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Health officials briefed on Ebola and chikungunya during 53rd PAHO Directing Council

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Delegates to the 53rd Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) were briefed today on the Ebola in West Africa and chikungunya in the Americas, both rapidly spreading epidemics that show the importance of public health preparedness and response.

Ministries of health of the Americas seek to strengthen coordination of humanitarian assistance in emergencies and disasters

Children receiving assistance after a disaster

Representatives of ministries of health in the Americas today adopted a plan of action to improve coordination of international humanitarian assistance during emergencies and disasters, in order to facilitate a timely, effective response and save lives.

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