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Eight in 10 adolescent girls in the Americas have access to HPV vaccine, following its introduction in Brazil

The vaccine provides protection against the two types of HPV that cause approximately 70% of all cervical cancer. The WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety reaffirmed the vaccine’s safety.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:08

PAHO/WHO promotes an intercultural approach in health services to guarantee access for indigenous and afro-descendant populations

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) promotes an intercultural approach in the region’s health services to integrate traditional knowledge and practices  and ensure that all ethnic and racial groups can access the care that they need, in order to improve the health of indigenous, afro-descendant and ethnic/racial populations.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:11

World Salt Awareness Week: “Read the label, choose less salt”

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is calling on consumers to “Stop, look, choose…the lower salt option” during this year’s World Salt Awareness Week, March 10–16. This year’s campaign highlights the importance of nutrition labelling to inform consumers about the salt content in processed foods, a growing source of dietary salt in developing countries and the main source in developed ones.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:53

Kidney disease rising among seniors with diabetes and hypertension

Diabetes and high blood pressure, together with aging, are the main risk factors for developing chronic kidney disease, which affects an estimated one in 10 adults globally, according to studies. The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is calling on healthcare providers to test high-risk patients for signs of kidney disease, particularly those with diabetes and hypertension, and is calling on individuals to maintain healthy lifestyles.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:07

WHO opens public consultation on draft sugars guideline

WHO is launching a public consultation on its draft guideline on sugars intake. When finalized, the guideline will provide countries with recommendations on limiting the consumption of sugars to reduce public health problems like obesity and dental caries (commonly referred to as tooth decay).  Comments on the draft guideline will be accepted via the WHO web site from 5 through 31 March 2014.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 July 2014 08:20
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