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Vaccine Revolving Fund May Expand to Africa, Mediterranean Regions

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Fund has helped make the Americas a leader in eliminating preventable diseases

Washington, June 26, 2008 (PAHO) - A revolving fund that helps countries buy large quantities of quality vaccines at low cost has been so successful in the Americas that regions of Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean are exploring similar mechanisms to guarantee access to vaccines and support their national immunization programs, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) officials said.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 March 2010 22:39

Child Deaths Drop Sharply

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Note for the Media WHO/3
21 May 2009

Mid-way report card on health-related Millennium Development Goals mixed, says WHO

21 MAY 2009 | GENEVA -- Deaths of children aged under five years have dropped by 27% globally since 1990, according to the latest WHO estimates. But in WHO’s first progress report on the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) released today in the World Health Statistics 2009, other results are mixed.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 01 July 2009 10:42

Safe Hospitals Video

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This PAHO video promotes the concept and strategy of Safe Hospitals. It makes it clear that this issue is of universal concern, extending beyond the health sector. The video explains what a safe hospital is and why we must safeguard these critical facilities. Below is a clip of this production. To request a DVD, please contact us at \n This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2009 10:43

Countries Must Eliminate Homophobia and Transphobia

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Panama City, May 15, 2009 – Stigma, discrimination and violence against homosexuals and other people who have same-sex relations, also known as homophobia, and against transgender, transvestite or transexual people, also known as transphobia, are hindering the efforts to curb the HIV epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean, a group of United Nations (UN) agencies said today, in anticipation of the observation of the World Day against Homophobia (May 17).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2009 15:21

Immunization Could Have Prevented Fatal Measles Outbreak in Germany

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February 2009

GENEVA – A recent measles outbreak in Germany has highlighted the need for vaccination reminders and better information for parents, according to research published today in the international public health journal, the Bulletin of the World Health Organization.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 June 2009 09:13
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