8 Mar 2021
“We need women not only on the frontlines but also in leadership.” Washington, D.C., 8 March 2021 (PAHO)—Marking International Women’s Day, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Carissa F. Etienne today said that women are “on the frontlines” of the fight against COVID-19 but underrepresented in global and national health…
3 Mar 2021
Equitable access to vaccines in the Americas “must be a global priority.” Washington, D.C., March 3, 2021 (PAHO) Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne called attention to rising cases of COVID-19 in the northern Amazon basin “that demands a swift response.” “In Peru’s Amazonian state of Loreto, every ICU bed is…
2 Mar 2021
In Latin America and the Caribbean, 15 countries have surveillance systems for these anomalies, which cause almost 20,000 deaths of infants up to 28 days old. Montevideo/Washington, March 2, 2021 (CLAP/PAHO) - On World Birth Defects Day taking place tomorrow, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) urged early detection of birth defects and…
1 Mar 2021
Washington, DC, March 1, 2021 (PAHO/WHO)- Colombia today became the first country in the Americas to receive COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility, marking an historic step toward the goal of ensuring equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the region and worldwide. The delivery is part of the "First Wave" initiative, a global pilot…
25 Feb 2021
“We are still way behind where we should be as a Region” Washington D.C. February 25 (PAHO) --  The Director Carissa F. Etienne today briefed leaders of PROSUR, the Forum for the Progress and Development of South America, on COVID-19 vaccine supply and procurement advances, saying, “PAHO shares your great concerns for equity of access…
25 Feb 2021
El Salvador is first Central American country to achieve this status, third in all of the Americas in recent years Washington, D.C. February 25, 2021 (WHO/PAHO) – El Salvador today became the first country in Central America to be awarded a certification of malaria elimination by the World Health Organization (WHO). The certification follows more…
24 Feb 2021
At the pandemic’s one-year anniversary in Latin America, “we are certainly not out of the woods.” Washington D.C., February 24, 2021 (PAHO) Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne today described the Americas as the “epicenter” of the COVID-19 pandemic and called on the international community to make regional access…
23 Feb 2021
PAHO delivers eight-point “call to action” during high-level health ministers conference to advance digitization Washington, D.C. February 23, 2021 (PAHO) Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne today called on health ministers and officials in the Americas to work toward eight principles in the digital transformation…
17 Feb 2021
Countries should “act quickly, be ready, and save lives.” The Director also reports declining COVID-19 cases and deaths Washington, D.C., February 17, 2021 (PAHO) With COVAX delivery of new vaccines expected soon in the Americas, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne called for overcoming barriers to ensure “fair and…