Three organizations based in Colombia and Ecuador and a leading malaria expert from Mexico were honored today as "Malaria Champions of the Americas" during the celebration of the third annual Malaria Day in the Americas, held at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
Latin American countries will get support for efforts to improve health research and share knowledge and experiences through an agreement signed this month by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Council Health Research for Development (COHRED). The two specialist organizations will join forces to improve health research skills, systems and information.
To promote "Car-Free Sundays" and other recreational bikeways (ciclovias) in Latin America, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are offering 20 expenses-paid scholarships for a Dec. 11-13 workshop in Bogotá, Colombia, that will teach participants how to organize these events.
Prompt treatment with antiviral drugs for persons infected with the pandemic A(H1N1) virus reduces the severity of illness and improves the chances of survival. But emergency rooms and intensive care units will experience the heaviest burden of patient care during the pandemic, experts said at a three-day meeting in Washington, D.C.