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CARPHA Receives Award at Barbados’ Inaugural Humanitarian Awards Ceremony

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#Barbados, April 29, 2022 – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) was among regional and international agencies to receive a humanitarian work award by the Government of the Republic of Barbados.

The inaugural Humanitarian Awards Ceremony took place on Barbados’ National Heroes Day, Thursday, 28 April 2022, at Kensington Oval.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in keeping with its Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) mandate, CARPHA engineered the public health emergency response mechanism to support the Caribbean region’s fight against the virus.

The Humanitarian Award was awarded to CARPHA by President of Barbados, Her Excellency The Most Honourable Dame Sandra Mason to honour and recognise outstanding work during the pandemic and beyond.

“CARPHA is honoured to be recognised and to be a recipient of this award by the Republic of Barbados,” said Dr. Joy St. John Executive Director of CARPHA. “I wish to thank the entire staff of CARPHA for their tireless vigilance, and hard work in delivering preparedness and response activities in order to minimise illness, death and disruption to life and economic activity during this prolonged pandemic period.”

Managing the pandemic as a health security issue, CARPHA worked closely with its Member States (MS), CARICOM, and regional and international development partners. With financial grants from international development partners, CARPHA supported the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE), vaccines, supplies, reagents, and other equipment for Member States, including the Government and people of Barbados. This contributed significantly to the management and control of COVID-19 in the Region.

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Jamaica hosts 2nd Global Tourism Resilience Conference

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Rashaed Esson

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#GlobalTourism#Jamaica, February 19th, 2024 – Strengthening the future of global tourism against growing climate challenges, Jamaica hosted the 2nd Global Tourism Resilience Conference in Montego Bay from February 17th to the 18th, featuring high level delegates from the around the world, such as the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization and spearheaded by its co-founder, Edmund Bartlett, the Minister of Tourism for Jamaica. The conference was under the theme “Navigating the Future of Tourism Resilience,” and addressed the swift need for more innovative strategies to combat the growing challenges that threaten Tourism. Sustainable tourism practices, crisis management, digital transformation, and the importance of promoting global partnerships, were among the topics discussed. 

 

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Dengue in Peru-Over 12 Thousand Cases

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Rashaed Esson

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#Dengue#Peru, February 19th, 2024 – Since the start of the year, there have been more than thirteen thousand cases of dengue in Peru, with over three thousand in the fifth week alone, according to the Peruvian Ministry of Health. The northern region reportedly has the highest number of cases. Revealed in a February 16th report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Human Affairs, this represents a 53.4 percent increase in cases compared to 2023. This massive increase is linked to prolonged heat waves caused by the El Nino effect, the ministry reporting over 100 consecutive unusually hot days and more than 200 warm nights. Higher temperatures create favorable conditions for dengue transmission.

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The Department of Behavioural Health Services Offers Strategies on Managing Emotional Distress Due to Gun Violence

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Exposure to gun violence can have a tremendous impact on a persons’ mental health. Whether you are directly involved in an incident of gun violence, a witness to a shooting, or simply hear about the events on the news, you too can become traumatized or develop symptoms of a mental health disorder.

With horrifying stories of gun violence flooding news headlines around the country, a lot of persons are feeling shocked, fearful, and deeply unsafe. It is therefore important that we keep mental health at the forefront of our conversations about crime due to its impact on our mental wellbeing.

 The Department of Behavioral Health Services wishes to advise persons who have been exposed to gun violence to be aware the following symptoms and to reach out for help if you need to:

 Physical symptoms

Following a traumatic event, your body can enter a state of hypervigilance and anxiety, with symptoms such as: chest tightness, dizziness, rapid breathing, cold sweats, trembling, and aches and pains. Other physical symptoms include:

  • Unfocused thoughts
  • Changes in appetite
  • Changes in sleep patterns

Emotional symptoms

Emotional symptoms of trauma can encompass all sorts of feelings, ranging from numbness to despair to fury.  You may also feel:

  • Disbelief
  • Persistent fear
  • Grief
  • Helplessness 
  • Anger   

Symptoms specifically affecting children

The trauma surrounding shootings can have harmful effects on developing minds. Children do not necessarily have to see the violence with their own eyes. Just hearing about it through the media can shatter a child’s sense of safety and affect their mental health.

There is research evidence to support the claim that exposure to gun violence is associated with:

  • Withdrawal
  • Anger
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Learning difficulties

Coping Tips

Although this can all seem overwhelming, you do not have to feel helpless. While reducing gun violence requires a community effort, there are plenty of steps you can take to protect your mental health after traumatic events unfold. You can help yourself, your children and other loved ones cope with the stress and difficult emotions in the aftermath of violence.

 Tip #1 Acknowledge difficult feelings

  •             Be patient with yourself
  •             Connect with your emotions
  •             Find healthy ways to express your feelings

Tip #2 Empower yourself

  •             Learn about the problem
  •             Find ways to get involved in helping others

Tip #3 Connect with others

  •             Engage in positive social interactions
  •             Connect with other survivors
  •             Enjoy lighthearted outings

Tip # 4 Manage stress

  •             Explore relaxation techniques
  •             Reduce exposure to violent media
  •             Make time for what you enjoy

 The Department of Behavioural Health Services is encouraging all persons to take special care of their mental health and to reach out to a mental health professional if your need further assistance.

For more information on gun violence and supporting your mental health, contact the Department of Behavioural Health Services on the following numbers:

– 338-3613 Grand Turk

– 338-3616- Providenciales

https://www.facebook.com/TCIDBHS

https://www.gov.tc/dmhsd/

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