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PAHO warns of the complex situation of dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean - Aug 15, 2019 - 4:45:38 PM

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warns of the complex situation of dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean, a Region that is currently experiencing a new epidemic cycle of the disease after two years of low incidence.

According to the latest PAHO epidemiological update, published on August 9, during the first 7 months of 2019, more than 2 million people contracted the disease and 723 died...
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CDB, PAHO launched “Stronger Together” campaign, raising awareness about mental health and psychosocial support in disasters - Jul 12, 2019 - 9:20:02 PM

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As this year’s hurricane season gets underway, psychosocial support will be utilised to help the Caribbean people when disaster hits. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) launched the “Stronger Together” campaign in Bridgetown, Barbados. The campaign draws attention to the information and tools available to assist communities in better coping with the psychological impact of adverse events...
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PAHO/WHO urges northern hemisphere countries to prepare for heatwaves - Jul 12, 2019 - 12:50:07 PM

In view of the current heatwaves in Europe and predictions that this phenomenon will hit various parts of the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is urging countries in the Region to be prepared, due to the impact that this could have on peoples’ health, including the risk of death.

During the southern hemisphere’s summer of 2018-2019, seven countries in the Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay) were affected by heatwaves, a phenomenon never seen before in the Region...
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Urgent Call for Blood Donations as Eleuthera Accident Victims Airlifted to New Providence - Jun 24, 2019 - 4:00:15 PM

Five (5) persons seriously injured in a road traffic accident in Rock Sound, Eleuthera this morning were airlifted to medical facilities in New Providence and South Florida. 

The Public Hospitals Authority’s Agencies namely the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) and National Emergency Medical Service (NEMS) activated their Mass Casualty Incident Protocol. NEMS assisted with ground transportation and deployed ambulances to the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) to receive the injured...
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Ministers of Health of the Pacific and the Caribbean to join forces on climate change and health, regulatory frameworks, health security and NCDs - May 23, 2019 - 5:37:41 PM

Ministers of Health of the Pacific and the Caribbean met to discuss opportunities for cooperation and exchange regarding good practices in climate change and resilient health systems, regulatory frameworks, health security and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The meeting took place in parallel to the 72 World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

Small island states in the Caribbean and the Pacific face a number of common challenges...
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Sickle Cell Association works to create positive, lasting change - May 16, 2019 - 1:45:20 PM

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When a 26-year-old declared he would die in hospital it was difficult to believe. There was no gunshot wound, visible signs of trauma, or apparatus attached to him indicating he was under critical care. Twenty minutes later, after calling his mother, the father to a two-year-old took his last breath in Kayla Mortimer’s arms.

“I could not sleep for a week after that,” recalled Mrs Mortimer, the Bahamas Sickle Cell Association’s (BSCA) new president. “Every time I closed my eyes, I would hear his voice, see his face.”...
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Nursing staff are vital for making progress towards universal health - May 8, 2019 - 4:00:28 PM

Nurses make up more than 50% of health workers yet, in many countries of the Americas, shortages persist. New PAHO guidelines seek to strengthen their role in achieving health for all.

Today, at the launch of the Strategic Directions for Nursing in the Region of the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) called on countries to invest in nurses to improve their availability...
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World Health Day: PAHO calls for equitable access to health care - Apr 3, 2019 - 4:08:58 PM

Millions of people in the world still lack access to health care and many are forced to choose between spending on health and other daily expenses. It is estimated that in the Americas around one third of the population lacks access to health care. In the framework of World Health Day, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is calling for equitable access to comprehensive and quality health care...
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Decentralization of Male Psych Clinic Dubbed a Step in the Right Direction - Mar 18, 2019 - 2:25:36 PM

Decentralization of mental health services marking another step towards improving the delivery of and access to good health care. On Thursday March 21st, the Male Psychiatric Clinic will be relocated to the Fleming Street Community Clinic, located on Fleming Street.

Formerly located in the Surgical Corridor of the Princess Margaret Hospital, the relocation follows on the mandate of the Ministry of Health and Public Hospitals Authority’s vision to remove barriers in accessing mental health services...
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Mental health spending must increase in order to meet current needs in the Americas - Mar 1, 2019 - 7:43:04 PM

While mental illness is responsible for more than a third of total disability in the Americas, current spending is far below that required to address its public health burden, highlights a new report from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). PAHO is urging countries to increase mental health budgets and allocate spending towards more proven, cost-effective interventions.

The report “The Burden of Mental Disorders in the Region of the Americas, 2018” reveals that countries must increase funding in proportion to the burden of mental illness in order to address the needs of people with mental disorders...
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PAHO calls for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to prepare for possible outbreaks of dengue - Feb 28, 2019 - 12:42:17 PM

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has called for countries in the Region of the Americas to prepare for a timely response to possible outbreaks of dengue. The disease is endemic in the Region and, since its reintroduction in the 1980s, has caused cyclical outbreaks and epidemics every three to five years...
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87% of Bahamians support expansion of NHI to include high cost medical care, according to new poll - Feb 25, 2019 - 2:17:33 PM

A public opinion poll conducted by Public Domain has revealed that 87% of respondents support the expansion of NHI Bahamas to provide affordable coverage for high cost medical care, such as treatment for prevalent adult cancers and paediatric cancers, heart attack and dialysis with no co-pays or deductibles. In addition, more than half (57%) of respondents said a combination of government, employees and employers should pay for universal healthcare...
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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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