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  • Photo of CARICOM draft Model School Drug Policy to be developed  Workshop opens in Saint Lucia

    CARICOM draft Model School Drug Policy to be developed Workshop opens in Saint Lucia

    More than 20 representatives from government ministries and non-governmental organisations in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are attending a regional workshop to develop a draft Model School Drug Policy. The workshop opened on 21 January 2019, in Castries. The use of licit and illicit substances, including alcohol; inhalants; and marijuana has been increasing, particularly by students across the Region. A 2016…

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  • Photo of PANCAP 2018 World AIDS Day Message: KNOW YOUR STATUS

    PANCAP 2018 World AIDS Day Message: KNOW YOUR STATUS

     This year’s World AIDS Day theme “Know your status” encourages us to be tested to know whether we are HIV negative or positive. This theme is very relevant as the world has committed to Fast Track actions towards achieving the 90-90-90 treatment targets by the year 2020. The UNAIDS 2018 Global AIDS Monitoring (GAM) report informs us that there are…

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  • Photo of Justice Minister reinforces Jamaica’s commitment to human rights protection

    Justice Minister reinforces Jamaica’s commitment to human rights protection

    The promotion, protection, and enhancement of human rights in Jamaica was a primary consideration of the current Government“, Jamaica’s Minister of Justice, the Hon. Delroy Chuck said Tuesday. To this extent, all fundamental rights were guaranteed by the Constitution and they would be upheld, the Minister added. He cautioned though that there had to be awareness that “from time to…

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  • Photo of Will ganja and medicinal herbs offer Caribbean new path to wellness

    Will ganja and medicinal herbs offer Caribbean new path to wellness

    (Caribbean Tourism Organisation Press Release) – Bryanna Hylton, the Westwood High School, Jamaica student who won this year’s Caribbean Tourism Organizstion (CTO) Tourism Youth Congress, will join the CTO’s programme of activities for Caribbean Tourism Month (CTM) which is observed during the month of November. The 17-year-old Hylton will join an online panel for the Thursday, 1 November launch of…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Special Rapporteur on Disability appointed

    CARICOM Special Rapporteur on Disability appointed

      The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has appointed a Special Rapporteur on Disability, as it works towards an inclusive Region for persons with disabilities.  The Thirty-Fifth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) – Health, in September 2018, endorsed the recommendation that Senator Dr. Floyd Morris be appointed to the position, and “urged Ministries of Health to facilitate…

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  • Photo of Regional health ministers approve plan regarding climate change on SIDS On Oct 19, 2018

    Regional health ministers approve plan regarding climate change on SIDS On Oct 19, 2018

    ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – Caribbean health and environment ministers ended a two-day meeting here approving a plan of action to ensure that the health of those living in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is protected and prioritized within the global climate change agenda. “Just as we bring climate change to the heart of the health sector, we must work…

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  • Photo of CARICOM Heads of Government recommit efforts to combat NCDs with launch of ‘Caribbean moves’ campaign

    CARICOM Heads of Government recommit efforts to combat NCDs with launch of ‘Caribbean moves’ campaign

    (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, September 27, 2018– Leaders within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) attending the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York met for close to an hour this morning (Thursday, September 27) at a High-Level Breakfast Meeting to assess the progress made in combating Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs)…

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  • Photo of Caribbean health ministers agree to strengthen actions to prevent vector-borne diseases

    Caribbean health ministers agree to strengthen actions to prevent vector-borne diseases

    (Caribbean Media Corporation) – Caribbean health ministers have joined their counterparts from the Americas in agreeing to implement a series of actions over the next five years to more effectively control the vectors that transmit diseases such as malaria, dengue, Zika and Chagas disease. The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), which organised the meeting here on Monday, said that the aim…

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  • Photo of Leverage influence to promote HIV prevention – PANCAP Director urges religious leaders

    Leverage influence to promote HIV prevention – PANCAP Director urges religious leaders

    (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM Secretariat): Director of PANCAP, Dereck Springer recently held discussions with the Inter Religious Organization of Guyana (IRO) on the role of faith leaders in ending AIDS. The Director is advocating for faith leaders to leverage their influence with the communities they serve, youth and vulnerable populations to propagate HIV prevention including testing and other issues related to…

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  • Photo of Message from Dr C. James Hospedales Executive Director Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)

    Message from Dr C. James Hospedales Executive Director Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)

    Caribbean Wellness Day 2018 Promotes Health at Work: A Basic Human Right The United Nations (UN), The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) state that every individual has a right to healthy and safe work and to a work environment that enables him or her to live a socially and economically productive life.   In keeping…

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