CDB Health Youth 

CDB Approves Grant to Address Childhood Obesity Prevention

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a grant of USD150,000 to the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), to support capacity building to address childhood obesity prevention in four countries. The project will strengthen the ability of civil society organisations (CSOs) in The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize and Jamaica to contribute to non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention and control, with specific focus on childhood obesity programmes. The grant agreement was signed at CDB headquarters in Barbados on Monday, September 18, 2017 by Sir Trevor Hassell, President of the HCC and CDB’s Vice-President (Operations),…

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Health Regional News 

PANCAP Champions for Change Relaunched

The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), the mechanism that provides a structured and unified approach to the Caribbean’s response to the HIV epidemic, will relaunch the PANCAP Champions for Change initiative after an eleven-year hiatus.  The two-day event will be held from Tuesday, September 12 to Wednesday, September 13 at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, Georgetown, Guyana.  The keynote speaker will be the Rt. Hon. Sir Charles Michael Dennis Byron, President of the Caribbean Court of Justice.  Originally launched in 2004, the Forum will include a wide cross…

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Disaster Management Health 

Public Health Care Services Suspended Ahead of Hurricane Irma

The Ministry of Health and the Environment has announced chances to its public health care services in wake of the hurricane Irma. In a Public Service Announcement issued on Monday, the Ministry advised that while community health clinics will be open today Monday 4 September. 2017, dental clinic services at All Saints, St. John’s Health Center, and Grays Farm health centers will be suspended until further notice. The statement, credited to Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rhonda Sealey-Thomas, also noted that the evening clinic at the Grays Farm Health Center is also…

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Community Health 

Key Issues Discussed at Recent Disability Conference

Pertinent issues regarding persons living with disabilities were extensively discussed at a two-day Biennial Regional Council meeting held at Heritage Hotel, over the weekend, August 19-20, 2017. Executive Director of Disabled Peoples’ International North America and the Caribbean, Mr. Leslie Emanuel, said that a meeting of this nature was held here in Antigua 13 years ago at the same location, but this one was more beneficial because the Regional Council was more engaged and more effective discussions were held. One of the main highlights of the meeting was the presentation…

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Health 

Major Top Up for Blood Collection Facilities

Blood collection facilities in Antigua and Barbuda received a major ‘top up’ as the humanitarian arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was outstretched once again. President of the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross  and Project Manager of Club Lyfe Michael Joseph said that prior to the Club Lyfe’s project being a collaborative effort between the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross (ABRC), Ministry of Health and the Environment, MSJMC and the Medical Benefit Scheme, the ABRC had engaged the humanitarian arm of The Church of Jesus…

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Health Regional News 

31 Complete Regional Food Safety Workshop

With the aim of equipping and strengthening the capacity of regional environmental health officers and public health inspectors, an international advance food safety certification course and training workshop was held at the Jolly Beach Resort and Spa earlier this week. The exercise, which ran for three days, saw thirty-one participants from Antigua-Barbuda, St Kitts-Nevis, Montserrat, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Anguilla, Trinidad and Tobago as well as Canada undergoing intense discussions and examinations in the food safety industry. Speaking on the objectives of the three-day conference, Antigua and…

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Community Health 

CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure to be Bigger this Year, Organizers Say

Plans are well advanced for this year’s CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for the Cure. Now in its sixth year, organisers are expecting more participation than in previous years. Country Manager, Glen Smith paid tribute to the organising committee and staff who have been working tirelessly for the past few months to ensure the success of this year’s event. “CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for the Cure was designed to raise both awareness and funds for the campaign against cancer. Over the past few years we have teamed up with the Breast Friends Organisation…

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Health 

Local Pharmacist Receives Major Award

Local Pharmacist, Alfred Athill, was showered with accolades during the 37th Annual Caribbean Association of Pharmacists Conference in Belize over the weekend. Athill, who is Antigua and Barbuda’s Director of Pharmaceutical Services collected the Regulatory Affairs Award for High Standards, Excellent Services and Dedication during the prestigious event and for his efforts, he was given a Crystal Touchstone Plaque. Later in the evening, Athill, who hails from the village of Liberta, was nominated for the overall Pharmacist of the Year honor but in a two way race for the title,…

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Health 

EMS `Carnival ‘60’ Strategic Plan a Success

The Carnival Season’s Strategic Plan put together by the Antigua and Barbuda Emergency Medical Service (ABEMS) was deemed a success. According to information from the Head of the EMS, Shawn Greenidge, the dedicated staff of ABEMS showed their commitment to providing the best pre hospital services to the citizens, residents and visitors of Antigua and Barbuda during the 60th Anniversary Carnival celebrations. According to Greenidge, Emergency Medical Services were provided during the period 28th July to 8th August 2017. ABEMS responded to a total of Thirty Nine (39) Carnival related…

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Health 

Concerned Citizen Gives to MSJMC

The Mount St John’s Medical Centre was once again the scene of attention as the country’s sole hospital got another boost on Monday with the handing over of a major piece of equipment by a concerned citizen. During a short ceremony in the board room at Mount St John’s, a red state of the art wheel chair was donated to the medical facility, compliments Foster Tongue of Urlings village. Moments before he officially opened the box and handed over the device to Health and Environment Minister, Molwyn Joseph, Tongue said…

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