News Releases

7 Apr 2022
On World Health Day, Dr. Etienne meets with representatives from US Department of Health and Human Services to discuss climate change and health.  Washington D.C. 8 April 2022 (PAHO) – With environmental risks such as air pollution, inadequate sanitation and extreme weather events responsible for around one million premature deaths in the…
7 Apr 2022
Washington, D.C., April 7, 2021 (PAHO) - After two years of the COVID-19 pandemic with millions of lives lost to the virus, Pan American Health Organization Director (PAHO) Carissa F. Etienne, marked World Health Day by calling for the urgent protection of the environment and highlighted how the health of the planet is linked to our own. “The so-…
6 Apr 2022
Vaccination campaigns must focus on protecting the most vulnerable. Washington D.C. 6 April 2022 (PAHO) – As cases of COVID-19 surge in Europe and East Asia due to Omicron BA.2, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne has urged countries to remain vigilant and urgently close vaccination gaps. While COVID cases…
4 Apr 2022
Washington DC, April 4, 2022 (PAHO) - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is offering a series of new open access virtual courses to strengthen the knowledge and competencies of health workers in several public health disciplines. With 1.7 million users, PAHO's Virtual Public Health Campus is a network of people, institutions and…
4 Apr 2022
Over 6000 cities now monitor air quality Geneva, 4 April 2022 – Almost the entire global population (99%) breathes air that exceeds WHO air quality limits, and threatens their health.  A record number of over 6000 cities in 117 countries are now monitoring air quality, but the people living in them are still breathing unhealthy levels of…
31 Mar 2022
PAHO regional network forms part of worldwide effort to track pathogens  Washington, D.C., 31 March 2022 (PAHO) – The World Health Organization (WHO) released a strategy this week to strengthen genomic surveillance around the world. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) COVID-19 Genomic Surveillance Regional Network, created at the…
30 Mar 2022
New recommendations stress urgency of both physical and mental health support in postnatal period Geneva, 30 March 2022- The World Health Organization (WHO) today launched its first ever global guidelines to support women and newborns in the postnatal period – the first six weeks after birth. This is a critical time for ensuring newborn and…
24 Mar 2022
Washington D.C. 24 March 2022 (PAHO) – In the run-up to this year’s Summit of the Americas, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), has called on countries to urgently invest in health systems that are “inclusive, comprehensive and responsive,” to mitigate the impact of pandemics and other health…
23 Mar 2022
TB deaths in the Americas increased by an estimated 3,000 in 2020 compared to 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Around 18,300 children live with the disease in the region, with limited access to diagnosis and treatment Washington, D.C., March 23, 2022 (WHO)- On World Tuberculosis Day, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) calls for urgent…