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Guyana Health Vision 2020

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 Guyana launched the Health Vision 2020

 The Ministry of Health in collaboration with PAHO/WHO Guyana, launched the Guyana Health Vision 2020 on 3 January, 2014.  

Dr. Zoila fletcher-Payton, who represented PAHO/WHO, stated that the PAHO/WHO Country Office is proud to have collaborated with MOH and also for the technical support provided for the development of the strategic document which will guide the nation until the end of the decade.

Dr. fletcher-Payton addressed the audience and stated that Guyana is well on its way to achieve most of its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) health targets for 2015.


Guyanese are living longer, children have increased chances of survival, and the epidemic of HIV/AIDs, malaria and tuberculosis is being brought under control through an aggressive national response. Overall, the country is on its way to meeting most of its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) health targets for 2015. Health Vision 2020 sets out the plan for long term health planning aimed at consolidating the progress made to date in health outcomes and system strengthening, accelerating closure in the remaining gaps in meeting the MDGs, and establishing a post-MDG agenda for Guyana through expanding universal health coverage and enabling health-enhancing behavioural and cultural changes in and through the delivery of improved health services.

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Last Updated on Monday, 24 November 2014 15:59

Intimate Partner And Sexual Violence Against Women

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On behalf of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, we would like to share the information below with you, regarding intimate partner and sexual violence against women.



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Intimate partner and sexual violence against women is widespread in 12 Latin American and Caribbean countries

Partner violence occurs against women from all socioeconomic groups

Washington, D.C., 17 January 2013 (PAHO/WHO) — A new report published by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that in 12 Latin American and Caribbean countries studied, between 17% and 53% of women interviewed reported having suffered physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner. In seven of the countries, more than one in four women reported such violence.

The report, Violence Against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean: a comparative analysis of population-based data from 12 countries, shows that between 41% and 82% of women who were abused by their partner experienced a physical injury, ranging from cuts and bruises to broken bones, miscarriages, and burns.  Despite this, between 28% and 64% did not seek help or speak to anyone about their experience of violence. 

The comparative analysis also shows that between 10% and 27% of women in these countries reported having experienced sexual violence in their lifetime, either by partners or by other perpetrators, but usually by men whom they already knew.

The report also highlights the intersections between violence against women and violence against children. Across the 12 countries studied, women who were beaten in childhood reported experiencing partner violence in adulthood at significantly higher rates than those who did not suffer violence in childhood.

"In addition to violating basic human rights, violence against women has serious consequences for the health of women and their children and impacts heavily on health services and health workers in the Region," said Dr. Mirta Roses, PAHO’s Director.

This is the first time that nationally representative data have been analyzed and presented in a single comparative format that allows a snapshot of what is known about violence against women in Latin America and the Caribbean. The 156-page report presents a comparative analysis of data from interviews with more than 180,000 women in Bolivia, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Peru.

“It is our hope that this report will motivate decision-makers to invest more resources in implementing evidence-based strategies that will prevent violence against women from ever taking place,” said Alessandra Guedes, PAHO Regional Advisor for Intra-family Violence and co-author of the report.

PAHO is the oldest international public health organization in the world. It works with its member countries to improve the health and the quality of life of the people of the Americas. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of WHO.


Violence Against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean: a comparative analysis of population-based data from 12 countries, by Sarah Bott, Alessandra Guedes, Mary Goodwin, and Jennifer Mendoza.  #violenceagainstwomen

Last Updated on Friday, 18 January 2013 13:00

VHL6 and CRICS9 meetings held 20 - 24 October 2012

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Dr. Bheri Ramsaran participated at the 28th Pan American Sanitary Conference held at PAHO/WHO in Washington D.C September 2012.Dr. Bheri Ramsaran was interviewed at the conference and we would like to share this video with you. 

You are invited to view the video by clicking on the link below.

Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 16:53


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 On behalf of Ministry of Health & Social Services of St. Kitts and Nevis, we wish to advertise the vacant post of Psychiatrist. Applicants are invited from both Public and Private Sector to apply for the Post of Psychiatrist, Ministry of Health & Social Services, St. Kitts and Nevis.

Please click on the PDF document below for more information.

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Last Updated on Friday, 21 September 2012 16:54
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