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Water and sanitation improvements remain key to defeating cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic

Three and a half years into a cholera epidemic that has claimed more than 8,500 lives, Haiti has made significant progress in slowing the spread of the disease. PAHO and coalition partners urge stepped-up investments in water and sanitation.

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 15:16
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In the Americas, one in five people with tuberculosis is unaware of the disease

One in five people infected with tuberculosis in the Americas remains unaware of the disease, due to failure to access health services or because they are not properly diagnosed, according to estimates by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 March 2014 15:18
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PAHO/WHO promotes an intercultural approach in health services to guarantee access for indigenous and afro-descendant populations

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) promotes an intercultural approach in the region’s health services to integrate traditional knowledge and practices  and ensure that all ethnic and racial groups can access the care that they need, in order to improve the health of indigenous, afro-descendant and ethnic/racial populations.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:11
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Eight in 10 adolescent girls in the Americas have access to HPV vaccine, following its introduction in Brazil

The vaccine provides protection against the two types of HPV that cause approximately 70% of all cervical cancer. The WHO Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety reaffirmed the vaccine’s safety.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:08
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Kidney disease rising among seniors with diabetes and hypertension

Diabetes and high blood pressure, together with aging, are the main risk factors for developing chronic kidney disease, which affects an estimated one in 10 adults globally, according to studies. The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is calling on healthcare providers to test high-risk patients for signs of kidney disease, particularly those with diabetes and hypertension, and is calling on individuals to maintain healthy lifestyles.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 13:07
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