The Department of Gender Affairs under the Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture, Social and Library Services, will join with the rest of the world in observance of International Men’s Day which is held on November 19.  The theme designated for this year’s celebration is “Men leading by Example: Recognizing the Excellence in Them”.


International Men’s Day is a global celebration which aims to celebrate the positive values men contribute to the world, their families and the community at large.  It highlights the positive role models men are and raise awareness to various issues that affect men and their wellbeing.  The website designated for International Men’s Day further stated; “International Men’s Day encourages men to teach the boys in their lives the values, character and responsibilities of being a man. Mahatma Gandhi said, “We must become the change we seek.”  It is only when we all, both men and women, lead by example that we will create a fair and safe society which allows everyone the opportunity to prosper.”


As customary, the Department will be hosting an activity that will seek to empower, encourage and uplift our men.  As with most activities this year, the session will be hosted virtually via the Department’s Facebook page – Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Gender Affairs on Wednesday, November 18, at 6:00pm.


The speakers selected for this very important occasion are known worldwide within the sphere of influence. They include Rev. Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant, Emmanuel Lewis, and Mr. Thomas W. Dortch Jr.


We solicit your support as we celebrate and uplift the men in our community.





TCI joins the world to observe World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW)

TCI joins the world to observe World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW)        


Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) continues to threaten the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. The problem of AMR has become so threatening that the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared it as one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity. It therefore remains one of the most urgent threats to human health.


AMR occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to antimicrobial medicines. Therefore, antimicrobials - including antibiotics, antivirals, antifungals and antiparasitics - become ineffective and infections persist in the body, increasing the risk of spread to others. As a result, infections are more difficult to treat and may lead to severe illness and death. Antimicrobials are agents that are critical tools for fighting diseases in humans, animals and plants.


It is therefore paramount that we observe WAAW on a yearly basis to increase awareness of global AMR and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to stop the further emergence and spread of drug-resistant infections. In previous years, WAAW was entitled and observed as World Antibiotic Awareness Week. However, following a stakeholder’s consultation meeting in May of this year that included the WHO, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) decided to expand the scope of WAAW. The scope was changed from “antibiotics” to “antimicrobials” to facilitate a more inclusive global response to AMR.


Commencing this year, WAAW will be observed every year on November 18th – 24th and will support a multisectoral One Health Approach with increased stakeholder commitment. Therefore, everyone can unite to improve antimicrobial use. The theme for WAAW 2020 for the human health sector is “United to preserve antimicrobials”. The slogan for 2020 "Antimicrobials: handle with care" is applicable to all sectors.


Human behaviour continues to worsen and speed up the process of AMR. Examples include the:

  • misuse and overuse of antimicrobials in people and animals, including use without professional oversight.
  • lack of access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for both humans and animalsand inadequate infection prevention and control promotes the spread of microbes, some of which can be resistant to antimicrobial treatment.


Given the above, here are some ways to prevent the spread of antimicrobial resistant organisms:

  • Take antimicrobial exactly as prescribed by your doctor. That is, do not skip doses and ensure that you complete your course of treatment, even when you start feeling better.
  • Only take antimicrobial prescribed for you; do not share or use leftover antimicrobial.
  • Do not save antimicrobial for the next illness, discard any leftover medication.
  • Do not ask for antimicrobial when your doctor thinks you do not need them.
  • Prevent infections by regularly washing hands, preparing food hygienically, avoiding close contact with sick people, practicing safer sex, and keeping vaccinations up to date.


The Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services (MoHASHS), by way of its draft national action plan, continues to work with a team of health professionals from various sectors to tackle the very serious problem of AMR. Among other objectives of the plan, the MoHASHS will seek to improve awareness and understanding of AMR, strengthen knowledge through surveillance and research, reduce the incidence of infection and improve the use of antimicrobial agents. Throughout the year, members of the team have engaged in several exercises designed to build capacity in the area.

Additionally, as a part of WAAW, the following events are being planned:

  • A focus on antimicrobial resistance on the Monday, Nov 16th airing of health matters radio show
  • Leaflet distribution to patients in the Primary Health Care clinics
  • Displaying information videos at the TCI Hospitals
  • AMR presentations to be conducted via online platforms to various church groups in Grand Turk, Providenciales and North Caicos 
  • AMR presentations to be conducted via online platforms to various schools in in Grand Turk, Providenciales and South Caicos 


For further information on AMR, kindly contact the National Pharmacist at 338-3072.


