Applications open for training workshops – UNAIDS Caribbean

The Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC) and El Centro de Orientacion e Investigacion Integral (COIN), with support from PANCAP Global Fund Round 9, is inviting experienced community activists, HIV/STI Prevention workers, and health promotion trainers to apply to participate in CVC/COIN’s Facilitators training for delivery of Workshops in Sexual Health Promotion for Peer Educators working with Gay, Bisexuals, Transgender, Men who have sex with men (GBTM), and Sex Workers.

This new training resource manual is written for trainers who are interested in strengthening their capacity building initiatives with outreach workers and peer educators working with vulnerable and marginalised populations. CVC/COIN will host two trainings with the aim of creating a regional network of trained facilitators. The first training intended for Spanish-speakers will be held over five days in the Dominican Republic from 11th to 15th June 2012. A second training intended for English-speakers will be held in Trinidad from 25th-29th June 2012.

Find out more about the programme, eligibility criteria and the application process. Applications are due by May 29th, 2012.

Links to all SDE Seminars online Rio+20

SDE Seminar Series towards Rio+20

Sustainable Development and Environmental Health – SDE – PAHO/WHO

Links to all SDE Seminar Series towards Rio+20

The SDE Seminar series will happen every Wednesday from 12 to 1pm (EDT), from February 8 to June 13th.

All Seminars will be live streamed, and open for participation in person at the PAHO/WHO headquarters, or via Elluminate.

For those who cannot follow the live seminar, we will have it available later at PAHO Rio+20 Toolkit at: http://bit.ly/Hq7CyF

Send your questions and comments via Twitter https://twitter.com/ToolkitDS

All presentations and recordings are available at PAHO Rio+20 Toolkit – links to each seminar below:

Workers health

No.10 Green Economy /Green Jobs: Health Risks & Benefits

http://bit.ly/IhCwK2

Regional Experiences

No. 9 The Voice and Experience of the Caribbean Islands towards SD

http://bit.ly/HGvKCh

Road Safety

No. 8 Road Safety and Public Transportation towards Sustainable Development:

an agenda for health for Rio+20

http://bit.ly/IS7rAH

Globalization

No. 7 Globalization and Health Equity towards Sustainable Development

http://bit.ly/HJ0PTT

Civil Society

No. 6 The Voices of Civil Society – Creating the Healthy Future

http://bit.ly/HRsJyd

Working Environments

No. 5 Employment and working conditions for Sustainable Development

http://bit.ly/ILtlHE

The Environment

No. 4 Amazon Region: Environment and Health in the Context of Sustainable Development

http://bit.ly/IlMMmK

Climate Change

No. 3 Climate Change and health in the context of Rio+20

http://bit.ly/J7NLFJ

Water

No. 2 Water and Sanitation

http://bit.ly/HP7kGw

Sustainable Development

No. 1 Public Health Challenges

http://bit.ly/Iv3LWW

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The voice and experience of the Caribbean Islands towards sustainable development

DE Seminar Series towards Rio+20
Sustainable Development and Environmental Health – SDE – PAHO/WHO

The voice and experience of the Caribbean Islands towards sustainable
development

Ninth Seminar: 4 April 2012 – PAHO/WHO Rio+20

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Eastern Standard Time (Washington DC USA)

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“The picture of the Caribbean as an idyllic paradise is an appropriate
one for promoting the area to the outside world and one that most
nationals in the diaspora retain with fondness and nostalgia. The
physical attributes often shown are real, but they sometimes hide the
struggle that many citizens must make to acquire the necessities for a
decent living against the background of the reality”.

(From Report of the Caribbean commission on health and development,
CARICOM and PAHO, 2006)EMCONET <http://bit.ly/HAXTqh>

We all know that a healthy population is an essential prerequisite for
economic growth and stability of the Caribbean and we recall the Nassau
Declaration (2001), which underscored the importance of health to
development which states that “Health of a Nation is the wealth of a
Nation”.

