World leaders meeting today at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly have committed to ensure that 40 million people with tuberculosis (TB) receive the care they need by end 2022. They also agreed to provide 30 million people with preventive treatment to protect them from developing TB.

Heads of state and government today committed to 13 new steps to tackle noncommunicable diseases including cancers, heart and lung diseases, stroke, and diabetes, and to promote mental health and well-being.

potato friesIndustrially produced trans-fatty acids (TFAs) have been conclusively linked to the development of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the Americas Region. Policies must be developed to eliminate trans-fatty acids in processed and ultra-processed food to protect public health, warned experts from the Region.

Back in 1978, when countries around the world recognized primary health care as the key to “health for all” at Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, average life expectancy in the Americas was 67 years. Forty years later, a baby born in the Americas can today expect to live 10 years longer, that is, to age 77.

Sir MarmotThe Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas has presented an executive summary of their final report containing 12 recommendations for the countries of the Americas to reduce inequities and health inequalities in the Region.