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Effectiveness of teleconsultation use in access to mental health services during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic in the Dominican Republic

Background: The unique aspects of the global situation with respect to the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic places a significant burden on health and mental health services. During this period, there has been an increased demand in mental health-care services, whose prepandemic access was lower than necessary in many developing countries and is currently limited by international social distancing recommendations and protocols.

Perspectives on battling COVID-19 in countries of Latin America and the Caribbean

The first case of COVID-19 reported in Latin America occurred in São Paolo, Brazil, on February 25, 2020, in a 61-year-old man who had recently returned from the Lombardy region in Italy. The first cases in the Caribbean region were reported on March 1 in St Martin in a couple who returned from France and in the Dominican Republic in a 61-year-old man visiting from Italy.1,2 By mid-March, there was a substantial surge in cases, resulting in nearly every country in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) reporting COVID-19 (Table 1).

Shelter and Non Food Items Assistance to Haitians Earthquake Victims in the Border Area with Dominican Republic (EVBA)

This project, therefore, seeks to address the immediate shelter needs of at least 5,000 victims and family members who came from Haiti to the Dominican Republic for life-saving medical treatment. Shelter will be given to those who cross the border back into Haiti and have no place to stay. Additionally, communities close to the border have also been affected by the 12 January earthquake and have not received attention from the international community to date.

Providing Support for the Implementation of the Training “Stigma, Discrimination, and Human Rights Related to Health and Migration” in the Caribbean

The objective of the training is to encourage participants to contribute to the reduction of stigma and discrimination against migrants, their families and other vulnerable groups especially with regard to health issues and HIV/AIDS. It is comprised of four sessions: 1) Migration Context and Concepts, 2) Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity, 3) Migration as a Social Determinant of Health, and 4) The Way Forward: Incorporating the Information into our Daily Work.

Regional Initiative for the Caribbean on HIV-AIDS and Mobile Populations - Phase II

The Baseline Assessment, on which the proposed project builds, focuses on mobile populations in the Barbados, Curaçao, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Trinidad, who are at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS. Phase 2 of the project will consist of the design and implementation of a replicable model of intervention for HIV prevention and access to care among mobile populations.