Additionally challenges specific to the Caribbean and Small Island
States call for a constant attention to preserving the gains made
through sustainable development. In the Caribbean, specific
vulnerabilities exist such as size (while the problems are not less than
in larger countries, the opportunities from economies of scale are not
there) and fragility of the economic base, with tourism being the main
source of income and employment in most of the islands. Furthermore,
potential outbreaks, emerging and reemerging infectious diseases, and
natural hazards such as hurricanes, now aggravated by the impact of
climate change, are accentuating the vulnerability for the Region.

Sustainable tourism -tourism attempting to make a low impact on the
environment and local culture, while helping to generate future
employment for local people and aiming to ensure that development brings
a positive experience for local people, tourism companies and the
tourists themselves- is an imperative for the Caribbean countries. Any
ecological or environmental crisis, be it an oil spill, a cholera
outbreak or a leak of pesticides, can have a devastating effect for the
environment, the inhabitants of the islands and the economy.

Finally, the speed of demographic transition in the Caribbean is
unprecedented. By 2030, in many countries in the Caribbean the number of
persons aged 60 or over will be 2.5 to 3.5 times as large as it was in
2000. As things stand, for the next three to five decades the speed of
ageing in the region will continue on a singularly rapid course, a
result of the momentum of demographic forces set in motion long ago. The
other aspect of demographic transition is the rapid decline of fertility
rates which leads to a decrease in the younger population and a trend
towards an increased population of older age groups. This phenomenon is
further aggravated by the migration dynamics within and outside the
region and will have major implications for pension schemes and social
protection interventions among others.

The Caribbean has often been in the forefront in leading innovative and
important processes, as recently proven again when the Region was
operational in motivating the High Level UN NCD summit. It is now time
to examine where the Caribbean health movement stands when it comes to
sustainable development in the light of the Rio+20 Summit.

Agenda

12:00    Welcome and introduction: Gerry Eijkemans, PAHO/WHO
Representative in The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos

12:05    The experience of the Caribbean in the lead up to Rio+20 and
the involvement of health; Looking back and looking forward:
Henriette Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator for Rio+20
Conference

12:20    Comments

Patrick Martin, Chief Medical Officer, St Kitts and Nevis

Hugh Sealy, St George’s University

Rudy Cummings, Head of Health Desk, CARICOM

12:35    Questions and Answers

1:00      Closing remarks and conclusions.

Moderator: Gerry Eijkemans, PAHO/WHO Representative in The Bahamas and
Turks and Caicos

How to participate:

In person:
PAHO/WHO
525 23rd ST NW
Washington DC, 20037 Room 812 – 12h to 13h Eastern Time (WDC)

Online: via Elluminate link:

– Spanish room: www.paho.org/virtual/SeminariosSDE
<http://www.paho.org/virtual/SeminariosSDE>

– English room www.paho.org/virtual/SDESeminars
<http://www.paho.org/virtual/SDESeminars>

SDE Seminar Series towards Rio+20

“Human beings are at the centre of concerns for sustainable development.

They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with
nature” – Principle 1 of the Rio…..” Declaration on Environment and
Development, 1992.

The Rio Declaration of 1992 recognizes that healthy populations are
central to human progress and sustainable development, and remains
equally true today. However, the economic pillar has been prioritized at
the expense of the social and environmental pillars of sustainable
development over the last few decades, becoming itself a source of
volatility and destabilization.

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, now
offers an opportunity to re-examine the relationship between health and
sustainable development. The proposed SDE Seminar series towards Rio+20
aim at contributing to this important debate by bringing different
themes of relevance to sustainable development and health to inform all
areas of the Pan American Organization about the themes under discussion
in the Rio Conference, but also to inform public health stakeholders and
other decision makers in the health sector, to better take part in the
debate.

The SDE Seminar series will happen every Wednesday   from 12 to 1pm
(Washington time), from February 8 to June 13th.

All Seminars will be life-streamed, and opened for participation in
person at the PAHO/WHO HQ, or via Elluminate.
Some of the Seminars will be in English, others in Spanish.

