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Health Sector Development

It has been accepted that a healthy population is a must for the sustainable development of a country, as such, health is an investment in people. At the CARICOM Secretariat, the Health and Development Programme works  with other stakeholders to improve health and wellness across CARICOM.  Principal stakeholders are  Member States; Community and other institutions, in particular the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO).  

 

Cooperation in health has been a long tradition in the Caribbean, with regional engagement dating back to the 1969 Conference of health ministers. However, the current health thrust is based on the 2001 Nassau Declaration on Health, adopted by... Read more

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Ganja Babies! More And More Children Reportedly Seeking Medical Attention After Using Marijuana

Posted: 27 March 2017 - Regional News
A 50 per cent jump in the number of children seeking assistance at public medical facilities for ganja-related illnesses in Jamaica since the weed was decriminalised in 2015, is causing worry for
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Regional experts lay groundwork for unified response to vector-borne diseases

Posted: 17 March 2017 - Regional News
“Although Dengue has been in the Region for years, with the introduction of Chikungunya in 2013, and now Zika, vector-borne diseases (VBDs) have become very prominent, taking centre
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‘Strengthening the Regional HIV Response’ is the focus of Fifth Meeting of National AIDS Programme (NAP) Managers and Key Partners’

Posted: 08 March 2017 - Regional News
 NAP Managers to assess progress of achieving 90-90-90 targets and identify gaps and challenges Monday, March 6, 2017 (PANCAP Coordinating
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We must rally around the Every Caribbean Woman Every Caribbean Child Initiative - UNSE

Posted: 07 March 2017 - Press Releases
This is the  charge from the United Nations Secretary-General Special Envoy(UNSE)  for HIV and AIDS in the Caribbean, Dr. Edward Greene, in his message on the occasion of the International
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Legal sanctions and mandates must be reinforced… for lasting results …  PM Browne

Posted: 22 February 2017 - Press Releases
Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Hon. Gaston Browne, told the Forum of CARICOM  First Ladies and Spouses of Heads of State and Government that legal sanctions and mandates by themselves
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CARICOM Heads to champion ECWECC initiative: Violence against women and women’s and children’s health are priority interventions

Posted: 21 February 2017 - Press Releases
CARICOM Heads of the Government have agreed to champion the Every Caribbean Woman Every Caribbean Child (ECWECC) initiative and other activities focussed on addressing violence against women and
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The Regional Response to Childhood Obesity Intensifies

Posted: 10 February 2017 - Regional News
Childhood obesity continues to be a serious public health concern in the Region.  Statistics show that more than 30% of our Caribbean adolescents are overweight or obese, and risk developing
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CARICOM - Regional conference to tackle childhood obesity

Posted: 10 February 2017 - Regional News
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb 9, CMC – Representatives of regional health organisations are meeting here this week to map out a plan to prevent childhood obesity through improved food and
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Caribbean better prepared to deal with crisis situations

Posted: 02 February 2017 - Press Releases
The Caribbean region’s ability to respond to crisis situations and its early warning capacity have been greatly strengthened, thanks to the Global Crisis Response Support Programme (GCRSP).
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Caribbean faced serious health challenges, but had important successes in 2016, says PAHO

Posted: 28 December 2016 - Regional News
WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — From the Zika epidemic and the birth of thousands of babies with congenital malformations, through the declaration of measles as eliminated from the Americas, the
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Message by The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon On the occasion of World AIDS Day 2016

Posted: 30 November 2016 - Press Releases
Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride but we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS
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Message by Director, PANCAP Coordinating Unit CARICOM Secretariat Dereck Springer on the ocassion of World AIDS Day 2016

Posted: 30 November 2016 - Press Releases
As the World commemorates World AIDS Day 2016, its does so under the theme ‘Hands up for #HIV prevention’. This theme calls attention to the crucial need for us to refocus our efforts on
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PANCAP Hosts Knowledge Workshop

Posted: 25 November 2016 - Press Releases
Renews commitment to CSOs and NAPS integration in national HIV responses The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV & AIDS (PANCAP) hosted a workshop on Knowledge Synthesis and Best
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COTED endorses regulatory system for medicines roadmap

