19 Jan 2021
“We must intensify public health interventions to limit exposure to this virus” Washington, D.C., January 19, 2021 (PAHO)— The Region of the Americas must intensify public health interventions on social distancing, limiting gatherings, wearing masks and hand washing to limit exposure to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pan American Health Organization…
13 Jan 2021
‘If we remain diligent, we have the power to control this virus; if we relax, make no mistake: 2021 could well be far worse than 2020’ Washington, D.C., January 13, 2021 (PAHO)— The appearance of new variants of the COVID-19 virus in several countries of the Americas, combined with an acceleration in the virus’s spread in virtually every country…
12 Jan 2021
Contributions from international and governmental agencies, individuals, and nonprofits enhanced PAHO’s response. Washington D.C. January 12, 2020 (PAHO) – In 2020, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) received commitments for more than $263 million to provide technical support and supplies for the fight against COVID-19 in the Americas…
8 Jan 2021
With the decree recently approved by Paraguay, smoking in indoor public spaces and workplaces is now banned in all countries of  South America. Washington, D.C., January 8, 2021 (PAHO) The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today congratulated Paraguay for banning smoking of lit or electronic tobacco products in enclosed public…
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 (…