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The Nevis Health Promotion Unit is a support service in the Ministry of Health. Its primary function is to promote healthy living, wellness and lifestyles that would enhance health and well-being of the population. It provides educational support to all health and medical programme activities, including assessing communities for health education activities, planning, implementing and evaluating interventions, together with acting as resource persons for health and communicating health education needs, concerns, and resources. The Unit also collects, collates, analyse and disseminate all health data.

As such, the activities of this unit are dependent, in part, on the activities and programs in all Units and Departments in health.

The Unit consists of 3 sub areas, namely:

The Nevis HIV/AIDS Coordinating Unit is a sub-division of Health Promotion with special emphasis on HIV/AIDS. This unit focuses on providing specialty services to the general population, directly and indirectly. The overall goal of the HIV/AIDS Coordinating Unit is to reach its dual goals: (1) to reduce the spread of HIV infection, (2) to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS on individuals, family and the community. It is imperative that the unit implement and coordinate a response that reaches it five strategic areas which are:

  1. Prevention of HIV infection,
  2. Care, treatment and support for people with HIV and AIDS,
  3. Advocacy, policy development and legislation, generating,
  4. Using strategic information, and
  5. Program coordination and management.

Health Education is one strategy of health promotion and is focused on helping individuals learn and use health-enhancing skills. Health education is often very visible and tangible, and includes educational programs, activities and skill-building group or individual sessions. Health education is part of health promotion. Communication uses the media for information campaigns to raise awareness of health issues and help promote healthy choices and decision-making among the public.

Health Information Unit is responsible for collection and collation of data. The management team comprises of a Health Statistician, Surveillance Officer, a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) officer and Data Entry Clerks. Data is collected weekly, monthly and quarterly from all health institutions, including private doctors. The Health Statistician evaluates programs and projects. Monthly and quarterly reports are generated and an Annual Health Report is compiled and disseminated.

For the first quarter of this year, the Health department has seen an outbreak in Gastroenteritis. Gastroenteritis is very contagious. The virus is spread mainly through the fecal-oral route. Washing your hands often has proven to be very effective in eliminating and reducing the spread of microorganisms.

Please view the attached files and kindly disseminate by:

  1. Posting the Proper Hand Washing Poster in you restrooms and kitchens as a guide for clean hands (preferable above the wash station).
  2. Distributing or sharing the 10 Facts of Gastroenteritis with all staff/employees. Feel free to share among the community.

Be part of the solution to stop the spread of Gastroenteritis as well as to promote healthy living.

NB. If you require a hand washing demonstration, contact the Health Promotion Unit to schedule a session.

Contact: (869) 469-8010, 469-5521 x 2037/2064,
email: healthpromotion@niagov.com

Public invited to attend World Hypertension Day outreach in Charlestown

In observance of World Hypertension Day 2022 on Tuesday, May 17, the Health Promotion Unit (HPU) in the Ministry of Health and Gender Affairs in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) is inviting the general public to attend its “Less Salt, More Health” outreach. 

Nevis observes World Kidney Day

The following is an address by Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Junior Minister of Health and Gender Affairs on Nevis on the occasion of World Kidney Day, 2022.

Nevis HPU to observe World Obesity Day with road relay

World Obesity Day will be observed worldwide on Thursday, March 04, and in Nevis, the Health Promotion Unit (HPU) in the Ministry of Health plans to mark the occasion with a road relay in Charlestown dubbed “A Fun Run in the Sun” on March 03, 2022. 

Nevis Health Promotion Unit hosts Valentine’s Day safe sex promotion 

In its continued fight against HIV/AIDS, the Nevis Health Promotion Unit (HPU) is hosting an open-air activity on February 14, 2022, at the War Memorial in Charlestown dubbed “Protect your Pleasure this Valentine’s Day: Make your love… safe love.”

Nevis public urged to participate in World AIDS Day 2021 activity

The Nevis Health Promotion Unit (HPU) is urging members of the public to adorn the colour red and join them in an event dubbed “Light up the town,” and a walk on December 01, 2021, in support of those who have been afflicted with HIV/AIDS.

184 persons test blood sugar, blood pressure during HPU’s World Diabetes Day Health Screening 

Nevis’ Health Promotion Unit (HPU) successfully hosted a World Diabetes Day Health Screening on November 18 and 19, 2021, with 184 persons turning up to check their blood sugar, blood pressure and kidney health.

Nevis Health Promotion Unit to host diabetes awareness activities

In acknowledgement of World Diabetes Day 2021 which was observed on November 14, the Nevis Health Promotion Unit (HPU) in the Ministry of Health, will be hosting two activities.

Nevis HPU to observe Caribbean Wellness Day 2021 in accordance with COVID-19 protocols

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (August 31, 2021) — The Nevis Health Promotion Unit (HPU) in the Ministry of Health is encouraging members of the public to participate in activities being organised for Caribbean Wellness Day observed annually on the second Saturday in September. The day seeks to draw awareness to non-communicable diseases in communities across the Caribbean.

Nevis HPU embarks on condom use drive to curb HIV, STIs

The Nevis Health Promotion Unit (HPU) is embarking on an islandwide drive during the month of August to promote the use of condoms.

Nadine Carty-Caines Programme Coordinator

Phonenix House, Jews St. & Prince William St.
Charlestown, Nevis
Tel: (869) 469-5521, (869) 469-8010, (869) 469-7470
Fax: (869) 469-0764
healthpromotion@niagov.com

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