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Ministerials Paragraphs Related to the Theme Paragraphs VII Summit

- Antigua and Barbuda - Argentina - Bahamas - Barbados - Belize - Bolivia - Brazil - Canada - Chile - Colombia - Costa Rica - Dominica - Dominican Republic - Ecuador - El Salvador - Grenada - Guatemala - Guyana - Haiti - Honduras - Jamaica - Mexico - Nicaragua - Panama - Paraguay - Peru - Saint Kitts and Nevis - Saint Lucia - Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - Suriname - Trinidad and Tobago - United States - Uruguay - Venezuela -
Reports
Date:  11/24/2010 
I. HEALTH

1. Guyana ensures that health care delivery is based on equity and accountability. The Ministry of Health strives to improve the physical, social and mental health status of all Guyanese and non-Guyanese residing in Guyana by ensuring that health services are as accessible, acceptable, affordable, timely and appropriate as possible given available resources and that the effectiveness of health personnel is enhanced through continuing education, training and management systems.
2. Guyana had prepared a “National Health Sector Strategy 2008-12 (NHSS 2008-12)” that sets out the government's plans for providing equitable access to high quality and 'consumer-friendly' health services. The strategy covers all health care provided in the country by public, private and voluntary services and is guided by the values and principles outlined in the National Development Plan and the Poverty Alleviation Strategy i.e. to protect the most vulnerable and assure sustainability, accountability and transparency in government-led processes.

3.
The NHSS 2008-12 focuses on reducing morbidity and mortality by ensuring universal access to effective interventions for the newborn, children, adolescents, and young adults. This priority area is vital to improve national health status, and for Guyana's effort to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4 and 5. Over the last five years, significant improvements in statistical reporting have been achieved, and more reliable baselines are available with which to compare and measure progress. By 2005, morbidity and mortality rates stabilized, and the Multi-Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2006 shows a significant reduction over the MICS 2001.


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Date:  11/24/2010 
I. HEALTH

4. Maternal health will be enhanced with a full Women's Health Programme, introducing services for pre-conception, safer
motherhood, and early detection of breast and cervical cancer, whilst continuing to integrate other vertically delivered services into the Integrated Management of Common Childhood Illnesse (IMCI). Obstetric care is to be improved with an enhanced package of services standardized at all hospitals, and C-section capacity developed for all Regional Hospitals.
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Date:  11/24/2010 
I. HEALTH

6. Like other countries, Guyana is experiencing an increase in illness, premature deaths and disability from chronic non communicable diseases: heart disease, hypertension leading to stroke and kidney failure, diabetes and cancers. Containing the increase requires lifestyle changes by individuals; environmental change led by government, plus earlier diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation services. Otherwise, premature deaths and disabilities will rise, and costs will spiral.
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Date:  11/24/2010 
I. HEALTH

5. Safer motherhood will be strengthened through inter-sectoral and inter-agency collaboration, and through promotion of community support groups in, for example, breastfeeding and HIV counseling. Maternity services will be stratified further to improve quality at the various levels from basic care to comprehensive obstetric services, to simplify provision of the right equipment and supplies, to ensure equity in the distribution of trained skilled staff, to reinforce management of high risk cases, and to develop a functional referral system. Training in emergency obstetric care will be done at all levels of the health care system. Provision of mosquito nets for mothers and children will greatly reduce malaria morbidity.

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Date:  11/23/2010 
IV. SOCIAL SECURITY
14. • The Basic Nutrition Programme (BNP) Nutritional Sprinkles Programme, established to reduce malnutrition and anemia in pregnant mothers and infants age six to 24 months, benefits 20,000 women and children.
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Related Resources
NATIONAL REPORT OF GUYANA ON FOLLOW-UP AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MANDATES OF THE DECLARATION OF COMMITMENT OF THE V SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS – PORT-OF-SPAIN (Guyana 2010)