At the 8th Meeting of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Occupational Health, several organizations and centers—among them the Workers' Health program of the Pan American Health Organization—agreed on a package of initiatives and projects to advance the implementation of the WHO Global Plan of Action on Workers' Health.

Two girlsDespite considerable progress in the past decades, societies continue to fail to meet the health care needs of women at key moments of their lives, particularly in their adolescent years and in older age, a WHO report has found.

Book coverThe observation of World Mental Health Day in October highlighted the need to integrate mental health services in primary care. One more PAHO contribution to the improvement of these services is a new publication, "Epidemiology of Mental Illness in Latin America and the Caribbean," part of the Organization's efforts to promote the adoption of national mental health plans in its member countries. (in Spanish)

St Kitts and Nevis took the lead in the Eastern Caribbean in moving towards the implementation of the "Plan of action on the health of Older Persons" approved in October by health authorities of the Americas. A national consultation to discuss a policy document brought together more than 60 participants representing a wide range of institutions from the public and private sectors,as well as NGOs.

Older adultsGlobal life expectancy could be increased by nearly five years by addressing five factors affecting health — childhood underweight, unsafe sex, alcohol use, lack of safe water, sanitation and hygiene, and high blood pressure, according to a report published by WHO.