Eastern Caribbean Public Health Foundation has teamed up with the company VectorAnalytica to control rat populations and provide disease surveillance of rat borne diseases. Rat ecology can be very complex and managing data can become an issue. With the use of innovation, surveys are being conducted using apps to define rat ecology, see what pathogens they are potentially carrying and ultimately reducing populations and the threat of disease. Funding for this project is by the Nature Funds, Ministry of Economic Funds, NL.
Sint Eustatius is embracing innovation in vector control. The Eastern Caribbean Public Health Foundation has teamed up with the company VectorAnalytica to create environmental surveys and collect data using tablets. Current surveys record data on urban ecology, rodent density and permanent water containers.
In Bonaire there is a company, Bike Rental Delivery, with various types of rental bikes and scooters both standard and electrical. Services include also innovative way of delivering and returning equipment. Cycling on Bonaire is the most economical means of transport and it is fun and healthy too!
The equine industry is having an increasing economic impact worldwide nowadays. Equines in the West Indies are used for recreational purposes, tourism industry, racing and agriculture or can be found in feral populations. With the rapidly changing nature of infectious diseases, knowledge on equine diseases (some with zoonotic potential) in a certain area plays a pivotal role in designing biosecurity measures. Little is known in the Caribbean basin about the prevalence of some major equine infectious diseases.
We are very proud of the scientific work of Dr Teresa Leslie, Doctor in Biological Anthropology, one of the key innovation stakeholders in Sint-Eustatius. Please find herewith attached the article Detection of West Nile Virus and other common equine viruses in three locations from the Leeward Islands, West Indies which illustrates how vector control needs to have an integrated approach and needs an interdepartmental effort.
In the Caribbean, mosquito-borne diseases are a public health threat. In Sint-Eustatius, dengue, Chikungunya and Zika are now endemic. To control and prevent mosquito-borne diseases, the Sint Eustatius Public Health Department relies on the community to assist with the control of Aedes aegypti mosquito. Community based interventions are not always simple, as community perceptions and responses shape actions and influence behavioural responses.
The aim of this study was to determine how the Sint-Eustatius population perceives the Aedes aegypti mosquito, mosquito-borne diseases and prevention and control measures and hypothesized that increased knowledge of the virus, vector, control and prevention should result in a lower AQ1 prevalence and incidence of mosquito-borne diseases.
We are very proud of the scientific work of Dr Teresa Leslie, Doctor in Biological Anthropology, one of the key innovation stakeholders in Sint-Eustatius. You may find herewith attached the article. An analysis of community perceptions of mosquito borne disease control and prevention in Sint Eustatius Caribbean Netherlands
Eastern Caribbean Public Health Foundation improves a health conditions through the sound research. This Foundation states firmly that any policy must be evidenced based, and that relevant evidence must be derived through the scientific research.
If you are interested in their activities, please contact Dr Teresa Leslie via their Facebook page.
Three school canteens – one in each of New Caledonia’s provinces – are at the centre of implementation of a 18-month pilot project for the country signed between the OCTA Executive Committee and the European Commission. The project is in line with government initiatives to build the competitiveness of the agricultural sector and establish inter-branch organisations such as Cap Agro NC in the agro-food sector. Links between farmers, food processors and restaurant managers will be strengthened through the use of local produce in the canteens.
Cap Agro will implement the pilot. The organisation is a cluster of nine enterprises operating in the food processing sector with a mission is to improve the competitiveness of its members, strengthen the market share of local products, promote food self-sufficiency and build cooperation with other public and private actors. Cap Agro has already successfully managed projects with an extensive level of stakeholders’ engagement and involvement.
Gabriel Levionnois, owner of the restaurant « Au p’tit Café », in Noumea, is committed to the use of local products to create healthy, creative dishes. As Co-President of Cap Agro NC, he will be at the centre of OCTA Innovation’s pilot project for New Caledonia that aims to boost the income of local farmers, expand the agri-food industry and promote a healthy eating culture.
Gabriel will work with three school canteens in three provinces of New Caledonia to create and test the new healthy recipes based on local ingredients that can eventually be rolled out in other establishments.
He has worked as both a chef and trainer of chefs and has been closely involved with initiatives to improve the competitiveness of the local food industry and develop agri-food companies in New Caledonia.
The provision of healthcare is a key innovation to diversify the Cayman Islands’ economy. Health City Cayman Islands is a 140-bed hospital which opened on Grand Cayman in February 2014. Specialising in cardiology, cardiac surgery and orthopedics, it is able to offer services at 30 to 40 percent of the going market rate in the United States, according to Manu Ramachandar, Health City’s Business Development Manager.
This first advanced medical facility and tertiary care hospital in the Cayman Islands provides healthcare to adults and pediatric patients who largely reside in the Caribbean, Latin American, United States, and Canada.
In 2016, Health City opened a Canadian satellite office in Hamilton Ontario staffed by local Canadian healthcare professionals who are working with medical practitioners to move their patients off long waiting lists and refer them to Health City Cayman Islands for non-emergency procedures.
The achievements of a young woman from an ACP country is an outstanding example of the way to move forward in the transformation and processing of local products.
She set up ‘Les Jus Fresny’ four years ago, extending the life of locally-grown fresh fruit through the production of fresh juices.
The starting point was an abundance of fruit in Benin that was not eaten raw. The entrepreneur began by producing fruit juice, gradually increasing her range. “We now do fruit cocktails, to bring our special touch, to innovate a bit more,” she says.
The way forward is incremental development, using company profits to gradually increase small investments in developing a business whilst simultaneously increasing the number of employees.
Advice to would-be small entrepreneurs in the agricultural sector: have your own ideas, learn from best practice, stay local and innovate a bit.