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Progress! Region with nearly 50 percent less AIDS deaths

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The Caribbean – December 9, 2020 – The Caribbean region has managed to dramatically reduce HIV Aids cases and deaths in the past decade, according to the Caribbean Public Health Agency, CARPHA.

“The number of people dying of AIDS-related deaths have decreased from 11 thousand in 2010 to 6,900 in 2019.  During that same period, the Region has also seen a reduction of new HIV cases down from an estimated 18.000 new cases to 13.000 per year,” said CARPHA on Monday in a statement issued regionally.

The Agency was also trying to determine the impact of Covid-19 on those living with HIV-AIDS, and a summary of 25 studies conducted exposed that: “…on COVID-19 patients (252) living with HIV, two-thirds (66.5%) had mild to moderate symptoms.  Among patients who died, the majority (90.5%) were over 50 years old and had multimorbidity (64.3%).”

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For the Executive Director of CARPHA the answer is indeed found in the 2020 World Aids Day theme:  “Global solidarity, shared responsibility”.  

“The need for a multisectoral response is even greater in COVID-19 times.   We have to take innovative steps towards the global goals, so that our Region’s promise to end the HIV epidemic by 2030 can become a reality,” stated Dr. Joy St. John, CARPHA Executive Director.

Dr. St. John admonished Health Ministries of the region to continue the focus, treatment and awareness of HIV/AIDS despite and amidst the demanding nature of the current health crisis.

 “The COVID-19 pandemic revealed the difficulties in ensuring access for persons living with HIV, vulnerable communities and those facing inequalities, to receiving healthcare.  We need to ensure that the rights of persons living with HIV/AIDS are not violated, and also ensure the continued provision of HIV services for children, adolescents and key populations during COVID-19.”

CARPHA uses today, December 1 World Aids Day to recommit to supporting regional health ministries and departments to “end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.”

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PAHO Calls Americas to Increase Aedes aegypti Mosquito Control

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Rashaed Esson

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#PAHO#Dengue#Americas, February 23rd, 2024 – With nearly seven thousand cases of dengue and 102 deaths reported in the Americas as of early February 2024, the Pan American Health Organization is once again calling for stronger measures to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main transmitter of dengue. These numbers indicate a 157 percent increase in cases over the same period in 2023.  In the first five weeks of 2024, Peru, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Costa Rica, French Guiana, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay reported an increase in cases.

 

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Dark Tourism Efforts in Jamaica – Colonial sites Preservation

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Rashaed Esson

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#DarkTourism#Jamaica,February 23rd, 2024 – British Colonial sites in Jamaica like Georgian plantation houses and slave infrastructure, are being preserved as slavery monuments to boost what authorities are calling the “Dark Tourism” industry. According to reports, Dark Tourism refers to tourists visiting places marked by historical tragedy. For Jamaica, the history of Britain’s 300-year rule will be explained at the preserved sites. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett says work is being done with the ministry of Culture and the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.

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Bahamas as Caribbean top 2024 Spring Destination

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Rashaed Esson

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#Bahamas#Tourism, February 23rd, 2024 – The Bahamas has been categorized as the most popular Caribbean destination for travel in the upcoming spring season by travel insurance company Squaremouth, in a new report. It was the only Caribbean nation to make the list for the top 10 destinations. The report is derived from travel insurance purchases made through Squaremouth.

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