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Health Sector Development

It has been accepted that a healthy population is a must for the sustainable development of a country, as such, health is an investment in people. At the CARICOM Secretariat, the Health and Development Programme works  with other stakeholders to improve health and wellness across CARICOM.  Principal stakeholders are  Member States; Community and other institutions, in particular the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO).  

 

Cooperation in health has been a long tradition in the Caribbean, with regional engagement dating back to the 1969 Conference of health ministers. However, the current health thrust is based on the 2001 Nassau Declaration on Health, adopted by... Read more

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Message by The Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon On the occasion of World AIDS Day 2016

Posted: 30 November 2016 - Press Releases
Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride but we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS
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Message by Director, PANCAP Coordinating Unit CARICOM Secretariat Dereck Springer on the ocassion of World AIDS Day 2016

Posted: 30 November 2016 - Press Releases
As the World commemorates World AIDS Day 2016, its does so under the theme ‘Hands up for #HIV prevention’. This theme calls attention to the crucial need for us to refocus our efforts on
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PANCAP Hosts Knowledge Workshop

Posted: 25 November 2016 - Press Releases
Renews commitment to CSOs and NAPS integration in national HIV responses The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV & AIDS (PANCAP) hosted a workshop on Knowledge Synthesis and Best
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COTED endorses regulatory system for medicines roadmap

Posted: 22 November 2016 - Press Releases
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministers with responsibility for Trade have endorsed a roadmap for the implementation of the Caribbean Regulatory System for Medicines (CRS).The endorsement was made
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UWI Regional Task Force on Zika tracks rare neurological disorder

Posted: 21 October 2016 - Regional News
The Caribbean has moved one step closer to uncovering the link between the Zika virus disease and a rare neurological illness. Once an obscure pathogen, the mosquito-borne Zika virus quickly
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Guyana to benefit from US $18,000 PANCAP project

Posted: 18 October 2016 - Regional News
Member states of the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP) like Guyana, stand to benefit from a US $18,000 health project aimed at pushing early antiretroviral therapy for persons
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PAHO says caribbean achieved nearly all health targets of un millennium development goals

Posted: 12 October 2016 - Regional News
WASHINGTON, Oct 11, CMC – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Caribbean countries have met almost all the health targets of the United Nation’s Millennium Development
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CARPHA Unravels the “Mystery” Behind the Zika Numbers

Posted: 03 October 2016 - Regional News
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) reports that positive Zika cases confirmed by laboratory testing represents only the “tip of the iceberg.”  This means that the number of
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UNDP and Global Fund sign a new $7 million grant to address human rights barriers to HIV services in eight Caribbean countries

Posted: 03 October 2016 - Regional News
New York- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund have signed a new US$7 million grant to address human rights barriers to HIV services in eight Caribbean countries –
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Caribbean declared measles free

Posted: 28 September 2016 - Regional News
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
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PANCAP Convenes Governance Meetings in Guyana

Posted: 07 September 2016 - Press Releases
The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will convene the Twenty-Fifth Meeting of the Executive Board and the Twelfth Meeting of the Regional Coordinating Mechanism for Global Fund
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Guyana to host PANCAP meetings

Posted: 05 September 2016 - Regional News
Among issues to be discussed by the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) are the Elimination of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Congenital Syphilis. According to
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CARPHA Must Receive Zika Blood Samples Within 5 Days of First Symptom

Posted: 27 August 2016 - Regional News
With growing concerns over more people being infected with the Zika virus, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has said Zika blood samples, for laboratory confirmation, must be taken and sent
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Jamaica participates in clinical trials for Zikv

Posted: 25 July 2016 - Regional News
Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says Jamaica will shortly be participating in a number of clinical trials in the drive to find a vaccine to treat the Zika Virus (ZIKV).
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Nine per cent rise in new HIV infections in Caribbean

