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24 Jun 2016 description

Flood-affected residents of Region Five were given additional relief when two new pumps were installed to address the flooding in the communities.

Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, today, visited the affected areas of Trafalgar, Number 28, Number 29 and Number 33 villages to assess the damage.

24 Jun 2016 description

Zika virus – Incidence and trends

To date, 40 countries and territories have confirmed local, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease in the Region of the Americas since 2015 (Figure 1). Since the last Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Zika Epidemiological Update on 16 June 2016, Anguilla has confirmed vector-borne autochthonous transmission of Zika virus.

Congenital syndrome associated with Zika virus infection

23 Jun 2016 description

 As of 22 June 2016, 61 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:

 47 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos (Table 1).

 14 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

23 Jun 2016 description

Washington, DC, 22 de junio de 2016 (OPS/OMS)--Las perspectivas a largo plazo para las Américas como resultado de la epidemia del virus del Zika son inciertas y es difícil medir el número de personas afectadas, pero la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) está respondiendo con una estrategia fuerte de cuatro niveles, para apoyar a sus países, señaló Sylvain Aldighieri, gerente de incidentes de la OPS para zika.

23 Jun 2016 description

Washington, DC, June 22, 2016 (PAHO/WHO)—The long-term outlook for the Americas resulting from the Zika virus outbreak is uncertain and the number of people affected is difficult to gauge, but the Pan American Health Organization is responding with a strong, four-tiered strategy to support its countries, according to Dr. Sylvain Aldighieri, PAHO's incident manager for Zika.

22 Jun 2016 description

Ministry of Agriculture
Press releases

Georgetown, GINA, June 21, 2016

Efforts to bring relief to the flood affected communities in the Mahaica/Mahaicony/ Abary, Region Five areas are continuing even as there are reports of rising water levels due to heavy rainfall over the last few days.

Speaking to the Government Information Agency (GINA) via telephone today, General Manager of the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA) Aubrey Charles reported that the pumps are working continuously to drain the land.

22 Jun 2016 description

Georgetown, GINA, June 21, 2016

It is critical that the priority areas of the Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction be implemented in Guyana’s national programme even as the country has made significant strides in disaster risk management and risk reduction.

Over the last six years, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) has been able to establish that the country’s low-lying areas, floods and droughts are disaster risks and it has taken measures to address these.

21 Jun 2016 description

The Caribbean must prepare for increased drought due to climate change

Agriculture is the sector most vulnerable to the seasonal nature of drought.

21st of June 2016, Barbados – Climate change is expected to increase the intensity and frequency of droughts in the Caribbean, so countries must enhance their capabilities to deal with this and other climate related challenges to ensure food security and hunger eradication, FAO said today.

21 Jun 2016 description

What is El Niño?

El Niño is the warming of sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific, which occurs roughly every two to seven years, lasting from six to 24 months.

17 Jun 2016 description

Virus del Zika - Incidencia y tendencia

Desde 2015 y hasta la fecha, 39 países/territorios de las Américas confirmaron casos autóctonos (transmisión vectorial) de enfermedad por virus del Zika. Desde la última Actualización Epidemiológica de la OPS/OMS publicada el 9 de junio de 2016, ningún nuevo país/territorio ha confirmado transmisión autóctona.

17 Jun 2016 description
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17 June 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO)/the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and partners have set out their strategic response to Zika which will place a greater focus on preventing and managing medical complications caused by Zika virus infection. To date, US$121.9 million are necessary to effectively implement the Zika Strategic Response Plan, July 2016 to December 2017.

16 Jun 2016 description

 The third meeting of the Emergency Committee (EC) convened by the Director-General under the International Health Regulations (2005) regarding microcephaly, other neurological disorders and Zika virus was held by teleconference on 14 June 20161. The committee concurred with the international scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and GBS, and, consequently, that Zika virus infection and its associated congenital and other neurological disorders is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

14 Jun 2016 description

Ministry of Agriculture

An on the ground inspection of the flood affected communities in Region Five has shown that the water has significantly drained off the land. During a tour of several communities within the region today by officials of the Regional Administration and the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary/Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA) it was reported to GINA that the water has receded by almost nine inches.

14 Jun 2016 description

Ministry of Agriculture, Press Releases

As part of its effort to mitigate flood conditions in Region No.5, the Ministry of Agriculture’s National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) in conjunction with the Mahaica/Mahaicony/Abary/Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA) has launched an aggressive programme to bring the situation under control. It is now expected that as a result of these interventions, water will continue to recede.

14 Jun 2016 description

Georgetown, GINA, June 8, 2016

Reports on the ground show that there is flooding in the Region Five indigenous community of Moraikobai. A team comprising officials from the Civil Defence Commission, the Regional Chairman of Region Five and other senior regional officials was in the community to assess the situation.

Reports are that there is severe flooding in some parts of the community, affecting mostly farmlands and crops.

The water level in the Mahaicony River, through which the community is accessed and more so in the Francois River, is extremely high.

10 Jun 2016 description

To date, 39 countries and territories have confirmed local, vector-borne transmission of Zika virus disease in the Region of the Americas since 2015 (Figure 1). Since the last Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Zika Epidemiological Update on 2 June 2016, no additional countries or territories confirmed vector-borne autochthonous transmission of Zika virus.

10 Jun 2016 description

International Partner Highlights

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in coordination with the Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection (MHSP), hosted the Regional Malaria Partners Meeting in Bogotá on May 2, 2016 and the XV AMI/RAVREDA Annual Evaluation Meeting on May 3–5, 2016. The XV AMI/RAVREDA Annual Meeting included a policy update on mass drug administration by the WHO and the announcement of two new publications by the WHO’s Evidence Review Group (ERG).

09 Jun 2016 description

 As of 8 June 2016, 60 countries and territories report continuing mosquito-borne transmission (Fig. 1) of which:

 46 countries are experiencing a first outbreak of Zika virus since 2015, with no previous evidence of circulation, and with ongoing transmission by mosquitos (Table 1).

 14 countries reported evidence of Zika virus transmission between 2007 and 2014, with ongoing transmission.

03 Jun 2016 description

Virus del Zika - Incidencia y tendencia

Desde 2015 y hasta la fecha, 39 países/territorios de las Américas confirmaron casos autóctonos (transmisión vectorial) de infección por virus del Zika. Desde la última Actualización Epidemiológica de la OPS/OMS publicada el 26 de mayo de 2016, ningún nuevo país/territorio ha confirmado transmisión autóctona