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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...
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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 proposal...
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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 included...
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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.

On 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 Responsibility...
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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.

In 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...
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Another first for Bahamas at World Stem Cell Summit - Jan 17, 2019 - 7:05:23 PM

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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...
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Health City Cayman Islands expands Intensive Care Unit capabilities - Jan 14, 2019 - 6:47:03 AM

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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...
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"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 received...
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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 each year...
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Cleveland Clinic Genetic Analysis Links Obesity with Diabetes, Coronary Artery Disease - Nov 26, 2018 - 5:41:54 AM

A Cleveland Clinic genetic analysis has found that obesity itself, not just the adverse health effects associated with it, significantly increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease. The paper was published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open...
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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. 

Immediately 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 affected area.
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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...
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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 The Bahamas....
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PAHO Gives Input to Over-the-Hill Partnership Initiative - Oct 22, 2018 - 6:32:11 PM

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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 disadvantaged communities.

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...
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Caribbean countries and territories are better prepared to keep imported measles from sparking outbreaks - Oct 19, 2018 - 12:45:34 PM

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A recent PAHO-organized workshop trained 35 Caribbean health officers on how to respond rapidly and effectively to any imported cases of measles or rubella

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...
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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)...
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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 events.

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.
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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 elimination targets.

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 Organization (PAHO)...
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Bahamian Minister of Health elected President of the PAHO's 56th Directing Council - Sep 24, 2018 - 12:23:12 PM

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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.
 
Sands 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 health personnel...
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Bahamas to host HEALinc Future Health Innovation Summit - Jul 25, 2018 - 2:29:04 PM

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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...
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