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    Eliminating Vertical Transmission of HIV & Syphilis in the Caribbean by 2015

    Saturday, August 9th, 2008

    From the Pan American health Organization (PAHO):
    Caribbean public health authorities propose to eliminate vertical transmission of HIV and syphilis by 2015
    Public health authorities, HIV and Maternal and Child Health experts concluded that it is feasible to eliminate the vertical transmission of HIV and syphilis in the Caribbean by 2015. The conclusion was reached after a […]

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    World Breastfeeding Week 2008 in LAC / La Semana Mundial de la Lactancia Materna 2008 en ALC

    Friday, August 1st, 2008

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    Mother Support Maximizes Life-saving Benefits of Breastfeeding in all Countries of the Americas and the World
    Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of a child’s life is the best and most cost-effective intervention to provide newborns with the nutrients they need, and to improve infant and children survival rates.
    On […]

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    Improvements in HIV/AIDS Treatment in LAC

    Friday, July 4th, 2008

    This is a few weeks delayed in being posted, but frankly folks, I only have so many hours in my day…
    Everyone takes away something different from Towards Universal Access: Scaling Up Priority HIV/AIDS Interventions in the Health Sector – Progress Report 2008, the report released last month jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO), United […]

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    Inequities in Water and Sanitation Services in Argentina

    Thursday, October 4th, 2007

    Not too long ago an Argentine think tank, the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth (Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimento – CIPPEC), released a report* analyzing the provision of potable water and sanitation services within Argentina. 
    The CIPPEC analysis demonstrates, to my mind, […]

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    World Breastfeeding Week in the Americas / Semana Mundial de la Lactancia en las Américas

    Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

    For general information on World Breastfeeding Week activities, check the website www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org For more specific information on activities in your country, contact either your Health Ministry or the local UNICEF office.
    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    World Breastfeeding Week Starts Aug. 1 in the Americas
    Countries throughout the Americas are joining together to observe World […]

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    Cheaper HIV/AIDS Treatments for LAC Nations

    Thursday, June 7th, 2007

    In May former US President Bill Clinton announced that his foundation had negotiated new agreements to substantially reduce the price of 15 so-called “second-line treatments” for HIV/AIDS, plus a new, “next generation” once-a-day pill, for 66 poor and middle-income countries. The 66 (chosen because they represent about 90% of the world’s AIDS cases) includes […]

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    Trash Photos XI: A Visit to the Landfill

    Thursday, February 8th, 2007

    Someone recently asked whatever happened to my “Trash Photo” series. No, folks, I did not run out of trash- or recycling-related photos — not likely to happen anytime soon! No, I didn’t tire of posting in the series. I’m always ready to “talk trash.” (All right, keep the groans about my […]

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    The Basics I: Open Wide and Say “Ah….”

    Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

    This begins a blog series on environmental law and policy that I like to call “The Basics.” This will examine some of the elements many experts think (and I agree) are necessary to have an effective environment policy.

    What are these? Some people might add to this list, but most agree on […]

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    The Elections for WHO’s DG: The LAC Connection

    Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

    On Thursday the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) will elect a new chief executive (Director-General – DG) and the campaigning has been more intensely and publicly contested than in prior elections. One of the leading candidates and lightning rods of the campaign is Mexico’s Health Minister, Dr. Julio Frenk.
    So what?
    You may ask why you […]

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    Recycling Coconuts II: Need Anything Be Wasted?

    Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

    In Part I I looked at how some projects have sprung up in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to convert those “empty” coconut husks discarded after agua de coco is served or bottled/packaged into useful products, such as flower pots, plant basket liners or “growing walls.” But the market potential for such products […]

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