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Thursday, July 29, 2010

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AFP) -- Hospitals in El Salvador have been overwhelmed by an unexpected rise in respiratory diseases including pneumonia and dengue fever, health authorities said on Wednesday. The official said acute respiratory disease has shot up, totaling some 1.3 million cases. read more...



Tuesday, June 15, 2010

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AFP) -- The world's top billionaires, Bill Gates and Carlos Slim, will team up with the government of Spain in a 150-million dollar health initiative for poor people in Central America, including Belize, and Mexico, it was announced here Monday. Funds for the "2015 Meso-American Health Initiative"... read more...



Saturday, June 12, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (ACN) -- A total of 47,753 eye surgeries have been performed here since the implementation in Haiti of the Operation Miracle program in August, 2006, as part of Cuba’s cooperation with the Haitian people. This was announced by Dr Violeta Herrera, director of Renaissance Hospital. read more...



Thursday, June 10, 2010

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs has advised the public in St Kitts and Nevis not to consume corned-beef products from the Brazilian firm SIF 337. Following initial investigations, the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Bureau of Standards found... read more...



Thursday, June 3, 2010

ST THOMAS, USVI -- Health Commissioner Julia Sheen on Wednesday said the Department of Health has confirmed the US Virgin Islands' first case of Dengue Fever. The case was reported in the St Thomas-St John district and follow-up testing confirmed positive for the disease caused by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. read more...



Saturday, May 22, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Barbadian culinary entrepreneur Chef Derek Went is reporting a strong response to his company's herb-based cooking products. Went runs the playfully named, Went Caribbean which offers a wide selection of goods and services to support a healthy, island lifestyle. read more...



Thursday, May 13, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Celsius Waterberg, Public Health Minister of Suriname, thanked Cuba for cooperating with his country in this sector, by way of the Medical Brigade and Operation Miracle. The Surinamese minister met with Elis Alberto Gonzalez, director of the Central Unit of Cuba’s Medical Cooperation. read more...



Wednesday, May 12, 2010

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AFP) -- The United States and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) signed an agreement on Tuesday paving the way for Washington to expand an AIDS relief program to 12 Caribbean nations. Previously, only two Caricom member-nations had benefited from the program. read more...



Thursday, April 29, 2010

This is the week of the grand celebration of health in the Hemisphere, Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA), in which every single country and territory in the Americas and tens of thousands of health workers and volunteers join forces to benefit 42 million children and adults. The sheer size of VWA makes it... read more...



Thursday, April 15, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica's Minister of Health, Rudyard Spencer, has called on governments in the region to put measures in place to ensure that health care is more accessible to its citizens, particularly the less fortunate. "We must begin to view health as critical to the survival of the region's peoples." read more...



Saturday, April 3, 2010

One of the first responders to the Haiti earthquake last January was the South American Council on Health (CSS, the Spanish acronym) which assisted in coordinating the shipment of medical supplies and the dispatch of health personnel to render emergency assistance. The Chilean earthquake in February has also drawn... read more...



Wednesday, March 31, 2010

GEORGETOWN, Guyana --The Regional Coordinating Mechanism of the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS has just completed another successful meeting with far-reaching implications for the expansion of HIV services in the region. High on the agenda of the 14th Ordinary Meeting of the body... read more...



Wednesday, March 31, 2010

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) -- Medical aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) urged international donors on Tuesday to ensure Haitians continue to get free health care in the wake of January's devastating earthquake. All public and most private health providers have offered care free of charge. read more...



Wednesday, March 31, 2010

There was a single frame political cartoon I saw in one of the dailies, just after the US government passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 2010. It showed a caricature of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a doctor's uniform holding a newborn baby in a towel, with the word "Health Care Bill" written on it. read more...



Thursday, March 25, 2010

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (GIS) -- Grenada is not one of the Caribbean countries that is losing large numbers of nurses to the Developed Nations of the world, Health Minister Senator Ann Peters has said. A recent World Bank report called for collaboration to stem what it said was an exodus of qualified nurses. read more...



Monday, March 22, 2010

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana’s Health Minister Dr Leslie Ramsammy on Saturday expressed concern over the malaria situation here despite the many efforts of the government. He said, even though the staff of the Malaria Department of his ministry and health workers in the Regions managed to maintain... read more...



Monday, March 22, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Over 10,000 Salvadorans have been benefited by Operation Miracle, a Cuban-Venezuelan program aimed at improving or return the vision of people of scant economic resources. Wladimir Ruiz, charge d’affaires of the Venezuelan embassy in El Salvador, explained this is a... read more...



Saturday, March 20, 2010

GEORGETOWN, Guyana --The Regional Coordinating Mechanism (RCM ) of the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) holds its Fourteenth Ordinary Meeting on 25 to 26 March 2010, in Barbados. Current Chair of the RCM, Senator Ann Peters, Minister of Health, Grenada, will oversee... read more...



Saturday, March 20, 2010

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados' health and wellness tourism should be private-sector led, with Government providing the legal and regulatory framework for expansion and private investment, according to Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Senator Irene Sandiford-Garner. read more...



Saturday, March 20, 2010

GENEVA, Switzerland (Reuters) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday it had delivered the first doses of H1N1 vaccine to Cuba, and a dozen countries in Africa would receive millions of doses in coming weeks. Cuba has reported 54 deaths from H1N1 flu, the greatest number in the Caribbean. read more...



