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PAHO launches new site for donations to its COVID-19 Response Fund - Jul 1, 2020 - 5:34:29 PM

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is seeking to mobilize new resources for its work on the COVID-19 pandemic in the Americas with a new online portal where donations can be made directly to the PAHO COVID-19 Response Fund.

The Region of the Americas is currently the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has now spread to all 54 countries and territories in the hemisphere, with some 5.2 million cases and almost 250,000 deaths reported to date...
PAHO Director says timing and local planning are critical to relax restrictions for COVID-19 - Jun 30, 2020 - 3:16:57 PM

The Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, said countries planning to relax public health measures must take a phased approach based on local conditions and be prepared to impose preventive measures again if the epidemiological situation changes.
“The key is to think both nationally and locally and base decisions on the latest data. The more granular our understanding of where the virus strikes...
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 - Jun 22, 2020 - 4:27:44 PM

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) was chosen by Global Citizen as one of its regional partners for the Americas of its United for Our Future campaign, which seeks to raise funds for the development of tests, treatments and vaccines against COVID-19, and to guarantee their equitable access to everyone, everywhere...
COVID-19 has impacted the operation of health services for NCDs - Jun 17, 2020 - 10:00:09 PM

A total of 18 countries interrupted services partially and two closed them completely, according to a PAHO survey. Countries have been urged to implement innovative and strategies and measures to ensure safe care during the pandemic.
Washington, D.C., 17 June 2020 (PAHO) - Services for the prevention and treatment of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) have been critically affected since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Region of the Americas, according to a survey conducted by the Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).
PAHO Director calls to contain spread of COVID-19 in vulnerable populations in border areas - Jun 16, 2020 - 7:35:49 PM

The Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, today called countries to “work together to strengthen the health response within their territories and across frontiers,” in order to
contain the spread of COVID-19 cases among migrant and vulnerable populations in border areas.
“Most border towns lack robust health infrastructure, and service quality and access are often low. Due to limited hospital facilities...
Blood donations vital during COVID-19 Pandemic, PAHO says - Jun 12, 2020 - 10:50:40 AM

Blood donations are more  necessary  than ever during the current COVID-19 pandemic, and blood centers throughout the Americas are taking measures to ensure that donations continue in a safe manner for blood donors and recipients, according to the Pan American Health Organization.
In a message for World Blood Donor Day celebrated every June 14, PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne said, “The safest blood comes through voluntary unpaid donation from people like you and me...
PAHO issues guidance to reduce COVID-19 transmission among indigenous, afro-descendant groups - Jun 8, 2020 - 6:26:16 PM

The Pan American Health Organization has published a guide with recommendations on measures to reduce COVID-19 transmission among indigenous populations, Afro-descendants, and other ethnic groups. These focus on promoting hygiene, social distancing, and improving access to basic health services in their communities.

The PAHO guidance notes that these groups face singular challenges, such as higher poverty levels, lack of access to some basic services such as water and sanitation...
PAHO urges young people to help expose and resist tobacco industry deception - May 28, 2020 - 4:00:19 PM

On this year’s World No Tobacco Day, May 31, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is calling on young people in the Americas to recognize, expose and resist the deceptive tactics used by the tobacco industry and its allies to recruit new, younger customers—at the eventual cost of millions of lives lost.

“The tobacco industry needs young people to buy their products, which may result in nicotine addiction, so that they become long-term consumers...
PAHO Director says fight against COVID-19 pandemic must include chronic disease care - May 26, 2020 - 3:47:45 PM

The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, today said the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Region of the Americas must include chronic disease care, as 1 in 4 people are at increased risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19 due to underlying non communicable diseases (NCDs)
Noting that more than 2.4 million cases and over 143,000 deaths have made the Americas the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic...
The United Kingdom contributes $3.8m for COVID-19 response in the Caribbean - May 22, 2020 - 3:40:15 PM

The United Kingdom has agreed to contribute 3 million Pounds (USD $3.8 m) to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to help eight countries of the Caribbean - Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - contain the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and mitigate its impact...
PAHO Director calls to protect vulnerable groups from effects of COVID-19 pandemic - May 19, 2020 - 4:38:39 PM

The Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Carissa F. Etienne, today warned of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on groups such as poor and indigenous people in the Americas, saying, “If we want to slow the spread of the pandemic and put our region on a path to recovery, we must protect vulnerable groups from COVID-19.”

