The Assistant Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Socorro Gross, gave a formal opening to the operation of two communities of practice on the handling of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 cases in clinical and family and community settings. Both communities of practice allow their members to actively share and acquire optimal experiences, practices and extracted lessons.

A joint program to improve nutrition and food security of children in Peru was signed by the Peruvian Interministerial Commission for Social Affairs, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO), UUNICEF and the Organization of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The program's purpose is to help reduce poverty, hunger, food insecurity and chronic malnutrition.

The 49th meeting of the Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) closed Friday, October 2, after a week of discussions on the most important issues affecting Health in the hemisphere. Ministers of health and high-level delegates from all countries of the Americas passed resolutions on subjects such as Mental Health, Primary Health Care, Nutrition and Development, Safe Hospitals and many others.

The countries of the Hemisphere will purchase the vaccine against pandemic influenza (H1N1) through the Pan American Health Organization's Revolving Fund for Vaccine Procurement, giving them timely access to this preventive measure at a lower cost. The Fund submitted a bid for 400 million doses to the manufacturing laboratories and will soon be able to inform the Ministries of Health about the type of vaccine that will be offered, the number of doses available, prices, and the delivery schedule. (Spanish only)

MéxicoMore than 100 participants from the countries of the Americas held two days of meetings in Miami to examine the Region's response to Pandemic Influenza and look at future challenges. Among the topics covered were coordination and management, surveillance, International Health Regulations, the response of the health services, risk communication and vaccines.