Document coverAccess to medicines is one of the pillars of public health policies. Therefore countries should implement effective drug policies with proven impact. The document "Access to high cost medicines in the Americas: Context, Challenges and Prospects," now available online, was prepared from the conclusions of the "First International Conference on Access to Expensive Medicines with Limited Supply." (Spanish only)

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today marked its 107th  anniversary by formally swearing in two of the Organization's top three leaders. Dr. Jon Kim Andrus, a U.S. citizen, and Dr. Socorro Gross-Galiano, of Costa Rica, were officially installed as Deputy Director and Assistant Director, respectively.

City in South AmericaA program executed by PAHO for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is addressing the most widespread communicable diseases in South America. The PCPCD program currently reaches five countries (Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela) and targets five diseases and/or disease strategies, including Chagas disease, dengue, and tuberculosis.

World AIDS Day, celebrated this December 1 with the theme "Universal Access and Human Rights," highlights both the progress and the challenges remaining in the fight against HIV/AIDS. While there are significant success stories, reversing the epidemic will still require a lot of effort.

A sub-regional workshop organized by PAHO and the CDC focused on public health interventions to mitigate the effects of the 2009 H1N1 influenza at the community level. Schools, workplaces, healthcare facilities, local government agencies, faith-based organizations, and others play an important role in promoting health before, during, and after a pandemic.