• Photo of Turks and Caicos takes strategic measures to reduce NCDs’ impact

    Turks and Caicos takes strategic measures to reduce NCDs’ impact

    The Hon. Dr. Rufus W. Ewing Premier  of the Turks and Caicos Islands, has committed to championing the fight against NCDs in his homeland and Regionally at the level of Heads of Government in CARICOM. Dr Ewing, who is also his country’s Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services, made the commitment  during a press conference held at the conclusion Tuesday of…

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  • PAHO: Antiretroviral treatment for people with HIV increasing in Caribbean

    WASHINGTON, DC (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) says antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS is increasing in Latin America and the Caribbean. PAHO said that nearly 600,000 more people are receiving antiretroviral treatment for HIV in the region than in 2003. PAHO released the figures ahead of World AIDS Day, December 1. PAHO's theme for World…

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  • Photo of Caribbean Public Health Agency aims to reduce child obesity by 2025

    Caribbean Public Health Agency aims to reduce child obesity by 2025

    San Juan, (EFE).- The Caribbean Public Health Agency, or CARPHA, published a Plan of Action for Promoting Healthy Weights: 2014 – 2019, part of a push to reduce obesity among children and adolescents by 2025. CARPHA has an integrated strategy to address nutrition-related diseases in Caribbean countries, where the proportion of overweight or obese people is in the range of 28 percent to 35…

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  • World AIDS Day: opportunity for reflection, resolution – Secretary-General

    MESSAGE BY SECRETARY-GENERAL, CARICOM, AMBASSADOR IRWIN LAROCQUE, ON THE OCCASION OF WORLD AIDS DAY 2014 World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for reflection and resolution.  Not long ago an affliction with HIV and AIDS was literally a death sentence.  Today, thanks to scientific breakthroughs and access to treatment, people with HIV and AIDS are living longer and leading productive lives.  Yet there are…

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  • Photo of Chikungunya vaccine successful in clinical trial

    Chikungunya vaccine successful in clinical trial

    VIENNA, Austria I November 23, 2014 I The Austrian biotech company Themis Bioscience GmbH in collaboration with  the Institut Pasteur (Paris, France) have developed a prophylactic vaccine against chikungunya.The vaccine appears to be safe, and produced an immune response that researchers suspect would protect people against infection. The Vienna-based biotech company Themis Bioscience GmbH (‘Themis’) has received final results of…

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  • Ebola survivors’ blood to treat deadly disease

    Anastassia Cunningham, Health Coordinator The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the blood of patients who recover from the deadly Ebola virus could be used to treat those still suffering from the disease. Like other infections, infected humans produce antibodies in the blood in an attempt to fight off an Ebola attack. According to scientific theory, those antibodies can…

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  • Statement by Ambassador Irwin Larocque, Secretary-General Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on the Occasion of Caribbean Wellness Day 13 September 2014

    The celebration of Caribbean Wellness Day continually reminds us of that historic moment when our Heads of Government pioneered that significant policy initiative known as the Declaration of Port-of-Spain on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).  On the basis of scientific facts they raised their voices acknowledging that NCDs could imperil our economies like no other known health issue. The Declaration has the…

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  • Health Minister notes impact of diabetes, hypertension, and obesity

    Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson says the national burden posed by non-communicable diseases (NCD) constitute a major public health challenge, which undermines the country's social and economic development. Dr. Ferguson said recent national surveys showed an increase in the major behavioural risk factors and NCDs, such as hypertension, obesity and diabetes, among adults. The Minister emphasised that it is in…

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  • Guyana’s investment in HIV/AIDS battle paying off- NAPS Director

    Guyana’s prevalence rate of HIV has increased but that now indicates that more people are living rather than dying of the disease due to aggressive public education and greater access to treatment and care, Head of the National AIDS Programme Secretariat, Dr. Shanti Singh said. Singh said latest research shows that the prevalence rate is 1.4 percent or 7,700 persons…

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  • Wellness revolution’ continues at CARICOM Secretariat

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Headquarters of the Caribbean Community, the CARICOM Secretariat on Monday commenced  a week of activities to commemorate Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) 2014  and to sustain the ‘wellness revolution’ that began in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago in September 2007. CWD will be observed on 13 September 2014. Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan, Deputy Secretary-General…

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