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VANCOUVER, Canada – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has called on Caribbean countries to take action and make the necessary investments to make their health systems stronger and more resilient. â€œPreparedness requires more than emergency plans and simulation exercises,” said PAHO director, Dominican Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, in addressing the 4th Global Symposium on Health Systems Research here recently.

A new project, aimed at reducing the spread of HIV and improving health care for key populations most at risk of and already living with HIV in select Caribbean countries, was launched last month. The LINKAGES Project – Linkages across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV – focuses on at-risk populations in The Bahamas, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname. It is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says experts from the Americas, including the Caribbean, have been discussing the crucial role of obstetric ultrasound in the screening and monitoring of abnormalities associated in pregnant women who have contracted the mosquito borne Zika virus.

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad – The Ministry of Health here has urged people not to use HIV home testing kits to determine whether or not they are suffering from the HIV/AIDS virus.

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