How healthy is St. Martin?

January 1, 2016

This research evaluates the state of health on St. Maarten and St. Martin in 2015.
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How healthy is Sint Maarten Saint-Martin

University of the Virgin Islands
University of St Martin

UVI, in collaboration with USM, agreed to assist the Observatoire Saint Martin/Sint Maarten, a Non-Governmental Organization that was established to lead the project in the interest of the Collectivité de Saint Martin and Louis Constant Fleming Hospital /Government of Sint Maarten (Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour), or OBS, in administering an island-wide health study.

One of the primary goals of the study was to update an essentially similar health study—The St. Maarten Health Study—that was carried out in 2002 simultaneously in the Netherlands Antillean islands of St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, Saba and Bonaire. However, this second research project was confined to the island that comprises (Dutch) St. Maarten and (French) St. Martin. The study was prompted then, and now, by the recognition that there is a compelling need for public health research that could meaningfully inform decision-making, and the further realization that in the absence of empirical evidence, policy decisions will be designed for specific tasks or problems that cannot be generalized.

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