PAHO

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is the specialized international health agency for the Americas. Under the leadership of its 52 member countries and territories, PAHO sets regional health priorities, mobilizes action to address health problems and published reports and health guidelines to further those aims. Wearing two institutional hats, PAHO is the specialized health agency of the Inter-American System and also serves as Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).

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"En 1995, cuando era Director de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades de los Estados Unidos de América, me solicitaron que enviara un equipo de trabajadores de salud pública a la República Democrática del Congo (entonces Zaire) paracombatir un brote de infección por el virus del Ébola, que en ese momento causó 315 casos y 250 defunciones. Con los colegas de la Organización Mundial de la Salud pudimos poner fin a esa epidemia. Sin embargo, el virus del Ébola volvería una y otra vez. El brote que tuvo lugar en 2014 en África occidental causó más de 20 000 casos y 4000 defunciones.

Podemos aprender mucho de los agentes transmisores de enfermedades infecciosas. Nos enseñan el valor de la vigilancia constante y el precio del descuido de la infraestructura de salud pública. Ponen de relieve las disparidades en materia de salud y la repercusión de los determinantes sociales de la salud a nivel mundial, a la vez que nos impulsan a seguir trabajando para lograr la equidad en salud en todo el mundo. Además, con sus apariciones recurrentes a través del tiempo, estos microorganismos desarrollan resistencia a algunos de los antibióticos más potentes. El control de las enfermedades transmisibles non recuerda el desafío que enfrentamos y nos mantiene actualizados porque presenta los últimos métodos disponibles para combatir a los agentes transmisores de enfermedades infecciosas. Es por eso que recibimos con beneplácito esta vigésima edición." 

Dr. David Satcher

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PAHO launches health worker safety campaign on World Patient Safety Day

PAHO launches health worker safety campaign on World Patient Safety Day mitchelc 17 Sep 2020

Despite large numbers of cases, countless people not yet exposed remain vulnerable to COVID-19 infection in the Americas

Despite large numbers of cases, countless people not yet exposed remain vulnerable to COVID-19 infection in the Americas mitchelc 16 Sep 2020

The Americas advanced access to health in 2019, but faces new challenges in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic

The Americas advanced access to health in 2019, but faces new challenges in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic mitchelc 16 Sep 2020

Creative winners announced for PAHO's campaigns on the COVID-19 pandemic

Creative winners announced for PAHO's campaigns on the COVID-19 pandemic mitchelc 15 Sep 2020

PAHO Director cites actions required to combat impact of COVID-19 pandemic at CAF conference

PAHO Director cites actions required to combat impact of COVID-19 pandemic at CAF conference mitchelc 11 Sep 2020

PAHO encourages communities to support people in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic

PAHO encourages communities to support people in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic mitchelc 11 Sep 2020

COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates suicide risk factors

COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates suicide risk factors mitchelc 10 Sep 2020

New tool seeks to measure the maturity level of health institutions to offer telemedicine in times of COVID-19

New tool seeks to measure the maturity level of health institutions to offer telemedicine in times of COVID-19 mitchelc 8 Sep 2020

COVID-19 has infected some 570,000 health workers and killed 2,500 in the Americas, PAHO Director says

COVID-19 has infected some 570,000 health workers and killed 2,500 in the Americas, PAHO Director says floresedw 2 Sep 2020

The Region of the Americas accounts for majority of new COVID-19 deaths worldwide

The Region of the Americas accounts for majority of new COVID-19 deaths worldwide mitchelc 1 Sep 2020