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Which treatments are truly effective for COVID-19? The evidence
This regularly updated systematic review considers all published clinical trial evidence on potential COVID-19 therapeutics and provides clear recommendations for clinicians treating patients with COVID-19-related symptoms. This 26th edition of the review examines 137 therapeutic options.
How should the health sector respond to climate change and environmental health risks?
The Agenda for the Americas on Health, Environment and Climate Change – which was developed under the umbrella of the WHO Global Strategy on Health, Environment, and Climate Change – urges health-sector actors to focus their efforts on three strategic lines of action: improving environmental public health programs; fostering sustainable health systems; and promoting environmentally healthy communities.
The Director’s 2021 annual report, Working through the COVID-19 Pandemic, provides an overview of technical cooperation with PAHO Member States undertaken between July 2020 and June 2021, within the framework of PAHO’s 2020–2025 Strategic Plan.
With the aim of documenting the extent of mental health service disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this survey asked PAHO Member States to provide data on the numbers and types of services affected, resource allocation under pandemic response plans, and actions taken to protect or extend service provision during this period.
This framework for action aims to guide the transition process from institution-focused to community-based psychiatric care in the context of Latin America and the Caribbean. It aims to provide an operational guide for countries that are restructuring mental health services and moving toward deinstitutionalization of psychiatric care.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant negative impact on mental health worldwide. This document describes the essential interventions in mental health and psychosocial support (MHPSS) that should be developed on an intersectoral basis in countries and communities to address these challenges.
The Caribbean Development Bank and PAHO have developed this stress management guide to help people cope with adversity. The publication is an adaptation for the Caribbean of Doing What Matters in Times of Stress: An Illustrated Guide, a WHO publication to support implementation of its recommendations for stress management.
With an annual average of 81,746 deaths between 2010 and 2014, suicide remains a serious public health problem in the Americas. This report presents country and sub-regional suicide mortality figures and analyzes the distribution of deaths by age, sex, and suicide method.
Alcohol consumption is thought to have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the true extent of the pandemic’s impact remains unknown. To gather data, PAHO did a rapid survey in 33 Latin American and Caribbean countries to assess drinking habits before and during the pandemic.