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.
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.
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."
In the V Latin American and Caribbean Forum on HIV/AIDS and STIs, the three organizations presented the publication "Challenges posed by the HIV epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean 2009", a document that outlines the main findings, challenges and recommendations for guaranteeing access to treatment, care and adequate support for all persons with HIV.