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REPORT:  Week Long UK Health Assessment and Support to TCI Health Ministry, as Cholera case contained

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By Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, July 3, 2023 – Following an imported case of cholera at the beginning of June, the UK sent some of its health agents from the UK Health Security Agency to the TCI to support the territory in preventing, potentially an outbreak.  In recent updates from the Ministry of Health, we have learned the group comprised microbiologists, behavioural scientists and more.

During their week-long stay, the group toured the country’s medical facilities and met with top government officials. Agents were able to see firsthand the local communities; TCI Hospital clinical set up inclusive of the laboratory; the National Public Health Laboratory; the Blue Hills Community Clinic; the Detention Center and His Majesty’s Prison.

We are told the expert group also met with members of the local community.

Currently the TCI has limited testing capacity and must rely on overseas help to screen certain diseases which can slow down confirmation and possibly allow undetected spread. This was one of the issues the team attempted to address.

Discussed with officials were the best ways to strengthen surveillance for cholera and other highly contagious diseases, to  augment laboratory capacity and community engagement.

The team fro UKSCA was led by Natalie Wright, Health Protection Lead and Consultant in Global Public Health and included Matthew Dryden, Consultant Microbiologist, John Lee-Laboratory lead for the UKOTs (UK Overseas Territories) programme, and Dale Weston, Behavioural Scientist.

Shaun D Malcolm, Minister of Health and Human Services described the visit as ‘timely’.

The Ministry says ‘all discussions were fruitful and complemented work which has been ongoing for a number of years under the UKOTs programme that focuses on public health strengthening.’

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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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Ministry of Health and Human Services in Collaboration with UK Health Security Agency conducts Migrant Health needs Assessment  

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#TurksandCaicos, February 23, 2024 – The Ministry of Health and Human Services has partnered with a team from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) Public Health Programme to conduct a health needs assessment for communities in informal settlements throughout the TCI.  This project was funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and has taken place through a series of consultations and meetings in order to assess health needs and propose recommendations to address gaps in access to health care.

A steering committee supported the preliminary discussions on developing the scope and direction for the assessment and included representation from the TCI from Dr. Dawn O’Sullivan, Dr. Camelia Clarke (Director, Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit), Mrs. Aldora Robinson (Former Director, Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit) and Dr. Nadia Astwood (Chief Medical Officer).

This project culminated in an in-country visit by a team which included: Annabel Grieve (Programme Management Lead), Dr. Amoolya Vusirikala (Public Health Registrar) and Allegra Chatterjee (Epidemiologist) with earlier support provided by Dr. Natalie Wright, Health Protection Lead and Consultant in Global Public Health with the UK Overseas Territories, Global Operations. The visit, which began on January 21st 2024 and concluded this week, saw a number of in-person consultations with key stakeholders across sectors, as well as community focus groups conducted in Providenciales and Grand Turk.

Following the visit, the team paid a courtesy call to the Hon. Minister of Health and Human Services, Shaun D Malcolm and the Executive Team from the Ministry of Health and Human Services, to provide a high level debrief and presentation of the preliminary findings of the assessment. Following further analysis of the findings of the visit, a final report will be submitted to the Ministry of Health and Human Services which will provide a number of conclusions as well as evidence-based recommendations for consideration by the Government.

Commenting on the visit, Hon. Shaun D Malcolm stated that “we welcome this support from UKHSA and FCDO with whom the Ministry of Health has enjoyed a close working relationship and technical support over the years, to formally assess the health needs of this population in order to ensure that the overall health of our population can be addressed in a holistic manner to ensure that universal access to health care is addressed.”

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Irish Humanitarian Organization in Haiti – Address Hunger Crisis and More

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Rashaed Esson

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#Haiti#Crisis#ConcernWorldwide, February 2oth, 2024 – Seeing that Haiti’s humanitarian crisis worsens day by day with too many Haitians, hundreds of thousands, edging the line to severe deprivation of food, Ireland’s largest aid and humanitarian agency Concern Worldwide is addressing major food insecurity. 

 The organization in a release said “ “We are providing food assistance, via electronic vouchers to help families purchase food from local vendors so that they can feed their families and prevent malnutrition in children as the situation worsens.”

They are also working to provide Haitians with clean water and sanitation as the waterborne disease Cholera continues to threaten lives, killing more than 1,150 people in 2023.

And, they provide referrals for cases of sexual and gender based violence in Port au Prince.

Concern is supported by funding from USAID, receiving €2.1 million (euros) to help over 30 thousand people in the hunger crisis as well as €1 million (euros) yearly from the Irish Government for its work in Haiti.

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