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December 2008 Edition 

World Health Report 2008
Primary Health Care: The Best Cure for Failed Systems

Healthcare costs are rising everywhere, yet people are not getting the care they need. Now more than ever, the answer is reform based on primary health care.

Health systems around the world are failing to meet the needs of the people they are supposed to serve, a failure that is now becoming "a threat to social stability," says the 2008 World Health Report, Primary Health Care: Now More than Ever.

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Quoted at Length
Socorro Gross, PAHO's new assistant director, describes the influences that have shaped her career and her leadership of PAHO's technical cooperation programs. [Read]

 


48th Directing Council
Top representatives of PAHO member countries recently pledged new health action in areas ranging from diabetes and cervical cancer to blood safety and adolescent health. [Read]


Caribbean Wellness Day
Thousands of men, women, and children in 14 Caribbean countries took part in special events promoting healthier lifestyles, on the first-ever annual Caribbean Wellness Day. [Read]

 


ALSO IN THIS ISSUE
Crisis points to breastfeeding [Read]
Malaria Day in the Americas [Read]
Region makes progress on HIV [Read]
New Hospital Safety Index [Read]
Newsbriefs [Read]

 

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INDEX

Primary Health Care: The Best Cure for Failed Systems
QUOTED AT LENGTH: Dr. Socorro Gross
Singer José José Denounces Violence against Women
PAHO Teams Up with Clinton Global Initiative
Ministers Commit to New Action in Health
Panels Discuss Climate Change, Primary Care
Caribbean Celebrates First Wellness Day
Three "Healthy Cities" Win 2008 Awards
China Infant Formula Crisis Highlights Need to Promote Breastfeeding
Experts: Don't Let Up in the Fight against Malaria
PAHO Joins IDB, Sabin Institute to Fight Neglected Diseases
Region Makes Progress, Faces Challenges on HIV
Countries Raise Awareness on World Rabies Day 2008
New PAHO Tool Measures Hospital Safety
Patient Champions Launch New Advocacy Network
New Vision for PAHO Scientific Journal
Publications on Alcohol
Newsbriefs

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2014

On World Health Day, soccer star Leonel Messi helps to raise awareness about Chagas’ Disease (04/07/2014)

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In a video released for World Health Day, FC Barcelona soccer star Leonel Messi calls for more resources and drugs against Chagas ' disease, a silent disease transmitted by a biting insect that currently infects 6 to 8 million people, mainly in the Americas.

Half the population of the Americas is at risk of diseases carried by small insects (04/04/2014)

Roughly 50% of people living in the Western Hemisphere are at risk of one or more diseases carried by mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other vectors, including West Nile virus, dengue, malaria and most recently chikungunya. In a “call to action” for World Health Day 2014, top health experts from North and South America and the Caribbean urged greater efforts by governments, communities and individuals to control the spread of these and other vector-borne diseases.

Call to Action: “Step up the fight against vector-borne diseases in the Americas” (03/31/2014)

Small bites - Big Threats

A press telebriefing on a “call to action to step up the fight against vector-borne diseases in the Americas.” These include recent arrivals such as West Nile virus and chikungunya and long-established diseases such as malaria, dengue, and yellow fever.

Brazil moves towards the elimination of the transmission of Lymphatic Filariasis (03/21/2014)

PAHO Director Message on World Health Day 2014 (03/18/2014)

Países de las Américas implementarán un protocolo de vigilancia integrada del dengue (03/06/2014)

2013

PAHO Director thanks international malaria partners at U.S. Capitol (12/12/2013)

Countries of the Americas have reduced malaria deaths by 70% since 2000, but 145 million people in the region remain at risk (12/11/2013)

Malaria is present in 21 countries in the Americas (12/11/2013)

70 years of Bambui, a living story of Chagas Disease (12/05/2013)

La OPS participa en el XI Congreso Centroamericano y del Caribe de Parasitología y Medicina Tropical (In Spanish) (11/27/2013)

Reunión Regional ¿Porqué no podemos controlar el Aedes aegypti? Situación Actual y próximos pasos (Spanish only) (11/25/2013)

PAHO to honor Malaria Champions of the Americas on 7th Annual Malaria Day in the Americas (11/04/2013)

Reunión Regional de alineación de la Estrategia de Gestión Integrada para la prevención y control del Dengue de la OPS/OMS (EGI-Dengue) (10/11/2013)

Universal access to eye care could prevent most blindness (10/10/2013)

Health leaders set course for Pan American health action and progress toward universal coverage (10/04/2013)

‘People in the Americas are healthier and stronger’ thanks to Pan American cooperation in health, says PAHO Director (09/30/2013)

Filiariasis linfática: hacia su eliminación en 2020 (09/05/2013)

Convocatoria para Programa de Pequeños Subsidios busca fortalecer las capacidades de los países la Región de las Américas (08/10/2013)

Colombia is first country in the world to eliminate river blindness (07/29/2013)

An educational video game on dengue (07/26/2013)

¡La prevención del Dengue es tarea de todos! - Pueblo Pitanga: Enemigos Silenciosos (07/12/2013)

