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  • Photo of Caribbean declared measles free

    Caribbean declared measles free

    WASHINGTON, United States CMC — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says the Americas including the Caribbean, is the first in the world to have eliminated measles, a viral disease that can cause severe health problems, including pneumonia, blindness, brain swelling and even death. “This achievement culminates a 22-year effort involving mass vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella throughout the…

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  • Photo of PAHO calls for strengthening road safety legislation

    PAHO calls for strengthening road safety legislation

    New report shows traffic fatalities are up in the Americas, primarily among motorcyclists. To reverse the trend, PAHO/WHO recommends adoption and enforcement of laws related to five key risk factors: speed, drinking and driving, and the use of motorcycle helmets, seatbelts and child restraints. Washington, D.C., 13 September 2016 (PAHO/WHO) – Deaths from road traffic injuries, mainly among motorcyclists, increased…

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  • Photo of “Plan of action for people of African Descent” launched by OAS/PAHO

    “Plan of action for people of African Descent” launched by OAS/PAHO

    WASHINGTON, Jul. 28, CMC – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says it has collaborated with the Organization of American States (OAS) in launching a new Plan of Action for the Americas, including the Caribbean, for Implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent. PAHO says the initiative seeks to strengthen public policies to protect the rights of…

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  • Photo of PAHO executive discussing plans for improving health in the region

    PAHO executive discussing plans for improving health in the region

    WASHINGTON, Jun 22, CMC – The Executive Committee of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is meeting in Jamiaca to discuss strategies and plans to improve health in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Three Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries – Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas and Antigua and Barbuda – are members of the Committee, whose 158th meeting ends on Friday. PAHO…

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  • Photo of Here’s what to do about diabetes – 4th leading cause of death in America

    Here’s what to do about diabetes – 4th leading cause of death in America

    Think of 10 people close to you—family members, friends and coworkers. Chances are at least one is suffering from diabetes, though they might not know it. An estimated 10% of the population of the Americas—more than 62 million people—have diabetes, and more than half a million people die from it each year. That makes diabetes the fourth-leading cause of death…

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  • Photo of Jamaica lab approved as WHO Zika testing facility

    Jamaica lab approved as WHO Zika testing facility

    KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday April 4, 2016 – Jamaica is equipped to conduct Zika virus testing on behalf of other countries, if so assigned by the World Health Organization (WHO). Acting Director of the National Virology Reference Laboratory at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Professor Monica Smikle, has disclosed that the facility is a valid WHO testing agency.…

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  • Photo of PAHO/WHO rep makes case for regional specialized health facilities

    PAHO/WHO rep makes case for regional specialized health facilities

    A representative of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and World Health Organisation (WHO) said there is no need for the country and other small island nations to consider having their own specialists to handle medical cases. Dr Godfrey Xuereb The Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean representative for PAHO/WHO, Dr Godfrey Xuereb said although Antigua & Barbuda could not handle…

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  • Photo of PAHO says 2015 saw progress, challenges in health in the Caribbean

    PAHO says 2015 saw progress, challenges in health in the Caribbean

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 2, CMC – The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) says 2015 saw both progress and challenges in health in the Americas, including the Caribbean. In its end of year report, PAHA said the Americas in April became the world’s first region to be declared free of endemic transmission of rubella, a contagious disease that can cause serious birth defects…

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  • Photo of Adolescent Pregnancy is not just a Health issue – UNFPA

    Adolescent Pregnancy is not just a Health issue – UNFPA

    UNFPA Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean has embarked on a sexual and reproductive health information programme, to increase awareness about the health and development challenges posed by adolescent pregnancy, and provoke action to address the problem in the region.   Through the public education programme, UNFPA has sought to highlight elements of the Integrated Strategic Framework for the Reduction of…

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  • Photo of Caribbean countries report end to mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis

    Caribbean countries report end to mother-to-child transmission of HIV, syphilis

    – 17 countries in Americas may have eliminated mother-to-child HIV transmission – U.N. BOGOTA, Nov 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Data from 17 countries and territories across the Americas, including the United States, Canada and Chile, show they may have eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis, the U.N. World Health Organization said on Monday. The countries were able to…

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