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14 May 2015 description


During the reporting period, the Barbados Red Cross Society (BRCS) engaged in one major disaster preparedness project funded through the Caribbean DIPECHO VIII disaster risk reduction project; it provided an opportunity to work with local communities on addressing needs for disaster preparedness and resilience-building, as well as to maintain the working relationship with government departments

11 May 2015 description
report Inter Press Service

By Desmond Brown

FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, May 9 2015 (IPS) - Caribbean leaders on Saturday further advanced their policy position on climate change ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties, also known as COP 21, scheduled for Paris during November and December of this year.

The position of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), 14 independent countries, was put forward by the group’s chairman, Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie, during a meeting here with French President François Hollande.

01 May 2015 description
  1. Background to the consultation

The overall objective of the Barbados National Consultation was to create a space for substantive discussion, reflection and analysis to delve deeper into the World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) Themes deemed relevant for the national context. These discussions were guided by the above listed thematic areas of discussion and most relevant guiding questions from the complete list provided by the WHS Secretariat. The identified expectations were:

23 Apr 2015 description

Published on April 22, 2015 by Joy Springer

Cases of chikungunya disease in Barbados continue to decline, with 57 suspected cases reported for the first 12 weeks of this year.

In its latest update released today, the Ministry of Health further stated that no cases have as yet been confirmed for the year.

The Ministry disclosed that there were 1,887 cases reported last year, 126 of which were confirmed by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

24 Mar 2015 description

A large-scale tsunami response exercise will take place in the Caribbean on 25 March. The purpose of this exercise is to test the Tsunami and other Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions, established in 2005 under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO). It is designed to evaluate the response capacity of Caribbean countries and adjacent regions* in the event of a dangerous tsunami. The organizers** of the test have prepared two scenarii.

04 Feb 2015 description

Published on February 3, 2015 by Joy Springer

The Ministry of Health disclosed today that there has been a decline in the number of confirmed cases of chikungunya in recent weeks. The levels of mosquito breeding have also fallen.

In 2014, there were 1,742 suspected cases of chikungunya, of which 121 were confirmed. There were also two deaths that were indirectly linked to the disease. In the last 10 weeks of 2014, the number of confirmed cases was six times less than in the previous 10 weeks.

27 Jan 2015 description

Published on January 26, 2015 by Julia Rawlins-Bentham

Community-based tsunami recognition is among a range of benefits Barbados stands to gain, as part of upcoming initiatives to be rolled out by the Caribbean Tsunami Information Centre (CTIC).

10 Dec 2014 description
Reshumen ejecutivo

América Latina y el Caribe está muy cerca de lograr la meta de la Cumbre Mundial de la Alimentación

La región ha avanzado un 92% hacia la meta de reducir a la mitad el número total de personas que sufre hambre, mientras que a nivel global sólo se ha avanzado 41%

10 Dec 2014 description

Published on December 9, 2014 by Aisha Reid

It is possible for Barbados to produce 60 to 65 per cent of the agricultural produce consumed by Barbadians.

This was revealed by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management, Esworth Reid.

He was delivering the keynote address at a National Consultation Workshop presentation on the vulnerability and capacity assessment of Barbados’ first Food Zone, on Monday at the Savannah Hotel.

10 Dec 2014 description
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Executive Summary

Latin America and the Caribbean need final push to achieve World Food Summit Goal

Region has advanced 92 percent towards goal of halving the total number of people suffering from hunger

10 December 10 2014, Santiago, Chile - Latin America and the Caribbean have achieved 92 percent progress toward the the World Food Summit goal of halving the total number of people suffering hunger and final push is needed to fully achieve it, according to FAO's regional flagship report, the Panorama of Food and Nutritional Security 2014, released today.

27 Nov 2014 description

Minister of Health, John Boyce, yesterday received a donation of 300 mosquito nets from the Barbados Red Cross Society for use in Government’s health care institutions.

Director General of the Barbados Red Cross Society, Edmund Bradshaw, in presenting the nets, disclosed that they were among supplies donated to that local body by the Japanese Red Cross Society as part of a disaster preparedness project.

The Barbados Red Cross decided to donate some of the nets at this time, given the current outbreak of chikungunya in Barbados.

04 Nov 2014 description

Inflación mensual de alimentos de América Latina y el Caribe alcanzó 1.2% en septiembre

El aumento de 0,4 puntos porcentuales respecto a agosto llevó la inflación alimentaria regional a uno de los valores más altos en lo que va del año

Santiago de Chile, 3 de noviembre de 2014 – La inflación alimentaria de América Latina y el Caribe ha aumentado de forma continua desde junio, alcanzando 1.2% en septiembre, uno de los valores más altos en lo que va de 2014, señaló hoy la FAO.

02 Nov 2014 description

Bridgetown, Barbados, October 31, 2014 (CDEMA) - Disaster Management in the Caribbean region is getting a boost with a 20 million euro grant from the European Union. The funding has been secured under the ACP-EU CARIFORUM Natural Disaster Risk Management Programme, which will be implemented over a five year period (2014-2019) by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Caribbean Development Bank and the Dominican Republic.

16 Oct 2014 description

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.

14 Oct 2014 description

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.

12 Oct 2014 description

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.

06 Oct 2014 description
report Redhum

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.

03 Oct 2014 description

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.

18 Sep 2014 description
report Inter Press Service

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.