Municipios de Colombia alcanzan interrupción de la transmisión vectorial intra domiciliaria de Trypanosoma cruzi, por R.prolixus (07/08/2013)

Dominican Republic strengthens actions to evaluate the lymphatic filariasis transmission in the country (06/18/2013)

“Malaria Champions of the Americas” contest receives nominations until July 5 (06/17/2013)

Certification of the Interruption of Vectoral Transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi in Belize (06/12/2013)

Latin American countries gather to work towards the elimination of lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis) (06/12/2013)

Plan Decenal de Salud Pública 2012-2021 de Colombia (06/12/2013)

PAHO welcomes countries’ commitment to eliminate 12 neglected diseases from the Americas by 2015 (06/11/2013)

Experts meet to enhance synergies for soil-transmitted helminthiases control in the Americas (05/31/2013)

PAHO deputy director describes health progress in the Americas at OAS (05/22/2013)

Honduras expands deworming of children in remote communities during vaccination campaigns (05/12/2013)

PAHO/WHO to support Guyana and Suriname in studies of resistance to artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) (05/10/2013)

Workshop for Training on Regional Guidance for Implementation of Integrated Deworming Actions - Bogota, Colombia 13-15 May 2013 (05/09/2013)

Intensifying Integrated Efforts for Control of Soil-Transmitted Helminthiases in the Region of the Americas - Bogotá, Colombia 16 and 17 May 2013 (05/09/2013)

La República Dominicana realizó Jornada Nacional de Desparasitación integrada a la Semana de Vacunación de las Américas del 2013 (05/01/2013)

“Malaria Champions of the Americas” contest seeks best practices that integrate other health solutions (04/25/2013)

Décimo Primera Semana de Vacunación en Honduras incluirá campaña de desparasitación en cuatro departamentos del país (04/20/2013)

Honduras inicia campaña de desparasitación contra geohelmintos en cuatro departamentos del país, en el marco de la Semana de la Vacunación (04/20/2013)

Presidente del Paraguay lanza campaña de desparasitación nacional (04/17/2013)

Curso a distancia de autoaprendizaje de Leishmaniasis en las Américas: diagnóstico y tratamiento (04/14/2013)

Misión de Evaluación Internacional de la Prevención, Control y Atención de la Enfermedad de Chagas en Argentina (03/26/2013)

Salud y Educación firman acuerdo para ejecutar campaña antiparasitaria nacional (03/25/2013)

Misión de Evaluación de la situación epidemiológica y de control de la enfermedad de Chagas en el Departamento de Alto Paraguay (03/24/2013)

Ministry of Health of Brazil, started a deworming and leprosy case-finding campaign (03/20/2013)

World TB Day: Experts to discuss TB prevention and control in big cities (03/17/2013)

Progress in the fight against neglected infectious diseases in the Americas and the world (01/15/2013)

New year, new materials: PAHO releases an infographic to continue the fight against Hepatitis in the Americas (01/11/2013)

World Malaria Report 2012 (01/10/2013)

13º International Dengue Course (01/08/2013)

2012

In the Americas, malaria cases have declined nearly 60% since 2000 (12/20/2012)

Departamento de Potosí, Bolivia, es certificado por interrupción de la transmisión vectorial de Trypanosoma cruzi (agente de la enfermedad de Chagas) (12/01/2012)

PAHO Deputy Director urges integrated approach to neglected tropical diseases (11/23/2012)

Call for Applications to the Regional Green Light Committee (rGLC) (11/15/2012)

PAHO Honors 2012 Malaria Champions of the Americas (11/09/2012)

On 6th Annual Malaria Day in the Americas, PAHO Will Honor Malaria Champions of the Americas (10/10/2012)

On 6th Annual Malaria Day in the Americas, PAHO Will Honor Malaria Champions of the Americas (10/10/2012)

Documento de Santiago del Estero. Nuevas orientaciones para consenso en organización y estrategia de la atención de Chagas (10/09/2012)

OPS llama a reforzar lucha contra hepatitis, una enfermedad “silenciosa” que afecta a millones de personas en las Américas (07/26/2012)

PAHO events during the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C. (07/19/2012)

Nota de Prensa: Curso Internacional de Intervención Integral de Dengue (07/11/2012)

Argentina: Santiago del Estero Marks Key Milestone in Chagas control in a hyperendemic area (In Spanish) (07/02/2012)

The Region of the Americas is preparing the commemoration of "World Hepatitis Day" (06/24/2012)

Affiliated Independent Event on Viral Hepatitis and HIV Co-Infection in the Program of the International Conference on AIDS (06/20/2012)

Evalúan Plan Nacional para prevenir enfermedades infecciosas desatendidas (In Spanish) (06/20/2012)

La OPS celebra la primera Reunión Regional sobre Hepatitis Virales en América Latina y el Caribe (06/19/2012)

Resultados y conclusiones de un taller en prevención de Chagas en Brasilia (In Spanish) (06/11/2012)

Uruguay es el 1º país de América Latina libre del insecto que transmite el mal de chagas (05/24/2012)

Countries of the Americas promote integrated action to eliminate neglected diseases (05/17/2012)

