With the Americas failing to control coronavirus, many hospitals are at or close to capacity, PAHO director says
- Jan 19, 2021 - 5:15:41 PM
“We must intensify public health interventions to limit exposure to this virus”
D.C., January 19, 2021 (PAHO)— The Region of the Americas must
intensify public health interventions on social distancing, limiting
gatherings, wearing masks and hand washing to limit exposure to the
COVID-19 pandemic, Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F.
Etienne said today.
“Our region, and our world, is failing to
control coronavirus. In far too many places public policies are not
South America free of smoking in public places, PAHO announces
- Jan 8, 2021 - 1:47:53 PM
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today congratulated
Paraguay for banning smoking of lit or electronic tobacco products in
enclosed public spaces as well as crowded outdoor places. With this
decree, Paraguay joined the rest of South American countries in
establishing smoke-free environments in indoor public spaces and
workplaces as mandated by the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco
“This is a great achievement for the people of
Paraguay,” said PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne...
COVID-19 pandemic swept through the Americas in 2020
- Dec 30, 2020 - 11:12:44 PM
The COVID-19 pandemic swept through every country in the Americas in
2020, infecting more than 35 million people and causing some 850,000
deaths. Globally, COVID-19 affected 216 countries and territories,
causing more than 80 million cases and 1.7 million deaths worldwide. The
Americas was the most affected continent in a context of large
Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F.
Etienne called it “the most extraordinary public health event of our
lifetimes,” and said the work to control the pandemic in 2021...
PAHO calls for boosting hospital capacity to cope with COVID-19 surge
- Dec 9, 2020 - 2:36:29 PM
The Americas has been experiencing “the highest levels of COVID-19 cases
since the start of the pandemic” and health authorities should issue
clear guidance to protect communities and act to boost hospital capacity
in affected areas, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization
Dr. Carissa Etienne warned today.
With more than 753,000 deaths
and over 28.5 million cases reported in the Americas, “figures and
trends make it clear that our region must redouble preventive measures,
especially in preparation for the year-end holidays...
PAHO and ECLAC seek to improve the supply of medical products during emergencies in Latin America and the Caribbean
- Dec 7, 2020 - 4:25:10 PM
With the aim of preventing interruptions in medical product
supplies during future health emergencies, the Pan American Health
Organization (PAHO) and the Economic Commission for Latin America and
the Caribbean (ECLAC) convened a dialogue between the health, industry,
and science and technology sectors in the region.
scarcity of medical products can cause disruptions in health care and
put health and life at risk," said PAHO Director Dr. Carissa F. Etienne....
New CARICOM-EU project will tackle climate change and its health impacts in the Caribbean
- Dec 2, 2020 - 5:50:33 PM
International, regional, and government leaders announced the launch of
a broad-based project to support actions to mitigate climate change and
its serious health impacts in Caribbean nations. The EU/CARIFORUM
Strengthening Climate Resilient Health Systems Project – a joint project
of the European Union and CARICOM that PAHO is coordinating – will
advance public understanding of climate change effects and strengthen
the ability of health systems to respond to climate-related health
Public health measures important as holiday season starts, PAHO says
- Nov 25, 2020 - 3:14:43 PM
Holiday season gatherings and travel involve risks and people should
follow guidance of national and local health authorities to make the
holidays as safe as possible during the Covid-19 pandemic, Pan American
Health Organization Assistant Director Jarbas Barbosa said today.
a pandemic, there is no such thing as a risk-free holiday season. Every
gathering, every shopping trip, and every travel plan increases the
chances of spreading the virus,” Barbosa told a press briefing in
PAHO outlines best practices to control COVID-19 pandemic
- Nov 11, 2020 - 3:21:02 PM
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today outlined best
practices in a guide to help countries decide which measures to
implement to control the COVID-19 pandemic and for how long, based on
how the virus spreading and the characteristics of their health systems.
are hopeful that with this guidance, countries will be better able to
tailor their responses...
Countries are falling short in implementing mental health services during COVID-19 pandemic
- Nov 5, 2020 - 7:03:09 PM
A new survey conducted by PAHO and WHO shows that countries are falling
short in implementing mental health services at a time when mental
health support is paramount, according to PAHO Assistant Director,
In a press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic
today, Dr. Barbosa said, “Data from 29 countries show that while 27 of
them have integrated mental health...
