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Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

Haiti faces rise in cholera deaths

Haiti: Since the first reports of a cholera outbreak in Haiti, the number of deaths and cases have seen an overall improvement since 2010. But last year saw an increase in the number of cholera cases, according to the Haitian Ministry of Health. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

Visuals aid fight against malaria in Suriname

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Suriname is using illustration to improve adherence of malaria treatment. Comment

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Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

Jamaica, China sign hospital agreement

Jamaica: Jamaica and China has signed a multi-million agreement for the construction of a 220-bed Children’s Hospital in Montego Bay, west of the capital Kingston. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017

Shedding your poundage and keeping it off

Books: Somebody passed you a plate of cookies. It was the holidays so, of course, you had to take one. Or three, because they were good; and when the fudge came around, you had that, too. And some pie, cheesecake, punch, homemade candy, now your pants are tight, you feel lazy, and your bathroom scale is screaming. Yep, it’s time to step back and step toward “Lose Your Final 15” by Rovenia M. Brock, PhD. Comment

Friday, Dec. 30, 2016

Cancer deaths rising in Caribbean

Health: Cancer deaths are rising in the Caribbean, according to a recent study by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC). Comment

Monday, Dec. 26, 2016

Caribbean urged to support new approach to cholera in Haiti

Haiti: Recognizing the moral responsibility of the United Nations to the victims of the cholera epidemic in Haiti, the General Assembly has welcomed the new UN approach to tackling the disease — formally launched earlier this month by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon — and called on all 193 of the world body’s Members States, including Caribbean countries, to provide the two-track plan their full support. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016

Medical team thanks volunteers at Christmas party

Brooklyn: Doctors and medical personal of the non-profit, Health and Education Relief Organization (HERO) said thanks to their volunteers and supporters who continue to help the humanitarians carry out their medical missions to Guyana, to heal thousands of citizens. Comment

Mediative therapy for former parolees

Brooklyn: At-risk men and women were serenaded with meditative singing at the Stay’n Out Foundation in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Dec. 16. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

‘The Island of Flatbush’ Diabetes Task Force launched

Brooklyn: Dec. 3, 2016 marked the grand official launching of “The Island of Flatbush,” a geographic area mapped out of Central Brooklyn that is known to be the largest concentration of West Indian people, anywhere in America, outside of the Caribbean, at which a Diabetes Task Force was launched. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

Barbados gets $34M loan to improve energy security

Barbados: The Inter-American Development Bank says it is providing a $34 million loan to help Barbados enhance its energy security and sustainability. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

East Flatbush store brings all-pupose natural needs

Food: A herbalist is raising the health consciousness in his community with his one-stop natural food store. Comment

Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

People living with HIV commemorate World AIDS Day

People: Kings County Hospital hosted an educational day about Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and gave free screenings at the hospital to celebrate World AIDS Day on Dec. 2. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

AgeWell New York has seniors covered

Health: Good health care is essential, and AgeWell New York has its seniors covered. Even if seniors have complex medical conditions that require long-term care, AgeWell New York has a plan that can help. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

Caribbean needs to do more in supporting breastfeeding: Rights experts

Health: United Nations human rights experts are urging Caribbean and other countries to do more to protect, promote and support breastfeeding as a human right. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Major ‘Island of Flatbush’ Diabetes Expo on Saturday

Brooklyn: Stating that diabetes is ravaging the Caribbean community in Brooklyn, a coalition of faith-based and community groups is partnering with New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and major area hospitals in conducting a massive diabetes exposition and symposium this Saturday, Dec. 3, at Erasmus Hall High School, 1199 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016

Experts call for stronger, more resilient health systems to mitigate future health crises

Health: The Pan American Health Organization says experts are calling for stronger, more resilient health systems to mitigate and manage future health crises in the Caribbean and other places. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016

Prevention urged to reduce diabetes and associated blindness

Health: On World Diabetes Day on Monday, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for preventative measures to reduce diabetes and associated blindness. Comment

Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

Suriname recognized for drastically reducing malaria

Suriname: Deaths from the disease in the country have been virtually illiminated. Comment

Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

Trinidadian songwriter fights Zika in song

Music: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Trinidadian singer-songwriter Darryl Gervais has recorded a new song for to raise awareness in the Caribbean about the need to fight Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that carries Zika, chikungunya, dengue, and other arboviruses. Comment

The Power of Pink and Prayer

Brooklyn: On Wednesday, Oct. 19, The Salem Missionary Baptist Church hosted an important annual health event for the community. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

Confused about Breast Cancer Screenings?

Health: Breast Cancer Awareness Month serves as an annual reminder of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of getting breast cancer. Comment

HEROC to stage Cancer Awareness Walk in Guyana

Guyana: President of the New York-based, Health and Education Relief Organization for Cancer, HEROC - Lorna Welshman-Neblett, said after three years of legal formation, building, and fund raising, the organization will embark on its inaugural mission to Guyana for a week of planned events, that will include a Cancer Awareness Walk in the capital. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

Uncovering Guillain-Barré Syndrome in the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean has moved one step closer to uncovering the link between the Zika virus disease and a rare neurological illness. Comment