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2014


USAID funding for TB control in large cities leads to increased political commitment in pilot countries

USAID funding for TB control in large cities leads to increased political commitment in pilot countries

Brazil, Colombia and Peru expanding the initiative for TB control in large cities to additional locations

TB remains one of the most important public health problems in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) Region, primarily effecting the countries’ poorest and most vulnerable populations. National TB data shows a gap of 60,700 TB cases undetected in the Region in 2012*, with a concentration of TB in large cities. The accelerated urbanization of countries in the Americas has led to the formation of urban slums where approximately 27%, or 117 million people, in the Region live, as well as an increase in population living in poverty with a high degree of marginalization, and therefore high vulnerability to TB**.

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From elimination of onchocerciasis to elimination of blinding trachoma in Colombia

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Tackling blinding trachoma in the country’s indigenous communities in remote areas

From elimination of onchocerciasis to elimination of blinding trachoma in Colombia

Ocular trachoma is one of the oldest infectious diseases known to mankind. It is caused by Chlamydia trachomatis – a microorganism which spreads through contact with eye discharge from the infected person (on towels, handkerchiefs, fingers, etc.) and through transmission by eye-seeking flies. After years of repeated infection, the inside of the eyelid may be scarred so severely that the eyelid turns inward and the lashes rub on the eyeball, scarring the cornea (the front of the eye). If untreated, this condition leads to the formation of irreversible corneal opacities and blindness. It is one of the main causes of preventable blindness (responsible for 3% of blindness world-wide).

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Peru: Strengthening local management in Lima for tuberculosis control

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TB remains one of the most important public health problems in the region of the Americas, with Peru ranking fifth among countries for the highest incidence of TB in the Region, and second only to Brazil for absolute number of cases.

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Haiti: Moving towards malaria elimination through better diagnosis and treatment for patients

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Haiti and the Dominican Republic are the only countries in the Caribbean where malaria remains endemic. Both countries have taken the decision to embark on the path towards eliminating this disease from Hispaniola. Haiti is now working to ensure that its ongoing projects and collaborations contribute towards that goal.
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2013


Regional: 26 Governments Sign 'Declaration of Panama' to Eliminate Health Inequalities in Latin America & Caribbean on September 10, 2013

Ending preventable child and maternal deaths priority at High-level Regional Conference

The Promise Renewed for the Americas conference hosted over 280 participants (Member States, international and national organizations, civil society, NGOs, private sector, etc.) from 30 countries, and 18 Ministers and Vice-ministers of Health from Latin America and the Caribbean and seven international partners who signed the Declaration of Panama pledge to end all preventable child and maternal deaths by 2035.

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Guatemala: Big Steps towards Elimination of River Blindness and other Neglected Infectious Diseases

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Tackling River Blindness and other Neglected Infectious Diseases in the Mayan Heartland
Onchocerciasis (River Blindness) is the second-leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide and disproportionately affects people and communities living in poverty. It is caused by the parasitic worm Onchocerca volvulus and it is transmitted to humans through the bites of Simulium flies. The disease was introduced into the Americas through slave trafficking in the early 18th century.
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El Salvador: Establishment of the Center of Excellence for TB provides Capacity Building Opportunities

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Hands-on Training in TB Program Management for the Region of the Americas in San Salvador

Thanks to the support of USAID and through the collaboration of the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) of the Ministry of Health of El Salvador, the PAHO El Salvador Country office, and the National Institute of Health, the Regional Center of Excellence for Operational Implementation of the Stop TB Strategy (CE-TB) was established in February 2013.

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Haiti: Malaria patients benefit from new consistent and reliable treatment guidelines

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Hispaniola Island is the only remaining Caribbean area where malaria is still a significant public health problem. This is a particularly challenging issue in Haiti. In 2012, approximately 25,000 Haitians were unable to go to school or to work to provide for their families because they were sick from malaria. In the past, this had been complicated by a health system with a myriad of different providers, all offering inconsistent treatment and not relying on proper diagnosis. To avoid this, Haiti’s National Malaria Program adopted new guidelines for malaria diagnosis and treatment in 2012 to tackle this problem and accelerate the decrease in malaria cases.
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