News Releases

20 May 2022
Geneva, 17 May 2022 (WHO) - In a world threatened by conflict, inequities, the climate crisis and pandemics, the Seventy-fifth session of the World Health Assembly will stress the importance of building a healthy and peaceful planet by harnessing science, data, technology and innovation. This year’s session of the Health Assembly will…
18 May 2022
With the virus “not going away any time soon,” countries must bolster testing and surveillance and ensure that vaccines get to where they are needed the most Washington D.C., 18 May 2022 (PAHO) – As cases of COVID-19 rise sharply throughout the region – by 27.2% over the past week – the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Carissa F…
16 May 2022
Number of migrants in Latin America and the Caribbean has more than doubled since 2005 to 15 million in 2022, highlighting the need to strengthen data-driven policies to protect their right to health   Washington D.C. 16 May 2022 (PAHO) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today launched the Information Platform on Health and…
13 May 2022
Seven winning short films and six special mentions from the jury highlight strong health stories illustrating global health issues Geneva, May 13 2022 (WHO) - More than 1000 film makers from over 110 countries have submitted short films for the 3rd edition of the WHO Health for All Film Festival (HAFF), on themes ranging from the trauma of war to…
10 May 2022
Young people and heavy drinkers major targets 10 May 2022- A new report from the World Health Organization highlights the increasing use of sophisticated online marketing techniques for alcohol and the need for more effective regulation. It shows that young people and heavy drinkers are increasingly targeted by alcohol advertising, often to the…
10 May 2022
This technical note follows the previous reports regarding the event of acute, severe hepatitis of unknown origin in children disseminated by the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) on 23 April 2022 (two reports), 25 April 2022, and 29 April 2022. This event was first reported by the United Kingdom…
6 May 2022
Commissioners will prepare recommendations to accelerate action on mental health in the Region, following the devastating effects of the pandemic Washington, DC, 6 May 2022 (PAHO) - Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), today launched the High-level Commission on Mental Health and COVID-19. The…
5 May 2022
Geneva, 5 May 2022 - New estimates from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that the full death toll associated directly or indirectly with the COVID-19 pandemic (described as “excess mortality”) between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2021 was approximately 14.9 million (range 13.3 million to 16.6 million).  “These sobering data not…
4 May 2022
Brasilia, 4 May 2022 (PAHO) – Health authorities, managers, experts, and technical health surveillance teams have shared today (4) in the city of Brasilia, Brazil, experiences of 27 central public health laboratories of all Brazilian states, 13 laboratories located in border areas and 3 National Influenza Centres. The 1st National Exhibition of…