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  • Photo of PANCAP to caucus ahead of UN High Level Meeting on ending AIDS

    PANCAP to caucus ahead of UN High Level Meeting on ending AIDS

    A United Nations High-Level Meeting (UNHLM) on Ending AIDS will be held on 8-10 June 2016 at the United Nations General Assembly, New York, United States. Its focus will be on the required accelerated response over the next five years to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.   In preparation for the UNHLM,…

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  • Photo of Caribbean to benefit from new WHO programme

    Caribbean to benefit from new WHO programme

    GENEVA Switzerland (CMC) – Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries are to benefit from a new plan approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) for new health emergency programmes, globally. Caribbean health ministers were among delegates at the WHO meeting here and according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the programme adds operational capabilities for outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies that are…

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  • Photo of Possible human trials of Zika vaccine by September

    Possible human trials of Zika vaccine by September

    TEXAS, United States, Thursday May 19, 2016 – Scientists have for the first time cloned the Zika virus, an important development towards fast-tracking a vaccine against the disease. The genetically engineered copy is a replica of the strain that is spreading across Latin America and the Caribbean, bringing an increase in microcephaly, a condition in which babies are born with…

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  • Photo of St. Kitts and Nevis leads regional charge towards vector control

    St. Kitts and Nevis leads regional charge towards vector control

    Basseterre, St. Kitts – St. Kitts and Nevis Minister of Health,  the Hon. Eugene Hamilton said that there was no greater threat to our health security than vectors and the diseases they transmit.  He noted this at the second Workshop to Develop a Regional Network on Research and Control of Emerging Vector-Bourne Diseases in the Caribbean being held in St. Kitts from May…

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  • Photo of Development of marijuana industry urgent – Jamaica Finance Minister

    Development of marijuana industry urgent – Jamaica Finance Minister

    Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, says Jamaica must move with urgency to develop a medical marijuana industry. He pointed out that exploiting the benefits of marijuana is “not about smoking a spliff” or “walking around with two ounces of the weed.” This is about building an industry of value-added products,” the Minister emphasised. Mr. Shaw…

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  • Photo of Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week launched to raise awareness on preventing Zika

    Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week launched to raise awareness on preventing Zika

     Eliminating mosquito breeding sites, avoiding mosquito bites, and protecting pregnant women from Zika virus are the key messages of the inaugural Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week, launched today by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the CARICOM Secretariat. With the slogan ‘Fight the bite, destroy mosquito breeding sites’, this first Mosquito Awareness Week, 9-15…

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  • Photo of CARPHA to host Health Research Conference on Family Health in Turks and Caicos in June

    CARPHA to host Health Research Conference on Family Health in Turks and Caicos in June

    Child health, Zika, healthy ageing and HIV AIDS are among the family health issues that will be addressed at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Health Research Conference this year. The Conference, which will be held at Beaches Resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), has received the full support of the Turks and Caicos Government.  At a media…

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  • Photo of Zika Virus confirmed as cause of rare microcephaly birth defect – CDC

    Zika Virus confirmed as cause of rare microcephaly birth defect – CDC

    The Zika virus has been confirmed to cause a rare birth defect called microcephaly and other severe problems of the brain, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials across the globe have suspected for months a link between the virus and the birth defect, characterized by an abnormally small head and…

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  • Photo of Caribbean Leaders to support bold recommendations to end AIDS epidemic at UN High Level meeting

    Caribbean Leaders to support bold recommendations to end AIDS epidemic at UN High Level meeting

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)   The new Governments in Jamaica and Haiti which together account for approximately 71 percent  of People living with HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean, have agreed to send high level representatives to the UN High Level Meeting (UN HLM) on HIV/AIDS on June 8-10, 2016 in New York.  This was revealed during a joint mission held…

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  • Photo of Time to act against NCDs such as diabetes

    Time to act against NCDs such as diabetes

    In recognition of World health Day being observed today, Programme Manager, Health Sector Development at the CARICOM Secretariat , Dr. Rudolph Cummings, shared the following sentiments on diabetes and non-communicable diseases: Whilst the health gains of our Region have contributed significantly to increased life expectancy, these are now under severe threats from Non-Communicable Diseases. The recently completed study by the University…

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