News Releases

31 Jan 2023
Washington D.C. 31 January 2023 – Dr. Jarbas Barbosa was sworn in today as the new Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), pledging to work in partnership with member states to end the pandemic and ensure that the region’s health systems recover stronger than before. He will take office on 1 February 2023. “Countries in the…
30 Jan 2023
30 January 2023 – The WHO Director-General has the pleasure of transmitting the Report of the fourteenth meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) Emergency Committee regarding the coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19) pandemic, held on Friday 27 January 2023, from 14:00 to 17:00 CET. The WHO Director-General concurs with…
25 Jan 2023
Washington D.C. 25 January 2023 – Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, Director-elect of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), will be sworn in during a ceremony at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C. next Tuesday 31 January 2023. Dr. Barbosa, a national of Brazil, was elected by PAHO Member States in September…
23 Jan 2023
WHO’s Health Emergency Appeal 2023 calls for US$ 2.54 billion 23 January 2023 - WHO is launching its 2023 health emergency appeal today for US$ 2.54 billion to provide assistance to millions of people around the world facing health emergencies. The number of people in need of humanitarian relief has increased by almost a quarter compared to 2022…
23 Jan 2023
GENEVA, 23 January 2023 — Five billion people globally remain unprotected from harmful trans fat, a new status report from WHO has found, increasing their risk of heart disease and death. Since WHO first called for the global elimination of industrially produced trans fat in 2018 – with an elimination target set for 2023 – population…
20 Jan 2023
Washington D.C. 20 January 2023 - The official portrait of the outgoing Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, was unveiled today at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington D.C. Dr. Etienne, who is retiring after 10 years as PAHO Director, was declared Director-Emeritus on September 30, at the 30th Pan American…
19 Jan 2023
The region has the highest cost for a healthy diet compared to the rest of the world, at USD 3.89 per person per day, while the world average is USD 3.54. January 19, 2023, Santiago, Chile. The new United Nations report Overview of Food Security and Nutrition 2022 finds that 22.5% of the Latin America and the Caribbean population cannot afford a…
18 Jan 2023
Barbados, 18 January 2023 -- The Government of Barbados, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization are holding a high-level technical meeting on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and mental health with Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The discussion focusses on progress, challenges, and opportunities to…
17 Jan 2023
Washington, DC, Jan. 17, 2023 (PAHO)- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert in response to the increasing detection of avian influenza outbreaks in birds in ten countries in the Region of the Americas, and the recent confirmation of the first case of human infection of avian influenza A(H5) in South America. In an…