News Releases

14 Jun 2021
On World Blood Donor Day, Dr. Etienne warns that COVID-19 public health measures have discouraged people from donating blood and urges countries to replenish blood reserves by making donation easier, safer, and more convenient. Washington, D.C., June 14, 2021 (PAHO) On World Blood Donor Day, celebrated today, Pan American Health Organization (…
9 Jun 2021
In some countries not even 1% of the population has been vaccinated. In other countries, the figure is only 3%. Director calls for “urgently” ramped up access to vaccines and urges countries to contribute doses or financial resources. Washington, D.C., June 9, 2021 (PAHO)  Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne…
8 Jun 2021
PAHO to hold June 10 preparedness meeting with key agencies and disaster officials throughout the Americas. Washington, D.C., June 8, 2021 (PAHO) Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne today called on national and local authorities in countries at risk for hurricanes to prepare for the 2021 hurricane season. She…
7 Jun 2021
Washington, D.C., June 7, 2021 (PANAFTOSA/SPV-PAHO/WHO) - "Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow" is the theme of this year's World Food Safety Day, which promotes actions that help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks. When safety is not maintained throughout the production chain, food can be a vehicle for disease. Ingestion of food…
3 Jun 2021
Washington, D.C., June 3, 2021 (PAHO) Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne today thanked the United States Government for its commitment to a COVID-19 vaccine dose-sharing plan through COVAX. “The actions announced today by the White House are a good step forward in our drive to get vaccines into the arms of our…
2 Jun 2021
PAHO is assisting with vaccine delivery, scaled up testing, and increased PPE for health workers. Elsewhere in the Caribbean and Latin America, pandemic accelerates. Washington, D.C., June 2, 2021 (PAHO) Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne warned that the COVID-19 response in Haiti must be scaled up…
28 May 2021
WHO Director-General Special Awards for World No Tobacco Day announced: Minister of Health India and University of Bath for exceptional achievement in tobacco control; smokers face a 40–50% higher risk of developing severe disease and death from COVID-19; WHO partners with  Viber, WhatsApp, FB Messenger, WeChat …
27 May 2021
One of the components of this new partnership seeks to boost country efforts aimed at protecting at-risk individuals from COVID-19 with the common vision of Pan-American solidarity Washington DC., May 27, 2021 (PAHO) — A new collaboration between the Government of Canada and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is being launched to…
26 May 2021
Director calls for counteracting potential rollback of gains in women’s access to family planning and in reducing maternal mortality. Washington, D.C., May 26, 2021 (PAHO) –Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne warned that continued disruption of women’s health services due to COVID-19 could “obliterate” more than 20…