Regional Stories

20 May 2022
May 2022 When Cuban physician Carlos Finlay suggested in 1881 that the mosquito was the vector through which yellow fever was transmitted, he did not imagine that this ancient disease had its natural reservoir in monkeys. The importance of controlling and preventing the spread of yellow fever from one country to another was the driving force…
18 Apr 2022
In the Department of Cordillera, 60 kilometers from Paraguay's capital, the gap in access to information, diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer is closing. Health personnel are moving beyond hospitals to raise awareness on this disease, which kills one woman every day in Paraguay.
25 Mar 2022
Having enough medical oxygen on hand was one of the biggest challenges, even before the COVID-19 pandemic. To tackle this problem, PAHO supported the installation of two production plants in Concepción and Canindeyú that distribute oxygen to local health service networks, improving the quality of care for more than 300,000 people
1 Dec 2021
PAHO aids distribution of emergency medical products and assists national authorities in tackling COVID-19 and the potential emergence of new epidemics Port-au-Prince, Haiti, December 1, 2021 (PAHO) – Three months after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the southern peninsula of Haiti, which killed over 2,000 people and injured more than 12,000…
1 Nov 2021
November 1, 2021 - Sculptor, musician, optometrist, mother, grandmother, polio survivor. Hettie Juanita Mejias de Gannes is as multi-faceted as one of the rare orchids her son Antonio cultivates on the family farm. At seven years old, Hettie contracted polio in her hometown of San Fernando in the 1942 outbreak in Trinidad & Tobago. Long…