Technical Unit News

25 Jun 2021
Washington DC, June 20, 2021 (PAHO) - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) held the Virtual Forum for the Promotion of Voluntary Blood Donation where countries presented initiatives implemented in the Region, oriented to the community, including the participation of young people, in voluntary and altruistic blood donations.  With over…
25 Jun 2021
Washington DC, 24 June 2021 (PAHO)- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) presented to more than 200 representatives of the pharmaceutical industry the Central American Mechanism for the Joint Evaluation of Medicines that seeks to ensure the quality, safety, and effectiveness of medicines and health technologies in the Region. The mechanism…
25 Jun 2021
On June 7th 2021, the Noncommunicable Diseases and Injury Prevention Unit hosted a webinar on Transforming health systems toward optimal NCD management as part of PAHO’s Tackling NCDs, risk factors and mental health during the time of COVID-19 webinar series. The Zoom session, which featured simultaneous translation in English and Spanish, and…
18 Jun 2021
Washington, DC, 18 June 2021 (PAHO)—Experts from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development (OECD), and the World Bank discussed how health systems globally have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and the lessons learned, during a webinar that took place…
18 Jun 2021
Suicide remains one of the leading causes of death worldwide, according to WHO’s latest estimates, published today in “Suicide worldwide in 2019”.  Every year, more people die as a result of suicide than HIV, malaria or breast cancer - or war and homicide.  In 2019, more than 700 000 people died by suicide: one in every 100 deaths,…
16 Jun 2021
Washington DC, 16 June 2021 (PAHO)- The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) organized a virtual meeting to disseminate WHO’s call for expression of interest to contribute to the establishment of a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub. The meeting took place virtually on 9 June 2021.  Given the…
11 Jun 2021
Washington, DC. June 21, 2021.The Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) and the Secretariat in Latin America and the Caribbean (SIHI-LAC), supported by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas (CIDEIM) and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH), have…
10 Jun 2021
Geneva, June 10, 2021 (WHO) - Globally, the majority of mental health care continues to be provided in psychiatric hospitals, and human rights abuses and coercive practices remain all too common. But providing community-based mental health care that is both respectful of human rights and focused on recovery is proving successful and cost-effective…
4 Jun 2021
Humanitarian Emergencies such as outbreaks and socio-environmental disasters can affect significantly the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of an individual child or adult, especially with particular groups in situation of vulnerability. Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) aims to protect or promote psychosocial well-being and…