Indigenous and Afro-descendant voices must be front and center of COVID-19 response in the Americas, says PAHO
- Oct 30, 2020 - 8:38:46 PM
If no one is to be left behind during the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts
must be stepped up to ensure a strong and coordinated response with
indigenous organizations and leaders, Deputy Director of the Pan
American Health Organization (PAHO), Mary Lou Valdez, said today.
at the first of two High-Level Regional Meetings – The Impact of
COVID-19 on indigenous peoples in the region of the Americas:
Perspectives and opportunities, Valdez emphasized the health
inequalities faced by these populations...
Malaria Champions awarded prizes for work in the Americas
- Oct 28, 2020 - 10:52:26 PM
Six municipalities were awarded “Malaria Champions of the Americas”
prizes for 2020 for their work in applying effective, safe malaria
interventions during the COVID-19 pandemic in four countries.
awards were presented at a Malaria Day in the Americas event today by
the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, the
United Nations Foundation, and other partners...
For World Polio Day, PAHO encourages countries to maintain polio vaccination to prevent outbreaks
- Oct 23, 2020 - 5:42:29 PM
Countries in the Americas must maintain polio vaccination and
epidemiological surveillance during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to
prevent outbreaks, say experts at the Pan American Health Organization
(PAHO). The reminder comes on the eve of World Polio Day, observed
While the Americas was the first region to be
declared polio-free more than 25 years ago, that achievement needs can
only be protected with continued vaccination and strong surveillance.
“Although as a region we have defeated polio once before, if we allow
vaccination coverage rates to fall and become too low...
Work to develop a COVID-19 vaccine is faster than ever but safety and efficacy processes remain unchanged, PAHO Director says
- Oct 21, 2020 - 4:32:42 PM
While the Americas urgently awaits a breakthrough, the Pan American
Health Organization (PAHO) will only support the distribution of a
vaccine that has proven to be safe and effective in clinical trials,
reviewed by National Regulatory Authorities and recommended by the World
Health Organization (WHO), PAHO Director Carissa F Etienne, said today.
“It is important to emphasize that while we’re working to
develop a vaccine faster than ever before, the process to guarantee its
safety and efficacy is unchanged,” Etienne told a press briefing in
New rapid antigen tests could transform COVID-19 response in the Americas
- Oct 14, 2020 - 10:57:20 PM
The new affordable, reliable antigen diagnostic tests recently approved
by WHO that can be performed anywhere are set to transform the region’s
COVID-19 response by allowing health workers to carry out accurate,
rapid testing, even in remote communities, Pan American Health
Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F Etienne, said today.
previous rapid, antibody tests, which can show when someone has had
COVID-19 but often give a negative result during the early stages of
infection, the new rapid, antigen tests are much more accurate in
determining if someone is currently infected
Some countries showing spikes in COVID-19 transmission, especially among young people: PAHO
- Oct 7, 2020 - 4:22:44 PM
Transmission of COVID19 in the Americas remains very active, with some
countries suffering recurrent spikes in cases and the virus spreading in
new and different ways, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
Director Carissa F Etienne, said today.
“While Brazil and the
U.S. remain significant drivers of new cases in our region, we’re
concerned by spikes in cases – including in places that had effectively
managed outbreaks, like Cuba and Jamaica...
Health Ministers commit to maintain, expand sustained actions to fight COVID-19 pandemic
- Sep 30, 2020 - 9:56:09 AM
Health ministers from countries in the Americas yesterday committed to
maintain and expand sustained actions to fight the COVID-19 pandemic,
and asked the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to continue
supporting them in their fight to control it.
that the Region will experience recurring epidemic waves and outbreaks
interspersed with periods of low-level transmission over the next 24
months, pending development of a safe...
PAHO urges countries to plan early for COVID-19 vaccinations to reduce deaths
- Sep 23, 2020 - 3:26:22 PM
Countries should not wait for a COVID-19 vaccine to be developed before
they start planning and preparing for its arrival, Pan American Health
Organization (PAHO) Director, Carissa F Etienne, said today. In the
meantime, they must also continue other recommended public health
measures to contain the virus.
“Frontline health workers, first
responders and those caring for the elderly should be vaccinated first...