Updates & Emerging Issues

An opportunity for strengthening laboratories and health systems in the region. Diagnostics and Laboratory capacity are essential but often ignored pillars of both a responsive health system and effective global health security. The Coronavirus pandemic has, more starkly than ever before, highlighted the critical importance of accurate, reliable and timely laboratory testing for diagnosis, patient

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The new coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China. “The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The concern is that it could spread

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At the OECS Ministers Policy Meeting on 5 December 2019, the Caribbean Med Labs Foundation (CMLF) highlighted the achievements made by OECS Member States with respect their laboratory services. During the meeting, Honourable Mary Issacs, Minister of Health of St. Lucia presented a Certificate to Antigua & Barbuda’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rhonda Sealey, recognising

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UNAIDS Director – Latin America and Caribbean says… Shrinking space and reduced funding is affecting HIV advocacy in the region and director of UNAIDS Latin America and Caribbean Regional Support Team Dr Cesar Nunez said communities must ensure AIDS advocacy remains on the political agenda. “We highlight the role of communities at a time when

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The Caribbean Med Labs Foundation (CMLF) hosted a Regional Policy Meeting on Regulation of OECS Laboratories in St Lucia on 12 & 13 November, 2019. The Meeting was held as part of the implementation of the laboratory component of the Global Fund HIV and TB Elimination Project (HTEP) which is being implemented by CMLF as

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This PANCAP video provides an in-depth illustration of HIV data from 2018 on the Caribbean region and the UNAIDS 90-90-90 Targets. In the last 30 years, scientific advancements have made it possible for people living with HIV to manage their condition and live longer, healthier lives. Despite this progress, 53% of people living with HIV

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On World Diabetes Day 2019, PAHO/WHO joins partners around the world to promote that diabetes can be prevented and controlled. The theme for this year is “Family and Diabetes”. Approximately 62 million people are living with type 2 diabetes in the Americas, and need support from their families. Many people with type 2 diabetes do

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June 11 2019: – Citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and the business community will soon receive improved outputs from at least two (2) local public labs with the commencement of a national accreditation programme. The activity which is being implemented by the Ministry of Trade and Industry through the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards

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The World Health Organization (WHO) published two lists that are critical for global health: the 21st WHO Model List of Essential Medicines (EML), and the 2nd WHO Model List of Essential Diagnostics (EDL). The purpose of these lists is to help countries prioritize critical health products that should be widely available, accessible, and affordable throughout

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