Dr. Jon K. Andrus, Deputy Director of the Pan American Health Organization, will conduct a press briefing on the health situation and rescue efforts in Haiti on Wednesday 20 January 2010 at 11:00am. The briefing will be at PAHO headquarters, 525 23rd Street NW, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Zilda Arns Neumann, a Brazilian pediatrician who was honored by the Pan American Health Organization in 2002 as a Public Health Hero, is one of the victims of the devastating earthquake that rocked Haiti. Dr. Zilda Arns Neumann—also winner of PAHO's Award for Administration in 1994—was founder and director of the Pastoral da Criança, the organ for social action of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil. Dr. Arns arrived in Haiti the day before the earthquake for a religious meeting. (Photo by Antonio Marques)
Three public health initiatives originated by countries of the Southern Hemisphere were singled out by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) this week as "Winning Global Health Solutions" developed for and by countries of the South.
Preliminary reports coming from Haiti indicate that at least two health facilities, the Eliazard Germain hospital in Petionville and the Petit frères et Soeurs facility have colapsed due to the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the country on January 12, 2010. The Pan American Health Organization is mobilizing a rapid health response team through the Dominican Republic, and neighboring countries are already organizing humanitarian aid missions and assistance and search and rescue teams.
Some 36 million people have been cured of tuberculosis (TB) over the past 15 years through a rigorous approach to treatment endorsed by WHO. New data, released today by WHO, also indicate that up to 8 million TB deaths have been averted, confirming DOTS/the Stop TB Strategy as the most cost-effective approach in the fight against tuberculosis.