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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...
Countries of the Americas must act now to slow the spread of COVID-19 - Mar 31, 2020 - 5:40:13 PM

With many countries of the Americas now reporting community transmission of COVID-19, there is still a short window of time for governments to slow the spread of the virus, reduce the impact on health systems and save lives, said the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Carissa F. Etienne, during a media briefing today.

As of 31 March 2020, three months after the first case of COVID-19 was reported in China, there have been 188,949 confirmed cases in the Americas and 3,561 people have lost their lives.
PAHO Director to Health Ministers - "Reorganize health services to care for COVID-19 patients and save lives" - Mar 18, 2020 - 10:40:47 PM

The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, today called on all countries in the Americas to take urgent action to reorganize their health services and protect health professionals in order to safely care for patients with the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and save lives.

“The message is clear- Now is the time for countries to increase their capacity to detect cases...
PAHO Director's statement on COVID-19 pandemic - Mar 11, 2020 - 7:45:10 PM

See enclosed video statement issued by the Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne on the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for countries of the Americas.

PAHO Director: The Americas must prepare to respond to imported cases, outbreaks and community transmission of COVID-19 - Mar 6, 2020 - 8:20:40 PM

In the last ten days, 14 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have reported confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), in addition to the United States and Canada. Given the rapid arrival of COVID-19, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) urged countries to focus on containing the virus, saving lives by ensuring that health workers are protected and that the sector is prepared to care for patients, and reducing transmission through multisectoral actions and measures..
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Ministry of Health's Update - Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Dashboard - Mar. 3 - Mar 3, 2020 - 2:00:12 PM

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COVID-19 formerly known as the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Update #8 - Feb 19, 2020 - 11:30:27 AM

The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public that to date, there remains no suspected or reported cases of COVID-19 in The Bahamas.  Currently, there are more than seventy thousand (70,000) cases reported in China, with at least one thousand eight hundred (1,800) deaths. The virus has spread to at least twenty-seven (27) countries.  

The public is further advised that all individuals who were being quarantined have been released after completing the required monitoring, and are exhibiting no symptoms of the virus...
PAHO prepares 8 Caribbean countries for laboratory diagnosis of new coronavirus - Feb 12, 2020 - 7:05:35 PM

Virology experts from the Pan American Health Organization have travelled to the Caribbean region to ensure that laboratory specialists are trained and equipped to identify and respond to potential imported cases of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

Training in the Caribbean began in Suriname, followed by Barbados and Haiti, and will continue later this week in Jamaica, Belize and Dominica. Next week, PAHO experts will travel to Bahamas and Guyana to complete this initiative in the sub-region...
Cases of dengue in the Americas exceeded 3 million in 2019 - Feb 12, 2020 - 5:23:26 PM

The Americas reported more than 3 million cases of dengue in 2019, the largest number recorded in the Region so far, according to the latest epidemiological update from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

These figures exceeded the 2.4 million cases reported in 2015 during the previous largest dengue epidemic in the history of the Region. That year, almost 1400 people died of dengue...
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Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) update #6 - Feb 7, 2020 - 11:30:42 AM

The Ministry of Health wishes to advise the public that there remains no suspected, reported or confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in The Bahamas.  Currently, the 2019-nCoV has spread to at least twenty-seven (27) countries, and now has more than twenty eight thousand (28,000) cases confirmed on Mainland China, with five hundred sixty-five (565) deaths. 

To date, fifteen (15) residents have been quarantined. The individuals monitored currently have not experienced symptoms of the virus...  
PAHO providing technical cooperation to countries on novel Coronavirus - Feb 6, 2020 - 8:21:06 PM

The Pan American Health Organization is working with health ministries in Latin America and the Caribbean to help them prepare to deal with possible importations of cases of novel coronavirus.

In a series of technical cooperation activities, PAHO experts in laboratories, preparedness, epidemiology, clinical management, infection prevention and control...
Novel coronavirus: PAHO Epidemiological Update for the Americas - Feb 5, 2020 - 7:24:44 PM

On 31 December 2019, Wuhan Municipality in Hubei Province, China reported a cluster of pneumonia cases with unknown etiology. By the 9th of January 2020, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention identified a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) as the causative agent of this outbreak. On 30 January 2020, with more than 9,700 confirmed cases in China and 106 confirmed cases in 19 other countries...
WHO outlines steps to save 7 million lives from cancer - Feb 4, 2020 - 11:45:17 PM

The World Health Organization (WHO) today spells out the need to step up cancer services in low and middle-income countries. WHO warns that, if current trends continue, the world will see a 60% increase in cancer cases over the next two decades. The greatest increase (an estimated 81%) in new cases will occur in low- and middle-income countries, where survival rates are currently lowest.

This is largely because these countries have focused limited health resources on combating infectious diseases and improving maternal and child health, while health systems do not have the capacity to adequately prevent, screen, diagnose and treat people with cancer...
Mary Lou Valdez appointed as PAHO/WHO Deputy Director - Feb 4, 2020 - 9:07:35 PM

Ms. Mary Lou Valdez of the United States of America has been appointed as the new Deputy Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Ms. Valdez assumed PAHO/WHO's second-highest post, with a portfolio that comprises Secretary to the Governing Bodies of the Organization, including the Pan American Sanitary Conference, the Directing Council, and the Executive Committee; and oversight of official relations with the Governments of Canada...
Public Service Announcement: Resident return quarantine - Feb 2, 2020 - 10:46:39 PM

On 30th January, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC).

Currently, The Bahamas has no suspected, reported or confirmed cases of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Moreover, the Ministry of Health is closely following the global development of this virus...
New coronavirus - Questions and answers from PAHO - Jan 30, 2020 - 2:50:51 PM

See enclosed video of PAHO's Assistant Director, Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, addressing the most commonly-asked questions about the new coronavirus and risk to the Caribbean.

For more information, please visit our website...
Measles outbreak in Venezuela is under control - Jan 30, 2020 - 2:16:18 PM

The measles outbreak in Venezuela is under control following a series of actions taken by the country, together with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and its partners, including a country-wide vaccination campaign that reached almost nine million children between the ages of 6 months and 15 years.

Between the onset of the outbreak in July 2017 and 2019, the country reported 7,054 confirmed cases and 84 deaths...
PAHO Director urges readiness to detect cases of new coronavirus in the Americas - Jan 24, 2020 - 7:05:53 PM

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne today urged countries in the Americas to be prepared to detect early, isolate and care for patients infected with the new coronavirus, in case of receiving travelers from  countries where there is ongoing transmission of novel coronavirus cases.

"Health services need to be prepared because they will most likely be the entry point where cases of the new coronavirus will be detected...
Haiti reaches one-year free of Cholera - Jan 23, 2020 - 2:56:46 PM

The cholera outbreak in Haiti that began in October 2010, affecting over 820,000 people and killing 9,792, has been stopped in its tracks, with the country reaching 1-year free of confirmed cases this week. 

The achievement follows concerted efforts from Haiti, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and other partner agencies to address the root causes of cholera, including through increased surveillance to detect and respond to possible-flare-ups...
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