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Will Health Services function when most needed?

63rd World Health AssemblyDisasters caused by natural hazards have devastating effects on people, families, and communities. Socioeconomic consequences can be life shattering. These disasters call for an immediate response from the health sector that is the most critical pillar of humanitarian action. Ministries of Health and Governments face intense scrutiny from national and international actors on their performance in such events and face mounting expectations for quick, decisive and appropriate action.

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New Report on the Earthquake in Haiti

This new report updates the current health situation in Haiti, providing an overview of what PAHO/WHO, the Ministry of Public Health and other partners are doing to respond to health needs.  It also looks at progress being made in a variety of areas including delivery of health services, communicable disease control, maternal and neonatal health, and more.   icon PDF version of the report

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A sym- posium on health determinants and inequalities will mark the 10th Anniversary of Equity and Health listserv. The symposium—from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on February 24th, 2010 at PAHO headquarters in Washington, D.C.and online—will focus on the analysis of thematic trends and conceptual frameworks developed in the last 10 years and their policy implications.

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Ronaldinho Gaucho Promotes Vaccination Week in the Americas

{mosMiniYT}vIowhqkiY00,l,Click here to watch the PSA{/mosMiniYT} International soccer star Ronaldinho Gaucho is featured in a Public Service Announcement (PSA) produced by the Pan American Health Organization to promote Vaccination Week in the Americas 2010, an unparalleled effort led by Latin American and Caribbean countries to vaccinate millions.

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Haiti earthquake health Q&As

What was the impact of the 12 January earthquake?

As of 15 February, the national Civil Protection Agency estimates that 217,366 people died from the 12 January earthquake. More than 500,000 people have left Port-au-Prince for outlying departments, including nearly 100,000 who have gone to Grand Anse and more than 160,000 to Artibonite. The Government estimates that 97,294 houses were destroyed and 188,383 were damaged.

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