For those who cannot follow the seminar alive, they will be available
later at PAHO Rio+20 Toolkit at: http://bit.ly/oxoRdS
<http://bit.ly/oxoRdS>

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Short Bio participants

Ms. H. Elizabeth Thompson, a former Minister for Energy and Environment
of Barbados, was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United
Nations as Executive Coordinator for the UNCSD Rio + 20 Conference and
assumed her duties in 7 December 2010. Ms. Thompson also served as
Minister for Physical Development and Minister for Health. Ms. Thompson
was appointed to the Barbados Senate and was a practicing attorney as
well as a journalist. In addition, she was a lecturer in ecology,
economy, energy and politics. Ms. Thompson graduated from the University
of the West Indies and obtained an MBA, with distinction, from the
University of Liverpool and a Master of Laws from Robert Gordon
University, Scotland.

Dr. Patrick Martin, a USA Certified Paediatrician (ABP) and Physician
Executive (ACPE), is the Chief Medical Officer of St Kitts and Nevis
having assumed that role in October 2004.He is a graduate of the
University of the Virgin islands and Howard University college of
Medicine. At the regional and international levels, Dr. Martin
represents St Kitts and Nevis in matters relating to public health and
its interface with sustainable development.

Dr. Hugh Sealy, a chemical engineer with a MSc in Environmental
Pollution Science and PhD in Environmental Science is a consultant with
over 25 years of experience as a project manager, a professional
engineer, an environmental scientist and a university lecturer. He was
the Chairman of the Barbados National Energy Policy Committee and the
Chairman of the National Commission on Sustainable Development for the
Government of Barbados. In January 2008, Dr. Sealy was elected as a
Member of the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM)
under the UNFCCC. In December 2011      Dr. Sealy was reelected to the
Executive Board of the CDM to serve as the Member for the Alliance of
Small Island States (AOSIS). Currently, Dr. Sealy is an Associate
Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in
the School of Medicine at St. George’s University in Grenada.

Dr. Rudolph Cummings MD, MPH, is Health Sector Development Programme
Manager in the Directorate of Human and Social Development, CARICOM
Secretariat, Guyana. Formerly Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of
Health of Guyana, Dr. Cummings assumed office in 2007. In this post he
is responsible for the co-ordination of regional health policy (CCHIII)
across the English-speaking Caribbean, Surinam and Haiti (20 states). He
is also Principal Health Officer of the Community Secretariat, providing
policy guidance to the Secretary General and technical and policy
support to the Ministerial Council on Human and Social Development. He
also participates in the interdisciplinary agenda of the Secretariat.

Dr. Gerry Eijkemans is currently PAHO/WHO Representative in The Bahamas
and Turks and Caicos Islands. Previously, Dr. Eijkemans was PWR for
Suriname. She has 20 years of working experience at country level,
regional level and global level at PAHO, WHO and ILO in the areas of
occupational and environmental health.

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The Epidemic and the Response: Caribbean Response to HIV Amidst Natural Disasters by Dr. Jean William Pape at 2011 Caribbean HIV Conference

The organizers of the 2011 Caribbean HIV Conference have been uploading videos of the sessions on their Youtube page and I’ll be sharing a few more videos. In this one, Dr. Jean William Pape, Founder and Director of GHESKIO in Haiti discusses the organization’s response to the recent earthquake and subsequent cholera outbreak. Although he does not mention explicitly the role of crisis communication within disaster response, you can clearly see the importance of having a strategic crisis communication plan. By about the 7:00 minute mark, he talks about GHESKIO’s response and outlines how they went about communicating with their patients, including setting up 24-hour phone lines and delivering calling cards, having a ‘correspondent’ serve as a link between the organization and patients, and through radio messages.

Videos from 2011 Caribbean HIV Conference – Sheryl Lee Ralph ‘Sometimes I Cry’

For those of us who were unable to make last years’ Caribbean HIV Conference, the organizers have placed videos of the conference on Youtube. You can video the majority of the conference, from the opening Flag ceremony to the closing remarks.

In the video below, actress/AIDS activist Sheryl Lee Ralph gives a powerful performance of her one-woman show “Sometimes I Cry“, which details the lives, loves and losses of women infected and affected by HIV and AIDS.