Experts to analyze progress toward elimination of trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness (05/11/2012)

News for the STH Control Community. Children Without Worms. Sharing Knowledge and Success Stories (04/26/2012)

Taller Regional de Fortalecimiento de la Gestión de Medicamentos con énfasis en 2da Línea (In Spanish) (04/20/2012)

Guatemala es sede de la segunda reunión regional para la eliminación del tracoma en las Américas (04/18/2012)

Honduras: primer país del Continente con un plan nacional para prevención, atención, control y eliminación de enfermedades infecciosas desatendidas (04/12/2012)

Se realiza el “Taller Para Elaborar la Norma Nacional de la Leishmaniasis” (In Spanish) (03/30/2012)

Press Release: Private and Public Partners Unite to Combat 10 Neglected Tropical Diseases by 2020 (01/30/2012)

2011

World Malaria Report 2011 (12/15/2011)

Evaluación de terreno en Argentina confirma notables avances en el control de la enfermedad de Chagas (12/06/2011)

PAHO: To remove the NTDs we must step up not only our Health sector strategies but our Poverty-Reduction Strategies (12/06/2011)

USAID Grants PAHO $5 Million to Improve Health in Latin America and the Caribbean (11/21/2011)

Colombia, el primer país de las Américas que elimina la oncocercosis (11/14/2011)

PAHO Honors Malaria Champions of the Americas 2011 (11/09/2011)

Países de las Américas acordaron plan para reducir la malaria, prevenir su reintroducción y mantener los logros (09/29/2011)

AMI/RAVREDA celebró 10 años de lucha contra la malaria en el Amazonas (09/15/2011)

Celebrating 10 Years of Collaboration: Looking into the Future Together (09/12/2011)

Directora de la OPS: es urgente integrar y potenciar acciones, recursos y alianzas para eliminar las Enfermedades Desatendidas en las Américas (08/18/2011)

PAHO/WHO Warns of Growing Health Toll of Hepatitis (07/27/2011)

Tackling and Eliminating Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) with Common Tools but Innovative Applications of Knowledge is a Moral Imperative (07/11/2011)

Successful Interruption of Onchocerciasis in a Focus in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (06/01/2011)

TDR Wins 2011 Gates Award for Global Health (05/20/2011)

El control de las enfermedades transmisibles, 19a ed. (05/20/2011)

Bolivia alcanza un hito clave en la lucha contra la enfermedad de Chagas (05/17/2011)

“Malaria Champions of the Americas” Seeks Nominations of Integrated Approaches and Synergies in Efforts against Malaria (04/26/2011)

Some Neglected Diseases Could be Eliminated in the Americas, PAHO Paper Says (02/19/2011)

PAHO Director: Reducing Poverty is Key to Face Neglected Diseases (02/10/2011)

12th International Dengue Course (8-19 August 2011) (01/05/2011)

2010

Rhodnius prolixus en Centroamérica, un peligroso vector de la enfermedad de Chagas que deja de serlo (12/12/2010)

WHO: New Quick Test a Milestone for Tuberculosis Diagnosis and Care (12/08/2010)

Guidelines Improve Access of Health Workers to HIV and TB Services (12/03/2010)

Aedes Aaegypti: medidas para el control del vector (11/29/2010)

PAHO Names "Malaria Champions of the Americas 2010" (11/04/2010)

PAHO Celebrates Fourth Annual “Malaria Day in the Americas," Recognizes “Malaria Champions" (10/29/2010)

Moquegua logró interrumpir transmisión de milenaria enfermedad de chagas en su región (09/20/2010)

Se realizará certificación de la eliminación de la transmisión vectorial de la enfermedad de Chagas en la región Moquegua - Perú (09/14/2010)

Expertos en resistencia a los antimaláricos se reúnen en Panamá (07/14/2010)

Malaria Burden More than Halved in the Americas (04/22/2010)

Prevention of Blindness and Eye Care (03/30/2010)

PAHO Cites TB Progress, Honors Innovation on World TB Day (03/15/2010)

2009

PAHO Recognizes "Winning Global Health Solutions" (12/15/2009)

36 Million People With TB Cured Using the Stop TB Strategy (12/07/2009)

PAHO and Canada Target Communicable Diseases in South America (11/19/2009)

PAHO Honors "Malaria Champions of the Americas 2009" (11/11/2009)

Health Ministers Set Ambitious Agenda for the Americas (10/02/2009)

PAHO, PAHEF, and The George Washington University launch the Malaria Champions of the Americas Award (06/16/2009)

XI International Dengue Course (Havana, Cuba, 10-21 August 2009) (04/01/2009)

XI International Dengue Course (Havana, Cuba, 10-21 August 2009) (04/01/2009)

Ministers Commit to New Action in Health (02/02/2009)

2008

PAHO, IDB and Sabin refine fight against neglected diseases in Latin America and Caribbean (12/17/2008)

Malaria in the Americas: No Time to Ease Up (11/06/2008)

Dr. Mirta Roses Inaugural Address as Director of the Pan American Health Organization (02/27/2008)

An Achievable Dream: Eliminating some Diseases from the Region (02/01/2008)

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