Posted: 22 November 2016 - Press Releases
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministers with responsibility for Trade have endorsed a roadmap for the implementation of the Caribbean Regulatory System for Medicines (CRS).The endorsement was made
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UWI Regional Task Force on Zika tracks rare neurological disorder

Posted: 21 October 2016 - Regional News
The Caribbean has moved one step closer to uncovering the link between the Zika virus disease and a rare neurological illness. Once an obscure pathogen, the mosquito-borne Zika virus quickly
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Guyana to benefit from US $18,000 PANCAP project

Posted: 18 October 2016 - Regional News
Member states of the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) like Guyana, stand to benefit from a US $18,000 health project aimed at pushing early antiretroviral therapy for persons
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PAHO says caribbean achieved nearly all health targets of un millennium development goals

Posted: 12 October 2016 - Regional News
WASHINGTON, Oct 11, CMC – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Caribbean countries have met almost all the health targets of the United Nation’s Millennium Development
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CARPHA Unravels the “Mystery” Behind the Zika Numbers

Posted: 03 October 2016 - Regional News
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) reports that positive Zika cases confirmed by laboratory testing represents only the “tip of the iceberg.”  This means that the number of
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UNDP and Global Fund sign a new $7 million grant to address human rights barriers to HIV services in eight Caribbean countries

Posted: 03 October 2016 - Regional News
New York- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund have signed a new US$7 million grant to address human rights barriers to HIV services in eight Caribbean countries –
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Caribbean declared measles free

Posted: 28 September 2016 - Regional News
WASHINGTON, United States CMC — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says the Americas including the Caribbean, is the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that
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PANCAP Convenes Governance Meetings in Guyana

Posted: 07 September 2016 - Press Releases
The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will convene the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of the Executive Board and the Twelfth Meeting of the Regional Coordinating Mechanism for Global Fund
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Guyana to host PANCAP meetings

Posted: 05 September 2016 - Regional News
Among issues to be discussed by the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) are the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Congenital Syphilis. According to
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CARPHA Must Receive Zika Blood Samples Within 5 Days of First Symptom

Posted: 27 August 2016 - Regional News
With growing concerns over more people being infected with the Zika virus, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has said Zika blood samples, for laboratory confirmation, must be taken and sent
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Jamaica participates in clinical trials for Zikv

Posted: 25 July 2016 - Regional News
Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says Jamaica will shortly be participating in a number of clinical trials in the drive to find a vaccine to treat the Zika Virus (ZIKV).
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Nine per cent rise in new HIV infections in Caribbean

Posted: 22 July 2016 - Regional News
This was the view of the United Nations Secretary-General Special Envoy for HIV in the Caribbean, Dr Edward Greene who was speaking from Durban, South Africa, where more than 18,000 scientists,
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Action being taken on health to safeguard Community

Posted: 07 July 2016 - Press Releases
Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM and Prime Minister of Dominica Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit said Wednesday that the issue of health was of major concern to CARICOM Heads,
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Ageing, NCDS and Technology: SVG Prime Minister tells Community to pay attention

Posted: 05 July 2016 - Press Releases
Ageing, its relationship with chronic non-communicable diseases and technology, was among the issues  St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, called attention to
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Warning for Caribbean countries as a result of food-borne illnesses

Posted: 02 July 2016 - Regional News
NASSAU, Bahamas, Jul 2, CMC – A senior official of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says the economic costs associated with food-borne illnesses in the Caribbean are
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Advancing Health and Wellness as a Priority in CARICOM Countries Development

Posted: 01 July 2016 - Regional News
Dr. HospedalesPort-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, July 1, 2016: Health and wellness are essential factors to the Caribbean region’s development.   Taking a very strong stance, Dr
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Good family health contributes to strong economy – Premier Ewing

Posted: 27 June 2016 - Press Releases
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos - Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Dr. The Honourable Rufus Ewing said last week that the Region must “go back to the family, to basics, if we are
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