The radio interview goes much like any other—“What should pregnant women do to avoid Zika,” asks the interviewer—“They should use mosquito repellent, mesh on their doors and windows, and nets in their bedrooms,” answers the interviewee. The only difference is that the protagonists are not a journalist and a health professional, but two elementary school students from El Recreo in Durán, Ecuador.

Nearly 50% of people aged 12-35 years – or 1.1 billion young people – are at risk of hearing loss due to prolonged and excessive exposure to loud sounds, including music they listen to through personal audio devices. 

The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity to the  health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises.   

Combatting “toxic masculinity” is likely to reduce various forms of violence, STIs, unwanted pregnancies, absent fatherhood, and lack of shared unpaid caring responsibilities.

PAHO Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, and her technical team met this morning with Mexico's Health Secretary, Dr. Jorge Alcocer Varela, at theMinistry of Health headquarters to confirms PAHO’s commitment to continue collaborating with Mexico to ensure the health of Mexicans and all the peoples of the Americas.