Latest PAHO “Basic Indicators” shed light on health situation in the Americas
- Feb 13, 2019 - 1:50:34 PM
The Americas region is home to more than one billion people.
Every year, 15 million babies are born, and nearly 7 million people die.
Life expectancy is 80.2 years for women and 74.6 for men. More than 8
in 10 people live in urban areas. These are some of the key statistics
presented in the new “2018 Basic Indicators,” just published by the Pan
American Health Organization (PAHO).
The compendium, produced annually, presents PAHO’s most recent data from
49 countries and territories on the demographic and socioeconomic
situation of the Americas, the population’s health status, risk factors,
and coverage of health care services and health systems...
NHI Bahamas on Policy Proposal Costs
- Feb 6, 2019 - 10:24:44 AM
Earlier this week, it was reported that the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce has suggested the cost of the proposal the National
Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has put forward could be up to $200M
or even $300M. Simply put, there is no basis for this number. It is not
a number that has ever been quoted by the NHIA, as it relates to the
policy proposal costs to employers, and there appears to be some
confusion on the overall programme costs. NHIA would like to clarify and
provide the facts about the cost related to the new NHI policy
Cervical cancer the third most common cancer among women in Latin America and Caribbean
- Feb 4, 2019 - 12:35:46 PM
In commemoration of World Cancer Day, on February 4, the Pan American
Health Organization (PAHO) is striving to accelerate prevention and
control efforts to create a future without cervical cancer, which is the
third most common cancer among women in Latin America and the
Caribbean, but one that can be prevented.
Every year more than
56,000 women in Latin America and the Caribbean are diagnosed with
cervical cancer and more than 28,000 die from it. These figures rise to
72,000 diagnoses and 34,000 deaths when the United States and Canada are
NHIA announces policy changes to NHI program following conclusion of consultation period
- Jan 30, 2019 - 3:49:08 PM
Dr. Robin Roberts, Chairman of the National Health Insurance
Authority (NHIA) Board, announced that the National Health Insurance
(NHI) program will be undergoing policy changes based on the feedback
collected from the stakeholder consultations.
January 30th , 2019, the NHIA formally concluded its consultation
period, which discussed the proposed changes to the NHI program, as
outlined in the policy paper, National Health Insurance: A Shared
More than half of people with epilepsy in Latin America and the Caribbean do not receive treatment
- Jan 29, 2019 - 4:30:34 PM
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders in the world,
affecting approximately 50 million people, 5 million of whom live in the
Region of the Americas. However, it is estimated that the treatment gap
in Latin America and the Caribbean is over 50%, which means that more
than half of people with this disease do not receive health services.
order to help countries design programs to detect cases and increase
access to appropriate treatment for this disorder, the Pan American
Health Organization (PAHO) recently published...
Another first for Bahamas at World Stem Cell Summit
- Jan 17, 2019 - 7:05:23 PM
Personal Health and Regenerative Medicine is widely recognized as the
new paradigm for health with the expectation that this new paradigm will
produce much needed new cures for alleviating human suffering. Each
year, for the past fourteen years, the Regenerative Medicine Foundation
has selected top innovators, leaders, and global bridge-builders
creating connections and solutions to improve human health and wellness
through stem cell and regenerative medicine. This year, on January 23rd
at the World Stem Cell Summit at the Hyatt Regency, Miami, Florida, the
2019 International Advocacy Award will go to Dr. Desirée Cox, MD, PhD.,
the First Bahamian Rhodes Scholar.
Dr. Cox is a graduate of Queens College, McGill, Oxford and Cambridge
Universities, and has been recognized in the ‘Queens College Hall of
Fame’. Dr. Cox is also the Founder of The HEALinc (www.thehealinc), and
the Inaugural HEALinc Future Health Innovation Summit held in October
2018, at the Melia Hotel, Nassau, Bahamas...
Health City Cayman Islands expands Intensive Care Unit capabilities
- Jan 14, 2019 - 6:47:03 AM
Health City Cayman Islands now operates a Level 3 Trauma Center,
following the commissioning of its newly expanded Medical Intensive Care
Unit (MICU) in early December 2018.
On Monday, December 10, a
ribbon-cutting ceremony at the tertiary care medical facility in East
End, Grand Cayman, which is owned and operated by Indian health care
giant Narayana Health, officially opened the unit...
"Over 95% of NHI Bahamas beneficiaries satisfied with health care experience"
- Nov 29, 2018 - 10:14:25 AM
A patient satisfaction survey conducted by the National Health Insurance
Authority (NHIA) has revealed that over 95% of beneficiaries were
either very satisfied (57.64%) or satisfied (38.07%) with the health
care experience they received from their NHI doctor. The survey, which
was completed by 5,122 beneficiaries between July and November 2018,
also received very positive feedback in terms of quality of service
PAHO launches campaign to prevent cervical cancer
- Nov 27, 2018 - 6:00:20 PM
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) launched a communication
campaign today to prevent cervical cancer, which kills more than 34,000
women each year in the Americas and is among the leading causes of
cancer death in women in 23 countries of the Region.
