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Violence against Women in Latin America and the Caribbean: A public health problem of epidemic proportions

2014-02-04 13:51:04

“Throughout the world, women are more likely than men to suffer violence and injuries by people who are close to them, like husbands and boyfriends.  In spite of the fact that violence against women is now included in many international agendas, the decision makers in Latin America should give greater priority to this issue, due to the prevalence of this type of violence and its negative consequences concerning health, economy and human rights.”
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Alcohol is responsible for at least 80,000 deaths yearly in the Americas

2014-01-14 20:25:38

Some 80,000 deaths each year in the Americas would not occur in the absence of alcohol consumption, according to a new study by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) that appears in the current issue of the scientific journal Addiction.

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Including People with Disabilities is a Necessity for Disaster Reduction

2013-10-16 18:10:46

The International Day for Disaster Reduction, celebrated every year on 13 October, gives us an opportunity to recognize the need to include people with disabilities in disaster risk reduction activities. This year’s theme: A not so obvious conversation – living with disability and disasters, calls to promote and protect the rights of people...

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September 6, 2013 :: Motorcycle Safety Norms

2013-09-06 05:00:00

The creation and implementation of safety norms can help reduce motorcycle deaths and injuries. Wearing a good-quality helmet, for example, can reduce the risk of severe injury by over 70%. Ninety countries in the world have a comprehensive helmet law covering all riders, all roads and all engine types, and apply a helmet standard. But more needs to be done. Motorcycle deaths more than tripled in the Americas in the last 12 years... 

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