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New Efforts Needed to Reduce Job-Related Deaths and Illness

In Latin America and the Caribbean, a worker is injured on the job every 36 minutes, and as many as 80 million workers suffer injuries or illness due to exposure to occupational risks every year, experts said today at a panel discussion on World Day for Safety and Health at Work, held at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, D.C.

Last Updated on Friday, 23 April 2010 08:07
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8th Annual Vaccination Week in the Americas Targets 42 Million

Forty-four countries and territories of the Western Hemisphere will reach out to an estimated 42 million children and adults with vaccines during the Pan American Health Organization's 8th Annual Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) on April 24 to May 1. Tens of thousands of health workers and volunteers in North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean are pledged to support the effort.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 April 2010 04:38
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Sanitation and water must no longer play second fiddle to other priorities

Kids fill pots with drinking waterBetween 1997 and 2008, aid commitments for sanitation and water fell from 8% of total development aid to 5%, lower than commitments for health, education, transport, energy and agriculture, according to the latest UN-Water Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking-Water (GLAAS) report, launched today by UN-Water and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Last Updated on Monday, 26 April 2010 02:25
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Nominations are Open for the Sixth Latin American Prize for Health Journalism

Red-Salud [logo]The Sixth Latin American Health Journalism Awards of Red-Salud ("Health Network") is now receiving nominations. Journalists may compete in two categories: "Urbanism and Health" and "Congenital Syphilis." The awards aim to give visibility to the work of journalists who help inform and sensitize society on critical health issues. (in Spanish)

Last Updated on Monday, 26 April 2010 10:30
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The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is pledging its support to the One Million Safe Schools and Hospitals Campaign launched April 8 in Manila. The goal of the new United Nations global campaign is to protect health and educational facilities—along with the millions of people who rely on them for healthcare and learning—during emergencies.

Last Updated on Friday, 09 April 2010 12:38
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