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2014


Peru: Strengthening local management in Lima for tuberculosis control

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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Regional: Collaborating to train more professional midwives in the Americas

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Updating the Strengthening Midwifery Toolkit
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Increasing the number of trained health care workers is crucial to reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in the Americas. For more than 10 years the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and WHO have been working together to address the need for about 300,000 more midwives and obstetric nurses in the world, in order to achieve the goal of all women and children having access to these services even in the most remote areas or hard-to-access urban settings. Despite efforts to reach this goal, the number of midwives is still too low and does not cover the needs of the countries, especially in rural areas. In other cases, new health care workers are available but need the necessary training to safely provide health care services.
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Regional: “A Shared Commitment” to combatting TB in vulnerable populations of Latin America

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World TB Day event co-hosted by PAHO and USAID stimulates political commitment in large cities

On 19 March 2013, PAHO and USAID co-hosted an event to commemorate World Tuberculosis Day at PAHO Headquarters in Washington DC, bringing together officials from the countries and cities where the USAID-funded project aimed at TB control in large cities is currently present: Guarulhos, Brazil; Bogotá, Colombia; and Lima, Peru. This year’s theme, Stop TB in our lifetime: A shared commitment (in Spanish: Terminemos con la TB durante nuestra generación: Es un compromiso de todos) mirrored the global campaign slogan while emphasizing the importance of an intersectoral approach to move forward and increase diagnosis and treatment in populations vulnerable to TB.

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