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Carmen Barroso presents findings of 2014 iERG report at 53rd Directing Council

There has been progress in improving the health situation of women and children in the region of the Americas and the world, but there is much left to do, said Carmen Barroso, Regional Director of International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), and one of nine members of the independent Expert Review Group (iERG). Barroso presented the findings from the 2014 iERG report, Every Woman, Every Child: a Post-2015 Vision, during PAHO’s 53rd Directing Council.

The 2014 iERG report, which looks at the 75 countries globally with the greatest contribution to maternal and child mortality, states that gaps in achieving universal access to reproductive health still exist – 161 million sexually active women from the 75 countries do not have access to the modern family planning methods they need - and that there is no consensus on any country meeting Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5 targets to reduce maternal mortality ratios by three-quarters by 2014.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 11:11
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Progress report on maternal mortality finds maternal mortality decreasing regionally, but inequalities remain

Maternal mortality and morbidity have decreased at the regional level in the Americas and the Caribbean, but rates still vary greatly within and among countries, according to a progress report on The Plan to Accelerate the Reduction in Maternal Mortality and Severe Maternal Morbidity that was presented today at PAHO’s 53rd Directing Council.

The progress report states that regionally, fewer women are dying from pregnancy and childbirth complications: the regional maternal mortality ratio (MMR) - calculated based on data from 23 countries - has fallen 21.4% since the Plan was approved in 2011, from 67.9 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births to 56.6. However, the report also highlights the fact that inequalities still exist: seven countries reported higher mortality among ethnic populations, and 11 countries reported mortality figures at or above 125 per 100,000 among different areas within the country, meaning that mortality rates can vary greatly within individual countries.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 October 2014 10:50
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The Health of Indigenous Peoples: integrated health systems

World Conference on Indigenous Peoples

The high-level plenary meeting of the 69th session of the General Assembly, known as the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples, will take place on 22 and 23 September in New York. PAHO has had an active role in the preparation of the Conference, which serves as proof of the Organization’s commitment to the health of indigenous peoples as a fundamental right. In this context, on 23 September, PAHO, in collaboration with UNFPA, IDB, the Indigenous Peoples Fund and ECMI, is organizing a side event which will open a space for dialogue and reflection on some of the current challenges and on how to strengthen progress toward indigenous peoples’ right to health.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 09:30
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Addressing violence against women: From evidence to action


On Sept. 30, a panel discussion on violence against women was held at PAHO/WHO.

Panelists included Jarbas Barbosa, Vice-Minister of Health Surveillance, Ministry of Health, Brazil; Kimberly Elmslie, Assistant Deputy Minister, Public Health Agency of Canada; Eduardo Antonio Espinoza Fiallos, Vice-Minister of Health Policy, El Salvador; and Alessandra Guedes, Regional Advisor, Family Violence, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization.

Infographic: Violence against women: Global picture health response

Fact sheet: Violence against women and violence against children: PAHO/WHOs key areas for action

Link to the recording of the event

Note about the event

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 October 2014 07:31
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Regional Consultation on Cultural Diversity and Planning for 2014-2015

The Office of Gender and Cultural Diversity (GD) of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) organized a Regional Consultation on Cultural Diversity from the 30th of October to the 1st of November in Washington, D.C. The Consultation was carried out with the aim of reflecting upon and discussing the current situation of cultural diversity in the Region, the efforts made by PAHO to date and the next steps, taking into account the priorities of the Region, the MDGs and the Strategic Plan of 2014 – 2019.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 13:50
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