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CDC helps in Hinterland Health Initiative

For years, Guyana’s hinterland region has faced numerous health problems. The health problems may be one thing, gaining access to the communities and getting persons to respond is definitely another story.

The health ministry has been moving with several non-governmental organizations into the Amerindian communities to tackle many of the health concerns and challenges, now another partner is joining.

The United States Centres for Disease Control is about to launch the hinterland initiative with the help of the Health Ministry and the National Aids Programme Secretariat. The new initiative will fall under the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programme and several local and international organisations are expected to play their part in the development and execution of the initiative which will focus heavily on HIV prevention as well as care.

Thursday October 16th 2008 the CDC hosted a one day brainstorming meeting on the new move, bringing together stakeholders in the health sector and those closest to the hinterland communities. Dr. La Mar Hasbrouck, Chief of Party at the CDC Guyana office outlined the objectives of the programme, indicating that it could be up and running within another year.

Health Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy said there have been strides in taking better health care to the hinterland community but the job is not a completed one. Guyana he said may still have a long way to go.

New US Ambassador to Guyana John Jones in brief remarks at the Brainstorming Session in Georgetown made it clear that the US is at the ready to assist Guyana with the new programme end encouraged the participants and the NGO’s to turn to each other with their ideas.

Guyana has been making a lot of headway in tackling HIV AIDS through a number of government programmes which have the support of the US administration. The two countries have been working very closely in the ongoing battle against HIV AIDS.

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