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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...
PAHO reports more than 60,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in pregnant women, with 458 deaths - Sep 22, 2020 - 2:49:34 PM

Since the first cases of COVID-19 in the Americas, 60,458 confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported among pregnant women, including 458 deaths, or 1%, in 14 countries, according to a new Epidemiological Update from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Until September 14, the highest number of deaths were reported by Mexico, with 140 deaths among 5,574 cases in pregnant and postpartum women, followed by Brazil, with 135 deaths in 2,256 women who had COVID-19...
COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates suicide risk factors - Sep 10, 2020 - 2:24:23 PM

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today warned that the COVID-19 pandemic may exacerbate suicide risk factors, urging people to speak about the issue in an open and responsible manner, remain connected even during physical distancing, and learn to identify warning signs to prevent it.

Coronavirus is affecting the mental health of many people. Data from recent studies show an increase in distress, anxiety and depression...
COVID-19 has infected some 570,000 health workers and killed 2,500 in the Americas, PAHO Director says - Sep 2, 2020 - 2:57:16 PM

Health workers are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, and in the Region of the Americas, “We have the highest number of health care workers infected in the world,” PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne said during a press conference today. “Our data shows that nearly 570,000 health workers across our region have fallen ill and more than 2,500 have succumbed to the virus.”
With almost 13.5 million COVID-19 cases and over 469,000 deaths reported in the Americas, including  around 4,000 deaths a day in our region, the scale of this pandemic...
PAHO asks countries to reinforce contact tracing and data systems as the region starts to reopen - Aug 25, 2020 - 7:52:23 PM

As cases of COVID-19 have more than doubled in the region of the Americas in the past weeks, reinforcing contact tracing and data management are key when many countries are reopening their activities.
The number of new COVID-19 infections reported in the Americas has more than doubled, rising from 5.3 million on July 1st to more than 12 million cases today...
PAHO asks countries to ensure prenatal checks due to increased risk of severe COVID-19 in pregnant women - Aug 21, 2020 - 4:05:55 PM

The Pan American Health Organization is asking countries in the Americas to step up efforts to ensure access to prenatal care services for pregnant women due to recent studies that show an increased risk of severe forms of COVID-19.
In a new Epidemiological Alert, PAHO notes, “Recently published results and studies based on COVID-19 surveillance data have indicated an increased risk among pregnant women...
Countries must expand services to cope with mental health effects of COVID-19 pandemic, PAHO Director says - Aug 18, 2020 - 6:33:09 PM

Countries in the Americas should expand and invest in mental health services to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F. Etienne said today.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a mental health crisis in our region at a scale we’ve never seen before. It’s a perfect storm in every country, as we see growing needs and reduced resources to address them. It is urgent that mental health...
PAHO trains 2,800 community health workers in Haiti for COVID-19 Response - Aug 12, 2020 - 5:05:57 PM

The Pan American Health Organization has trained in Haiti more than 2,800 community health workers including 2,700 community health agents (ASCP) and 162 community health nurses and auxiliary nurses as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing much-needed support to the Ministry of Health and the country’s Multisectoral Pandemic Management Commission of COVID-19...
COVID-19 threatens plans to eliminate and control infectious diseases, PAHO Director says - Aug 11, 2020 - 3:26:06 PM

The pandemic of COVID-19, which has killed over 390,000 people in the Americas, is threatening regional plans to eliminate and control infectious diseases including tuberculosis, HIV, hepatitis and others, PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne said today.
With more than 10.5 million cases of COVID-19 in the Americas and 100,000 new cases being reported every day, “countries can’t delay the fight against COVID-19, but we must not let COVID-19...
PAHO Director warns of disruptions in regular health services due to COVID-19 - Aug 4, 2020 - 11:01:21 PM

Health services are being disrupted in countries of the Americas as health workers are redirected to care for COVID-19 patients, people hesitate to seek routine care due to fears of infection, and global supply chains of medicines and equipment are strained said Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today.
“Without doctors and nurses available to offer other essential services at the first level of care...
Countries in the Americas pool efforts to ensure access to COVID-19 vaccines - Jul 14, 2020 - 8:58:05 PM

Countries in the Americas are pooling their efforts to ensure access to treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, The Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Carissa F. Etienne, said today.

"Acting as a bloc, PAHO member states will benefit from our technical expertise, as well as our decades of experience securing and distributing vaccines quickly and efficiently...
After six months of COVID-19, strong coordination across countries and evidence-based decisions are key to fight the pandemic - Jul 7, 2020 - 5:45:19 PM

As the region of the Americas reports 100,000 cases of COVID-19 a day, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, called for strong coordination across countries, evidence to guide leaders’ actions and for people to protect themselves and others.
“The past six months have shaken our world. The next six months will not be easier, and we cannot let our guard down...
PAHO urges countries to continue fight against malaria during COVID-19 pandemic, especially among vulnerable communities - Jul 6, 2020 - 4:00:09 PM

The Pan American Health Organization is urging countries to continue actions against malaria in the Americas, in line with the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially among vulnerable populations.
In a recent Epidemiological Update, PAHO said, “This situation is especially worrying in areas where indigenous communities reside and in cities in the Amazon region of Brazil and Peru and in areas of the Pacific region in Colombia...
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...
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