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Primary screening with HPV test could save lives, prevent cervical cancer


High-level experts and public health advocates are meeting at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) this week to identify ways of making testing for human papillomavirus (HPV) infection more widely available as a primary screening method for cervical cancer in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 14:16

Global WHO report highlights negative health impacts of alcohol

Global status report on Alochol and health 2014

Worldwide, 3.3 million people died in 2012 due to harmful use of alcohol, says a new report launched by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. Alcohol consumption not only can lead to dependence but also increases people's risk of developing more than 200 diseases, including liver cirrhosis and some cancers.

Last Updated on Monday, 12 May 2014 15:27

11 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have reduced maternal mortality, new UN data show

Healthy mother with three children

A new United Nations report shows that 11 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have made significant progress in reducing deaths from pregnancy-related causes since 1990. However no country in the region is on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of reducing maternal mortality 75% by 2015.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 15:54

Air quality is deteriorating in many of the world’s cities

Pollutted air

Air quality in most cities worldwide that monitor outdoor (ambient) air pollution fails to meet World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for safe levels, putting people at additional risk of respiratory disease and other health problems.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 10:58

Newly renamed PAHO Foundation will channel philanthropic support for health in the Americas

PAHO Foundation

A new “PAHO Foundation” announced today that it will mobilize resources for improving health in the Americas, in alignment with the Pan American Health Organization’s strategic priorities. The philanthropic organization, based in Washington, D.C., was formerly named PAHEF and was created to “combat disease, lengthen life, improve health care, foster research, and train health care workers in the region of the Americas.”

Last Updated on Friday, 02 May 2014 08:52
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