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International partners seek to reduce inequities that lead to maternal and child deaths in the Americas

Countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have reduced maternal and child mortality significantly over the past two decades. But many mothers and children continue to die from preventable causes, particularly in low-income and marginalized populations. 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 08:16
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PAHO/WHO contest invites students to be creative in promoting handwashing in the Americas

The Pan American Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has launched the #TOUCHINGLIVES international school talent contest, which invites students from throughout the Americas to submit creative work that promotes handwashing, one of the most effective and low-cost measures for preventing disease and illness.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 08:53
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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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PAHO/WHO urges support for nursing mothers to ensure exclusive breastfeeding up to six months

As part of World Breastfeeding Week, August 1-7, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is urging increased support for breastfeeding, so that more mothers begin nursing their babies during the first hour of life, breastfeed them...

Last Updated on Monday, 05 August 2013 14:10
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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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