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Chikungunya Cases Continue to Rise

by Joy Springer

Health Minister John Boyce today revealed that the number of confirmed chikungunya cases in Barbados now stood at 49, with another 200 suspected cases on record.

He however acknowledged that the record might not represent the true numbers because some persons were not seeking medical attention, choosing instead to treat themselves at home. He added that the Ministry of Health was working towards making the reporting process easier and quicker for doctors by putting systems in place to allow them to provide the information electronically.

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Chikungunya Updates (October 13, 2014)

by Joy Springer

Community Council to Sensitise Residents about Chikungunya

The St. Peter Constituency Council will host a seminar to sensitise persons in the community about the chikungunya virus.

Entitled: Reducing the Threat of the Chikungunya Virus in St. Peter: Community Solutions, the seminar will be held on Sunday, October 19, at Kingdom Life Ministries, Diamond Rock, Speightstown, St. Peter, at 5:00 p.m.

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Ministry of Health Closely Monitoring Chikungunya Outbreak

Published on October 10, 2014 by Joy Springer

The Ministry of Health has assured the public that it is continuing to closely monitor the outbreak of chikungunya in Barbados through its surveillance system, which includes submission of information from polyclinics, as well as the private health care sector.

The Ministry disclosed that since chikungunya was unknown to the Caribbean region until December last year, there was no natural immunity to the disease among the local population, and therefore it was expected that many more people will become ill.

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Virus chikungunya continúa propagándose en países caribeños


Caribe, 04 de Octubre 2014

Fuente: Prensa Latina

Bridgetown, 4 oct (PL) La Agencia de Salud Pública del Caribe anunció que el virus de chikungunya continúa propagándose en los países caribeños, al contabilizar hoy 40 casos confirmados en Barbados y 11 nuevos infectados en Islas Caimán.

De acuerdo con Carpha, como se conoce a esa entidad sanitaria regional por sus siglas en inglés, aún están bajo investigación otros 130 barbadenses que presentan síntomas similares a los de esa enfermedad.

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Confirmed Chikungunya Cases Now At 40

Published on October 2, 2014 by Joy Springer

The number of confirmed cases of chikungunya in Barbados now stand at 40.

And, according to the Ministry of Health, as of September 26, there were also an additional 130 cases under investigation.

The Ministry’s latest update revealed that while there have been reports of increases in the number of patients seeking medical attention with symptoms, no deaths have been associated with the virus.

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World’s Most Unequal Region Sets Example in Fight Against Hunger

By Marianela Jarroud

SANTIAGO, Sep 17 2014 (IPS) - Latin America and the Caribbean, the world’s most unequal region, has made the greatest progress towards improving food security and has become the region with the largest number of countries to have reached the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of undernourished people.

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11 Confirmed Chikungunya Cases

Published on September 4, 2014 by Joy Springer

There are now 11 confirmed cases of chikungunya in Barbados while 77 other people are suspected of having the virus.

The update came from Senior Medical Officer of Health Dr. Karen Springer who disclosed that of the 11 confirmed cases, three were imported cases, that is, the patients arrived in Barbados already infected, while the eight others contracted the virus locally.

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Chikungunya Sensitisation Efforts Continue

Published on August 29, 2014 by Joy Springer

The Ministry of Health continues its public awareness programme about the chikungunya virus and how it can be prevented this Saturday, August 30 in St. Andrew.

Health officials will conduct a walk-through, in collaboration with the St. Andrew Constituency Council, in St. Simons, Isolation Road and Belleplaine between 9:00 a.m. and noon. Residents are asked to cooperate with the team from the Health Ministry.

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Caribbean Governments Now Insured Against Excess Rainfall

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, August 4, 2014 – The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) is pleased to announce that eight of its members have become the first countries to purchase its excess rainfall insurance coverage – for the 2014/2015 policy year.

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Outstanding CDEMA Contributions To Be Addressed

by Julia Rawlins-Bentham

Countries in the region are being called upon to address the $1.2 million in outstanding contributions owed to the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

Minister of Home Affairs, Adriel Brathwaite, made the call, stressing that CDEMA could do a lot more for countries in the region if it was given the necessary resources.

He was at the time speaking during the opening ceremony of the Fifth Meeting of the Council of CDEMA at Hilton Barbados recently.

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The Barbados Red Cross Society 2013 Annual Report (MAABB001)

This report covers the period 01 January 2013 to 31 December 2013


In 2013, key programmes and activities of the Barbados Red Cross Society (BRCS) were affected due to lack of funding after the completion of the ECHO-funded DIPECHO VIII disaster risk reduction project and the consequent end of contracts for Disaster Management personnel. Due to the national economic situation the project could no longer continue due to lack of funding. Even community activities which began under DIPECHO VIII were significantly cut back.

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UWI Seismic Research Centre receives funding to strengthen earthquake monitoring

St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago, June 3rd, 2014 - The UWI Seismic Research Centre (UWI-SRC) has embarked on a project to install instruments which will improve understanding of the effects of strong earthquakes in the region.

Funded by the Caribbean Catastrophic Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), twelve instruments are being installed as part of a regional project which aims to establish a core network of strong motion instruments in the Eastern Caribbean and Jamaica.

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Emerging Issues for Small Island Developing States - Results of the UNEP Foresight Process

Sea-Level Rise in Small Island Nations - Up to Four Times the Global Average - to Cost US$ Trillions in Annual Economic Loss and Impede Future Development: Shift to Green Policies and Investment Critical

Global Net Loss of Coral Reef Cover - Worth US$11.9 Trillion - to Severely Compound Vulnerability of SIDS

Halving Fossil Fuel Dependence by 2035 a Must and SIDS Electricity Prices Soar 500 per cent Higher than US

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Once países de la región avanzan en rebajar la mortalidad materna

UN News Service

06 de mayo, 2014 — Once países de América Latina y el Caribe han logrado avances significativos desde 1990 en la reducción de las muertes relacionadas con complicaciones en el embarazo y el parto.

La Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) reveló hoy que Barbados, Bolivia, Brasil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haití, Honduras, Nicaragua, Perú y República Dominicana redujeron en al menos un 38 por ciento, y, en algunos casos, en más del 60 por ciento la mortalidad materna entre 1990 y 2013.

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Participation record pour l’exercice d’alerte au tsunami dans les Caraïbes

L’exercice d’alerte au tsunami qui s’est déroulé le 26 mars dans les Caraïbes a connu une participation sans précédent comparée aux tests effectués en 2011 et 2013. Organisé sous les auspices de la Commission océanographique intergouvernementale (COI) de l’UNESCO, cet exercice montre l’implication des pays concernés et la prise de conscience de la menace que représentent les tsunamis dans la région.

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Record participation in Caribbean tsunami warning exercise

The level of participation in the tsunami warning exercise that took place on 26 March in the Caribbean was unprecedented, compared with similar exercises in 2011 and 2013. Organized under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), it reflects the commitment of the countries concerned and a growing awareness of the tsunami threat in the region.

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Récord de participación en el simulacro de alerta de tsunamis en el Caribe

El ensayo de alerta de tsunami que se desarrolló el 26 de marzo en el Caribe obtuvo una participación sin precedentes comparado con otros que se habían desarrollado en 2011 y 2013. Organizado bajo los auspicios de la Comisión Oceanográfica Intergubernamental (COI) de la UNESCO, el ensayo muestra la implicación de los países concernidos y la toma de conciencia respecto a la amenaza que representan los tsunamis en la región.