In order to recognize the work of nurses and midwives around the world and advocate for increased investment in this workforce, and improvements in working conditions, education and professional development, this year has been designated the international year of nurses and midwives by the World Health Assembly.

The Pan American Health Organization and Airbnb have agreed to collaborate on providing food safety information to the public, using educational materials to promote prevention of foodborne diseases and reduction of food safety risks. 

In view of the heatwaves that affected Australia, Canada, the United States, Europe, India, Pakistan and Japan in 2019, and predictions that this phenomenon will hit various parts of South America, the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is urging countries in the Region to be prepared due to the impact that this could have on peoples’ health, including the risk of death.

A vaccination campaign has been launched in Haiti to accelerate action towards eliminating human rabies transmitted by dogs in the country. The campaign, which is led by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) in Haiti with the Pan-American Center for Foot-and-Mouth Disease and Veterinary Public Health (PANAFTOSA), in partnership with Ministry of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development and with financial support from the World Bank, aims to vaccinate all dogs in Haiti between 9-21 December.

Universal Health in the Americas can only be achieved if countries reduce the barriers to access and increase investment in primary care. Today, during the celebration of this year’s Universal Health Day, PAHO called on countries to implement these measures to ensure that all people have access to the health services they need.