Country News

2 Jul 2013
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 2 July 2013 (PAHO/WHO) - The director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, is in Trinidad and Tobago this week to participate in the inauguration of the new Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), which became operational on 1 January 2013.…
28 May 2013
Whether or not a child gets vaccinated has nothing to do with socio-economic status in Argentina. Health centres right across the country provide all children free and compulsory vaccines against 15 diseases — 16 for girls. 28 May 2013 (PAHO/WHO)-- In Argentina, the WHO-recommended human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is given to all girls at 11…
27 Apr 2013
Country seeks to protect 1.2 million women of childbearing age and more than 240,000 babies born each year Port-of-Prince, Haiti, 27 April 2013 (PAHO/WHO) — Haiti today kicked off a new campaign to vaccinate women of childbearing age against tetanus during a launching event for the 11th Vaccination Week in the Americas.…
15 Apr 2013
Brasilia, 14 april 2013 (PAHO/WHO) - About 20 international experts from 13 countries as well as 40 national experts from more than 15 states participated in the Global Leptospirosis Environmental Action Network (GLEAN) meeting, which was held at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Country Office in Brasilia,…
20 Mar 2013
During the week of March 18 to 22, the Secretariat of Health Surveillance, Ministry of Health of Brazil, started a deworming and leprosy case-finding campaign aimed at 9.2 million school age children, in 800 municipalities in 27 states. This campaign, which is part of Brazil´s "Integrated Strategic Action Plan for elimination of leprosy,…
16 Jan 2013
Washington, D.C., 16 January 2013 (PAHO/WHO) — Efforts to fight neglected infectious diseases —such as Chagas, leprosy and onchocerciasis (river blindness)— have had major success in Latin America and the Caribbean over the past decade. But continued commitment by governments and other partners will be needed to sustain gains made against…
9 Oct 2012
Depression affects 350 million people in the world. In Latin America and the Caribbean, 5% of the adult population has depression, but six of out of every ten do not receive treatment Washington, D.C., 9 October 2012 (PAHO/WHO).- Depression affects more people than any other mental disorder and is also one of the world's leading causes of…
26 Jul 2012
Santiago de Chile, 26 July 2012 (PAHO/WHO) - Ministers of Health and Agriculture in the Americas are meeting today and tomorrow to discuss the challenges and opportunities to meet the growing demand for safe food, accessible and sustainable. They want to make the production of food sustainable with environment and safe for the health of…
7 Jun 2012
Salvador, Bahia, 7 June 2012 (PAHO/WHO) - Representatives of several international organizations pledged this week to promote investments in water and sanitation infrastructure as key steps toward the elimination of cholera from Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The pledges were made during the launch of a new Regional Coalition on Water and…