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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New CARICOM-EU project will tackle climate change and its health impacts in the Caribbean

New CARICOM-EU project will tackle climate change and its health impacts in the Caribbean mitchelc 2 Dec 2020

Countries urged to face challenge of better access to health for populations of African descent in COVID-19 pandemic

Countries urged to face challenge of better access to health for populations of African descent in COVID-19 pandemic mitchelc 2 Dec 2020

New United Nations report reveals the inequality in the geographical distribution of malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean

New United Nations report reveals the inequality in the geographical distribution of malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean mitchelc 2 Dec 2020

AIDS-related deaths and HIV infections have declined more than 30% in the Caribbean in the last decade

AIDS-related deaths and HIV infections have declined more than 30% in the Caribbean in the last decade mitchelc 30 Nov 2020

New HIV infections rose more than 20% in Latin America in the last decade, PAHO says

New HIV infections rose more than 20% in Latin America in the last decade, PAHO says mitchelc 30 Nov 2020

Every move counts towards better health – says WHO

Every move counts towards better health – says WHO floresedw 26 Nov 2020

La OPS insta a evitar viajes y grandes reuniones durante los días festivos

PAHO urges avoiding travel and large gatherings during the holidays mitchelc 25 Nov 2020

New guidance issued on policies to protect populations in vulnerable situations in context of COVID-19

New guidance issued on policies to protect populations in vulnerable situations in context of COVID-19 mitchelc 24 Nov 2020

PAHO study finds major gaps in countries’ actions to prevent violence against children and adolescents in the Americas

PAHO study finds major gaps in countries’ actions to prevent violence against children and adolescents in the Americas mitchelc 23 Nov 2020

PAHO releases new publication on deinstitutionalization of psychiatric care in Latin America and the Caribbean

PAHO releases new publication on deinstitutionalization of psychiatric care in Latin America and the Caribbean mitchelc 20 Nov 2020