ASHA-PAHO/WHO: Guyana Project
Specific Objectives: In Guyana, ASHA provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Health to strengthen its national strategic plan for early detection and intervention of communication disorders.
Stakeholders meeting in Guyana
- Five students enrolled in the new program at the University of Guyana have graduated in December 2018. All have jobs.
- Continue assisting the University of Guyana (UG) in establishing a partnership with a university program in the U.S.
- Continue recruiting volunteers to teach courses at the University of Guyana.
- Continue recruiting volunteers to assist with speech and hearing services in Guyana.
- Ad Hoc Committee ended in January 2017.
- Ad Hoc Committee visited Guyana in May 2016 and met with newly elected national government leaders, PAHO-Guyana staff and UG faculty, students, and administrators.
- Volunteer experts are teaching courses.
- UG program received donated materials and tests from US publishers.
- First cohort of students will graduate in December 2018.
- Five students are enrolled, and they have completed 1 year in the program.
SLP-A program at the University of Guyana began in September 2015 offering accelerated courses in 3-week blocks.
- Recruited an ASHA volunteer expert clinician who spent 2 weeks assisting the only Speech-Language Therapist in Guyana with delivery of services and training of staff during the summer 2015.
- Ad Hoc Committee developed criteria for selecting volunteer experts.
- Ad Hoc Committee created Speech-language Pathology Assistant (SLP-A) curriculum.
- Ad Hoc Committee was formed and work plan was developed.
Guyana Ad Hoc Committee
- Gloria Weddington, Chair
- Noma Anderson
- Elise Davis-McFarland
- Carol Westby
- Diana Barreneche, IIB Liaison
- Samantha Kleindienst, IIB Member and Liaison
- Lily Waterston, Ex Officio
For more information, contact Lily Waterston, ASHA Director, International Programs at