WHO/FAO JMPR evaluated safety of diazinon, glyphosate and malathionThe Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR) met in Geneva on 9-13 May 2016 and re-evaluated three pesticides: diazinon, glyphosate and malathion, due to public health concerns. The conclusions of JMPR were reported to a WHO meeting that met on 16-17 May to discuss the WHO recommendations on the use of malathion in vector control including for the prevention of Zika virus disease. The JMPR was convened to review a significant number of new studies that became available recently.

First Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group on Public Health EntomologyAs the Zika Virus has in short order become a major regional health issue, there is an increased need to develop coordinated strategies that better target the vector source of its spread, the Aedes mosquito. With knowledge concerning the spread of the virus and vector control options becoming increasingly available, there is a pressing need for our actions to adapt and evolve in order to address vital issues in the medium-to-long term.

OPS/OMS Fortalece Capacidades en Comunicación de Riesgos en ColombiaBogotá, Colombia (26 de abril 2016). Para continuar fortaleciendo capacidades básicas en la prevención y respuesta ante emergencias sanitarias, la Organización Panamericana de la Salud realizó, los dias 25 y 26 de abril, un taller de "capacitación a capacitadores" en comunicación de riesgos, con la participación de 50 funcionarios del Ministerio de Salud y de las Secretarías de Salud de todo el país.

 With the slogan "Fight the bite, destroy mosquito breeding sites", this first Mosquito Awareness Week, 9-15 May, will focus on Zika and the risks associated with the disease, especially for pregnant women. The annual week was declared at the 17th meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government in November 2014.

Discussion about Zika in Suriname"Can talking save lives?" This was a discussion topic at a workshop in Suriname that brought together representatives of the health sector and emergency response. The objective was to speed up the development of a risk communication strategy for the country, which notified WHO of its first cases of Zika in November 2015. Suriname was one of the earlier countries to experience the outbreak.

WHO, 30 March 2016.  Early and accurate diagnosis of malaria is essential for effective disease management and surveillance. WHO recommends malaria diagnostic testing either by quality microscopy or rapid diagnostic test (RDT) for all individuals with suspected malaria in all settings before treatment is administered.

La Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS) envió una misión de apoyo a Uruguay tras solicitud expresa del país para asesorarse respecto a este tipo de emergencias sanitarias. Uruguay tiene dengue autóctono tras mantenerse libre 19 años. El organismo reconoce lo hecho a nivel epidemiológico pero también en comunicación de riesgos, porque asegura que la velocidad con la que la información viaja, puede salvar vidas.

OPS/OMS brinda apoyo técnico a República Dominicana en comunicación de riesgo por virus ZikaSanto Domingo, República Dominicana 19 de febrero, 2016. Ante la importancia de brindar información oportuna sobre el virus del Zika y los riesgos para la salud, las medidas para el control del vector y recomendaciones para la disminución del contacto con el mosquito, la OPS está brindando asistencia técnica, en comunicación de riesgos, al Ministerio de Salud de la República Dominicana.

Forum of Malaria Networks and Advocates and the regional launch of the Action and Investment to defeat MalariaIn commemoration of Malaria Day in the Americas 2015 we cordially invite you to attend this event organized by The Pan American Health Organization, the UN Foundation, the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University, and Center for Communication Programs at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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