• Haiti, Turks and Caicos Close to Signing MoU on Migration Issues

    The Turks and Caicos Islands and Haiti are close to signing a memorandum of understanding to deal with the continued problem of irregular migration from Haiti to the TCI, according to Minister of Border Control and Labour Ricardo Gardiner. Speaking at the 2014 budget address, the Minister said the two sides had produced the final draft of a memorandum of…

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  • Migrant Awareness Raising Sessions Held in Guyana

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The first of a series of training sessions intended to heighten awareness of risk factors affecting mobile and migrant populations in Guyana was held here on 24 and 25 June 2014.  The participants of these sessions include those who interface with migrant populations—healthcare workers, immigration officers, members of the police force and military, staff…

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  • PAHO and UNAIDS Convene Meetings in Georgetown

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in adolescents and youth across the region was a major agenda item when the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) convened a three-day meeting in Georgetown last week. The meeting also…

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  • Caribbean nationals urged to reduce salt intake

    UNITED NATIONS, CMC — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has urged Caribbean nationals and others in the Americas to decrease salt intake to help reduce hypertension – the leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease. “Salt reduction is recognised as the most cost-effective intervention for population-based prevention of hypertension, and it is one of the WHO (World Health Organisation) best…

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  • PM Douglas defends PANCAP’s Justice For All programme

    ST. JOHN’S, ANTIGUA, JULY 3RD 2014 (CUOPM) – St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas has defended the “Justice for All” programme of the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP), saying it was not designed to encourage a re-order of the Caribbean society in a negative way. According to the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC),…

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  • Dominican Republic Gets $100 Million Loan For Health Sector

    The Dominican Republic will soon be receiving a $100 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank following its approval this week. The loan aims to boost health care in the country through “investments designed to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of spending in the sector and improving the quality of services aimed at the country’s poorest people,” according to a…

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    Gender Mainstreaming Integral to Region’s Future Foreign Trade Policies

    Regional trade policy makers are being urged to ensure that gender equality and gender mainstreaming is integral in their future foreign trade policies and national development strategies. This advice from representatives of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the International Trade Centre (ITC) during Day One of a four-day seminar, examining Gender Mainstreaming in Caribbean Trade Policies and Programmes. The…

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  • The Board of CRN+ Pledges its Continued Commitment to People Living with HIV

     (Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     Port of Spain, Trinidad— In his acceptance speech at the General Meeting held 2-3 June, the newly elected Chairman of the Board of the Caribbean Regional Network of People Living With HIV/AIDS (CRN+), Mr. Ainsley Reid of Jamaica, recognized the strides made across the region in the fight against the spread of…

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  • Photo of Jamaica to Decriminalize Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana

    Jamaica to Decriminalize Possession of Small Amounts of Marijuana

    In a major shift, Jamaica has announced that the country’s Cabinet has approved a proposal that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. The proposed amendment to the country’s Dangerous Drugs Act ((which has been approved by Cabinet but still needs to go be introduced and approved by Parliament)) would mean that the possession of small quantities of…

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  • Discrimination Over Sexual Preference Blights Those Seeking Medical Help

    TRAINING gaps among health and social service workers contribute to an environment of stigma and discrimination for men who have sex with men and sex workers, according to an international report. #The study conducted by Family Health International’s Communication for Change project, and funded by USAID/PEPFAR, revealed that nine people were reportedly denied medical services because they identified as MSM…

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