30 Dec 2020
PAHO helps countries cope as more than 35 million people are infected and 850,000 die.  Washington, D.C., December 30, 2020 (PAHO)—The COVID-19 pandemic swept through every country in the Americas in 2020, infecting more than 35 million people and causing some 850,000 deaths. Globally, COVID-19 affected 216 countries and territories, causing more…
30 Dec 2020
Buenos Aires/Washington DC, December 2020 (PAHO/WHO) - PAHO and representatives of the Health Commissions of the Parliaments of the Americas agreed to move forward on enacting laws that will accelerate the digital transformation of the health sector in the post-pandemic era. The commitment was made at the VI Congress of the Health Commissions of…
18 Dec 2020
Approximately one third of Foodborne Disease (FBD) outbreaks originate within the family environment. PANAFTOSA, 18 December  2020 – During the holiday season, food is prepared in large quantities and quite ahead of time, which increases the risks of FBDs. This holiday season will be atypical due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to keep your…
17 Dec 2020
Proposal for the warnings is under review by CARICOM Member States    Washington, D.C. December 18 (PAHO/WHO) - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) urged support for a proposal by the CARICOM Regional Organisation for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) to put front-of-package nutritional warnings on food products, which have been shown to help…
16 Dec 2020
Vulnerable people already receiving vaccines and “millions” more doses are expected early next year. Urges hope but also patience and solidarity. Washington, D.C., December 16, 2020 (PAHO)— The COVID-19 pandemic that began in 2020 “is undoubtedly the most extraordinary public health event of our lifetimes,” Pan American Health Organization (…
14 Dec 2020
14 December 2020 - The United Nations General Assembly today declared 2021-2030 the Decade of Healthy Ageing. “Today’s announcement of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing sends a clear signal that it is only by working as one, within the United Nations system and with governments, civil society and the private sector, that we will be able to not…
11 Dec 2020
Renewed roadmap aims to address health system weaknesses and eliminate barriers to access to care. In the Americas, nearly 30% of the population does not seek care when they need it.  Washington, DC, December 11, 2020 (PAHO) - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today urged the countries of the Americas to renew the essential public…
9 Dec 2020
More than 753,000 deaths and 28.5 million cases reported in the Americas. Countries in the Americas have secured more than $1 billion in down payments and financial guarantees to participate in COVAX  Washington D.C., Dec. 9, 2020 (PAHO) – The Americas has been experiencing “the highest levels of COVID-19 cases since the start of…
9 Dec 2020
Some 44% of deaths in the Americas are caused by diseases linked to unhealthy diets Washington DC, December 9, 2020 (PAHO) – Stark front-of-package warnings against foods excessive in fats, sugars, and sodium are the best way to help people avoid the unhealthiest purchases, a new PAHO report shows.   PAHO reviewed six different categories of…