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WHO report highlights violence against women as a ‘global health problem of epidemic proportions’

Physical or sexual violence is a public health problem that affects more than one third of all women globally, according to a new report released by WHO in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the South African Medical Research Council.  The report, Global and regional estimates of violence against women: Prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence...

Last Updated on Monday, 24 June 2013 13:07
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Patients with Tuberculosis in the Dominican Republic Need More Social Protection to Offset Expenses, Study Says

The most recent issue of the Pan American Journal of Public Health reports that patients with tuberculosis in the Dominican Republic need better medical and social coverage because their declining incomes cannot keep pace with increased direct and indirect disease-related expenses.  Based on research on 200 patients in 2009, the study published in the journal found that the proportion of patients without...

Last Updated on Monday, 03 February 2014 16:59
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PAHO/WHO urges countries of the Americas to work toward 100% voluntary altruistic blood donation

In Latin America and the Caribbean, only 41% of blood supplies are obtained through voluntary altruistic blood donation, the safest way to collect blood, according to the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). On World Blood Donor Day, June 14, PAHO/WHO is calling on countries in the...

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 June 2013 14:07
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SaltSmart consortium endorses plan to halve dietary salt consumption in the Americas by 2020

To promote the prevention of cardiovascular disease, a multisector consortium convened by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) this week endorsed a plan to reduce dietary salt consumption in the Americas by half by the year 2020. Currently, average salt consumption in most...

Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 15:28
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PAHO/WHO honors efforts to improve gender equity in health in Latin America

An Ecuadorian initiative that saves maternal lives by integrating ancestral practices with modern medicine and an Argentine effort that involves men in HIV testing and counseling and prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV were honored as “best practices” today by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

Last Updated on Friday, 07 June 2013 17:14
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