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  • Photo of CARICOM Heads Recognise Covid-19 Economic Threat, Maintain Risk of Regional Transmission Low
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    CARICOM Heads Recognise Covid-19 Economic Threat, Maintain Risk of Regional Transmission Low

    The CARICOM Heads of Government have recognised the risk of the novel corona-virus (Covid-19) to the Region but are also satisfied that the current risk of transmission is low. In a Communique issued after the hosting of the Thirty-First Intersessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government on 19 February 2020, in Barbados, the Heads outlined that an outbreak…

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    Regional Response to Novel Corona-virus is ‘Regionalism Working’ – Prime Minister Chastanet

    Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and Outgoing Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of  CARICOM, Hon. Allan Chastanet, has lauded the Region’s response to the Novel Corona-virus as “regionalism working”. The Prime Minister said the approach reminded him of the importance of being part of a group that in times of emergency had your back. He expressed gratitude…

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  • Photo of PANCAP Knowledge Exchange Promotes Successful Models of Care for Key Populations

    PANCAP Knowledge Exchange Promotes Successful Models of Care for Key Populations

    (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat) The Pan-Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) has collaborated with the Integral Orientation and Research Center/Centro de Orientación e Investigación Integral (COIN) to facilitate a learning exchange focused on Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and successful HIV testing strategies for key populations to access prevention and treatment. The capacity-building initiative will be held in Santo Domingo, Dominican…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Health Ministers to hold Emergency Meeting on deadly Coronavirus

    CARICOM Health Ministers to hold Emergency Meeting on deadly Coronavirus

    The Region’s Health Ministers will hold an emergency meeting on Monday 3 February on the novel Coronavirus which the World Health Organisation has now classified as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The novel Coronavirus outbreak which originated in Wahun City, Hubei Province, China, started in December 2019 and, up to this week about eight thousand cases have been…

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  • Photo of The UWI Activates Coronavirus Response Plan

    The UWI Activates Coronavirus Response Plan

    Today, The UWI will host a Vice-Chancellor’s Forum which will offer informed analysis and perspectives. The  programme will include remarks from Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles and feature UWI health experts along with Dr Joy St. John, CARPHA’s Executive Director.It begins at 1:00 pm (Jamaica)/2:00 pm (Eastern Caribbean) at The UWI Regional Headquarters, and will be carried live on UWItv’s…

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  • Photo of CARPHA: Coronovirus risk ‘low’ here but ‘be prepared’

    CARPHA: Coronovirus risk ‘low’ here but ‘be prepared’

    (Barbados Today) The risk of a new, mysterious strain of Coronavirus to the Caribbean is “low” but public health officials need to be prepared for a possible outbreak here, said Dr Joy St John, the former chief medical officer of Barbados who is now the head of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that…

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  • Photo of Risk of Coronavirus in Caribbean ‘low’ says CARPHA

    Risk of Coronavirus in Caribbean ‘low’ says CARPHA

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago – As at 9th January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that a 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified by Chinese authorities. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Executive Director of CARPHA, Dr. Joy St. John said “Presently, there have been no confirmed cases or reports of the 2019-nCoV…

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  • Photo of EU Continues to Support Caribbean In Fight Against Mosquito Borne Diseases

    EU Continues to Support Caribbean In Fight Against Mosquito Borne Diseases

    The European Union has provided the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) with a grant of 4.1 million euro (US$4.5M) to continue supporting efforts to combat mosquito borne diseases in the Caribbean Region. The assistance will be channelled through a four-year health strengthening programme designed to further improve the prevention, detection and control of outbreaks of mosquito borne diseases such as…

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  • Photo of Progress, but impact of HIV prevention response inadequate, particularly among key populations – PANCAP Evaluation

    Progress, but impact of HIV prevention response inadequate, particularly among key populations – PANCAP Evaluation

    The Caribbean has made progress in responding to the HIV epidemic, but an evaluation done last year has found that the impact of the prevention response has been inadequate, particularly among key populations. Of concern, according to the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP), is that the annual number of new HIV infections among adults in the Caribbean declined by…

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  • Photo of Implementation  of the Pétion Ville Declaration, a human rights imperative

    Implementation of the Pétion Ville Declaration, a human rights imperative

    This is the position of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Assistant Secretary-General for Human and Social Development Dr. Douglas Slater, in a statement to mark the observance of International Day for Persons with Disabilities, on 3 December 2018. According to Dr. Slater, the implementation of the Pétion Ville Declaration “will not only contribute towards the achievement of a number of the…

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