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Colombia is first country in the world to eliminate river blindness

Colombia has been verified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as having eliminated onchocerciasis (known as “river blindness”), thus becoming the first country in the world to achieve this goal.  In an official notification letter, WHO Director-General, Margaret Chan, congratulated the...

Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 February 2014 20:08
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Hepatitis is a silent epidemic that kills two people per minute throughout the world


Viral hepatitis affects some 424 million people throughout the world, killing 1.4 million per year as a result of complications such as acute liver failure, cirrhosis, or liver cancer. The disease is sometimes called a "silent epidemic" because most people who are infected are unaware of their status.

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 16:00
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New UNAIDS initiative provides innovative strategies to achieve universal access to HIV treatment

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) launched on July 15 in Latin America the Treatment 2015 Initiative, a new framework that offers countries and partners innovative strategies to increase the number of people with access to HIV testing and treatment.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 11:12
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PAHO/WHO announces winners of the PAHO-Ibero-American Cochrane Network Awards



Researchers from Colombia and Peru have been selected as winners of the 2013 PAHO-Ibero-American Cochrane Network Award, whose theme was "Prevention of chronic noncommunicable diseases through healthy lifestyles."

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 July 2013 07:56
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PAHO/WHO Celebrates Implementation of New Tobacco Control Legislation in Jamaica

The new law bans smoking in enclosed, public, and work places, and requires health warnings to cover 75% of the main surfaces of cigarette packets, making Jamaica the fourth country in the Caribbean community to become 100% smoke-free.

Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 09:20
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