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GRENADA SIGNS U.S. PRESIDENT’S $100 MILLION USD HIV/AIDS RELIEF PLAN

ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, TUESDAY, APRIL 27, 2010.  Grenada is among seven Caribbean countries to benefit from a US$100 million financial package, designed to undertake HIV/AIDS projects. They will include support for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care programs.

Minister Peters and US Charge' d'Affaires, Dr. Brent Hardt, shake hands following the signing

Last Updated on Friday, 30 April 2010 14:32
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Vaccination Week 2010 - Grenada

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 GRENADA JOINS THE WORLD IN COMMEMORATING VACCINATION WEEK 2010

ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2010_ The main focus of health officials will be the immunization of vulnerable groups, as Grenada prepares to join the rest of the Caribbean and Latin America in commemorating “Vaccination Week of the Americas” (VWA).

This year marks the 8th anniversary of the VWA. The slogan for the 2010 initiative, which runs from April 24 to May 1, is “Reaching Everyone.’’

Vaccination Week is an unparalleled effort led by regional countries to strengthen what is known as the Expanded Program on Immunization in the Region. The program’s goal is to reach populations with otherwise limited access to regular health services, and which are at heightened risk of contracting vaccine-preventable diseases.

Local health officials have planned a number of events, including the official launch on April 26th of the Expanded Program on Immunization Manual for Grenada. There will also be several community-based health-related activities, including initiatives to increase public awareness of the importance and benefits of immunization. Health officials also plan on emphasizing the importance of vaccination among various groups such as fisher-folks, farmers and teachers.

The vaccination message will also be taken to pre-primary, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions by nurses throughout the nation’s six health districts.

Background: In 2002, prompted by a measles outbreak in Venezuela and Colombia, the health ministers of countries in the Andean region propose an annual Vaccination Week in the Americas to help prevent such future outbreaks.  In the 8 years since VWA was first implemented, over 288 million people across the age spectrum have been vaccinated against a wide range of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, rubella, yellow fever, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, and influenza, as a result of the initiative.

Multiple VWA social mobilization campaigns throughout the region have also been undertaken and the initiative has received ever increasing political support. 

Multiple social communication campaigns have also been conducted under the framework of VWA, promoting vaccination to the public as an important preventative health measure.

 

Improving Grenada's Primary Health care was a major issue for Grenadian and Cuban Health Ministers

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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010. The state of Grenada’s healthcare system and the way forward with a specific focus on primary healthcare were the highlight of discussions between Grenada’s Health Minister, Sen. Ann Peters and Cuban Health Minister, Jose Ramon Balaguer Cabrera and his team at a meeting held on March 2, in Havana.

The discussions were held as part of Grenada Cuba Joint Commission.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 05 March 2010 12:27
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Health Minister tells Nursing Students of government's plans for improving Grenada's Health Care Systems

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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010.  Grenadian students enrolled in nursing education in Havana, Cuba, have been briefed on the Grenada government’s plans for improving the country’s healthcare system.

The briefing occurred Tuesday at a meeting with Health Minister Sen. Ann Peters and other members of the Grenada delegation which have been visiting Cuba.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 05 March 2010 11:00
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Experts say good Lifestyle Habits could help Manage Chronic Diseases

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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010. Practicing good lifestyle habits have been identified as one of the factors that could help in the management and treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

Lifestyle change was stressed during a two-day workshop on chronic diseases that was conducted by Grenadian Endocrinologist, Dr. Sebastian Peters.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 March 2010 10:41
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