In a most welcomed recognition of internationally agreed upon development goals, the U.S. government has renewed its commitment to the health of women and girls around the world. The renewed commitment was expressed by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in remarks commemorating the 15th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), known as the Cairo Conference.
The first WHO Podcast episode for 2010 focuses on the emergency health response to the severe earthquake that struck Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The earthquake has inflicted large-scale damage, including damage to hospitals and health facilities. In the podcast WHO/PAHO experts talk about the situation and the emergency health response.
Not a single case of rubella has been confirmed in Argentina for the past 10 months, while Brazil's last confirmed case dates from 12 September 2009. That might mean that endemic rubella virus transmission has been interrupted in both South American countries. The news comes from Rubella Watch, a publication of the Pan American Health Organization.
The Pan American Health Organization has published a manual for disaster response teams that focuses—among other themes—on the formulation of plans for communicating with the public during emergencies, as well as techniques for producing, exchanging, and distributing information for humanitarian organizations. The manual can be downloaded from PAHO's Emergency Preparadness and Disaster Relief site.