Monday, July 20, 2020 — A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was officially signed between the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Sub-Regional Office for the Caribbean.
The MoU aims to strengthen partnership and collaboration in population programmes inclusive of sexual and reproductive health, demographic data and analysis and gender equality, including in humanitarian settings. The MoU was signed by Ms. Alison Drayton, UNFPA Caribbean Director and Representative and Dr. Didacus Jules, Director General of the OECS Commission. It became effective on 7th July 2020.
The two organisations have a long history of working together and are currently collaborating on several initiatives aimed at improving the availability of key decision-making data in the region. The UNFPA has been supporting population and housing census and strengthening statistical capacity in the OECS Member States since 1969, and is presently working with the OECS Statistical Services Unit to deliver technical and material support for the 2020 round of the Population and Housing Census that will be executed by the national statistics office in each OECS Member State.
One such collaboration is with the OECS Pharmaceutical Procurement Service, which undertakes pooled procurement for the nine Member States through UNFPA for Reproductive Health Commodities, specifically contraceptives including condoms.