Suicide Prevention Day 2009 LogoEach year, one million people kill themselves in the world, while one of every 20 suicide attempts is successful, warned the World Health Organization (WHO), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), as part of World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10.

Pandemic (H1N1) Virtual PresentationDr. Jarbas Barbosa da Silva Jr., Area Manager of Health Surveillance and Disease Prevention and Control at the Pan American Health Organization, conducted a virtual presentation on the current situation of the Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Influenza in the Americas. The presentation at PAHO headquarters in Washington, D.C. was attended by dozens of participants, plus over 400 virtual participants from all parts of the Hemisphere.

WHO Building in GenevaThe network launch is part of the Knowledge Management, Information and Communication strategy of the PAHO/WHO Office in Brazil. The WHO collaborating centers are institutions designated by the Director-General to carry out activities in support of the Organization's programs.

CWD logoOn the week of 7-12 September, Caribbean countries will celebrate Caribbean Wellness Day 2009. CWD was launched in 2008 as a response to concerns about the physical, economic and social burdens caused by lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, and cancer. Among the activities this year are a lifestyle management seminar, a soca-erobathon, walks, health checks and healthy cooking demonstrations.

Award symbolJournalists from Latin America and the Caribbean can participate in the V Latin American Prize for Health Journalism, Red-Salud 2009, in the category "Sex Work and Health." Red-Salud, a joint initiative of PAHO and the New Iberoamerican Journalism Foundation, seeks to encourage Latin American journalists to improve coverage of health issues. (in Spanish)