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Guyana official opening of the Caribbean Wellness Week held on 8 September 2012

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The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) participated in a Fitness walk activity held by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in collaboration with the Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Health and other stakeholders.  This activity was conducted in commemoration of Caribbean Wellness Day which was celebrated on 8 September 2012.

The walk commenced from the CARICOM Secretariat and ended in the National Park    where brief remarks were made by the Honourable Bheri Ramsarran, Minister of Health representatives from CARICOM, PAHO/WHO and the US Embassy.  The theme of the day’s activity was "Love that body: building the foundation for healthy lifestyles".

Eng Adrianus Vlugman, Senior Advisor, Environmental Health and Sustainability, PAHO/WHO, made brief remarks on the topic ‘healthy choices’.  In his remarks, reference was made to the fact that more than 36 million deaths worldwide are caused by NCDs and 80 percent of the population in low and middle-income countries being affected.  He further highlighted that the major causes of these diseases are smoking, obesity, physical inactivity, poor diet and substance abuse, which are considered key risk factors.

Eng Vlugman highlighted that young people’s lifestyle choices are made early in life and in their early to mid-teens, while still at school.  He stressed to the youths that health is not difficult it is very easy, once you adopt healthy lifestyle, including:

  1. Be physically active: walk, climb the stairs at school or office, exercise, dance, have fun and keep moving!
  2. Eat healthy: Eat grains, vegetables and fruits, take that salt shaker from the table to reduce salt intake, promote breast feeding.
  3. Limit alcohol use! Too much alcohol is devastating to your health and ability to study and work.  Alcohol causes many traffic accidents and shortens once life significantly!
  4. Don’t Smoke:  Smoking is one of the worst vices when it comes to health causing many cancers, early aging and untimely death!
  5. Check your health: blood pressure, Cholesterol, women: get a Pap smear and men+50 check your prostate”.

In his closing remarks, he outlined that PAHO/WHO collaborates with policy and decision makers to create healthy environments and public spaces to facilitate healthy living making it easier for individuals to exercise healthier choices.

The Caribbean Wellness Week activity ended with the conduct of physical aerobics. All participants were encouraged to do the exercises.  The physical activity segment was included to emphasize the importance of exercise as a contributory factor to good health for all and ultimately, a healthy body. 

Last Updated on Sunday, 14 September 2014 01:01

IMAI HIV/TB Co-Management Training for Health Workers training held on the 27- 31 August in Mahdia, Region 8.

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Photos of the facilitators, from left Dr. Karen Cummings, Ms. Neibert Tucker and Mr. Noel Holder.

The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) conducted five-day training on IMAI HIV/TB Co-Management Training for Health Workers.

The objective of the training was to improve knowledge and skills of health care workers in IMAI HIV/TB Co-Management. Sixteen (16) health care workers from the Mahdia District Hospital and Priceville Health Centre participated in the training held at the Regional Democratic Council.

The facilitators were Dr. Karen Cummings, PAHO/WHO IMAI Coordinator, Ms. Neibert Tucker, Mr. Noel Holder, Ms Melanie Thomas, PAHO/CIDA Coordinator, Ms Nicole Melville, Dots Coordinator and Leona Da Costa, Dots Field Supervisor.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 September 2012 10:43

Guyana's modes of transmission study experience

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UNAIDS’ advocacy for countries to “Know Your Epidemic and Know your Response” is based on the
premise of advanced data collection, analysis and use. For this reason, the UNAIDS Reference Group for Estimations, Models and Projections developed the Modes of Transmission (MOT) model in 2002. It’s meant to help countries estimate the distribution of new HIV infections by modes of transmission and use existing epidemiological data to better target prevention programming.

Guyana is a small country with notable resource constraints. Considerable efforts have been made to mitigate the effects of HIV on its relatively small population. In this context it is especially important to ensure that the optimal use of data leads to the most effective use of resources.

Because Guyana has been one of the most heavily affected countries in the region, its HIV and AIDS response has also benefited from both financial and technical support from multiple sources (Global Fund, United States Government, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and United Nations agencies).

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 September 2012 11:37

Infection Control Mission to Guyana 1-7 July 2012

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Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) conducted a seven-day mission in Guyana from 1 to 7 July 2012.  
The objectives were to:

1) Finalize the National Infection Control Strategic Plan 2012-2016
2) Update the Infection Prevention and Control Manual for hospital level; and
3) Identified the generic guidelines for the establishment of the Infection Control Committees at hospital level.

Eighteen (18) participants attended the Infection Control Stakeholder Meeting held at Herdmanston Lodge. The participants were representative from:

•    MOH Regional Health Authorities and Infection Control Focal Points from Regions 2, 4, 6 and 10; MOH Central Level - Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Permanent Secretary (PS), National Tuberculosis Program (NTP), Information Technology (IT) Unit, Surveillance Unit and Director Standards and Technical Services
•    Prison Services Authorities
•    Centre for Disease Control and Prevention
•    PAHO/WHO   


Last Updated on Thursday, 02 August 2012 15:41

Implementation of basic quality control tests for malaria medicines in Amazon Basin countries: results for the 2005-2010 period

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Ensuring the quality of malaria medicines is crucial in working toward malaria control andeventual elimination. Unlike other validated tests that can assess all critical quality attributes,which is the standard for determining the quality of medicines, basic tests are significantlyless expensive, faster, and require less skilled labour; yet, these tests provide reproducibledata and information on several critical quality attributes, such as identity, purity, content,and disintegration. Visual and physical inspection also provides valuable information aboutthe manufacturing and the labelling of medicines, and in many cases this inspection is sufficient to detect counterfeit medicines. The Promoting the Quality of Medicines (PQM) programme has provided technical assistance to Amazon Malaria Initiative (AMI) countries to implement the use of basic tests as a key screening mechanism to assess the quality of malaria medicines available to patients in decentralized regions.  

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