News Releases

13 Aug 2021
Used in snack foods, fried foods and baked goods, trans fats are linked to coronary heart disease, which is the leading cause of death in the Americas. Washington, D.C. August 13, 2021 – Brazil and Peru have joined the increasing number of countries in the Americas taking action to eliminate industrially produced trans fats, which are estimated…
11 Aug 2021
The organization launched a "new opportunity" to help countries procure enough vaccines to control transmission Washington, D.C., August 11, 2021 (PAHO) – Taking action to expand access to the COVID-19 vaccines, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will use its Revolving Fund to help countries in Latin America and the Caribbean procure…
11 Aug 2021
Washington, D.C., August 12, 2021 (PAHO)—Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), expressed concern about COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in Caribbean countries and made a strong appeal to people to get vaccinated. Speaking at her weekly media briefing, Dr. Etienne, who is from Dominica, said, "I am truly very…
4 Aug 2021
Marks “grim pandemic milestone” of two million deaths in the Americas and calls for more vaccines to combat the pandemic. Washington, D.C., Aug. 4, 2021 (PAHO)— Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F. Etienne reported that 617,000 indigenous people have been infected with COVID-19 in the Americas and urged countries to…
30 Jul 2021
Participants of the PAHO/CDB/CBU training series received tools to help them ensure informative, responsible, safe and evidence-based coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on mental health-related topics. The training was followed by an award to recognize stories that reflected the topics and key recommendations raised during the series…
28 Jul 2021
Director reports that more than 300,000 children have missed routine immunization. PAHO works to help regional countries find new strategies for delivering vital services and care. WASHINGTON, D.C., July 28, 2021 (PAHO) --The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted essential health services in most countries and territories in Latin America and the…
27 Jul 2021
Elimination of hepatitis B and C by 2030 is still an achievable goal, PAHO Director said, calling on countries to sustain hepatitis testing, prevention, vaccination, and treatment services while integrating them into primary health care. Washington, D.C., July 27, 2020 (PAHO) - A recent survey conducted by the Pan American Health Organization/…
21 Jul 2021
The network coordinated by PAHO has detected the presence of at least one “variant of concern” in 47 countries and territories and all four in 11. PAHO Director says public health measures remain vital and calls for increased vaccine access to fight variants. Washington, D.C. July 21, 2021 (PAHO) – Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director…
15 Jul 2021
23 million children missed out on basic childhood vaccines through routine health services in 2020, the highest number since 2009 and 3.7 million more than in 2019. In the Americas, vaccination coverage continues to fall. GENEVA/NEW YORK, 15th July 2021 --- 23 million children missed out on basic vaccines through routine immunization…