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Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 19:12

United in the battle against Non-Communicable Diseases

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Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, August 15, 2014. As in the Americas, Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and their risk factors (RFs), are the leading causes of morbidity and premature death in Trinidad and Tobago. Over 60% of deaths in the country are attributable to NCDs and one third of all NCD deaths are premature deaths, representing an enormous threat to social and economic development.

The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO)/World Health Organisation (WHO) has played a collaborative role in supporting the national response to NCDs by convening government actors, other United Nations agencies, scientific and technical institutions, nongovernmental organizations, organized civil society, the private sector, and others towards advancing multi-sectorial action and collaborative partnerships for the purpose of implementing the Regional and Global Plan of Action for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases. Read More 
Last Updated on Friday, 15 August 2014 20:39

UN General Assembly NCD Review Caribbean Preparatory Consultation virtual session held on 28 May, 2014, 9:00 AM-12:30PM at the PAHO/WHO country office.

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Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, June 3, 2014. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) country office and representatives from the United Nations System, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Planning and Sustainable Development, Trinidad and Tobago Association of Nutritionists and Dieticians as well as the Diabetes Association of Trinidad and Tobago actively participated in a virtual preparatory consultation on the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) Review on May 28th, 2014.

The main objectives of the Consultations were to obtain regional feedback on the elements and commitments that should be present in the UNGA NCD Review 2014 outcome document and to gather regional information on current status and barriers that have been faced since the adoption of the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the UNGA on NCDs in 2011.

The participants took part in converging ideas, opinions and suggestions to best summate and take stock of the progress achieved in Trinidad and Tobago thus far, examine the momentum of NCDs at the highest political level and discuss NCDs in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

In the run up to this subregional virtual meeting, the Trinidad and Tobago team convened its own meeting on 16 May, 2014 at the country office to complete the UNGA NCD Review tool, the outputs of which were presented and discussed with other Member States during the virtual consultations in order to build consensus on the key elements, commitments and indicators that will go into the final outcome document.

The subregional consultation for the English-speaking Caribbean prepared Member States for the Comprehensive Review and Assessment of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of NCDs for the United Nations General Assembly Review 2014 (UNGA NCD Review 2104) to take place in New York City, USA on 10-11 July 2014.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 17:29

WHO at World Aids Conference 2014 - New Products and Releases on HIV

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Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, July 25, 2014.

 

Global update on the health sector response to HIV, 2014  

Global update on the health sector response to HIV, 2014 Executive summary  

Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations  

Policy brief: Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations  

Technical and operational considerations for implementing HIV viral load testing Interim technical update  

HIV, universal health coverage and the post-2015 development agenda A discussion paper  

Access to antiretroviral drugs in low- and middle-income countries Technical report July 2014  

Realizing the potential of HIV self-testing "AIDS and Behavior" special issue 

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Last Updated on Friday, 25 July 2014 19:36

PAHO, in cooperation with the Government of Canada’s Global Partnership Programme (GPP), supported the donation of new BSL-3 Laboratory to CARPHA

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Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, May 20, 2014. A new Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory was handed over to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) by His Excellency Gérard Latulippe, the High Commissioner for Canada to Trinidad and Tobago during a ceremony held at the Agency’s headquarters at Federation Park, Port of Spain early last week.

The laboratory the first of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean - which cost CAD $2.5 million, was built with the technical cooperation and arrangements made by the Pan American Health Organization and the Government of Canada. At the ceremony Dr. Yitades Gebre, Advisor, Family Health and Disease Management representing the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), enthusiastically remarked that “This is indeed an outstanding collaboration between the Government of Canada in strengthening the laboratory services and capacity of CARPHA to support its member states for fast detection and diagnosis of infectious diseases in the Caribbean Region in keeping with the IHR-2005.” In addition to the laboratory facility- PAHO, in conjunction with the Canadian Government in 2012, also provided sample collection kits valued at CAD $950,000.

Speaking at the handover ceremony, High Commissioner Gerard Latulippe said “In our modern age, disease knows no boundaries.” He added that “Isolated disease threats can very quickly become regional or global menaces, posing serious threats to the health, safety and security of people the world over.” In this regard, the High Commissioner explained that this new laboratory is intended to strengthen biological security, biological safety and biological risk management across the Caribbean. He further indicated that the Government of Canada’s Global Partnership Programme (GPP) works collaboratively at the “health-security interface” to address biological threats of shared concern and responsibility to health and security sectors.

Dr. C. James Hospedales, Executive Director of CARPHA, pointed out that the movement of international travelers, as well as the increased volume of global food trade can facilitate rapid disease outbreaks among countries. “Having the capacity to rapidly detect, diagnose and respond to disease outbreaks, natural or deliberate is of paramount importance towards safeguarding our economies,” he said.

The CARPHA laboratory is currently the only laboratory in the English speaking Caribbean with the capacity to detect and diagnose cases caused by the Chikungunya pathogen. Dr. Hospedales indicated that “The new facility will in time allow us to strengthen surveillance and conduct operational research on this Chikungunya virus.” The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is now better equipped to perform faster and safer detection and response to infectious disease outbreaks in the Region

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 May 2014 18:37
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