Jamaica 18-19 October 2016

This workshop was aimed at promoting the understanding of the roles of the health sector in the Minamata Convention on Mercury and facilitating the implementation of the World Health Assembly Resolution WHA 67.11: "Public health impacts of exposure to mercury and mercury compounds: the role of WHO and ministries of public health in the implementation of the Minamata Convention". These health sector roles were addressed adjusting from similar workshops held in October 2015 in Montevideo, Uruguay, and in June 2015 in Bonn, Germany.

Participants included twenty representatives from English speaking countries in the Caribbean Region from Ministries of Health (Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, and Suriname), Environment (The Bahamas), Economic Growth and Job Creation (Jamaica); National Environment and Planning Agency (Jamaica); University of the West Indies (Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago) and University of Technology (Jamaica); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); and other professionals from non-governmental organizations (Health Care Without Harm and Artisanal Gold Council) with experience in issues related to mercury.

Key points addressed during the workshop included mercury-containing skin lightening products and fish consumption, both of frequent use in the Caribbean. Participants provided an evaluation of the workshop at the conclusion of the event. 

Workshop report

pdf  Jamaica workshop report (1.04 MB)

 Mercury and health

pdf  Ana Boischio - Mercury as a pollutant of global public health concern (1.31 MB)

pdf  Jordi Pon - Minamata Convention on Mercury (839.56 kB)

Products with added mercury for use in health services: Thermometers and sphygmomanometers

pdf  Elida Vaught - WHO guidelines and documents (892.58 kB)

pdf  Maria Della Rodolfa - Health care mercury elimination: Regional experiences on replacement (583.27 kB)

pdf  Marsha Ann Palmer - Thermometers and sphygmomanometers replacement: Regional experiences on replacement (962.81 kB)

pdf  Carlos Wilson - Current status of mercury in health services in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (507.39 kB)

 Products with added mercury in health services: Dental amalgam

pdf  Elida Vaught - WHO experiences and PAHO's oral health plan (1004.88 kB)

pdf  Homero Silva - Best practices approach to medical waste management in dental and medical offices (410.89 kB)

pdf  Irving Mckenzie - Oral health programs and dental amalgam use in Jamaica (1004.28 kB)

Global Environmental Facility (GEF) projects and health sector experience in the Minamata Convention

pdf  Jordi Pon - Introduction (553.08 kB)

pdf  Andrea Bennett - Jamaica (272.67 kB)

pdf  Armanauth Maraj - Guyana (299.67 kB)

pdf  Launa Williams - The Bahamas (524.29 kB)

Analytical aspects

pdf  Mitko Voutchkov - Mercury and health research in Jamaica using nuclear techniques (3.67 MB)

pdf  Terry Mohammed - Mercury analysis of shark in Trinidad and Tobago (502.72 kB)

Health aspects: Fish consumption

pdf  Ana Boischio - Health aspects in the Minamata Convention (876.14 kB)

pdf  Phylicia Ricketts - Human placenta as a dual biomarker for dietary and environmental exposure to mercury in Jamaica and Trinidad and  Tobago (655.58 kB)

pdf  Jules de Kom - Methyl mercury exposures during prenatal life: risk-benefit of fish consumption, fish advisories and risk communication strategies (736.08 kB)

Artisanal and small-scale gold mining

pdf  Ana Boischio - Health impacts and public health strategy (1.37 MB)

pdf  Arnaldo Sanchez - Public health strategy: the Peruvian scenario (1010.62 kB)

Mercury spill decontamination

pdf  Ana Boischio and Elida Vaught - Case study in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, U.S. (506.4 kB)