UNV in Guyana
The United Nations Volunteer Programmed was established in Guyana in 1984 and since then approximately 400 UNV volunteers, national and international, have been serving in the country, working closely with Government, NGOs and CSOs, in all areas of human development.
In Guyana the programme is focused on Combating HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other Diseases. Partnership with Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center (FXB) and Center of Disease Control (CDC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health has lead to the successful implementation of the USA President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)”.
Ten (10) UNVs started assignments in 2005 with the purpose of strengthening and improve care and treatment to HIV/AIDS patients in Guyana, working in regional hospitals outside of Georgetown and assigned to clinics and hospitals within the capital city. The dedication of these volunteers makes an appreciable difference in the lives of their patients.
The UNV programme has also re-launched its Online Volunteering service. This service brings together development organizations from around the world and thousands of online volunteers, promoting social inclusion and contributing in a very tangible way to the work of development organizations.
These online volunteers are a valuable addition to the work of the many national and international UNV volunteers working on the ground in 140 countries and the millions of other volunteers worldwide who contribute every day; addressing the challenges of peace and development.
The UNV Programme is very pleased to be a part of the observances in honor of volunteers in Guyana. Their contributions are immeasurable and their extraordinary service is greatly appreciated. The UNV Programme expresses sincere gratitude to all volunteers working to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
The UNV Programme’s mandate is to promote volunteerism and voluntary activities in development and peace building efforts. The UNV Programme Guyana works to facilitate networks of Volunteer Involving Organizations, to support the government of Guyana in the promotion of volunteerism for development in the country, as well as to support the International Volunteer Day (IVD) cerebration in December since established an IVD National Coordinating Committee with full collaboration and participation of the Government, NGOs and CSOs.
The UNV Programme in Guyana has currently 6 volunteers, and several pipe-line projects are ongoing to mobilize other 25 UNV volunteers into various development initiatives.
Since the UNV Programme’s establishment in Guyana in 1984, a total of more than 300 Volunteers have served in the country inclusive of national and international specialists on assignments attached to the following institutions:
Institute of Applied Science and Technology
University of Guyana
Ministry of Health
Francois Xavier Bagnoud Center (FXB)
Guyana Forestry Commission
State Planning Secretariat
Ministry of Agriculture - Hydraulics Division
Ministry of Finance
Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation
Guyana Geology and Mines Commission
Guyana Manufacturing and Industrial Development Agency
Guyana Elections Commission
United Nations Children Education Funds (UNICEF)
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Georgetown American School
Department of International Economic Cooperation
Public Corporations Secretariat
Bank of Guyana (Central Bank)
Ministry of Agriculture
National Agricultural Research Institute
Bureau of Statistics
United Nations Dispensary
Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Trade and International Cooperation
Civil Defense Commission
Guyana Marine Turtle Conservation