Guyana Foundation signs historic MOU with Cuban University

It is with gratefulness that the Guyana Foundation announces the signing of an historic Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Medical Sciences of Ciego De Avila, Cuba.

The Foundation reached out to the University two years ago to request guidance and assistance in dealing with the mental health issues that face Guyana and, in particular, the work of the Guyana Foundation’s Sunrise Center.

In response, the University convened a conference last year bringing its best specialist in the areas of suicide, domestic abuse, addiction and child abuse. The Guyana Foundation participated and gained much from this encounter.

The relationship has now been further strengthened by the signing of this MOU which positions Supriya Singh-Bodden, Guyana Foundation’s Founder, on the organizing committee for the next International Conference to be convened in Cuba in early 2018.

This comes at a time when mental health issues is a major concern of governments around the world.  The conference will include contributors from other countries and will endeavor to share its deliberations and conclusions with the world.

The agreement is valid for a period of five years during which time there will be valuable transfers of expertise and information to tackle the social issues facing Guyana. Persons will be selected from key villages across Region 2 to access training in Cuba to become professional counsellors. Workshops and visits by Cuban professionals will follow.

Mrs. Singh-Bodden commented, “I have spent the last few days in Cuba among people that have now become an extended family to us , such love , such willingness to help. We are extremely grateful. The social ills, suicide, domestic abuse, child abuse, alcohol addiction are clearly out of control in Guyana. We have much to learn from Cuba to study the way they have been able to provide easily accessed support to citizens at all levels, averting the problems and the fatalities we face. We will make good use of this opportunity we have been given to collaborate with the University of Ciego De Avila. ”

Signing are Rector of the University, Angel Batista Diaz, with Supriya Singh Bodden, Guyana Foundation. Standing from right to left, Ambassador of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to Cuba, Halim Majeed; Head of International Relations of the University, Lourdes Alvarez Lopez; Vice Rector of Department of Economics, Yordanys Borges Diaz; and Magalys Padilla Alvarez, Representative of Medical Services.

Signing are Rector of the University, Angel Batista Diaz, with Supriya Singh Bodden, Guyana Foundation. Standing from right to left, Ambassador of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to Cuba, Halim Majeed; Head of International Relations of the University, Lourdes Alvarez Lopez; Vice Rector of Department of Economics, Yordanys Borges Diaz; and Magalys Padilla Alvarez, Representative of Medical Services.

Seated from left to right, Juana Maria Rodriguez Cepero, Director of International Relations for the Province of Ciego De Avila; Lourdes Alvarez Lopez, Dir Of International Relations of University. Standing from left to right are Mayte Perdomo Maldonado, PA to Ambassador of Guyana; Supriya Singh Bodden, Guyana Foundation; Nathaly Duenas Lopez, Coordinator of Psicoavila 2018; Magalys Padilla Alvarez, Rep of Medical Service of the University; Halim Majeed, Ambassador of Guyana; Angel Batista Diaz, Rector of the University; Julian Verona Hernandez, Representative of MINCEX in the province of Ciego De Avila.

Seated from left to right, Juana Maria Rodriguez Cepero, Director of International Relations for the Province of Ciego De Avila; Lourdes Alvarez Lopez, Dir Of International Relations of University. Standing from left to right are Mayte Perdomo Maldonado, PA to Ambassador of Guyana; Supriya Singh Bodden, Guyana Foundation; Nathaly Duenas Lopez, Coordinator of Psicoavila 2018; Magalys Padilla Alvarez, Rep of Medical Service of the University; Halim Majeed, Ambassador of Guyana; Angel Batista Diaz, Rector of the University; Julian Verona Hernandez, Representative of MINCEX in the province of Ciego De Avila.

Supriya Singh-Bodden with Nataly Duenas Lopez, Coordinator of Psycoavila 2018

Supriya Singh-Bodden with Nataly Duenas Lopez, Coordinator of Psycoavila 2018