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IMAI Training of Trainers Workshop in Region 6

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Berbice, Guyana, 05 May 2012 (PAHO/WHO) Improving community based responses to the prevention, management and monitoring of adolescent and adult illnesses including HIV and TB has been the focus of an intensive two day Training of Trainers (TOT) workshop conducted by the Ministry of Health (MOH) in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) held from the 4th to the 5th June.
The two objectives achieved from the IMAI TOT workshop were:
1.    To refresh the IMAI trainers on the updated IMAI training tools and modules
2.    To certify the trainers

The IMAI facilitator and participant manuals and its modules were updated based on the National Guidelines for Management of HIV-Infected and HIV-Exposed Adults and Children, 2010-2011 Revision.

A total of 5 facilitators conducted the IMAI TOT and the five IMAI modules were able to be taught:
1.    Acute Care for adolescents and adults
2.    Chronic HIV Care, with antiretroviral therapy (ART)
3.    General Principles of Good Chronic Care
4.    Palliative Care, addressing symptom management and end of life care
5.    TB/HIV Co-management

The IMAI which was adapted and updated from WHO generic training tools was utilized for the TOT workshop which was attended by 12 physicians, 1 MEDEX and 4 Nurse Midwives and numerous allied health care workers.


Last Updated on Monday, 25 June 2012 09:23

Guyana Observe World No Tobacco Day 31 May 2012

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Tobacco addiction is a global epidemic that ravages entire countries and regions, wreaking the most havoc in the most vulnerable countries and creating an enormous toll of disability, disease, lost productivity and death. Tobacco use continues to be the leading global cause of preventable death. It kills nearly 6 million people every year through cancer, heart disease, respiratory diseases, childhood diseases and others. It also causes hundreds of billions of dollars of economic losses worldwide every year. If current trends continue, by 2030 tobacco will kill more than 8 million people worldwide every year, with 80% of these premature deaths occurring among people in low- and middle-income countries. Over the course of the 21st century, tobacco use could kill up to a billion people unless urgent action is taken.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 May 2012 18:03

Human Resource Workshop held 9-10 May 2012

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 The Ministry of Health (MOH) in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) hosted a two-day workshop on Gender and Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA). .Forty-three (43) persons participated in the workshop. Participants included representatives from ministries, civil society and the United Nation system. the workshop was held 9-10 May 2012, at the Ocean View hotel.

The workshop was conducted in order to strengthen the use of Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) in the review and development of national health policies, plans, strategies and legislations in Guyana, ensuring consistency with the United Nations Human Rights treaties and standards related to equitable access to health care.

• To review recommendations from Guyana’s May 2010 Universal Periodic Review (UPR) related to universal access to quality care;
• To discuss with the MOH and other public sector agencies the development of guidelines for the HRBA

in national health plans, strategies, policies and legislation (NHPSPL)
• To develop an outline of recommendations for integrating human rights into national health policies, strategies, plans and legislation (NHPSPL) consistent with PAHO Directing Council technical document CD50/12 and Resolution CD50.R8, Health and Human Rights.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 15:15

World Health Day 2012 Symposium

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Dr. Beverley Barnett delivering her remarks.

The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) hosted a symposium in observance of World Health Day 2012, under the theme “Healthy Ageing- Good health adds life to years”.

The PAHO/WHO Representative, Dr. Beverley Barnett, in her remarks highlighted the need for individuals to be conscious of health every day in order to add life to years.  She outlined that in the past, the main focus of health was adding years to life and the aim was to keep people from dying young and increase life expectancy and longevity, which are still very important today.  She further stated that, “we are never too old for health, and our countries, by making adequate social and health investments now, can promote longer, healthier, and more active lives, while ensuring that ageing populations do not become an economic burden on countries’ development”.  She also indicated that it is important to live quality lives, since the issue is not only adding years to life, but rather adding life to those longer years.



Last Updated on Friday, 20 April 2012 15:16

Me to You IX (Cancer).

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