Strengthening the care of mothers and children and improving response to obstetric emergencies in the South American Chaco, are some of the primary achievements of a project that began two years ago, supported by Brazil and coordinated by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Health sector reform, as well as the possibilities of increasing investment and improving the quality of health spending, were some of the issues addressed by Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, and the Minister of Finance, Dr. Benigno López, during a meeting held on 14 March.

Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization and Regional Director of WHO Regional Office for the Americas, extends her deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of those lost in the tragic crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, as well as to our UN colleagues and partners in regard to the untimely passing of the 21 United Nations personnel, on 10 March 2019.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is providing professionals responsible for capturing accurate data on mortality and morbidity in Latin America and the Caribbean with better training and support. This initiative forms part of efforts to improve the quality, timeliness and consistency of information on which so many public health decisions are based.

WHO today released a Global Influenza Strategy for 2019-2030 aimed at protecting people in all countries from the threat of influenza. The goal of the strategy is to prevent seasonal influenza, control the spread of influenza from animals to humans, and prepare for the next influenza pandemic.