Some 65 million people living in 21 endemic countries of the Americas are at risk of contracting Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that claims some 12,000 lives in the region every year. To improve detection and management of the disease, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has published a new Guide for Diagnosis and Treatment of Chagas Disease (currently available only in Spanish).

Professionals in public health, international relations and related fields are invited to apply to the 2019 session of the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) Leaders in International Health program. Applications must be received by Feb. 15.  

Experts from across the Region of the Americas and further afield met at the Headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) last Monday to discuss the right to health and the role of national courts in legally enforcing this right.

Whatever your New Year’s Resolution, a healthy and balanced diet will provide many benefits into 2019 and beyond. What we eat and drink can affect our body’s ability to fight infections, as well as how likely we are to develop health problems later in life, including obesity, heart disease, diabetes and different types of cancer. 

Six countries from the Region of the Americas participated in a simulation exercise for a global pandemic that took place on 4-6 December 2018. The exercise was coordinated by the World Health Organization’s Global Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and by the EOC Network, a global network of health emergency operations centers.