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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...
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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)...
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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...
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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)...
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Saint Lucia joins HEARTS initiative to improve prevention and control of hypertension - Oct 24, 2019 - 10:56:45 PM

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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

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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...
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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,
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Measles in the Americas: Epidemiological Update - Sep 26, 2019 - 2:30:29 PM

PAHO has published an Epidemiological Update on Measles in the Americas. It describes the current situation in the Region and includes advice to national authorities to vaccinate 95% of their populations with two doses of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine in all municipalities. PAHO also advises countries to vaccinate at-risk populations without proof of vaccination or immunity against measles and rubella, including migrant populations in high-traffic border areas...
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World Rabies Day: Latin America and the Caribbean on the cusp of eliminating rabies deaths - Sep 25, 2019 - 2:36:05 PM

Countries of Latin America and the Caribbean are closer than ever to achieving the elimination of human deaths by rabies. Over the last 12 months, just five cases were reported in the Region, announced the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) on the eve of World Rabies Day – 28 September.

According to PAHO, which has established the goal of eliminating human deaths from rabies by 2022, today, Haiti and the Dominican Republic are the only countries on the continent where people have died from rabies...
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PAHO warns of the complex situation of dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean - Aug 15, 2019 - 4:45:38 PM

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warns of the complex situation of dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean, a Region that is currently experiencing a new epidemic cycle of the disease after two years of low incidence.

According to the latest PAHO epidemiological update, published on August 9, during the first 7 months of 2019, more than 2 million people contracted the disease and 723 died...
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CDB, PAHO launched “Stronger Together” campaign, raising awareness about mental health and psychosocial support in disasters - Jul 12, 2019 - 9:20:02 PM

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As this year’s hurricane season gets underway, psychosocial support will be utilised to help the Caribbean people when disaster hits. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) launched the “Stronger Together” campaign in Bridgetown, Barbados. The campaign draws attention to the information and tools available to assist communities in better coping with the psychological impact of adverse events...
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PAHO/WHO urges northern hemisphere countries to prepare for heatwaves - Jul 12, 2019 - 12:50:07 PM

In view of the current heatwaves in Europe and predictions that this phenomenon will hit various parts of the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is urging countries in the Region to be prepared, due to the impact that this could have on peoples’ health, including the risk of death.

During the southern hemisphere’s summer of 2018-2019, seven countries in the Americas (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay) were affected by heatwaves, a phenomenon never seen before in the Region...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Urgent Call for Blood Donations as Eleuthera Accident Victims Airlifted to New Providence - Jun 24, 2019 - 4:00:15 PM

Five (5) persons seriously injured in a road traffic accident in Rock Sound, Eleuthera this morning were airlifted to medical facilities in New Providence and South Florida. 

The Public Hospitals Authority’s Agencies namely the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) and National Emergency Medical Service (NEMS) activated their Mass Casualty Incident Protocol. NEMS assisted with ground transportation and deployed ambulances to the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) to receive the injured...
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Ministers of Health of the Pacific and the Caribbean to join forces on climate change and health, regulatory frameworks, health security and NCDs - May 23, 2019 - 5:37:41 PM

Ministers of Health of the Pacific and the Caribbean met to discuss opportunities for cooperation and exchange regarding good practices in climate change and resilient health systems, regulatory frameworks, health security and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The meeting took place in parallel to the 72 World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

Small island states in the Caribbean and the Pacific face a number of common challenges...
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Sickle Cell Association works to create positive, lasting change - May 16, 2019 - 1:45:20 PM

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When a 26-year-old declared he would die in hospital it was difficult to believe. There was no gunshot wound, visible signs of trauma, or apparatus attached to him indicating he was under critical care. Twenty minutes later, after calling his mother, the father to a two-year-old took his last breath in Kayla Mortimer’s arms.

“I could not sleep for a week after that,” recalled Mrs Mortimer, the Bahamas Sickle Cell Association’s (BSCA) new president. “Every time I closed my eyes, I would hear his voice, see his face.”...
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Nursing staff are vital for making progress towards universal health - May 8, 2019 - 4:00:28 PM

Nurses make up more than 50% of health workers yet, in many countries of the Americas, shortages persist. New PAHO guidelines seek to strengthen their role in achieving health for all.

Today, at the launch of the Strategic Directions for Nursing in the Region of the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) called on countries to invest in nurses to improve their availability...
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