Deadline tender public health survey on Friday

POSTED: 10/16/12 1:07 PM

St. Maarten (DCOMM) – The deadline to submit all relevant documentation for the ‘How Healthy is St. Maarten’ in 1999 to 2002 survey is this upcoming Friday.

The purpose of the first survey was to collect information for public health policy development and health care and services reform.

The data retrieved consisted of the adult population’s health and related behavior, which was necessary to develop an integrated process of health care research, policy planning and informed decision making. The information is also important for health care providers, health educators, and consumers.

Considering the fact that the initial study results can be considered outdated, due to the time elapsed and the many changes that have occurred on the island, i.e. population growth, high migration rate, infrastructural change, pollution, etc., it is of high importance to execute a similar study to get a general description of the population’s current health status and their current use of health services. Data obtained from the study can then be used for the further development of policy and reform within public health.

The targeted population the study focuses on consists of non-institutionalized adults 18 years and older.

Considering that St. Maarten is an island with a very diverse population, it creates an interesting challenge, as many different cultural aspects have to be taken into account when preparing and executing the study, as well as analyzing and interpreting the results.

The Public Health Department is currently hiring external consultants for the preparation, execution and analysis of the general health of the public; a follow-up ‘How Healthy is St. Maarten?’ study.

The bidding has officially been opened and consultants are invited to submit bids and request information until this Friday; the project will be awarded by November 23.

The consultant will be responsible for drafting the project and research plan, working out the exact methodology and acquiring the instruments, getting stakeholder involvement, preparing, executing as well as managing the fieldwork, entering and analyzing data and presenting the results in a report, including recommendations for policy development and health care and service reform.

The project will be financed by the government. The terms of reference are available at the Department of Public Health in English. Address: W.G. Buncamper Road #33, Vineyard Office Park. Phone: 542 30 03, 542 35 53, or 542 20 78; Fax: 543 78 24; email fleur.hermanides@sintmaartengov.org and yolaine.bruney@sintmaartengov.org.

 

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