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	CDC Works in Guyana

CDC has collaborated with Guyana since 2002 in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. CDC-Guyana has helped partners build a sustainable public health infrastructure by strengthening public health services and systems, building national lab systems capacity, integrating care and treatment services, development of the healthcare workforce, enhancing access to HIV counseling and testing, and improving the safety and availability of donated blood.

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CDC office (physical presence)
3 U.S. Assignees
9 Locally Employed

iconGuyana at a Glance

Population: 796,000
Per capita income: $3,270
Life expectancy at birth women/men: 73/67 yrs
Infant mortality rate: 38/1,000 live births
Source: Population Reference Bureau World Population Data Sheet, 2011

iconTop 10 Causes of Death

  1. Ischemic Heart Disease 15%
  2. Stroke 13%
  3. Cancer 10%
  4. Diabetes 9%
  5. HIV 7%
  6. Hypertensive Heart Disease 4%
  7. Lower Respiratory Infections 4%
  8. Self-Harm 4%
  9. Cirrhosis 3%
  10. Interpersonal Violence 2%

Source: GBD Compare (, 2010

What CDC Is Doing

partnerships with MOH in Guyana
  • Partnerships between the MOH and water service provider, along with improved interagency communication, led to improved monitoring of water sources, leading to improved drinking water quality.
  • Almost a 4-fold increase in non-remunerated blood donations since 2003
  • Provision of care and support to more than 6,000 persons and life-saving antiretroviral drug treatment to more than 2,000 HIV infected persons

CDC Zika Updates

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Latest Outbreak Info

On January 22, 2016, CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to respond to outbreaks of Zika occurring in the Americas and increased reports of birth defects and Guillain-Barré syndrome in areas affected by Zika. On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) because of clusters of microcephaly and other neurological disorders in some areas affected by Zika. On February 8, 2016, CDC elevated its EOC activation to a Level 1, the highest level.

CDC is working with international public health partners and with state and local health departments to

  • Alert healthcare providers and the public about Zika.
  • Post travel notices and other travel-related guidance.
  • Provide state health laboratories with diagnostic tests.
  • Detect and report cases, which will help prevent further spread.
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