge Management and Communication (KMC) focal point, and others as necessary in the development, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of health communication policies, strategies, plans, and programs to reduce NCD risk factors, mental disorders, and violence and injuries, and enhance protective factors in the places where people live, work, and study (schools, communities, municipalities, and workplaces).
  • Collaborate with other national counterparts, partners, and PAHO/WHO country office personnel in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of activities for relevant global health observances.
  • Contribute to and support partnerships with UN agencies as requested.
  • Contribute to and support the development and implementation of mechanisms for identifying, promoting, and sharing good practices, challenges encountered, and lessons learned in the implementation of the NCDs programme.
  • Undertake other work-related duties as requested by the Chief Medical Officer.

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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