Regional Stories

8 Jun 2023
In rural and remote communities of Latin America, ancestral practices such as midwifery have been passed down from generation to generation. In these areas, where geographical barriers and cultural differences can hinder access to healthcare centers, the practical and spiritual support of traditional midwives can make the difference between life…
5 May 2023
Thanks to support from PAHO and the Government of Canada, after 13 years running water is restored in all patient care areas of a health center in Tegucigalpa. May 2023
30 Mar 2023
In some remote, mostly Indigenous communities across Bolivia, the COVID-19 vaccine was met with a mixture of rumour and distrust.
22 Mar 2023
Three young rappers from Chocó, Colombia, are supporting the prevention of diseases such as COVID-19 in remote communities on the country’s Pacific coast, where conditions of vulnerability and barriers to healthcare persist. March 2023
8 Mar 2023
In northern Brazil, the land of the Yanomami people extends 96,650 km² across the states of Amazonas and Roraima, an area equivalent to the territory of Portugal. This land houses more than 31,000 inhabitants considered by the country's National Foundation of Indigenous Peoples (Funai) as “peoples of recent contact” – indigenous people who…
16 Feb 2023
The appearance of COVID-19 in 2020 made wastewater surveillance, a tool for tracking infectious diseases in sewage, an increasingly common public health practice.  As genetic evidence of pathogens can be excreted in feces, scientists use the method to monitor SARS-CoV-2 and its variants, and have expanded its use to uncover the presence of…
13 Jan 2023
The Labo Moto project, a joint initiative of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Haitian Ministry of Health, provides “nurses on wheels” who travel across the country by motorcycle to collect cholera samples from suspected cases and deliver them for laboratory analysis, contributing to rapid diagnosis and response.
13 Dec 2022
The pandemic set back progress and revealed that health systems remain fragile and susceptible. It also confirmed the need to transform them to respond effectively to a crisis without disrupting essential health services.  December 2022
5 Dec 2022
In 2004, Mexico became the first country in the Americas to ratify the landmark WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, but it would take another 20 years before its measures became enshrined in Mexican law. “When you’re up against one of the biggest, most powerful industries in the world, endurance, persistence, and collaboration are the…