Countries must reduce barriers to access and increase financing in primary care to ensure Universal Health in the Americas
Universal Health in the Americas can only be achieved if countries reduce the barriers to access and increase investment in primary care. Today, during the celebration of this year’s Universal Health Day, PAHO called on countries to implement these measures to ensure that all people have access to the health services they need.
Projects to identify infants exposed to Zika virus in Colombia, to improve maternal health in rural communities of the Peruvian Amazon, and to increase nutrition in rural Colombian communities were among the winners of 2019 Social Innovation in Health Initiative awards announced by the Pan American Health Organization.
PAHO outlines six-year strategy to confront health challenges, advance health equity in the Americas
The Pan American Health Organization’s new 2020-2025 strategic plan, which sets out action to reduce the main causes of death and illness in the Americas while addressing persisting inequities in health, was outlined today in a health ministers meeting, the 57th PAHO Directing Council.
Health ministers to gather in Washington to set policies, priorities for health action in the Americas
Health ministers and other high-level delegates from the Americas will open a week-long meeting here on Sept. 30 to discuss health priorities and plans of action at the Pan American Health Organization’s 57th Directing Council .
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warns of the complex situation of dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean, a Region that is currently experiencing a new epidemic cycle of the disease after two years of low incidence.
Twelve Latin American countries already monitor children who are born with congenital birth defects in order to better understand why and how often they occur, and how the survival and quality of life of these children can be improved.
PAHO calls for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to prepare for possible outbreaks of dengue
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has called for countries in the Region of the Americas to prepare for a timely response to possible outbreaks of dengue. The disease is endemic in the Region and, since its reintroduction in the 1980s, has caused cyclical outbreaks and epidemics every three to five years.
The Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow, has met with the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Regional Director for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Carissa F Etienne, during her official visit to the country.
The radio interview goes much like any other—“What should pregnant women do to avoid Zika,” asks the interviewer—“They should use mosquito repellent, mesh on their doors and windows, and nets in their bedrooms,” answers the interviewee. The only difference is that the protagonists are not a journalist and a health professional, but two elementary school students from El Recreo in Durán, Ecuador.
The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity to the health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises.
El Gobierno de la República de Panamá otorgó la condecoración Nacional de la Orden Vasco Núñez de Balboa, en el Grado de Gran Oficial, a Carissa F. Etienne, Directora de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS), por sus relevantes méritos, compromiso y aportes en la protección de la salud y el desarrollo humano de los países de América Latina.
As part of the response to the Public Health Emergency of International Concern declared for Zika virus and its complications, The World Health Organization (WHO) published a Zika virus country classification scheme. The classification scheme was initially introduced in the ‘WHO interim guidance on surveillance for Zika Virus infection, microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome (published on 7 April 2016) and then expanded in the ‘Zika virus country classification scheme’ (published on 10 March 2017).
The country classification system was established in an effort to describe Zika virus circulation and transmission through the reporting of cases in a given place and time, facilitate Zika infection risk assessment, and guide public health recommendations.
Currently, significant knowledge gaps remain around Zika virus transmission dynamics—it becomes increasingly challenging to assess if transmission of the virus has been interrupted in a population given the high proportion of asymptomatic persons among those infected with Zika virus, lack of specificity of the clinical presentation, the complexity of laboratory diagnosis in a context of flavivirus co-circulation, and high movement of persons across and within countries.
With this in mind, the country classification system no longer met the needs of surveillance in the post-epidemic period and has hence been discontinued as of October 17, 2018 as reflected on the WHO webpage. The WHO Zika country classification system will be replaced by frequent epidemiological updates. PAHO/WHO will continue to work with national health authorities in enhancing health systems’ capacity to detect and respond to the threat posed by Zika and other arboviruses. Relates sites - PAHO website: Zika
- Caribbean countries and territories are better prepared to keep imported measles from sparking outbreaks
- PAHO Directing Council ends with agreements to reduce the shortage of health personnel and prevent diseases in the Region
- Bioethics must be strengthened in the Region to better prepare for public health emergencies
- Ministers of Health of the Americas agree to strengthen actions to prevent vector-borne diseases
- New challenges threaten health achievements in the Americas and call for innovative solutions
- Ministries of Health from the Americas meet at PAHO to discuss health priorities in the Region
- Projects in Guatemala and Honduras recognized for their innovative community-based approach to health problems
- PAHO Director Briefs OAS Ambassadors on Topics to be Addressed in the 56th Directing Council
- Mosquito Awareness Week: Calling all citizens to the frontlines of mosquito control
- PAHO/WHO calls for grant applications to support health policy, programs and systems on projects related to the SDGs
- At OAS, PAHO Director presents health progress in the Americas and top priorities for the next five years
- Carissa F. Etienne begins second term as Director of PAHO
- New guidelines on ethical treatment of humans in health-related research
- Dr Carissa Etienne elected for a second term as WHO Regional Director for the Americas
