Regional Stories

9 Aug 2021
August 9, 2021 In March 2021, Guatemala began vaccination against COVID-19 prioritizing health personnel, including traditional midwives, Mayan women who are part of the group of traditional therapists recognized by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS).  Their scope is not minor. Of the 22 Mayan groups in Guatemala,…
9 Aug 2021
August 9, 2021 In the Region of the Americas, the indigenous population is made up of more than 62 million people, with a great diversity of languages, cultures, and traditions. As of July 2021, 617,000 individuals belonging to indigenous peoples in the region have been infected by COVID-19 and nearly 15,000 have died from complications related…
30 Jul 2021
Coordinated by PAHO and comprised of laboratories from 24 countries in the Region, the COVID-19 Genomic Surveillance Regional Network (COVIGEN) monitors the virus that causes COVID-19 to detect any change in its sequence that may influence its ability to spread, disease severity, vaccine effectiveness, treatments, diagnostics, or other public…
28 Jul 2021
28th July 2021 — With first-hand social knowledge of both rural and urban communities in Guyana, Dr. Cassindra Alonzo-Ash is no stranger to the diverse cultural landscape of her country of birth. A graduate of the Latin America School of Medicine in Cuba, this 38-year-old medical practitioner has selflessly used her lived experiences to better…
28 Jul 2021
28 July 2021—Adolescent health and wellness have been thrusted into sharp and indispensable focus across the Caribbean region since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. For healthcare professionals such as Ciladelle Glen, the average medical routine has been far from normal during this ever-changing period. Utilizing and directing available…
28 Jul 2021
27th July 2021 Over the last year, thousands of Caribbean healthcare workers have become all too familiar with the personal and professional challenges and sacrifices in facing Covid-19. In the throes of vulnerable circumstances that adversely affect the physical and mental well-being, there has been a concerted effort to provide much needed…
27 Jul 2021
At 50 years old, weaver and muralist Olinda Silvano has survived COVID-19. The artist contracted the virus along with more than 70% of the Shipibo-Konibo community of Cantagallo, who had settled near the historic center of Lima 21 years ago.