News Releases

22 Mar 2022
The Initiative HEARTS in the Americas, led by the Ministries of Health with the participation of local stakeholders and the technical cooperation of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), has been recognized by the World Heart Awards in the category of "Advocacy in Cardiovascular Health". The award, given by the World Heart Federation,…
16 Mar 2022
While many countries and territories in the region are on track to reach 70% coverage for COVID-19 vaccines, 21 have yet to reach half their populations. Washington D.C., 16 March 2022 (PAHO) – As COVID-19 vaccination continues to expand in the Americas, countries must continue to focus on the protection of the most vulnerable, such as the…
14 Mar 2022
Washington, D.C., March 14, 2022 (PAHO) - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has issued guidelines to improve oxygen use in health care facilities, many of which have faced shortages of this vital gas used in the treatment of respiratory conditions resulting from COVID-19. The guidelines detail the changes needed to expand…
14 Mar 2022
March 14 2022 — Since Russia’s military offensive began in Ukraine on 24 February, WHO has worked around the clock to ensure a constant flow of health supplies so that neighbouring countries have the infrastructure and expertise to meet urgent needs of refugees, and to support Ukraine’s health system to meet the immediate health needs of people…
14 Mar 2022
PAHO/WHO Belize and the Ministry of Health and Wellness launched the retrofitting stage for the Punta Gorda Community Hospital. As part of the EU-funded 'Health Sector Support Programme Belize Project', the Punta Gorda Community Hospital is one of five hospitals to be retrofitted to be smart, green, and safe. PWR Dr. Noreen Jack, PAHO/WHO Health…
14 Mar 2022
Geneva / New York, 13 March 2022 “Today, we call for an immediate cessation of all attacks on health care in Ukraine. These horrific attacks are killing and causing serious injuries to patients and health workers, destroying vital health infrastructure and forcing thousands to forgo accessing health services despite…
9 Mar 2022
As the COVID-19 death toll surpasses 2.6 million in the Americas and restrictions lift, countries must prepare to respond quickly to new variants or outbreaks Washington D.C. 9 March 2022 (PAHO) – As the world reaches two-years since  COVID-19 was characterized as a pandemic, and public health measures are being lifted in many parts of the…
9 Mar 2022
Access to safe abortion critical for health of women and girls: WHO Geneva, 9 March 2022 – The World Health Organization (WHO) is releasing new guidelines on abortion care today, in a bid to protect the health of women and girls and help prevent over 25 million unsafe abortions that currently occur each year. “Being able to obtain…
9 Mar 2022
7 March 2022 As we enter the third year of the pandemic, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is spreading between people at an intense  level globally.  There are many factors that are driving transmission. One of these is the emergence of highly transmissible variants of concern, the latest being Omicron.  The…