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    HIV AIDS in the Caribbean – Strengthening and expanding community-based approaches

    Strengthening and expanding community-based approaches to delivering HIV treatment is vital to the long-term success of the AIDS response, according to a report launched on 20 April by Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) and UNAIDS. The report highlights MSF’s innovative approaches to the critical challenge of how to scale up treatment to ensure that people living with HIV have access to antiretroviral…

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    New and Optimized HIV Medicine Formulations for Children Living with HIV Developed

    Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago are some of the countries that would benefit with this policy PANAMA CITY — Johnson & Johnson today announced that its Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies have furthered their commitment to improve the health of children living with HIV through an expanded policy aimed at enhancing access to its HIV medicine darunavir. This policy…

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    Food safety: More than just a health threat

    Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. May 14, 2015.  Foodborne illnesses are one of the most common public health issues in the Caribbean region, and have increased by 26% since 2010.  The fact that thousands of people in the region become sick from tainted food each year demonstrates the need to further safeguard our food supply. In this regard, the Caribbean…

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  • Photo of Children affected by HIV/AIDS to benefit from $8-million programme

    Children affected by HIV/AIDS to benefit from $8-million programme

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Over 100 children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS will benefit from psychological, educational and social support under a J$8 million (US$70,000) grant assistance programme. The grant is being provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with World Learning, and will support a four-month initiative that will be carried out through three…

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  • Photo of CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people

    CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people

    Mexico, April 23, 2015.  The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Health of the United Mexican States, through the Federal Commission for Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS).  The aim of the MoU is to establish a mechanism for strengthening international cooperation in the health field.   The MoU will also provide…

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  • Photo of St. Kitts and Nevis CYA urges inclusion at PANCAP meeting

    St. Kitts and Nevis CYA urges inclusion at PANCAP meeting

    Georgetown, Guyana, April 17, 2015: Incoming Dean of the CARICOM Youth Ambassadors Corps, Mr. Klieon John, made a strong appeal for Regional stakeholders to include youth in policy planning in the response to HIV/AIDS at a multilateral meeting in Guyana on Wednesday. The recommendation was made at the Twenty-Third Executive Meeting of the Regional Coordinating Mechanism of the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) which was…

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  • Photo of New PAHO/WHO network will monitor women and newborns in the Caribbean and Latin America

    New PAHO/WHO network will monitor women and newborns in the Caribbean and Latin America

    Brasilia (PAHO/WHO) — ON average, approximately 16 women die every day in the Caribbean and Latin America from complications of pregnancy or childbirth, while 250 babies die each day before having reached 28 days of age. To gather information on the causes of these deaths and contribute to policies for their prevention, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)…

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  • Photo of Generational shift threatens global progress against HIV

    Generational shift threatens global progress against HIV

    Any views expressed in this article are those of the author and not of Thomson Reuters Foundation. Haiti has frequently been cited as one of the bright spots in the world’s battle against HIV/AIDS. The country, the poorest in the western hemisphere, saw its rate of new HIV infections plummet by more than 50 percent from 2004 to 2012. AIDS-related deaths have…

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  • Photo of Health High On The Summit Of The Americas Agenda For St. Kitts-nevis

    Health High On The Summit Of The Americas Agenda For St. Kitts-nevis

    Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 13, 2015 (SKNIS): The continued upgrade of the Health Sector in St. Kitts and Nevis was brought to the forefront, as Minister of Foreign Affairs Honourable Mark Brantley addressed the recently held VII Summit of the Americas. “Health is inextricably linked to poverty and the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis is fully cognisant that a…

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  • Photo of Medical Marijuana: The Myths And Realities

    Medical Marijuana: The Myths And Realities

    Marijuana, also known as cannabis, has been used for more than 3000 years for the treatment and management of pain, digestive issues, and psychological disorders. Despite the fact that marijuana is thought to be useful for treating several medical conditions and symptoms, there is great debate about its safety and efficacy. The FDA has not approved marijuana for any medical…

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