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Political will, financial support needed to bolster new approach to cholera in Haiti, says UN deputy chief

June 16, 2017
Political will, financial support needed to bolster new approach to cholera in Haiti, says UN deputy chief NEW YORK, USA -- The United Nations deputy chief on Wednesday called on member states to fund the Organization's new strategy to counter cholera in Haiti, stressing that the initiative is facing a critical shortage of resources. “Without additional resources, the intensified cholera response...

Commentary: Public healthcare is a pain

June 12, 2017
Commentary: Public healthcare is a pain On Friday, May 27, 2017, I had reason to interact with the public health services in Jamaica, namely, the May Pen Hospital. Unfortunately, I'm aware that my experience is not singular but is normal for most Jamaicans who don't have the luxury to seek private care. We've band-aided a sore and...

Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant

June 8, 2017
Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has selected 16 hospitals and health centres in seven Caribbean countries to make them safer, greener and more resilient to natural disasters, under the framework of the Smart Health Care Facilities Project, an initiative...

Puerto Rico health officials declare 2016 zika epidemic over

June 7, 2017
Puerto Rico health officials declare 2016 zika epidemic over SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Zika transmission has substantially decreased in Puerto Rico below epidemic levels, and the Puerto Rico Department of Health (PRDH) has declared that the 2016 zika epidemic is over.  Zika levels have substantially decreased since the same reporting period in 2016.

Trinidad hosts international talks on daily antiretroviral pill

June 2, 2017
Trinidad hosts international talks on daily antiretroviral pill PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A new once-daily pill to prevent the spread of human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, is capturing the attention of communities affected by the virus. The daily antiretroviral pill interferes with the earliest stages of the virus’ life cycle and stops its ability to replicate.

Letter: Kudos to cancer specialist Dr Trevor Layne for wanting to transform Grenada's health care catastrophe

May 26, 2017
Letter: Kudos to cancer specialist Dr Trevor Layne for wanting to transform Grenada's health care catastrophe Grenada’s famed oncologist and hematologist, Dr Trevor Layne, who has political ambition and aspirations, and is hoping to throw his hat in the political arena in 2023, is not alone in the sentiment that nationalism is not delivering its full potential to the citizens of Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique.

Commentary: The World Health Organization - why everyone should care

May 11, 2017
Commentary: The World Health Organization - why everyone should care Health is one of the most precious things to us all as individuals and families. It is something we very often take for granted, until we no longer have it. As the UK’s candidate for the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), I am committed to improving the health of people across the globe.

Total community involvement essential to fighting the Aedes aegypti mosquito

May 8, 2017
Total community involvement essential to fighting the Aedes aegypti mosquito PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- “Community participation is critical to the success of any programme designed to eliminate breeding sites of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Efforts are doomed to failure if even one household is negligent,” said Dr C James Hospedales, executive director of the Caribbean...

Agriculture stakeholders discuss regional food safety

May 3, 2017
Agriculture stakeholders discuss regional food safety BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- In an effort to enhance the quality of agricultural produce in the region, food safety stakeholders convened in Barbados from April 25-26, 2017, to discuss the improvement of plant health in the region. The two-day consultations, conducted by the United States Department...

Regional experts lay groundwork for roadmap on climate change and health

May 1, 2017
Regional experts lay groundwork for roadmap on climate change and health GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Recognised by the World Health Organization, as one of the greatest threats to human health and the environment, climate change can affect safe drinking water, secure shelter, and sufficient food in the Caribbean region. While emissions of greenhouse gases from...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Addressing the loss of health care professionals

April 29, 2017
Commentary: The View from Europe: Addressing the loss of health care professionals Around the world, public health care systems are in crisis. From India to Australia, nations in the developing and developed world are struggling to meet the expectations of their local populations. The Caribbean is no exception. There are multiple reasons for this. In the Anglophone Caribbean,

OECS health unit addresses regional concerns on yellow fever

April 28, 2017
OECS health unit addresses regional concerns on yellow fever CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In light of the recent wave of yellow fever cases in the region, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Health Unit convened a virtual meeting via online web-conference on April 11, 2017, to address the concerns of member states and share useful and timely...

CARPHA and Guyana launch novel public-private program to boost tourism and health

April 27, 2017
CARPHA and Guyana launch novel public-private program to boost tourism and health GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Tourism growth and sustainability in the Caribbean face serious health, safety and environmental (HSE) threats. These include disease outbreaks and deficiencies in food safety and environmental sanitation. This contributes to reduced tourism arrivals, which in turn...

Commentary: The American Health Care Act - is it really?

