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Professor Karl Theodore

Director, HEU, Centre for Health Economics, The University of the West Indies


Warm greetings and welcome to our 12th Caribbean Conference on Health Financing Initiatives.

Sadly, we had to postpone our planned Conference in Anguilla last year due to the devastation caused by hurricanes. This year, we are delighted to join with the State Health Insurance Foundation (SZF) of Suriname in convening the 12th Conference.

As Caribbean populations strive to achieve Universal Health Coverage and Sustainable Development, we are all required to implement creative strategies to confront the rising demand for and cost of health services given our triple burden of infectious and chronic diseases, as well as trauma.

The Conference—with the central theme of ‘Health Financing: Strategic Management, Spending Wisely-2’—provides an ideal forum where, as colleagues, as frontline professionals we can openly share these strategies and critically discuss what we are doing well and what not so well.  

So…join us in Suriname for another valuable learning opportunity to gain new knowledge and sharpen our commitment to enhance the health and thereby the wealth of the Caribbean.   


Mr. Rick R. Kromodihardjo—CEO, State Health Insurance Foundation (SZF)


As your hosts, we extend a warm and special welcome to Suriname and to the 12th Caribbean Conference on Health Financing Initiatives. The SZF is Suriname’s premier health financing agency with almost forty (40) years in the health insurance business and dedicated to ‘securing futures, enhancing lives’. Since 2015, we have been entrusted with the mission of managing the country’s universal health insurance plans. 

So we are excited to partner with The University of the West Indies, HEU, Centre for Health Economics in bringing to you a focused Conference program of expert presentations, panel discussions and ‘open mike’ comments on the theme ‘Health Financing: Strategic Management, Spending Wisely-2’.  

Like you, we are also keen to hear from and interact with experts and frontline managers on how best to sustain financing given our mix of disease and economic challenges.

But we also want you to enjoy your time so we have planned a full social program to balance your hard work with true Suriname hospitality.

See you soon in Suriname.


Dr. Stanley Lalta—Conference Program Coordinator

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Hello to all…special welcome to returning participants and particularly first-timers as we gather in Surinam for the 12th Caribbean Health Financing Conference from October 8-10, 2018.

We are pleased to collaborate with the State Health Insurance Foundation (SZF) not just to share knowledge of its nearly four (4) decades in  health insurance operations, but to reflect on its new role as the country’s universal health insurance manager.

This year our Program continues focus on issues and approaches pertaining to ‘Health Financing: Strategic Management, Spending Wisely-2’ with emphasis on hospital, pharmaceutical, mental health and ‘catastrophic care’ concerns.

So… save the Conference dates....participate, interrogate and interact with experts, frontline managers and policy advisors….and lift your voices as individually and collectively we seek to enhance our knowledge for doing more, doing better in health financing matters.

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