On July 17th PAHO staff met with Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo, Head of the International Delegation, Special Advisor on HIV and AIDS for Caritas Internationalis, at its headquarters, in Washington, D.C. Caritas Internationalis has an official status as an NGO with WHO, counts with 165 members and works in seven regions of the world. This organization has worked since 1987 in the fight against HIV, making it the first Faith Based Organization (FBO) to deal with this topic. The meeting sought to encourage future cooperation among PAHO Country Offices and FBOs, by participating in national and regional events.
PAHO and The Carter Center congratulate Ecuador as second in the Americas to achieve elimination of onchocerciasis (river blindness)
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and The Carter Center congratulated Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and the people of Ecuador for their country becoming the second in the world to achieve elimination of onchocerciasis (river blindness), as verified by the World Health Organization (WHO). Minister of Health of Ecuador Carina Vance announced the development during the opening session of the 53rd PAHO Directing Council in Washington, D.C.