News Releases

3 Dec 2021
Washington, Dec. 3, 2021 (PAHO)—All five Variants of Concern of the SARS-COV-2 virus have been identified in the Americas, including Omicron, which is now in three countries, according to an Epidemiological Update from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The most frequently appearing variant is Delta, and since it was first reported in…
3 Dec 2021
Inequities for Afro-descendants include higher rates of maternal mortality and lack of access to education, jobs, adequate housing, and basic services such as safe water and sanitation. Washington, D.C. December 3, 2021 (PAHO) – A new study of Afro-descendant populations in 18 Latin American countries demonstrates that they live with dramatically…
1 Dec 2021
Vaccine inequity is “prolonging the COVID crisis,” says PAHO Director Washington D.C. 1 December 2021 (PAHO) – While experts work to better understand the new WHO-designated “variant of concern,” Omicron, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne, called for increased vaccination and public health measures to ensure…
30 Nov 2021
New HIV infections in Latin America have not declined from 2010 to 2020 while reduction in the Caribbean is not on track to meet targets. Accelerating introduction and scale-up of new prevention and treatment methods for the most at-risk population is key to getting back on track and overcoming challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.…
30 Nov 2021
Hunger rose more sharply than in any other region between 2019 and 2020, reaching 59,7 million people, its highest point since 2000. Food insecurity affects 267 million people and 106 million adults present obesity. Washington, DC, November 30, 2021 – Hunger in Latin America and the Caribbean is at its highest point since 2000, after a 30…
24 Nov 2021
New publication shows devastating impact of the pandemic on mental health in the Region; calls for services to be strengthened and prioritized in pandemic response and recovery plans. WASHINGTON, D.C., November 25, 2021 (PAHO) – A new Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) publication highlights the devastating toll of the ongoing COVID-19…
24 Nov 2021
Vaccination and continued public health measures crucial given spikes in Europe and approaching holiday season. Washington D.C. 24 November 2021 (PAHO) – With Europe seeing record spikes in COVID-19 infections and cases rising by 23% in the Americas over the past week, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne warned…
19 Nov 2021
Reliant on artificial intelligence, Pahola can also provide information on alcohol’s impact on health and on treatment resources in the Americas.  Washington, D.C., November 19, 2021 (PAHO) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today launched Pahola, the world’s first digital health worker to specialize in alcohol and health, in an effort…
17 Nov 2021
Ivermectin and Chloroquine among drugs proven ineffective against COVID-19. PAHO calls for responsible use of antimicrobials to prevent further spread of resistance. Washington D.C., November 17, 2021 (PAHO) – Countries in the Americas are reporting surges in drug-resistant infections that are likely due to the unprecedented misuse of…