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    2014 a year of progress, challenges for PAHO

    The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) says 2014 was marked by progress as well as significant challenges for public health in the Americas, including the Caribbean. In its end-of-year report, PAHO said the region's countries advanced toward goals, including universal health coverage, expanded access to vaccination, and ensuring that fewer babies are born with HIV. PAHO said the region also…

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  • CARPHA, Public Health England tackle threat of antimicrobial drug resistance

    Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, December 10, 2014:  “Antimicrobial resistance threatens a return to the pre-antibiotic era when common infections and simple injuries often cause death.” This World Health Organization statement was reinforced by the Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), Dr C. James Hospedales, at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Laboratory Twinning Workshop on Combatting Antimicrobial Resistance in the…

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  • PAHO: Antiretroviral treatment for people with HIV increasing in Caribbean

    WASHINGTON, DC (CMC) — The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) says antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS is increasing in Latin America and the Caribbean. PAHO said that nearly 600,000 more people are receiving antiretroviral treatment for HIV in the region than in 2003. PAHO released the figures ahead of World AIDS Day, December 1. PAHO's theme for World…

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  • Avoiding local transmission of Ebola is ‘the goal’ in Caribbean, says PAHO

    WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — Director of the Department of Communicable Diseases and Health Analysis of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr Marcos Espinal, says preventing local transmission of Ebola is the main goal in preparing for the eventual arrival the disease in Latin America and the Caribbean. According to Espinal, who is leading PAHO's support for preparedness and…

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  • PAHO to launch mobile app to measure cardiovascular risk

    WASHINGTON, Sep. 28, CMC – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will on Monday launch a new app for mobile devices and computers that calculates the risk of cardiovascular disease among Caribbean nationals.   The launch will take place in recognition of World Heart Day, celebrated yearly on September 29. The app is based on a World Health Organization (WHO)…

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  • CARICOM strengthens Chikungunya, Ebola response

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is formalizing recommendations to deal with any possible incidence of the Ebola virus and is ramping up efforts to respond to the Chikungunya epidemic. On Friday, 12 September, Chief Medical Officers and other technical health experts from CARICOM Member States met via video conference to rationalise the Region’s response to…

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  • PAHO and UNAIDS Convene Meetings in Georgetown

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in adolescents and youth across the region was a major agenda item when the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) convened a three-day meeting in Georgetown last week. The meeting also…

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  • CARIBBEAN-HEALTH- OAS, PAHO sign declaration for universal health coverage in the Caribbean

    ASUNCIÓN, Paraguay, Jun 4, CMC – The Organization of American States (OAS) has signed an agreement with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) pledging to cooperate in providing universal health coverage in the Americas, including the Caribbean. OAS Secretary General, José Miguel Insulza and PAHO Director Dr. Carissa Etienne signed the agreement on the sidelines of the OAS General Assembly…

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  • CARICOM CANDIDATE ELECTED AS NEW PAHO DIRECTOR

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) The Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Dr. the Hon. Kenny Anthony, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, have expressed their delight at the election of the CARICOM Candidate, Dr. Carissa Etienne as the new Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Dr. Etienne, a national of…

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  • PAHO AND CARICOM STRENGTHEN PARTNERSHIP AGAINST NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

    (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says it will continue its partnership with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in fighting Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) that are wreaking havoc on the economies of the regions of the Americas. Chronic NCDs, including heart disease and stroke, diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease account for more than 70%…

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