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."
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.
An expert group convened by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) called today on food manufacturers, consumers, and governments to take action to cut dietary salt consumption, saying this is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce chronic diseases.
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.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new healthcare guidance for the H1N1 influenza pandemic that encourages early treatment with antiviral drugs of ill people in high-risk categories and of anyone who has rapidly progressing symptoms.