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PAHO/WHO Guyana Country Office Sets the Bar High for Gender Mainstreaming in Health

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Dr. William Adu-Krow, PWR Guyana, has set the bar very high for country offices and technical units when it comes to implementing commitments to Cross Cutting Themes in the PAHO Strategic Plan.  In particular, he has led the way in making the PAHO/WHO Guyana country office the only PAHO and/or WHO country office to have completed PAHO and WHO training programmes on gender mainstreaming in health.   A workshop for all staff was held on the 11-13 August 2014, and a session with the technical team on the 14 August 2014; both supported by the Gender and Cultural Diversity Unit (GD) in FGL. 

Prior to the all-staff workshop, all staff completed the Gender and Health e-learning course* available on the PAHO Virtual Health Campus (http://cursostaff.campusvirtualsp.org/course/index.php?categoryid=13&browse=courses).

The 2011 WHO Gender Mainstreaming Manual (http://www.who.int/gender/mainstreaming/tools/en/index1.html) was adapted and implemented during the all-staff workshop (21 participants – 7 men, 14 women and a mix of administrative, general service and technical staff).  Text Box: Dr. William Adu-Krow, PWR Guyana speaking with PAHO on the importance of gender mainstreaming in health.PAHO/ R. Dos Santos.Ensuring staff awareness, knowledge and skills on gender and health as a precursor to further engaging with national partners constitutes part of institutional mainstreaming (often referred to as institutional strengthening). It empowers staff with knowledge and tools to understand and explain what PAHO’s commitment to gender equality in health means in practical terms.  As one staff member said of her expectations of the workshop, “I expect to be able to talk to others about what gender and gender mainstreaming is, and what it means in PAHO”.   Another staff member said he would like to be able to “move gender out of the clouds and into actual practice” at the close of the workshop.

The technical session focused on BWP discussions and role play scenarios on advocating for the inclusion of gender in core health activities.  In other words, technical staff were asked to make the case for gender mainstreaming, within PAHO’s institutional mandate, as a way of building gender negotiation capacities within planned biennial activities.

Text Box: Ms. Shelly Abdool, workshop facilitator, and PAHO staff during an interactive exercise.PAHO/ R. Dos Santos.

Recommendations for further application of gender and health tools include:

  • Revision of GUY BWP for attention to gender;
  • Apply what was learned in the workshop to office interactions, personal relationships and professional responsibilities;
  • Develop tips and reminders through user friendly messages by adapting technical materials from the WHO Manual for internal and external use;
  • Transfer capacities to Ministry of Health and other partners;

  • Identify and sustain internal mechanisms to continue dialogue and capacity development on gender and health within the PAHO Guyana office, and
  • “Make small changes to address unequal gender norms or practices in our personal lives”.

Congratulations PAHO Guyana! 

For more information, contact Karen Roberts ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or Shelly N. Abdool ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

*Note that the Gender and Health e-learning course will be available in Spanish by the end of 2014. Staff interested in other CCT, can consult the self-learning e-courses on human rights and cultural diversity – available on the Virtual Campus, in English and Spanish. 
 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 September 2014 18:06

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

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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
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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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