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Countries should speed adoption of laws to control tobacco epidemic and prevent 1 million deaths per year

Despite progress in the countries of the Americas, the tobacco epidemic will continue to grow unless the implementation of national tobacco control laws is accelerated, warns a new report from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). Applying at least six measures could help prevent 1 million deaths annually.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 13:49

Recess programs can boost activity levels in school-age children

A new study in the Pan American Journal of Public Health, published by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), finds that efforts to increase activity levels in children during school recess can be effective overall but are least effective in increasing activity among sedentary children.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 21:14

Nicaragua is first country to ratify new international protocol to eliminate illicit tobacco trade

Nicaragua has become the first country in the world to ratify the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products, part of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the world’s first international public health treaty.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 14:15

PAHO/WHO's US–Mexico Border Field Office to conclude mission after seven decades of service

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has informed the governments of Mexico and the United States that its 72-year-old field office on the United States–Mexico border, in El Paso, Texas, will close, based on a mutual agreement.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 12:26

Countries of the Americas have reduced malaria deaths by 70% since 2000, but 145 million people in the region remain at risk

Efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000, reducing malaria mortality rates by 45% globally and by 70% in the Americas, according to the World Malaria Report 2013, published by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 08:18
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