- PAHO continues response activities after Hurricanes in Caribbean
- PAHO Director in Dominica to review health response after disaster
- Dr. Carissa F. Etienne re-elected for second term as PAHO Director
- Life expectancy in the Americas increases to 75 years
- PAHO Director highlights regional health achievements and challenges during 2013-2017
- Health ministers' meeting at PAHO opens with somber tone after recent disasters
- Countries scale up mosquito control efforts for Mosquito Awareness Week
- Directora de OPS participa en Reunión de la Comisión Intersectorial de Salud
- Zika in the Americas: A Storm in the Making
- PAHO Director and countries of the Americas review the agenda of the 70th World Health Assembly
- Network of laboratories in the Americas seeks to strengthen the diagnosis of mosquito-borne diseases during outbreaks
- PAHO Director urges OAS diplomats to support health for development
- Vaccination Week in the Americas: 15 years, 15 achievements
- Unprecedented progress against neglected tropical diseases reported
- Brazil's Health Minister Outlines Health Challenges in PAHO Visit
- Twenty-one countries in the Americas and in Asia share dengue expertise in PAHO/WHO Seminar
- WHO and PAHO Initiative to Support 17 New Research Proposals on Zika in Seven Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Cartoon Network, PAHO and UNICEF launch second phase of campaign to educate kids about preventing Zika
- The Zika Virus outbreak continues one year after the global emergency
- 2016: the year Zika evolved from an emergency into a long-term public health challenge
- The year in Review: PAHO/WHO in 2016 - From the Zika epidemic to the elimination of measles
- Fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) regarding microcephaly, other neurological disorders and Zika virus
- PAHO Director meets with Canadian officials to discuss cooperation for health development in the Americas
- Making health systems resilient to changing needs and threats must be a top priority, says PAHO Director
- PAHO Director: Fight Against Zika will be a 'marathon'
- Experts call for stronger, more resilient health systems to mitigate and manage future health crises
- Experts at PAHO present imaging findings to detect Zika abnormalities
- Expanded access to quality medicines and vaccines is critical to achieving universal health
- Fighting Zika with music in the Caribbean
- Países de las Américas acuerdan acciones para combatir los virus transmitidos por mosquitos como el zika y el dengue
- Health leaders discuss action against mosquito-borne viruses such as Zika and dengue
- The Director of PAHO/WHO met today with the Minister of Health of Cuba and the Secretary of Health of Human Services of the US
- PAHO Directing Council ends with new agreements on preventing, controlling and eliminating diseases in the Americas
- PAHO Directing Council endorses new strategies to fight malaria, neglected diseases and arboviruses, including Zika
- Zika epidemic shows value of regional health collaboration
- Ministers of health to discuss actions to improve health in the Region
- Directora de la OPS informó a los embajadores de la OEA sobre los temas que se tratarán en el 55º Consejo Directivo
- Health Minister of Jamaica outlines priority health concerns
- Case control study shows causal relationship between Zika infection in pregnancy and microcephaly in newborns
- Fourth meeting of the Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations (2005) regarding microcephaly, other neurological disorders and Zika virus
- PAHO/WHO is training Caribbean health professionals in clinical management of neurological complications related to Zika
- Spanish-speaking countries of the Americas celebrate the first Mosquito Awareness Week this year
- Convocatoria para pequeñas subvenciones a proyectos de investigación sobre zika en América Latina y el Caribe
- Permanent Council of the OAS receives PAHO report on Zika response in the Americas
- Latin American Countries Conduct Surveys to Identify Gaps in knowledge about Zika, with support from PAHO/WHO
- PAHO and U.K. Overseas Territories in the Caribbean map future technical cooperation
- PAHO urges health and agriculture sectors in the Americas to work together to ensure prudent use of antimicrobials
- PAHO/WHO updates the characterization of Zika Congenital Syndrome
- Training in resistance monitoring of insecticides used in public health was completed for 11 countries in the Americas
- PAHO Executive Committee concludes 158th session by advancing new regional health agenda
- PAHO Executive Committee briefed on Zika outbreak, advances new arbovirus control strategy
- New strategies and plans to improve the health of the Americas under consideration by countries on PAHO's Executive Committee
- PAHO Director meets with Prime Minister of Grenada and other authorities during official visit
- WHO statement on the third meeting of the Emergency Committee on Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations
- WHO Public Health Advice Regarding the Olympics and Zika virus
- World Health Assembly agrees on resolutions on women's, children's, and adolescents' health, healthy aging
- World Health Assembly highlights importance of multisectoral action in health
- Experts analyze ethics of the response to Zika virus in the Americas
- The 69th World Health Assembly opens in Geneva
- Health authorities from the Americas to participate in the 69th World Health Assembly
- Cartoon Network joins PAHO, UNICEF to educate kids about preventing Zika
- Faith-based Organizations engaged in the fight against Zika
- Confira as informações mais atuais sobre zika e suas consequências
- En zona norte de Chile se inicia campaña comunicacional para combatir mosquito Aedes
- Ministerio de Salud de Argentina y OPS realizan Jornadas de Comunicación en salud frente al zika
- Zika risk communication, community engagement focus of new prevention efforts by CDC, CDC Foundation, PAHO in U.S. Territories and the Americas
- WHO/PAHO statement on Zika virus and the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games
- Caribbean Mosquito Awareness Week launched to raise awareness on preventing Zika
- Investing in health is fundamental for development in the Americas, says PAHO Director
- Zika a year later: how a new virus took the Americas by surprise
- Briefing on Zika by Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Sylvain Aldighieri
- Communities urged to clean up mosquito breeding sites to prevent Zika, during Vaccination Week in the Americas
- PAHO Director urges: don't let down the guard on Zika
- PAHO Director visits Colombia