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World TB Day Walk, 23 March, 2014

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  The commemoration of World TB Day seeks to raise awareness on the tuberculosis burden in the world, as well as the efforts made for its prevention and control. Throughout the years, this commemoration has offered the opportunity to mobilize the political, economic and social commitment for the prevention and control of TB in the countries.

For the 2014 campaign, PAHO will follow the worldwide focus on TB diagnosis and case detection of those still not reached, with emphasis in the Americas on vulnerable populations, social determinants and large cities.

To commemorate this day, there will be a World TB Day walk, which will be conducted by the Ministry of Health on Sunday 23 March, 2014.  For more information on the walk please view the flyer shown.




Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 20:27

World Health Day 7 April 2014

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Small bites, BIG THREATS: protect yourself and your environment from mosquito borne dieses

7 April 2014 is WHO’s 67th birthday and as every year PAHO/WHO highlights a specific health concern.  As Non- Communicable Diseases now dominate the global health agenda, receiving increased attention and resources, we tend to forget that the fight against communicable and infectious diseases is not won, as yet. 

We cannot become complacent about diseases we can prevent and eradicate especially in changing climate, environments and conditions that favor the transmission of several infectious diseases. 

Malaria, dengue, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis, and trachoma continue to have a significant impact in the Americas.  These are vector-borne diseases and that is the reason for this year’s Works Health Day theme: “Small bites, big threats, protect yourself and your environments from vector-borne diseases”


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:33

Launch of Strategic Plan 2013-2020: Integrated Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Guyana

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Launch of Strategic Plan 2013-2020: Integrated Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Guyana

PAHO/WHO in collaboration with the Ministry of Health launched the Integrated Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Guyana Strategic Plan 2013-2020 on

2 December, 2013, at the Duke Lodge, Georgetown.  Eng Vlugman, PAHO/WHO Representative (a.i) in his remarks mentioned that he was very pleased that Minister Bheri Ramsaran’s chose 2 December 2013, PAHO’s 111th birthday, as the day to launch the Strategic Plan.

Eng. Vlugman stated that it takes concerted and orchestrated efforts of collaboration among a variety of stakeholders, government and non-government organizations, public and private sectors to address the complex issues of diseases and the achievement of health. This Strategic Plan is such collaboration between the Ministry of Health PAHO/WHO CO.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 March 2014 18:40

World No Tobacco Day - 31 May 2013

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Today World No Tobacco Day is being observed worldwide with emphasis on prevention and control of packaging, labeling, advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco.  The theme for this year is "ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship".

Currently, Guyana is one of the countries working towards the tabling of a national legislation on tobacco which includes making the environment a fully smoke -free.  Guyana has made considerable progress in making vehicles used for public transportation smoke-free, as well as Government and academic institutions and other health and civil organizations.

PAHO/WHO will continue to collaborate with the Ministry of Health and other key stakeholders for the conduct of additional consultations on the National Tobacco Legislation for Guyana with select target groups in Regions 2 and 9 of the country.   Technical cooperation is also being provided to the Guyana National Bureau of Standards for the development of a draft standard for advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco for in-country and deliberation among other countries of the CARICOM region.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 June 2013 14:13

Vaccination Week 20-27 April 2013

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Ministry of Health (MOH) in collaboration with partners: PAHO/WHO, UNICEF, civil society and the media will launch the Vaccination Week as part of a series of activities planned. The event will include brief remarks by the Minister of Health, the Chief Medical Officer and PAHO/WHO-HQ representative. Children from local school and local community will be vaccinated by the Minister of Health, while culture items by School Children will be performed. 

In addition, training on VINUVA tool (Georgetown), EPI surveillance monitoring (Region 4) and vaccination activities (entire week) will take place in all the 10 Sanitary Regions.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 15:14
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