Press releases

Child on flying creature
9 Apr 2020
A new story book that aims to help children understand and come to terms with COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working in the humanitarian sector, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of…
Journalists
9 Apr 2020
Washington, DC, April 9, 2020 (PAHO) – A guide for journalists with tips for reporting on the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was released today by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). “COVID-19. An informative guide. Advice for journalists” offers tools to help journalists practice responsible coverage of the pandemic, using…
Nurses
7 Apr 2020
Washington, April 7, 2020 (PAHO) – Warning that cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) have doubled in a week in the Region of the Americas, Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F. Etienne today urged countries to take measures that protect health care workers to ensure they have access to the personal protective equipment…
Nurses
7 Apr 2020
The Americas is home to 30% of the world’s nurses, or some 8.4 million people, of whom 87% are female. However, 87% of all nurses in the Region are concentrated in just three countries, which account for 57% of the total population. Washington, D.C., 7 April 2020 (PAHO/WHO) — The COVID-19 pandemic has poignantly highlighted the critical role that…
Jump rope
6 Apr 2020
FIFA has joined forces with the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in supporting the #BeActive campaign launched on the UN International Day of Sport for Development and Peace to encourage people to be #HealthyAtHome as the world comes together in the fight against COVID-19, today and every day. WHO recommends all healthy…
Working together
3 Apr 2020
Washington, DC, April 3, 2020 (PAHO) – The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Carissa F. Etienne, today called for the collaboration of the private sector with countries of Latin America and the Caribbean “in response to the tsunami of COVID-19 cases that we will be facing.” Speaking at the World Economic Forum’s COVID…
Hands with hearts
2 Apr 2020
Washington, DC, 2 April 2020 (PAHO) – A donor appeal from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is seeking $94.8 million to fund priority public health measures to help countries in Latin American and the Caribbean face the 2019 coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19). The funds will be used to carry out PAHO's COVID-19 Response…
Medical research
2 Apr 2020
Washington, D.C., 2 April 2020 (PAHO/WHO) — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has launched a new searchable database that contains the latest guidance and research on the COVID-19 pandemic from the Americas and affected countries worldwide. The database includes recommendations and guidance from PAHO and the World Health Organization as…
Press Conference, March 31, 2020
31 Mar 2020
PAHO Director calls for urgent action to ensure hospital space, beds, health professionals and medical equipment to cope with the coming influx of coronavirus disease 2019 Washington, DC, March 31, 2020 (PAHO) – With many countries of the Americas now reporting community transmission of COVID-19, there is still a short window of time for…