News Releases

1 Mar 2024
Geneva, March 1, 2024 — New study released by the Lancet shows that, in 2022, more than 1 billion people in the world are now living with obesity. Worldwide, obesity among adults has more than doubled since 1990, and has quadrupled among children and adolescents (5 to 19 years of age). The data also show that 43% of adults were overweight in 2022…
23 Feb 2024
Washington, DC, February 23, 2024 (PAHO) — On February 26, 2020, Brazil recorded the first case of COVID-19 in its territory, marking the beginning of the pandemic in Latin America and the Caribbean. Since its emergence on December 30, 2019, in Wuhan, China, the SARS-CoV-2 virus left a devastating trail globally, with 774 million cases and 7…
20 Feb 2024
Washington, DC, February 20, 2024 (PAHO)- In a new epidemiological alert, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reiterated its call to countries in the Americas to intensify efforts and actions to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main vector that transmits dengue fever. The call comes in response to a significant increase in number of…
16 Feb 2024
Geneva, Switzerland, February 16, 2024 (PAHO)- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) convened countries of the Americas for a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss progress in the negotiations for a possible future global pandemic accord. The objective of the two-day meeting last week was to review the fundamental components of the…
15 Feb 2024
Washington D.C. 15 February 2024 – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has announced a new partnership agreement with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help strengthen equitable access to cancer medications for children in Latin America and the Caribbean. The four-year agreement will focus on the provision of quality medicines…
15 Feb 2024
Valparaíso, Chile, 15 February 2024 (PAHO) - Since devastating fires first affected the Chilean region of Valparaíso, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) teams have been working with the country’s authorities to support on the ground mental health, vaccination, sanitation and risk communication initiatives. When the forest fires began,…
7 Feb 2024
Brasilia, February 7, 2024 - On an official visit to Brazil, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Jarbas Barbosa, and the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, met on Monday 5 February with the President of the Republic of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and the country's…
6 Feb 2024
Oslo, Norway, Washington, D.C, USA, 6 February 2024 - The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen collaboration between the two organizations as they strive to enhance regional epidemic and pandemic preparedness, and to…
1 Feb 2024
1 February 2024, Lyon, France; Geneva, Switzerland — Ahead of World Cancer Day, the World Health Organization (WHO)’s cancer agency, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), released the latest estimates of the global burden of cancer. WHO also published survey results from 115 countries, showing a majority of…