April 27, 2017
Commentary: The American Health Care Act - is it really? The AHCA, rejected by Republicans – and of course the Democrats – and currently under revision, seems not to have as its priority the health care of the American people. What it appears to be about, and in this order, is: tax cuts for the wealthy, concern for the insurance carriers, and last...

Vaccination campaign necessary to stop the spread of cholera in Haiti, says researcher

April 25, 2017
Vaccination campaign necessary to stop the spread of cholera in Haiti, says researcher GAINESVILLE, USA -- A mathematical model of cholera transmission in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake suggests that current approaches to cholera control and elimination, which focus primarily on improving sanitation, are not likely to solve the problem. However, eradication of cholera...

PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030

April 20, 2017
PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and...

Honduras to improve public health care with $50 million loan from IDB

April 20, 2017
Honduras to improve public health care with $50 million loan from IDB TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras -- Honduras will improve the efficiency of public spending in the health care system and the development of its legal, regulatory and operational framework with the help of a $50 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). One of the goals of the project...

Commentary: Assessing the disparity and neglect at the PAH in Grenada one year later

April 18, 2017
Commentary: Assessing the disparity and neglect at the PAH in Grenada one year later After writing a commentary where I addressed the disparity and the neglect at the (Mirabeau) Princess Alice Hospital (PAH) and highlighted the vast differences between the PAH’s inability to provide proper healthcare compared to the General Hospital (despite the fact that the PAH services a large cross-section...

Turks and Caicos health insurance scheme faces 'serious issues and significant liabilities'

April 10, 2017
Turks and Caicos health insurance scheme faces 'serious issues and significant liabilities' PROVIDENCIALES, TCI -- Commenting on a recent report on the management of the National Health Insurance Board (NHIB) by the chief internal auditor, Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Governor Dr John Freeman noted that serious mismanagement of the NHIB or of other statutory boards could...

Cuban scientists to present results of clinical trials of new drug

April 8, 2017
Cuban scientists to present results of clinical trials of new drug HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Experts from different branches of medicine in Cuba were on Thursday due to present the latest results of the application of Hebervital, a product of the Cuban biotechnology sector, in a national workshop in Havana. Hematologists, oncologists, orthopedists, dentists...

Most deaths in Caribbean due to non-communicable diseases

April 4, 2017
Most deaths in Caribbean due to non-communicable diseases ROAD TOWN, BVI -- Director of the Chronic Disease Research Centre, Dr Alafia Samuels, has said that heart and respiratory diseases, stroke, cancer and diabetes are significantly affecting the people of the Caribbean. Samuels gave an update on the Port of Spain Declaration signed in 2007 by...

Dr Trevor Layne: A Grenadian trailblazer

April 3, 2017
Dr Trevor Layne: A Grenadian trailblazer NEW YORK, USA -- Dr Trevor Layne a trailblazer who is changing the world with medical breakthrough and social change. He has dedicated his life to the war on cancer. The Grenadian-born oncologist and hematologist has performed well over 20 bone marrow transplants with his team.

Puerto Rico officials discuss 'Medicaid Cliff' health care crisis and impact on Florida taxpayers

April 1, 2017
Puerto Rico officials discuss 'Medicaid Cliff' health care crisis and impact on Florida taxpayers ORLANDO, USA -- Puerto Rico Secretary of State Luis Rivera-Marin and the Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) hosted a critical issue advisory discussion in the Orlando area to build awareness of the urgent health care crisis developing around the issue known as the Medicaid Cliff.

BVI health system commended

April 1, 2017
BVI health system commended ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The government of the British Virgin Islands has been commended on its achievements, as its health system is said to be setting the example for the Eastern Caribbean region. Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) advisor of health systems strengthening...

Commentary: The future of the WHO: A call for leadership from Latin America and the Caribbean

April 1, 2017
Commentary: The future of the WHO: A call for leadership from Latin America and the Caribbean In May, Latin American governments and our colleagues in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region will have a unique opportunity to participate in how healthcare will be governed for the next five years, when we, and member states across the globe, elect the next director-general of...

Letter: FFOS calls for 'state of emergency' on the Gulf of Paria fisheries

April 1, 2017
Letter: FFOS calls for 'state of emergency' on the Gulf of Paria fisheries If the government says the fish from the Gulf of Paria are safe to eat then why is there continuous death of marine species from Mosquito Creek to Point Fortin? The two dolphins found dead on Thursday 30th March in the heart of La Brea bring the total number of dead dolphins since the December 17...

Letter: Grenada's spiralling health care crisis

March 30, 2017
Letter: Grenada's spiralling health care crisis The World Health Report on Grenada is in need of revision. Grenada is dealing with a pressing need in the health care system; its economic strife has left the healthcare system struggling to cope with a growing devastating health care crisis. Everyone, except the Grenadian government, knows...

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