Integrated Vector Management: a critical strategy for fighting vector-borne diseases in the Region

Dr. James Hospedales

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. 5 December, 2017.  “The increased severity of dengue and the occurrence of new viruses that have swept through the Region tell us we have a gap in regional health security where vector borne diseases are concerned.  This year we had storms that were unprecedented.  We are expected to see more monster storms which will cause disruption including making the environment more favorable for vectors.  Hence the need for integrated vector management and looking at some of the new tools that are available.”

These were the words of Dr C James Hospedales, Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), as he spoke at the Opening Ceremony of the Integrated Vector Management (IVM) coordinated by the Agency.

The two-day meeting held from 5-6 December 2017, at the Trinidad Hilton and Conference Centre, brought together participants from 27 English, French, Dutch and Spanish speaking countries in the Region to review and discuss the adaptation of standardised protocols for improved vector surveillance, including insecticide resistance testing.  The meeting will engage regional vector control managers in discussions related to the adaptation and use of a IVM toolkit in national vector control programmes.

The transmission of vector-borne diseases is strongly influenced by demographic, social and environmental factors, resulting in the emergence and re-emergence of yellow fever, malaria and dengue; and more recently, the emergence of chikungunya and zika in the Region. (more…)

SG calls for new model for development finance

Her Excellency Elisabeth Eklund and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque during the accreditation ceremony on Wednesday
Her Excellency Elisabeth Eklund and CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, during the accreditation ceremony on Wednesday

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) believes that a new model for development finance needs to be considered.

Speaking during the accreditation ceremony for the new Swedish Ambassador to the Community on Wednesday at the CARICOM Secretariat’s, Turkeyen, Guyana headquarters, CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque stated that GDP per capita should not be the principal measurement used in determining the development status of a country.

“We will continue to advocate for the use of a more accurate and realistic measure of development which considers vulnerability, including exposure to natural disasters and other exogenous shocks,” he said. “In the interest of realising our economic aspirations as a Community, we believe that a new paradigm in development finance needs to be considered,” he added.

Her Excellency Elisabeth Eklund presented her credentials to the Secretary-General who noted that her accreditation was a continuation of years of building bilateral relations with the Member States of the Community and a bi-regional dialogue between CARICOM and the countries of the Nordic region. Sweden is one of the countries in the Nordic Group with which CARICOM has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Political Dialogue and Cooperation.

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UN SG lauds CARICOM leadership on global issues

 

IN STEP: Secretaries-General of CARICOM (R) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the UN, H.E. António Guterres (L)
IN STEP: Secretaries-General of CARICOM (R) Ambassador Irwin LaRocque and the UN, H.E. António Guterres (L)

As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and United Nations (UN) meet in New York, USA, to discuss how the international body can better support the Region’s strategic goals, UN Secretary-General, His Excellency António Guterres, has lauded CARICOM’s leadership on many pressing global issues.

Speaking at the opening of the 9th Biennial CARICOM-UN General Meeting in New York on Thursday, 20 July, the UN SG said:

“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the decision by the General Assembly to grant the Caribbean Community observer status. Since then, we have worked productively together and, today, our organisations are both undergoing processes of review and strategic planning to better face the challenges of a changing international reality. We are grateful to have benefited from your leadership on many pressing global issues.”


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CARICOM collaborates to host workshop on implementing SDGs in St. Kitts and Nevis

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Workshop participants

Environmental stakeholders in St. Kitts and Nevis are being taught how to implement and mainstream the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a workshop organized by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat in partnership with the St. Kitts and Nevis Department of Environment.

The workshop is an activity under the European Union and UN Environment funded programme for capacity-building related to multilateral environmental agreements in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP-MEAs programme).

The three-day workshop is being held at the Ocean Terrace Inn in Basseterre. It opened on May 16, 2017, with remarks by the Hon. Eugene Hamilton, Minister of Agriculture, Marine Resources, Environment, Cooperatives and Human Settlement, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Dr. Thérèse Yarde, Project Coordinator, Caribbean Hub Capacity Building related to Implementation of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). (more…)

Time for advocacy, activism – CARICOM Secretariat on International Women’s Day

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(Photp via IWD.com)
(Photo via IWD.com)
Many countries in CARICOM have taken ‘bold steps’ to enact legislation to promote the rights of women in conformance with the CEDAW Convention and based on CARICOM Model Legislation in eight areas, namely citizenship, domestic violence, equality for women in employment, equal pay, sexual harassment and sexual offences, inheritance, maintenance and maintenance orders. - CARICOM Secretariat
On International Women’s Day (IWD) today, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat said it is time for advocacy and activism for a bolder, more transformative agenda towards gender equality.

IWD 2017 is being observed under the theme ‘Be Bold for Change’.

“Being ‘Bold for Change’ signals the need for deliberate steps by all to realise gender equality. As a Community, let us redouble our efforts: men and women, boys and girls, to embrace that bolder and more transformative agenda with strong partnerships among government, the private sector and civil society.  The time for your advocacy and activism, is now,” the Secretariat said in a message to mark the day.

“Today, let us salute the women in our Caribbean Community and all over the world as we celebrate International Women’s Day 2017!

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