EU commits €665,000 to reduce spread of Zika in the Caribbean

EU representative, Daniela Tramacere
EU Ambassador, Daniela Tramacere

The European Union has committed €655,000 to help Caribbean States reduce the spread and impact of Zika and other mosquito borne diseases in the Region. The activities will be implemented by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) under the leadership of the Caribbean Forum for ACP States (CARIFORUM).

The specific objective is to support CARPHA’s activities to strengthen health systems to effectively monitor, prevent and control Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases in the Caribbean region, ultimately to contribute to improving public health of the Caribbean population.

The main activities are to promote early detection and effective monitoring of Zika, to enhance laboratory capacity for detection, to assist in the development of national registries of pregnant women exposed to Zika, and to strengthen public education and behaviour change regarding Zika and other airborne viruses. (more…)

COTED green-lights Agriculture Regional Emergency Response team

What is left of a greenhouse in Dominica

The Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) has approved the Regional Agriculture Emergency Response Sub-Committee to  provide prompt  action to help the agriculture sector in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States to rebound after natural disasters.

Approval came at the 71st Special Meeting of the COTED on Agriculture held at the CARICOM Secretariat on Friday 6 October, 2017.

The 71st Meeting of COTED approved the Emergency Response Sub-Committee
The 71st Special Meeting of COTED on Agriculture approved the Emergency Response Sub-Committee

The Sub-Committee will include representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH), the Caribbean Plant Health Directors (CPHD), the Caribbean Animal Health Network (CaribVET), the CARICOM Secretariat, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC). Belize and Antigua and Barbuda will also be represented on the sub-committee.

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Way cleared for regional trade in poultry, poultry products

poultry farmAs the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continues to move steadily towards increasing intra-regional and food security, nine poultry processing plants in the Region have been approved to trade among Member States.

The approval came on Friday 6 October, at the 71st Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Agriculture at the CARICOM Secretariat, Georgetown, Guyana.

The poultry plants from six CARICOM Member States – Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago – were cleared to sell poultry products intra-regionally after they were assessed by Regional Risk Assessments Teams and met the sanitary requirements to enter the CARICOM Market. Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA) coordinated the assessments and the process of review and finalisation by the  CARICOM Committee of Chief Veterinary Officers.

Representatives from the Caribbean Poultry Association, the Caribbean Agribusiness Association and other delegates at the 71st Special Meeting of the COTED at the CARICOM Secretariat, 6 October, 2017
Representatives from the Caribbean Poultry Association, the Caribbean Agribusiness Association and other delegates at the 71st Special Meeting of the COTED at the CARICOM Secretariat, 6 October, 2017

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PAHO/WHO confirms St. Kitts and Nevis has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV

Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis
Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis
“I feel a sense of personal pride and satisfaction that St. Kitts and Nevis is a leader in this aspect.” – PM of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Hon Timothy Harris
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, (Press Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister) –In August of this year, Prime Minister Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris announced to the country that St. Kitts and Nevis was on par to becoming the first country in the Organisation of the Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), CARICOM, and the Americas, outside of Cuba, to bring an end to mother-to-child transmission with respect to HIV.

That assertion has since been validated by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a communiqué addressed to the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis.

The WHO describes mother-to-child transmission of HIV as the spread of HIV from an HIV-infected woman to her child during pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding. (more…)

Join CARPHA in fight against mosquitoes

Dominica Aedes_Aegypti_MosquitoPort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago – 10 October 2017 –  Two years after the first outbreak of Zika in the Caribbean, the invasion of this mosquito-borne virus has reduced significantly. While health officials have reported a decrease in the number of suspected and confirmed cases, it is important to note that the virus is still present within our communities.

In light of this, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is intensifying its campaign to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the common vector for Zika, Chikungunya, Dengue and Yellow Fever. Similar to previous campaign efforts, the Agency continues to provide valuable information that can help in the prevention and control of mosquito-borne diseases, spread by the Aedes aegypti.

With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), CARPHA has created an innovative information toolkit, which includes animated videos, posters and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs). The toolkit is specially packaged to meet the needs of a diverse audience, which include public health professionals and clinicians, pregnant women, and children. (more…)