Regional response to the Global Monkeypox (MPX) outbreak and Donor Alert

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Since 13 May 2022 and as of 16 June 2022, more than 2,150 cases of monkeypox have been reported to WHO from 42 member states across five WHO regions. As of 22 June 2022 (16:00 EST), there is a total of 382 confirmed cases in the Americas in seven countries. This is the first recorded occurrence of simultaneous monkeypox outbreaks in non-endemic countries, suggesting undetected transmission for an unknown period, possibly followed by recent amplifying events. 

PAHO and its strategic partners throughout the Region, using a whole-of-society approach have launched a Response Strategy and Donor Alert to continue supporting Latin American and Caribbean countries. Funds are required for preparing and responding to outbreaks through the development and reinforcement of appropriate communication and engagement strategies, strengthening of detection and treatment capabilities, protecting health workers, containing the spread of the outbreak, and ensuring access to necessary supplies and equipment to guarantee a timely and adequate response.

An estimated US$1,284,000 is needed for the initial 3-month response plan to stem further transmission of monkeypox and mitigate the impact of the outbreak in the Americas.