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
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
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
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...
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.”
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,
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
“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
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...
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
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...
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
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.
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
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...
Sickle Cell Association works to create positive, lasting change
- May 16, 2019 - 1:45:20 PM
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.”...
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