“The virus is surging across our region...
PAHO Director asks countries to address health, social and economic emergencies together, as COVID-19 expands in the Americas - May 12, 2020 - 6:54:24 PM

The Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Carissa F. Etienne, called on countries to address health, social and economic emergencies, saying she is “deeply concerned” by the rapid expansion of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in the Americas.
“The pandemic has forced us to address three emergencies at the same time: health, social and economic emergencies. To be successful...
PAHO Director calls on each country to analyze trends of the pandemic before relaxing social distancing measures - May 5, 2020 - 7:45:13 PM

The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, asked countries to analyze specific trends in the COVID-19 pandemic according to their unique contexts, and warned that reducing social distancing measures “too soon could accelerate the spread of the virus and open the door for a dramatic upsurge or for spread to adjacent areas.”
In a briefing with journalists, Dr. Etienne also expressed her particular concern for Haiti...
PAHO urges countries to maintain vaccination during COVID-19 pandemic - Apr 24, 2020 - 12:30:45 PM

Countries must strengthen vaccination against seasonal influenza and measles to prevent respiratory illness and vaccine-preventable disease outbreaks during the COVID-19 pandemic, say experts at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).
The recommendations come on the cusp of the 18th Vaccination Week in the Americas, which will take place April 25 – May 2 with the slogan “Love...
PAHO Director calls to accelerate and expand testing for COVID-19 in the Americas - Apr 21, 2020 - 5:38:29 PM

The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, today called for accelerated and expanded testing for COVID-19 in countries of the Americas. “We need a clearer view of where the virus is circulating and how many people have been infected in order to guide our actions,” she said.

Speaking at a virtual press briefing, Dr. Etienne said, “The pandemic continues to impact our region...
COVID-19: PAHO Director calls for "extreme caution" when transitioning to more flexible social distancing measures - Apr 14, 2020 - 5:09:56 PM

The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, said that social distancing measures are giving our societies a chance to prepare and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that any attempt to transition to more flexible measures should be taken with extreme caution.

“Social distancing needs to be accompanied by comprehensive social support measures...
PAHO warns of potential blood shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic - Apr 10, 2020 - 2:43:25 PM

Washington, DC, (PAHO/WHO) - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today warned that countries in the Americas face potential shortages of blood for transfusions due to a significant reduction in voluntary blood donations during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the latest available data, in 2017 more than 10.5 million units of blood were collected, through 1,800...
PAHO Releases Guide for Journalists on COVID-19 Information Coverage - Apr 9, 2020 - 12:08:51 PM

A guide for journalists with tips for reporting on the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was released today by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

“COVID-19. An informative guide. Advice for journalists” offers tools to help journalists practice responsible coverage of the pandemic, using evidence-based information...
PAHO Director calls for private sector cooperation in COVID-19 response in the Americas - Apr 3, 2020 - 6:26:44 PM

The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, today called for the collaboration of the private sector  with countries of Latin America and the Caribbean “in response to the tsunami of COVID-19 cases that we will be facing.”

Speaking at the World Economic Forum’s COVID Action Platform Virtual Meeting for Latin America, Dr. Etienne said...
PAHO appeals for $95 million to help Latin America and the Caribbean cope with the COVID-19 pandemic - Apr 2, 2020 - 3:48:17 PM

A donor appeal from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is seeking $94.8 million to fund priority public health measures to help countries in Latin American and the Caribbean face the 2019 coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19).

The funds will be used to carry out PAHO's COVID-19 Response Strategy, which in alignment with the World Health Organization (WHO) aims to save lives and slow transmission of the virus to mitigate the impact...
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