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International Day of World's Indigenous People

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Today 9 August 2012 is observed as International Day of World's Indigenous People.  

The United Nations Secretary-General's message stated, that the focus of this year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is "Indigenous Media, Empowering Indigenous Voices". In his address he stated that the indigenous peoples are using these powerful tools such as community radio television, video art, newspapers, internet and social media to challenge mainstream narratives, bring human rights violations to international attention and forge global solidarity. To read more, please find in the PDF form, the Secretary-general's message.  icon Indigenous People 2012 (122.76 kB)



Last Updated on Thursday, 06 September 2012 11:42

Journey to a Healthy and Happy Heart

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 If you haven’t started the journey to healthy eating there is no better time to start than now. There are some foods that, when combined, can make a romantic yet cardiac-friendly dinner that is perfect for you and your partner on Valentine's Day.

Eating a variety of healthy foods in moderation is vital for a heart-healthy diet

A balanced diet with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, unsaturated fat and lean protein will help with weight maintenance and the journey to a healthy life.

Have a glass of red wine during the meal. This alcoholic beverage contains antioxidants that can improve good high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, but the key is to take it in moderation.

It is also healthy to serve spinach or any vegetable salad to defend against high blood pressure and hypertension. Include walnuts to add crunch and reduce cholesterol.

For the main course, serve your favourite pasta with pasta sauce (tomato sauce with garlic celery etc). Tomatoes are full of beta and alpha carotene, lycopene, lutein, vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and fiber.  Garlic also reduces serum lipids, also known as cholesterol, and can assist in lowering blood pressure.

Complete the meal with a piece of dark chocolate consisting of 70 percent or higher cocoa content.  This will not only fulfill a craving, but also help in lowering blood pressure to keep you healthy.

Happy Valentine's Day.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 February 2012 07:53

PAHO/WHO presents Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) Award to Region 3

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 The Maternal and Child Health (MCH)/Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) Feedback Meeting was held at Cara Lodge 26-27 January 2012. In her opening remarks PAHO/WHO Country Representative, Dr. D. Beverley Barnett, said that PAHO/WHO, its sister UN agencies and other partners are ready to assist with the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the Guyana Maternal, Perinatal, Child, and Family Health Strategy 2011-2020.  She also informed participants that the report on this meeting will provide additional and targeted guidance for our technical cooperation and strengthen collaboration for an integrated, right-based approach to maternal, newborn, child, and family health. 

Dr. Barnett presented the EPI Award to Region 3 for the exemplary work done in 2011and for achieving over 90% vaccination coverage in 2011.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 October 2012 11:35

IMAI training workshop in Bartica Region 7

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 IMAI training workshop in Bartica Region 7

The Ministry of Health/ National Tuberculosis Program (MOH/NTP) in collaboration with PAHO/WHO Guyana, conducted an Integrated Management of Adolescents and Adults Illness (IMAI) workshop which took place in Bartica Region 7 from 21-22 July 2011. A total of 24 health workers (2 Medexes, 6 nurses and 16 community health workers) were trained on TB/HIV co-management.

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Last Updated on Monday, 25 June 2012 08:56

About Enhancing the Health of the Family

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Family and Community Health (FCH) supports country efforts to strengthen public health interventions aimed at improving individual, family, and community health; increase access to health and social services; and the use of integrated, evidence-based, appropriate, and sustainable interventions in the provision of family and community health services.   Family and Community Health is a new area which focuses on Child and Adolescent Health, HIV/AIDS, Immunization, Nutrition and Women and Maternal Health.
Family and Community Health  receives technical cooperation from two Pan American Technical Centers.  These Centers are the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI) in Jamaica, and the Latin American Center for Perinatology and Human Development (CLAP) in Uruguay.
The main goal of Family and Community Health Programmes is  to provide technical support to the country in the respective area in their efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in Health.

In the area of Maternal and Child Health, the technical support provided is aimed at enhancing the quality of maternal and child health services provided throughout the country.  Additionally, major efforts have focused on enhancing the quality of training provided for Health Care Professionals in Emergency Care of Mothers during labor and delivery and for Neonates at Birth.

Guidelines for Antenatal Care and a new Clinical Record System has been implemented throughout the Country.  A Maternal Perinatal Card is provided for each pregnant woman from the first antenatal visit until discharged from the hospital after delivery.  The information contained in the Clinical Records and Perinatal Card is entered in the computers of all Maternity Hospitals and is used to improve the quality of data provided as well as the quality of the services as a whole.

Technical and logistic support for the procurement of vaccines and the establishment and monitoring of a basic immunization schedule is also provided; as well as training and monitoring in health promotion, nutrition, growth and development assessment and management of the most prevalent diseases during childhood.

Supporting a friendly approach to the provision of health care services for adolescents and young adults in schools and communities, as well as promoting sexual and reproductive health and prevention of unwanted teenage pregnancies are also priority aspects of Family and Community Health programmes and initiatives within the country.

For further information, please contact:
Jose Luis Diaz-Rossello MD This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Karen Roberts This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Last Updated on Friday, 12 November 2010 12:33
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