6 Mar 2020
Washington, DC, March 6, 2020 (PAHO) – In the last ten days, 14 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have reported confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), in addition to the United States and Canada. Given the rapid arrival of COVID-19, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) urged countries to focus on containing the…
6 Mar 2020
Statement from Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, PAHO Director, on International Women’s Day 2020 Washington D.C. 6 March 2020 (PAHO)—When I was six years old, sitting on the porch one day with my favorite aunt, we saw our neighbor MaZee leaving her house for the hospital to give birth to her child. My aunt called after her, “Safe passage!” I asked where…
4 Mar 2020
PAHO has begun to provide training to assist health authorities in the Americas to provide information about the disease to their populations in a truthful, timely and empathic way. Mexico City, 4 March 2020—Informing populations about the health risks posed by COVID-19, as well as measures they can take to protect themselves, is key to…
2 Mar 2020
The Ministry of Health of Mexico, PAHO/WHO and the GOARN Network has trained public health professionals to use the platform Mexico, 2 march 2020 (PAHO/WHO)- Go.Data, a platform that facilitates the collection, investigation and visualization of case and contact data during an outbreak, was rolled out today in Mexico by the Pan American…
2 Mar 2020
Mexico City, 2 March 2020 (PAHO/WHO) - Officials from 13 public health laboratories in 11 countries of the Americas are participating this week in a workshop aimed at strengthening their capacities for diagnosis and detection of cases of fever yellow. The workshop was organized by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (…
2 Mar 2020
Montevideo, Uruguay, 2 March 2020 (CLAP-PAHO) - Every year, around 8 million newborns are born worldwide with a severe congenital defect, and about 3 million will die before the age of 5 years. In Latin America, birth defects account for up to 21% of the deaths of children under 5 years and one out of five babies dies from birth defects during the…
28 Feb 2020
Washington, D.C., 28 February 2020 (PAHO/WHO) — The use of face masks during outbreaks of viral illnesses such as the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has only been shown in scientific studies to be effective for protecting healthcare workers and to reduce the risk of sick patients spreading the disease. Based on that evidence, the Pan American…
26 Feb 2020
Brazil announced the first imported case of the new coronavirus in Latin America. Washington, DC, February 26, 2020 (PAHO)– The Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Carissa F. Etienne, today recommended that countries intensify their plans to prepare and respond to COVID-19 given the appearance of cases of new coronavirus…
19 Feb 2020
As climate and commercial threats intensify, WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission press for radical rethink on child health NEW YORK/ LONDON/ GENEVA, 19 February: No single country is adequately protecting children’s health, their environment and their futures, finds a landmark report released today by a Commission of over 40 child and adolescent health…