Technical Unit News

15 Jan 2021
Washington, D.C., 15 January 2021 (PAHO/WHO)—The World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for nominations to the World No Tobacco Day Awards of individuals or organizations in each of the six WHO Regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. Theme: Commit to quit The 2021 WNTD campaign “Commit to Quit” will help create…
12 Jan 2021
12 January 2021 | Joint News Release | Geneva, Switzerland Public settings, such as schools, childcare centres, nursing homes, hospitals and correctional facilities and all other canteens of public institutions, can play a key role in ensuring people are provided with healthy food and helping prevent the 8 million annual deaths…
15 Dec 2020
In the World Health Organization (WHO) Region of the Americas, national programs are increasingly integrating trachoma interventions into broader health care packages, to improve the health of some of the region’s most remote and hard to reach communities, including indigenous populations living in the Amazonian Basin.   In Colombia,…
9 Dec 2020
Geneva, Switzerland. Dec. 9, 2020 (WHO) – Noncommunicable diseases now make up 7 of the world’s top 10 causes of death, according to WHO’s 2019 Global Health Estimates, published today. This is an increase from 4 of the 10 leading causes in 2000. The new data cover the period from 2000 to 2019 inclusive. The estimates reveal trends over the…
26 Nov 2020
Washington, DC, 24 November 2020 (PAHO) - The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the normal functioning of health education institutions, abruptly altering educational activities since mid-March 2020. In response to this challenge, one of the first actions carried out by the faculties and schools of health sciences was the emergency migration…
17 Nov 2020
A new WHO Certification Programme for Trans Fat Elimination aims to recognize countries that have eliminated industrially produced trans-fatty acids (TFA) from their national food supplies. This is the first-ever certification programme that will recognize countries for their efforts to eliminate one of the main risk factors for…
13 Nov 2020
While COVID-19 causes disruptions and challenges in health systems around the world, the Health Commissions of the Parliaments of the Americas together with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) work hard to make digital transformation a sustainable reality in the post-pandemic. Buenos Aires, November 13, 2020 (PAHO). Parliamentarians of…
12 Nov 2020
Washington DC, 3 November, 2020 (PAHO/WHO) - With more than nine hundred people enrolled, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) launched the course for the implementation and strengthening of Programs for Optimizing Antimicrobials (PROA, in Spanish), aimed at leaders, managers and health professionals who develop tasks related to the use of…
6 Nov 2020
Georgetown, Guyana, 6 November 2020 (PAHO/WHO)—To eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) as a public health problem in Guyana and obtain validation of elimination by 2025, Mass Drug Administration (MDA) has been implemented as the main elimination strategy in 2019 in the eight (8) filaria endemic Regions – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 10. The 2020 LF MDA…