Enhanced Quality of Life

“Enhancing the quality of life and well-being of the people of Sint Maarten requires the joint efforts of several ministries and society at large. We strive to create a society where no one is left behind nor neglected. It is the commitment of government to take necessary measures which will improve the health and well-being of all residents with emphasis on the vulnerable. The transition of St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) to a General hospital and improvement in medical services are high on government's priority list.

Government will review its public housing vision and policy to meet the housing needs of our citizens. Through this initiative, it is our aim to stimulate upward mobility in living standards and thus enhance the quality of life. This will motivate are youngster. Young citizens who are confident, are better prepared to face opportunities and challenges. Our vision for our youth includes stimulating them in ways that will allow them to grow and reach new levels of development and achievement.

Addressing the above will contribute to the quality of life. However, we must place special emphasis on reducing the cost of living on Sint Maarten for our citizens, especially the elderly and the vulnerable. Therefore, government will increase the 'Basket of Goods', provide GEBE social relief to citizens in need, and conduct a study to transition from a minimum wage to a living wage.”

Projects


Enact legislation and policies to improve quality of life

Initiative Ministry
  • Implement and enforce legislation and policies in the Public Health sector
VSA
  • Implement legislation and policies to ensure quality in healthcare and universal medical coverage
VSA
  • Enhance pension benefits
VSA
  • Implement legislation, policies and improve data collection for youth
ECYS, VSA
  • Implement sports policies
ECYS
  • Regulate, manage and ensure the well-being of the island's animal population and animal husbandry
TEATT

Improve health care system

Initiative Ministry
  • Transition St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) to a General Hospital
VSA
  • Assure accessible, affordable and sustainable quality healthcare
VSA
  • Strengthen mental health services and facilities
VSA
  • Enhance operations of emergency medical response services
VSA

Strengthen youth opportunities

Initiative Ministry
  • Enhance youth involvement and development
ECYS
  • Execute extracurricular activities for youth
ECYS
  • Tackle & decrease youth unemployment
VSA

Promote sports and wellness within communities

Initiative Ministry
  • Realize, upgrade and maintain sport and training facilities
ECYS
  • Support elite sport development and recognition
ECYS
  • Enhance competitive and recreational sports
ECYS
  • Stimulate healthy living and well-being of all residents
VSA
  • Stimulate healthy eating
VSA

Care for the elderly and vulnerable

Initiative Ministry
  • Alleviate poverty
VSA, TEATT
  • Ensure sustainable living
VSA, VROMI
  • Enhance the delivery of services to the elderly from government
VSA
  • Improve and increase quality of Foster Care facilities
Justice

Ensure livable neighborhoods

Initiative Ministry
  • Review and expand housing vision
VROMI
  • Provide opportunities to adequate and affordable housing
VROMI
  • Further develop our neighborhoods
VROMI