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  • Photo of CARPHA Concludes Risk of Getting Zika in the Caribbean Low at this Time

    CARPHA Concludes Risk of Getting Zika in the Caribbean Low at this Time

    Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Media Release Tuesday, August 14, 2018 — Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, August 13, 2018:  The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has concluded that Zika virus transmission in the Caribbean Region has been interrupted, and that the risk to residents and visitors to the Region of acquiring Zika is low. This follows a review by CARPHA…

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  • Photo of Second Regional Meeting of Youth Leaders on Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV and AIDS

    Second Regional Meeting of Youth Leaders on Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV and AIDS

    YOUTHS CHALLENGED TO ADVOCATE FOR CHANGES TO DISSONANCE BETWEEN THE AGE OF CONSENT FOR SEX AND THE AGE FOR INDEPENDENT ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE AT OPENING OF SECOND REGIONAL YOUTH MEETING     COMPREHENSIVE SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN ALL SCHOOLS AND GENDER INCLUSIVE LAWS ALSO FORM KEY ASPECTS OF THE DISCUSSION       Friday, 18 May 2018 (PANCAP Coordinating Unit, CARICOM…

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  • Photo of Health Minister encourages other countries to replicate ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign

    Health Minister encourages other countries to replicate ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign

    Minister of Health, the Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton, is encouraging other Caribbean countries to join forces and replicate the ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign into ‘Caribbean Moves’, with the objective of reducing the region’s growing rate of persons living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Jamaica Moves is part of the National Strategy and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs, which…

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  • Photo of Health is a critical resource for living – World Health Day Message from Dr. C. James Hospedales, CARPHA executive director

    Health is a critical resource for living – World Health Day Message from Dr. C. James Hospedales, CARPHA executive director

    “Health is a human right and a critical resource for living. There is general recognition that health and access to health services are essential to individual, community and national development. On this occasion of World Health Day 2018 the theme is Universal Health Coverage; which WHO summarises as what do you need to get, be and stay healthy. In addition…

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  • Photo of Standards, trade, health on agenda of CROSQ Council of Directors

    Standards, trade, health on agenda of CROSQ Council of Directors

    International and regional organisations are scheduled to be in Barbados from April 4-6, 2018, for the 32nd meeting of the Council of Directors of the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards & Quality (CROSQ). The Secretary General of the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), Mr. Sergio Mujica, as well as representatives of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) will be among a…

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  • Photo of CARICOM to get German support for Marine Protection

    CARICOM to get German support for Marine Protection

    Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Germany’s new Ambassador to (CARICOM) His Excellency Holger Michael signed an agreement totalling 25,700,000 euros on Monday for a Sustainable Financing Mechanism for Marine Protection in the Region. Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and Ambassador Holger Michael signed Financing Agreement Ambassador LaRocque had minutes earlier at the Secretariat’s Georgetown, Guyana headquarters received…

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  • Photo of Be proactive, reduce your risk of catching the flu – CARPHA

    Be proactive, reduce your risk of catching the flu – CARPHA

      Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.  February 2018.  The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to practice good personal hygiene in order to reduce the risk of transmission of influenza and other respiratory viruses. Influenza (flu), a contagious respiratory illness which affects thousands of people in the Caribbean each year.  Typically, the Flu season in the Region occurs between…

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  • Photo of CARPHA launches regional system for Member States to report sub-standard falsified medicines

    CARPHA launches regional system for Member States to report sub-standard falsified medicines

    The health of the Caribbean people can be at risk if medicines are not safe, effective and of good quality. Medicines safety and monitoring systems are often limited in the Region, and there has been a call for regional pooling of resources, sharing of information, and coordination of activities, that can lead to stronger systems. Recently, the Caribbean Regulatory System…

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  • Cannabidiol is ‘not likely to be abused,’ WHO says

    (CNN)Two separate substances, two separate approaches: The World Health Organization endorsed a gentle view of cannabidiol this week while issuing its sternest warning yet against synthetic opioid carfentanil. Cannabidiol, a naturally occurring chemical found in marijuana plants, is “not likely to be abused or create dependence,” an initial review by the WHO's Expert Committee on Drug Dependence found. The organization decided that international prohibitions…

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  • Photo of Obesity, physical inactivity put women at excess risk of diabetes

    Obesity, physical inactivity put women at excess risk of diabetes

      Diabetes, a major contributor to premature death, is estimated to affect 10-15% of the adult population in the Caribbean Region. The disease is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attack and stroke and responsible for high rates of complications, such as lower limb amputation. The risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes are obesity (Body Mass Index (BMI)…

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