Posted: 22 July 2016 - Regional News
This was the view of the United Nations Secretary-General Special Envoy for HIV in the Caribbean, Dr Edward Greene who was speaking from Durban, South Africa, where more than 18,000 scientists,
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Action being taken on health to safeguard Community

Posted: 07 July 2016 - Press Releases
Chairman of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM and Prime Minister of Dominica Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit said Wednesday that the issue of health was of major concern to CARICOM Heads,
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Ageing, NCDS and Technology: SVG Prime Minister tells Community to pay attention

Posted: 05 July 2016 - Press Releases
Ageing, its relationship with chronic non-communicable diseases and technology, was among the issues  St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, called attention to
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Warning for Caribbean countries as a result of food-borne illnesses

Posted: 02 July 2016 - Regional News
NASSAU, Bahamas, Jul 2, CMC – A senior official of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says the economic costs associated with food-borne illnesses in the Caribbean are
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Advancing Health and Wellness as a Priority in CARICOM Countries Development

Posted: 01 July 2016 - Regional News
Dr. HospedalesPort-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, July 1, 2016: Health and wellness are essential factors to the Caribbean region’s development.   Taking a very strong stance, Dr
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Good family health contributes to strong economy – Premier Ewing

Posted: 27 June 2016 - Press Releases
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos - Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, Dr. The Honourable Rufus Ewing said last week that the Region must “go back to the family, to basics, if we are
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PAHO says it has strong strategy to support countries affected by Zika

Posted: 25 June 2016 - Regional News
WASHINGTON, United States, Friday June 24, 2016 – The long-term outlook for the Americas resulting from the Zika virus outbreak is uncertain and the number of people affected is difficult to
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CARPHA and TCI launch TCI CARE Tourism & Health Programme

Posted: 24 June 2016 - Press Releases
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, June 22, 2016: In a determined response to ensuring the health and safety of its visitors and residents, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) in collaboration with the
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Positive Communication at Home Reduces Risk of Depression Among Youths

Posted: 24 June 2016 - Press Releases
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, June 23, 2016: Young people between the ages of 15 – 19 years old who have a positive home environment are less likely to be depressed, even if they have
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PAHO executive discussing plans for improving health in the region

Posted: 22 June 2016 - Regional News
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,
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Mark! Set! Go! CARICOM 10k Race to be held 3 July

Posted: 13 June 2016 - Press Releases
The twelfth Annual CARICOM 10K race will be held on Sunday, 3 July, 2016, at 6:00 am in Georgetown, Guyana. The event will be held under the Theme ‘Promoting Healthy and Peaceful
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Marijuana conversation moves forward in CARICOM

Posted: 10 June 2016 - Press Releases
The formal regional conversation around marijuana in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will move to another level when the first national consultation on the issue is held on Wednesday, 15 June in
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PANCAP - A best practice and regional coordination model for the world

Posted: 09 June 2016 - Press Releases
PANCAP shined at a Breakfast Caucus held on 8 June 2016 to brief Caribbean delegates and to cement a consolidated regional position for the plenary sessions and side meetings of the United Nations
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CARICOM has made great strides in HIV/AIDS reduction but challenges remain, Prime Minister Harris tells the United Nations

Posted: 09 June 2016 - Regional News
Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 08, 2016 (SKNIS): Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and CARICOM Lead Head with responsibility for Human Resources, Health and HIV/AIDS, Dr. the Honourable Timothy
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UN adopts declaration on ending AIDS

Posted: 09 June 2016 - Regional News
UNITED NATIONS, Jun 8, CMC – The United Nations Wednesday adopted a progressive, new and actionable Political Declaration on Ending AIDS which includes a set of specific, time-bound targets
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PANCAP to caucus ahead of UN High Level Meeting on ending AIDS

Posted: 03 June 2016 - Press Releases
A United Nations High-Level Meeting (UNHLM) on Ending AIDS will be held on 8-10 June 2016 at the United Nations General Assembly, New York, United States. Its focus will be on the required
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