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The massive 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Chile in the early hours of Saturday, 27 February, has now claimed at least 708 lives, according to government officials. The death toll is expected to rise. In southern Chile, six hospitals collapsed and two others were damaged severely and left unable to function. Hospitals continue to function in the Santiago metropolitan area.


International soccer star Ronaldinho Gaucho is featured in a Public Service Announcement (PSA) produced by the Pan American Health Organization to promote Vaccination Week in the Americas 2010, an unparalleled effort led by Latin American and Caribbean countries to vaccinate millions.


A sym- posium on health determinants and inequalities will mark the 10th Anniversary of Equity and Health listserv. The symposium—from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on February 24th, 2010 at PAHO headquarters in Washington, D.C.and online—will focus on the analysis of thematic trends and conceptual frameworks developed in the last 10 years and their policy implications.


Pregnant WomanTo prepare for the arrival of the first 110,000 doses of vaccine donated by WHO, and ensure the success of national vaccination goals, Nicaragua's Ministry of Health conducted a two-day workshop to orient its technical staff on the distribution and use of this vaccine according to high standards of quality and safety. (in Spanish)


The providers of water and food to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti should remember that women—who need to take care of their families—may not have the time to stand in lines and fight to get the food. The warning comes from Marijke Velzeboer, a senior PAHO advisor, in an interview with U.N. Radio.