All countries in the world, and in particular those of the Region of the Americas, have faced the so-called "first wave" of the influenza A(H1N1) pandemic with highly effective, non-pharmaceutical measures such as education and social distancing; they have also used pharmaceutical measures (timely antiviral treatment). The influenza A(H1N1) vaccine now provides a new means to fight the pandemic.
A new report shows that member countries of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) made progress last year in implementing new tobacco control measures that promise to save lives and reduce illnesses for years to come.This progress means that an additional 60 million people in the Americas have protection against the harmful effects of second-hand smoke.
Noting that almost half of all women in Latin America have been victimized or threatened with violence, United Nations officials joined Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom in Guatemala City for the Latin American launch of the U.N. campaign "Unite to End Violence against Women."
Representatives of major private sector companies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), international agencies, and civil society organizations have gathered at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) on December 3 to launch a public-private partnership whose goal is to reduce the burden and cost of chronic diseases in the Americas by working together to promote healthier lifestyles and preventive health care.
Health authorities, experts on sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and family health professionals today launched a commitment to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis in Latin America and the Caribbean by the year 2015. HIV and syphilis are both significant public health problems in Latin America and the Caribbean.