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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,

Health Promotion Unit announces activities planned to mark World AIDS Day on Nevis

The Health Promotion Unit (HPU) in the Ministry of Health on Nevis, is encouraging members of the public to participate in a week of activities set aside to mark World AIDS Day which is observed annually worldwide on December 01.

Technical expert from Taiwan assists NIA with early intervention of NCDs

Hon. Hazel Brandy Williams, Junior Minister of Health in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) says the Nevis government is grateful for the Republic of China (Taiwan’s) assistance in the administration’s efforts at preventing and controlling non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on the island.

Nevis Health Promotion Unit hosts week of activities to mark World Diabetes Day 2020 

The Health Promotion Unit (HPU) in the Ministry of Health on Nevis is hosting a week of activities starting November 09, 2020 in observance of World Diabetes Day.

Nevis to host activities to mark Caribbean Wellness Day 2020

The Health Promotion Unit (HPU) in the Ministry of Health on Nevis, is preparing to host a number of activities to commemorate Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) 2020 on September 12, under the theme “Power Through Collective Action”, with the slogan #StrongerTogether2020.

Nevis Premier Brantley delivers address on Covid-19

The following is an address by Hon. Mark Brantley, Premier of Nevis,  Senior Minister of Health and Minister of Finance in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) regarding the Covid-19 virus. It was delivered on Monday March 16, 2020.

Junior Health Minister Brandy-Williams delivers address to mark World Kidney Day on Nevis

The following is an address by Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Junior Minister of Health and Gender Affairs in the Nevis Island Administration to mark World Kidney Day on March 12, 2020.

All set for SEDU’s Small Business Boardwalk Fair in Charlestown December 12th

The Small Enterprise Development Unit (SEDU) on Nevis will host a Small Business Boardwalk Fair at the Samuel Hunkins Drive on December 12, 2019, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will showcase the island’s local goods and services from 26 participants in a festive atmosphere.

Nevis Junior Minister of Health Brandy-Williams delivers address to mark World Diabetes Day

The following is an address delivered by Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Junior Minister of Health in the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) to mark World Diabetes Day 2019.

Women on Nevis urged to take advantage of free cervical cancer screening offered by Ministry of Health

Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams, Junior Minister of Health on Nevis is calling on all sexually active women and girls to take advantage of the free annual pap smear clinic offered by the ministry. This year it will be held on the island’s six health centres on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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

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