Friday, March 19, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuba has taken another step in the orthopedic use of stem cells with the beginning of a pilot study for the application of this advanced scientific procedure in the treatment of knee degenerative osteoarthritis. Granma newspaper reports the study began at the Institute of Immunology and Hematology. read more...



Friday, March 12, 2010

PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Health workers in Suriname returned to work on Thursday after they reached an agreement with hospitals and the government, union leaders confirmed. Strike action at several public hospitals, which crippled most of the sector, began mid-February after the government had stalled... read more...



Friday, March 5, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) -- Hundreds of thousands of Haitians living in makeshift shelters and thousands of aid workers providing relief since a powerful quake rocked the country in January are now threatened by malaria, a US report said Thursday.  The most deadly and severe form of malaria is endemic in Haiti. read more...



Friday, March 5, 2010

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Meeting the challenges as well as global trends were at the forefront of discussions undertaken when the Executive, Education Committees and Seventh Practice Committees of the Regional Nursing Body (RNB) met in St Kitts from February 24 to 26, 2010. read more...



Thursday, March 4, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- World Bank representative Christoph Kurowski has proposed that English-speaking Caribbean countries examine their policy responses to migration of health workers, with a view to having some of the countries to which they emigrate share the cost of educating them. read more...



Thursday, March 4, 2010

JAGÜEY GRANDE -- Prime Minister Tillman Thomas of Grenada, who is currently visiting Cuba at the invitation of President Raúl Castro, praised the Cuban training programme for Caribbean nurses. On Tuesday, the Grenadian leader visited the Mario Raudilio Fleitas International Faculty in the south of Matanzas province. read more...



Wednesday, March 3, 2010

WASHINGTON, USA (Reuters) --  A chronic shortage of nurses in English-speaking Caribbean nations is limiting the quality of healthcare and may be hindering development in the region, the World Bank said on Tuesday. Between 2002 and 2006, more than 1,800 nurses left the region to work abroad read more...



Wednesday, February 24, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The Ozone Research Center is looking to increase in 2010 its productions of Oleozon, a Cuban medicament used as an ointment to treat epidermophytosis (a superficial fungus infection of the skin) and impetigo, and in an oral variant for the treatment of giardiasis. read more...



Wednesday, February 24, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The effects of anamú tablets, a drug made from the leaves of the plant of the same name, will be tested from March in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba. Developed by East Pharmaceutical (LFO), it is the first natural Cuban stimulant that will help patients with cancer and AIDS. read more...



Wednesday, February 17, 2010

PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Several thousand people in Suriname in the coming weeks will be vaccinated against the H1N1-virus, the so-called swine-flu, in a nationwide campaign that started last week. The Bureau for Public Health (BOG) already has 50,000 doses of the Pandemrix vaccine in stock. read more...



Saturday, February 13, 2010

HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Thousands of people from Suriname have recovered their sight thanks to Operation Miracle, a free-of-charge eye surgery program worked out by Cuban historical leader Fidel Castro and carried out by the joint efforts of Cuba and Venezuela. Around 2,970 Surinamese have undergone eye surgery. read more...



Tuesday, January 26, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- More than 1,000 Jamaicans, who are awaiting corrective eye surgeries, will finally have these operations performed at the new Ophthalmology Centre at the St Joseph's Hospital in Kingston, which opens on Wednesday. The project is part of the Jamaica/Cuba Eye Care Programme read more...



Monday, January 25, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The 15-member Cuban health team which is in Jamaica to work under the Jamaica/Cuba Eye Care Programme, met the Jamaican health team at the Ministry of Health in Kingston on Thursday. The center will accommodate all CARICOM nationals in need of free eye care services. read more...



Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Antigua and Barbuda like most countries around the world commemorated World AIDS Day just over a month ago. In contrast to other countries, which appear to be winning the war against HIV/AIDS by reporting a significant decrease in the number of new cases, the Caribbean is apparently losing the war. read more...



Monday, January 11, 2010

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Ministry of Health says that an eleven member medical team from Cuba, who will be working at the Ophthalmology Centre in Kingston, arrived in Jamaica on Saturday. The team consists of a doctor, seven nurses and three medical technicians. They will ensure that all systems... read more...



Thursday, December 17, 2009

NEW YORK, USA -- Grenada’s Consul General in New York is impressed that Grenadians of all political persuasions are banding together to support a planned nation-wide oral health survey and clinical dental outreach programme. The programme will be conducted by a team from New York University. read more...



Tuesday, December 15, 2009

BELMOPAN, Belize -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are to integrate their health information system to pattern it after Belize, which has the most modern comprehensive integrated system in the region. On Thursday, Belize Health Minister, Pablo Marin, chaired a meeting in Belmopan. read more...



Saturday, December 12, 2009

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Health leaders across the CARICOM region have been urged to take proactive and innovative steps towards achieving developmental goals, amid challenging economic times. This plea came Friday from Barbados Minister of Health, Donville Inniss, as he addressed regional delegates. read more...



Friday, December 11, 2009

BRADES, Montserrat -- There are now 21 confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu virus on Montserrat, says the Ministry of Health. Since the first case was reported in November, health care centres and the Glendon Hospital have seen a steady increase in the number of people, especially children exhibiting mild symptoms. read more...



Wednesday, December 9, 2009

On December 1, 2009 people the world over observed World AIDS Day, as governments and non-governmental organizations, businesses, medical and health care professionals, and millions of ordinary people paused to reflect on the toll this disease has taken on the world. But it was also a moment of hope. read more...



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