Breast In the Spotlight Competition Winners Declared

Breast In the Spotlight Competition Winners Declared


Organized under the Ministry of Health Agriculture Sports and Human Services Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit to commemorate the end of breast cancer awareness month, a completion was held between Ministries within government. This innovative competition was the first of its kind here in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Ministries were given the task to decorate a door or corridor within their Ministry or Department. Each Ministry was able to have two entries either from two of their departments or one from the Ministry itself and one from a Department.


The competition was judged using 60% Facebook live poll and 40% Facebook likes. The Ministry of Home Affairs emerged as the winners of the competition. In second place was the Labour Tribunal and in third place was the Ministry of Border Control.


Mrs. Robinson, Director of Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit stated; “This competition not only afforded Ministries and Government Departments to participate in bringing awareness concerning breast cancer but it was also used as a tool to educate persons within Government. This unique initiative led by the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit aims at bringing elements of fun, excitement and creativity through the spirit of competition in relation to the most common cancer which is on the rise here in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”


Mrs. Desiree Lewis – Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health Agriculture Sports and Human Services, who was present for the presentation of trophy and gifts to the winning team stated; “The objective of the event was to encourage the exposure to creativity and imagination because whatever the mind can imagine we can find ways to achieve, it afforded Ministries and their Departments to learn more about breast cancer and it also promoted interaction, collaboration and teamwork”.  She also stated that it brought to the forefront the importance of Health-In-All-Policies.


The Honorable Minister of Health congratulated the winning team and stated that “all participants were winners and brought creativity to breast cancer awareness in a unique way, we look forward to even more Ministries participating next year.”


For more information, contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit on 338 2772 or visit our Facebook page TCI Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit.















Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. GEW will be observed for the second consecutive year by the Department of Trade, Industry and Consumer Affairs from 16-22 November 2020.


GEW 2020 is being observed globally under four broad themes: Education, Ecosystems, Inclusion and Policy. Join the Department of Trade, Industry and Consumer Affairs and over 10 million entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs from 180 countries across the globe in celebrating GEW.


The Department celebrated the event last year by hosting a breakfast seminar on grant funding at The Sands resort in Grace Bay and a business mixer at the Grace Bay Club under the theme ‘Be Inspired’ with a presentation made by guest speaker Kristin Frazer of Treflé Designs: designer to clients such as Beyoncé, Blue Ivy and Chrisette Michele. Other activities also included the launch of a Department information video and a youth photo entry competition won by Mr. Bensly Pierre, who was presented with a brand new Nikon digital camera.


The Department will be sharing information throughout this week via the Turks and Caicos Islands Government Facebook page aimed at promoting and encouraging entrepreneurship across the Turks and Caicos Islands.



Toriano Williams appointed as Deputy Director of the Department of Planning





Toriano Williams appointed as Deputy Director of the Department of Planning


The Turks and Caicos Islands Civil Service is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Toriano Williams as the new Deputy Director of the Department of Planning within the Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing & Planning.


Mr. Williams began his career with the Planning Department as a Land Use Planner in October 2010 and later became the Secretary of the Physical Planning Board.  In May 2014 he was promoted to the role of Assistant Deputy Director.  Prior to his tenure with the Planning Department, he worked within the Department of Immigration as an Immigration Officer.  He has been a valued member of the Turks & Caicos Islands Civil Service for 21 years.


Mr. Williams holds a first-class Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural and Building Engineering Technology as well as a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning with honors, specializing in Planning for Environmental Change.  He is also a proud member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).


Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Williams stated; “I am pleased and honored to be afforded the opportunity to serve as the Deputy Director of Planning. This new transition would not have been possible without my exceptional team of whom I am grateful for. I intend to ensure that planning and development within the Turks & Caicos is carried out in a sustainable manner while striking a balance between human development and the environment.


“My ongoing plan is to guarantee that our team has the manpower and resources to afford a service that meets and exceeds the expectation of all who encounter the department and to make it one that is automated whereby business operations and services can conveniently be completed online.”


Deputy Governor Anya Williams in congratulating Mr. Williams on his appointment said; “It brings me great pleasure to extend congratulations to Mr. Williams on his recent promotion within the Department of Planning. Mr. Williams has taken the steady path of climbing the ranks within the Department of Planning and I trust that the experience he has gained while occupying these roles will assist him as the new Deputy Director. We wish him well and look forward to continued improvements within the Planning Department.”




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