01 December 2006
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago:
To commemorate the International Volunteer Day (IVD) 2006, four medical camps will be organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) – through the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme – and Rotary Clubs in Trinidad and Tobago, and under the auspices of the Minister of Health, to promote the concept of "volunteerism for development". Camps will be held in Port of Spain, San Fernando, Arima and Scarborough on 4-5 December 2006.
Over 100 UNV and Rotary Medical Doctors will serve in these camps to provide services to several thousands of unprivileged all over the country. Generic medical examinations, advocacy, counselling and testing will be provided. Medicines and drugs prescribed by doctors in the camp, for the deserving cases, will given free of cost on the spot.
It is expected that these Medical Camps will:
- Promote UNDP - and UNV - and Rotary activities and mission;
- Promote a greater awareness and knowledge amongst the people about the concept of Volunteerism for Development, and activities performed by Volunteers;
- Provide free basic services/consultations to the population, while raising awareness on HIV/AIDS and other major diseases.
All partners firmly believe in the importance of volunteerism as a tool for development and are largely using Volunteers in their activities.
In 2005, more than 125 developing and industrialized countries celebrated IVD. As well as highlighting and recognizing Volunteer action, many countries used the day to focus on Volunteering for Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Important steps were taken to measure Volunteer contributions, create legislative frameworks for Volunteering, establish the infrastructure for supporting volunteerism, and forge effective partnerships.