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 seeks to strengthen preparedness and response to future respiratory virus pandemics in Latin America and the Caribbean

PAHO seeks to strengthen preparedness and response to future respiratory virus pandemics in Latin America and the Caribbean Cristina Mitchell 17 Aug 2022

New PAHO Report on Progress in the Fight Against Smoking in the Americas

New PAHO Report on Progress in the Fight Against Smoking in the Americas Oscar Reyes 15 Aug 2022

Countries approve resolution to support access to monkeypox vaccine in the Americas

Countries approve resolution to support access to monkeypox vaccine in the Americas Cristina Mitchell 5 Aug 2022

Leishmaniasis: PAHO publishes updated treatment guidelines for the Americas

Leishmaniasis: PAHO publishes updated treatment guidelines for the Americas Cristina Mitchell 5 Aug 2022

Joint statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell and WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week

Joint statement by UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell and WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week Cristina Mitchell 1 Aug 2022

On World Hepatitis Day, Guyana scales up efforts towards the elimination of viral hepatitis

On World Hepatitis Day, Guyana scales up efforts towards the elimination of viral hepatitis Cristina Mitchell 28 Jul 2022

COVID-19 stabilizes in the region, but countries must remain vigilant against the virus, manage other health emergencies, PAHO Director says

COVID-19 stabilizes in the region, but countries must remain vigilant against the virus, manage other health emergencies, PAHO Director says Cristina Mitchell 27 Jul 2022

WHO Director-General declares monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern

WHO Director-General declares monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern Luciana Viegas 23 Jul 2022

WHO report shows poorer health outcomes for many vulnerable refugees and migrants

WHO report shows poorer health outcomes for many vulnerable refugees and migrants Cristina Mitchell 20 Jul 2022

COVID-19 pandemic fuels largest continued backslide in vaccinations in three decades

COVID-19 pandemic fuels largest continued backslide in vaccinations in three decades Cristina Mitchell 15 Jul 2022