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Mental Health Advocate/Best-Selling Author Yassin Hall ‘Overjoyed’ With USVI Introducing Mental Health Legislation - Jan 18, 2020 - 4:21:16 PM

USVI native and mental health advocate Yassin Hall cried tears of joy when she heard that Governor Albert Bryan Jr. recently submitted legislation aimed at reorganizing how mental and behavioral health, including alcohol and substance addiction, are treated under V.I. law. Hall also learned that the students will receive free mental health counseling.

“It finally happened!” Hall tearfully said. “People are finally going to get help and government funding! I had been inundated with calls from people thanking me for not giving up and for continuing to push it to the forefront...
PAHO issues epidemiological alert on Novel Coronavirus for the Americas - Jan 17, 2020 - 4:40:41 PM

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has issued an alert to its member countries on the Novel Coronavirus (nCoV), recommending that “health care workers have access to up to date information on the illness, be familiar with the principles and procedures for handling nCoV infections, and be trained to inquire about a patient’s travel history in order to connect this information with clinical data.”

Although over 40 cases have been reported in China, Thailand and Japan, there is “no evidence to suggest that person-to-person transmission occurs easily,” the alert said...
Cholera in Haiti: Gone but not forgotten - Jan 13, 2020 - 6:45:30 AM

The cholera outbreak that began in Haiti in October 2010 caused some 820,000 cases and killed 9,792 people.

Thanks to the hard work of the government and people of Haiti, in partnership with PAHO and other agencies, there have been no confirmed cases of cholera since the end of January 2019...
WHO launches call for submissions to first ever Health for All Film Festival - Jan 6, 2020 - 8:27:01 PM

The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on amateur, student and professional filmmakers from all over the world to submit videos for the first Health for All Film Festival. Submissions, which will be accepted until 30 January 2020, must be emotive, raise awareness and change behaviors about health issues. The festival will be held in Geneva in May 2020 during the 73rd World Health Assembly...
2020 marks the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife - Jan 3, 2020 - 12:10:35 PM

In order to recognize the work of nurses and midwives around the work and advocate for increased investment in this workforce, and improvements in working conditions, education and professional development, this year has been designated the international year of nurses and midwives by the World Health Assembly.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives to achieve the goal of universal health coverage by 2030...
Countries must reduce barriers to access and increase financing in primary care to ensure Universal Health in the Americas - Dec 12, 2019 - 6:14:41 PM

Universal Health in the Americas can only be achieved if countries reduce the barriers to access and increase investment in primary care. Today, during the celebration of this year’s Universal Health Day, PAHO called on countries to implement these measures to ensure that all people have access to the health services they need.

The theme of Universal Health Day 2019, “Universal health; for everyone, everywhere”...
Campaign encourages health workers and youth to have open conversations about HIV - Nov 27, 2019 - 2:50:51 PM

Talk to me openly’ – the slogan for this year’s World AIDS Day campaign by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), UNAIDS, UNICEF, the Latin American Network of Young People Living with HIV (J+LAC), and the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), seeks to ensure that health professionals talk about HIV with young people, without any form of discrimination, as a way to improve access to prevention and care services...
Nearly 16 million people still practice open defecation in Latin America and the Caribbean - Nov 19, 2019 - 2:50:07 PM

A total of 15.5 million people are forced to practice open defecation in Latin America and the Caribbean, a practice that can pollute the environment and spread disease, warned the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today on World Toilet Day.
According to the latest available data (2017), in Latin America and the Caribbean, 74.3% and 31.3%...
1 in 5 men will not reach the age of 50 in the Americas, due to issues relating to toxic masculinity - Nov 18, 2019 - 3:00:20 PM

Life expectancy for men in the Region of the Americas is 5.8 years below that of women, partly because societal expectations contribute to risk-seeking behaviors, says a new report from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The report was launched on the eve of International Men’s Day (19 November).

The executive summary of  the “Masculinities and Health in the Region of the Americas” report highlights that societal expectations of men to be providers, to engage in risk-seeking behaviors, to be sexually dominant...
Dengue in the Americas reaches highest number of cases ever recorded - Nov 13, 2019 - 4:05:20 PM

Dengue in the Americas has reached the highest number of cases ever recorded, with more than 2.7 million cases and 1,206 deaths so far this year, according to a new epidemiological update from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

The largest previous dengue epidemic was in 2015, but the number of cases registered until October this year is 13 percent higher. Despite the increase in number of cases, the fatality rate...
United Nations calls for urgent action to curb the rise in hunger and obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean - Nov 12, 2019 - 9:15:54 AM

The prevalence of adult obesity in Latin America and the Caribbean has tripled since 1975, affecting one in four adults in a region where hunger has grown once again, reaching 42.5 million people, according to a new United Nations report issued today, the Panorama of Food and Nutritional Security 2019.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO / WHO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Program (WFP)...
Guyana launches mass drug administration campaign to intensify efforts to end Lymphatic Filariasis - Nov 5, 2019 - 9:29:09 PM

At-risk populations throughout Guyana will be treated for lymphatic filariasis (LF) over the next month in a bid to eliminate the disease as a public health problem.

