News Releases

24 May 2021
Washington D.C., May 24, 2020 (PAHO) -- World No-Tobacco Day Awards for 2021 in the Americas have been awarded to three Costa Rican institutions, the ministries of health in Saint Lucia and Paraguay, the Uruguayan National Resource Fund, two California cities, and a Brazilian doctor. The winners, selected by the World Health Organization (WHO)…
22 May 2021
Geneva, 19 May 2021 (WHO) - In a year when COVID-19 threatens the health and well-being of everyone on the planet, the seventy-fourth session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) will stress the urgency of ending the current pandemic and preventing the next one by building a healthier, safer and fairer world. The Health Assembly is WHO’s…
21 May 2021
Describing the death toll as a “tragic milestone,” PAHO Director urges focus on reducing COVID-19 transmission through proven public health measures, and calls for improving the region’s access to vaccines. Washington, D.C., May 21, 2021 (PAHO) — Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F Etienne reported today that more than one million…
19 May 2021
Only 3% of the regional population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Less than 4% of medical products used during the pandemic have come from the region. Production of vaccines and medical supplies in the region must expand to reduce overdependence on imports and increase access to vaccines, Director says. Washington, D.C. May 19, 2021 (PAHO…
17 May 2021
Geneva, May 17, 2021 – Long working hours led to 745 000 deaths from stroke and ischemic heart disease in 2016, a 29 percent increase since 2000, according to the latest estimates by the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization published in Environment International today. In a first global analysis…
14 May 2021
The country is the eighth in the Caribbean to receive validation from WHO for the dual elimination. New HIV infections among children in the Caribbean declined by nearly 40% between 2019 and 2010. Washington, D.C., May 14, 2021 (PAHO) – Dominica today celebrated its World Health Organization certification for elimination of mother-to-child…
14 May 2021
In the Americas, a network of laboratories from 22 countries contributes to the detection of SARS-CoV-2 variants. So far, 37 countries and territories have confirmed the presence of one or more of the four variants of concern. Monitoring them is key to detecting any unusual or unexpected changes that could affect control measures including…
12 May 2021
Tens of thousands more doctors and nurses expected to be needed to manage ICUs in Latin America and the Caribbean. PAHO helps countries deploy medical teams and scale up oxygen production; donates vital supplies. Washington, D.C., May 12, 2021 (PAHO) – As shortages of health workers loom and oxygen supplies run “dangerously low,” the Pan American…
10 May 2021
Report demonstrates how to utilize taxes to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, which are major contributors to overweight and obesity in the Americas. Income from taxes could be used to respond to COVID-19. Washington, D.C., May 10, 2021 (PAHO) Taxes could greatly reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks, according to…