Using innovation and using apps to define rat ecology in Sint Eustatius

Using innovation and using apps to define rat ecology in Sint Eustatius

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.

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Equine viruses in the West Indies

Equine viruses in the West Indies

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.

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Knowledge on mosquito-borne disease

Knowledge on mosquito-borne disease

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

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Creating healthy recipes

Creating healthy recipes

 

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.

 

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A pioneer of healthy and local recipes

A pioneer of healthy and local recipes

 

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.

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Food of the future

Food of the future

 

Dutch chef and author – and former farmer and urban planner – Lars Charas, is specialised in food of the future. His mission is to find solutions for the world’s food issues. He wants to make sure that future generations can enjoy enough healthy, tasty food reflecting the different cultures across the world.

Lars believes that you have to start at the consumer end of the food chain. He is hence working with a growing global network of 50 chefs to build a culinary movement – the ‘Feeding Good Movement,’ of chefs, cooks and foodies – to find culturally accepted solutions for the question ‘how to feed the planet in the future’. 

“Chefs and cooks are the ultimate agents of change. Chefs themselves are professional consumers who are highly embedded in food cultures and in such able to seduce consumers to change diets,” he says.

His latest book, ‘Future food cultures – Recipes for a healthy planet’, tackles some of the issues to consider in feeding the planet in a sustainable manner: a growing population, fossil foods, natural habitats and biodiversity, nutrients, agricultural land, climate, crop diversity, pollution, the right to food, ethical practices and health.

 

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Health tourism – an innovation for the Caymans’ economy

Health tourism – an innovation for the Caymans’ economy

 

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.

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