The Ministry of Public Health, Guyana, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) launched the Mass Drug Administration (MDA) campaign on 31 October in Georgetown, Guyana. The one-month exercise will see health workers and volunteers visiting homes...
Agreement to eliminate trans-fatty acids from industrial food production aims to prevent cardiovascular disease - Oct 28, 2019 - 4:06:46 PM

A new plan to reduce cardiovascular disease by eliminating trans-fatty acids from industrial food production by the year 2025 was agreed today by the countries of the Americas. Cardiovascular disease is currently the leading cause of death in the hemisphere.

The Action Plan to Eliminate Trans-fatty Acids from Industrial Production 2020-2025, approved by the 57th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)...
Saint Lucia joins HEARTS initiative to improve prevention and control of hypertension - Oct 24, 2019 - 10:56:45 PM

Hypertension is a problem that contributes to heart disease. However, it is estimated that 40 percent of people with hypertension in the region do not know their condition. Of those who know they have hypertension and receive treatment, around 20 percent have their blood pressure controlled.
Among the initiative’s measures for primary health care workers are the establishment of a protocol for the management of hypertension, adoption of a set of drugs and technologies of proven effectiveness to treat hypertension...
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Twenty five (25) years of being Polio-Free in the Americas - Oct 24, 2019 - 11:00:29 AM

In 1975, before widespread immunization against polio, almost 6,000 children were paralyzed in the Americas due to the disease. In 1991, the last 6 cases of polio were reported, and in 1994, the Region was the first in the world to be certified polio-free.

Washington, DC, 21 October 2019 (PAHO) - In August 1991, Luis Fermín Tenorio Cortez, a child born in the mountains of Junín, Peru, was the last victim of wild poliovirus in the Region of the Americas. Fermín hadn´t been vaccinated, and so the virus was able to take hold in his body, resulting in irreversible paralysis in his legs...
Ultra-processed foods gain ground among Latin American and Caribbean families - Oct 23, 2019 - 3:40:33 PM

Ultra-processed food, sugary beverages and fast food with poor nutritional quality are replacing more nourishing domestic foods in diets of families in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a report published by the Pan American Health Organization, “Ultra-processed food and drink products in Latin America: Sales, sources, nutrient profiles, and policy implications.”

The report shows that sales of ultra-processed foods and beverages grew 8.3 percent between 2009 and 2014, the last year for which data were available. It estimates that those sales continued to grow another 9.2% from 2014 to 2019,
Ministries of Health from across the Caribbean meet to discuss urgent need to fund health and climate change initiatives - Oct 9, 2019 - 11:45:02 AM

Ministries of health from the Caribbean met in Jamaica this week with experts from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to support country efforts to develop and fund climate change-resilient health systems.

The meeting “Project Concepts on Health and Climate Change”, which took place from 7-8 October in Kingston, Jamaica, responds to the need to train health officials  in the Caribbean...
Meeting of health ministers at PAHO opens with call for accelerated action on urgent priorities in the Americas - Sep 30, 2019 - 9:00:32 PM

The Region of the Americas must scale-up and accelerate actions to ensure sustainable and equitable access to health care, urged the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, during the opening session of the Organization’s 57th Directing Council.

“There can be no doubt that we, as a region, are making significant and tangible progress on the road towards achieving universal health coverage and universal access to health...
WHO Director-General visits devastated sites in the Bahamas to assess health impacts of Hurricane Dorian - Sep 29, 2019 - 11:00:28 AM

WHO has mobilized USD 1 million from the Contingency Fund for the hurricane response

The world must rally around the Bahamas in the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Dorian which has not only cost many lives and livelihoods but caused severe damage to essential infrastructure, depriving communities of vital services at a critical time, said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), upon completion of a visit to the Bahamas...
Health ministers to gather in Washington to set policies, priorities for health action in the Americas - Sep 27, 2019 - 1:20:10 PM

Health ministers and other high-level delegates from the Americas will open a week-long meeting here on Sept. 30 to discuss health priorities and plans of action at the Pan American Health Organization’s 57th Directing Council .

Top health authorities from North, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean will seek agreement on regional strategies and plans that address their common and most pressing health challenges...
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