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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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Quality of anti-malarials collected in the private and informal sectors in Guyana and Suriname

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Despite a significant reduction in the number of malaria cases in Guyana and Suriname, this disease remains a major problem in the interior of both countries, especially in areas with gold mining and logging operations, where malaria is endemic. National malaria control programmes in these countries provide treatment to patients with medicines that are procured and distributed through regulated processes in the public sector. However, availability to medicines in licensed facilities (private sector) and unlicensed facilities (informal sector) is common, posing the risk of access to and use of non-recommended treatments and/or poor quality products.

icon Quality of anti-malarials collected in the private and informal sectors in Guyana and Suriname (257.1 kB)


Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 09:17
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