“It is Time
to End Cervical Cancer” is a communication campaign designed to inform
health providers and empower women and girls with health information on
how to prevent this disease, which is diagnosed in some 72,000 women
PHA/GBHS Update on services following chemical spill at the Rand Memorial Hospital
- Nov 9, 2018 - 11:31:07 PM
Laboratory services at the Rand Memorial Hospital have been suspended
this weekend as the hospital’s management and technical teams continue
to monitor the aftermath of a chemical spill which occurred in the
Laboratory on Thursday morning. Management however has confirmed the
full restoration of radiology services, and the cessation of referrals
from General Practice to the Freeport Community Clinic.
following the spill, environmental chemistry experts, an independent
Hazmat company, a private chemist and the Department of Environmental
Health Services were called in to mitigate the effects and clean the
Chemical Spill In The Rand Memorial Hospital Laboratory Under Control
- Nov 8, 2018 - 3:45:41 PM
Laboratory and Radiology services temporarily suspended today at
the Michaela Virgill Storr Pavilion of the Rand Memorial Hospital
following a minor chemical spill in the Laboratory this morning. No
injuries were reported, however cautionary measures were taken for
employees affected to be seen by doctors on staff. At no time did the
incident impact patients admitted on the hospital’s wards, as teams
worked quickly to contain the spill...
NHI Authority to hold consultations on proposed changes to NHI program
- Oct 23, 2018 - 12:25:56 PM
Today, Dr. Robin Roberts, Chairman of the National Health Insurance
Authority (NHIA) Board, announced that the National Health Insurance
(NHI) program will be undergoing a transformation to better suit the
needs of Bahamians and stakeholders. As part of its efforts to
reposition NHI Bahamas for success, the NHIA has launched a 45-day
consultation period with stakeholders to discuss proposed changes to the
program – a program which is grounded in Bahamian values of shared
responsibility, fairness, commitment to the community, and working
forward, upward, onward, together for better health and health care in
PAHO Gives Input to Over-the-Hill Partnership Initiative
- Oct 22, 2018 - 6:32:11 PM
Components of the Over-the-Hill-Community Development Partnership
Initiative are coming together as envisioned by Prime Minister, Dr. the
Most Hon. Hubert Minnis to rejuvenate and restore pride in the
Recently, the Over-the-Hill Unit in
Office of the Prime Minister and the Pan American Health Organization
teamed up in a workshop to focus on health, water and sanitation
components of the Initiative...
Caribbean countries and territories are better prepared to keep imported measles from sparking outbreaks
- Oct 19, 2018 - 12:45:34 PM
A recent PAHO-organized workshop trained 35 Caribbean health officers on
how to respond rapidly and effectively to any imported cases of measles
Washington, DC, October 19 2018 (PAHO/WHO) — It’s
been more than 25 years since the Caribbean reported its last case of
indigenous measles. But the risk of imported cases has persisted because
measles continues to circulate in countries around the world...
Caribbean Ministers approve plan to prepare for the health impact of climate change
- Oct 18, 2018 - 3:04:48 PM
Ministers from across the Region of the Caribbean have agreed on an
Action Plan to ensure that the health of those living in Small Island
Developing States (SIDS) is protected and prioritized within the global
climate change agenda.
The III Global Conference on Health and
Climate: Special Focus on Small Island Developing States, convened
jointly by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)...
PAHO Director participates in inauguration ceremony of Princess Alice Smart Hospital, Grenada
- Oct 16, 2018 - 7:42:41 PM
The Princess Alice hospital is the first hospital in the Eastern
Caribbean Region to have been fully refitted to smart standards to
protect the health of the population against climate change-related
St George’s, Grenada, October 16 2018 (PAHO / WHO) – The
Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F.
Etienne, yesterday participated in the inauguration of the latest smart
health care facility to open in the Region of the Caribbean.
Progress must be accelerated to end tuberculosis in the Americas, says new PAHO report
- Sep 25, 2018 - 11:15:22 AM
Over a quarter of a million people live with TB in the Region of the
Americas and 24,000 died from the disease in 2017. But the downward
trend in new cases and deaths must proceed more swiftly to meet
Washington, D.C., 25 September 2018
(PAHO/WHO). Between 2000 and 2015, deaths from tuberculosis (TB) fell by
37.5% in the Americas and new cases dropped by 24%. However, the rate
of decline must be accelerated for the Region to be able to end the
disease, according to a new report by the Pan American Health
Bahamian Minister of Health elected President of the PAHO's 56th Directing Council
- Sep 24, 2018 - 12:23:12 PM
The Bahamian Ministry of Health, Duane Ernest Lascelles Sands, has been
elected President of the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) 56th
Directing Council, which convenes the Region’s health authorities to
discuss and analyze regional health policies and set priorities for
technical cooperation and collaboration among countries.
will preside over the Directing Council, which begins today until 27
September, where ministries of health, from throughout the Region of the
Americas will discuss a series of plans to reduce the shortage in
Bahamas to host HEALinc Future Health Innovation Summit
- Jul 25, 2018 - 2:29:04 PM
Putting The Bahamas on the cutting edge of a the future of health and
ushering in a paradigm-shift in health and technology in the region and
globally is the focus of The 2018 Inaugural HEALinc Future Health
Innovation Summit, taking place at the Melia Hotel, Nassau in October
7th-9th. This unique Summit is the brainchild of Dr. Desiree Cox, MD,
PhD and is the first of its kind in The Bahamas and possibly the
Caribbean region. Where regenerative medicine meets technology and
social enterprise is the title of the Summit. As the title implies the
Summit brings top minds together to take a comprehensive, multi-faceted...