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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After six months of COVID-19, strong coordination across countries and evidence-based decisions are key to fight the pandemic 

After six months of COVID-19, strong coordination across countries and evidence-based decisions are key to fight the pandemic  mitchelc 7 Jul 2020

PAHO urges countries to continue fight against malaria during COVID-19 pandemic, especially among vulnerable communities

PAHO urges countries to continue fight against malaria during COVID-19 pandemic, especially among vulnerable communities mitchelc 6 Jul 2020

New report outlines PAHO’s extensive emergency steps in response to COVID-19 pandemic

New report outlines PAHO’s extensive emergency steps in response to COVID-19 pandemic mitchelc 2 Jul 2020

PAHO launches new site for donations to its COVID-19 Response Fund

PAHO launches new site for donations to its COVID-19 Response Fund reyesosc 1 Jul 2020

PAHO Director says timing and local planning are critical to relax restrictions for COVID-19

PAHO Director says timing and local planning are critical to relax restrictions for COVID-19 mitchelc 30 Jun 2020

Countries should prepare to manage COVID-19 closely for the next 2 years

Countries should prepare to manage COVID-19 closely for the next 2 years mitchelc 24 Jun 2020

PAHO Executive Committee concludes virtual session

PAHO Executive Committee concludes virtual session mitchelc 24 Jun 2020

IOC joins forces with WHO and the United Nations to fight COVID-19

IOC joins forces with WHO and the United Nations to fight COVID-19 mitchelc 23 Jun 2020

Dengue cases in the Americas top 1.6 million, highlighting need for mosquito control during COVID-19 pandemic

Dengue cases in the Americas top 1.6 million, highlighting need for mosquito control during COVID-19 pandemic mitchelc 23 Jun 2020

PAHO joins Global Citizen as a partner in its United for Our Future campaign and concert for the response to COVID-19 in the Americas

PAHO joins Global Citizen as a partner in its United for Our Future campaign and concert for the response to COVID-19 in the Americas mitchelc 22 Jun 2020