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PAHO/WHO Donates Garbage Bins to Schools

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Friday 22 March 2013, PAHO/WHO in collaboration with the Ministry of Education donated the last 5 of a total of 100 large garbage bins to the Enterprise Primary School, one of the 20 schools selected in Georgetown to receive such bins.  Eng. Adrianus Vlugman, Sustainable Development and Environmental Health Advisor, who represented PAHO/WHO said that schools are important entry points for the development of healthy lifestyle among the children and must provide a conducive environment to develop safe and healthy practices. A clean environment is paramount in preventing many communicable diseases, like gastro-enteritis, leptospirosis, even dengue and filariasis.

Healthy lifestyles are important to significantly reduce the risk to become overweight, get a heart attack, a stroke or diabetes. These are what we call Non Communicable Diseases. 

Healthy lifestyles include regular physical activity, eating healthy food; reduce sugar and fat, no smoking and very moderate alcohol consumption. In Guyana, almost 60 percent of the deaths annually are related to unhealthy lifestyles.

And lifestyles are developed early in life, when the kids are still in school. And that is why PAHO/WHO is committed to work with the Ministry of Education to promote healthy schools in Guyana, and these garbage drums represent only one component of this health program, namely a clean environment to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

Ms. Dionne Browne, coordinator in the Health Promotions Unit of the Ministry of Education said that PAHO has committed to assist the Ministry of Education to furnish more schools in the City with bins. Each of the 20 schools received 5 bins.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013 10:30

PAHO/WHO Guyana's PWR’s Remarks at the Launch of the Global Decade of Road Safety 2011-2020

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Good morning. I think that we need do no more than read, watch, and listen to the media in Guyana to be aware that issues related to road safety are a priority in the country. In 2008, land transport accidents were the 11th leading cause of death overall; in 2006 and 2007, they ranked as the 8th leading cause of death. In 2008, accidents and injuries were reported as the most prevalent chronic, non-communicable diseases in Regions, 1, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 10, affecting males more than females. In 2010, there were 115 road fatalities.[1]

[1] Guyana Police Force Traffic Department

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 12:15

Global Perspective on the Millenium Development Goals

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  MDGs in a developing world:

A global comparison of MDG achievement would reveal that Africa's development is far behind the rest of the world. Unless substantial efforts are made by countries in the region and donor countries in the developed world, most will be unable to reach the goals of the Millennium Declaration by the target of 2015.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2008 14:39

New Life for Primary Health Care: the Social Determinants of Health.

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{mosimage}Vancouver, Canada. 7-9 June 2007.- Director presentation at the 8th Commissioners' meeting of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health. Any approach to improve health should be linked within a broader economic, social and political context, and should allow for the inclusion of multiple actors and sectors. PAHO understands Primary Health Care (PHC) as an integral part of the development of Health Systems.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2008 14:39

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