In advance of World TB Day, to be observed on 24 March, WHO is calling on countries and partners to "Unite to End Tuberculosis". The call comes as we enter the era of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Ending tuberculosis (TB) by 2030 is a target of the SDGs and the goal of the WHO End TB Strategy.

Read more: WHO calls on countries and partners to "Unite to End Tuberculosis"

Washington, D.C., 8 January 2016 (PAHO/WHO) – Zika virus, which is transmitted to humans by infected Aedes aegypti mosquitos, causes symptoms including light fever, rash, conjunctivitis and muscle pain. Starting in March 2014 and through the first week of 2016, 14 countries and territories of the Americas reported cases of Zika infection. The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is working with its member countries in the region to prevent, detect and respond to this new threat.

FAQs on Zika

A current concern is the effect of Zika virus on pregnant women and newborn babies. In November 2015, the Ministry of Health of Brazil noted a marked increase in microcephaly (in which the head circumference of newborns is smaller than expected) that coincided with Zika virus circulation in the country. With support from PAHO/WHO and other agencies, health authorities are carrying out studies to clarify the causes, risk factors, and consequences of this increase in microcephaly.

Zika and pregnancy Q&A

For more information visit:


Dr. Adu-Krow took the opportunity to address the issue of Suicide in Guyana, which is also a Global problem around the world.  From the global statistics, it is said that 44.2 per 100,00 is the average rate of suicide in Guyana. This issue was highlighted at the launch of the Beauty with a Purpose: Stay Alive Campaign, which is the platform of the Miss Guyana World contestant, Ms. Lisa Punch. 

Read more: Launch of the National Suicide Prevention Plan

27 JULY 2015 GENEVA/WASHINGTON DC - On World Hepatitis Day (28 July) the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is highlighting the urgent need for countries to step up action to prevent viral hepatitis infection and to ensure that people who have been infected are diagnosed and offered treatment. This year, the Organization is focusing particularly on hepatitis B and C, which together cause approximately 80% of all liver cancer deaths and kill close to 1.4 million people every year.

Read more: PAHO/WHO calls for urgent action to curb hepatitis

Guyana launched the 10 Years Cancer Profile 2003-2012, 15 July 2015. The Cancer Registry of Guyana was established in 2000.

Dr. William Adu-Krow, PAHO/WHO Guyana Representative stated that Cancer is the leading cause of death in the Americas. He said that in 2012, cancer accounted for 1.3 million deaths, 47% of which occurred in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The number of cancer deaths in the Americas is projected to increase from 1.3 million to 2.1 million between 2012 and 2030.

Read more: Guyana Launched the 10 years Cancer Profile 2003-2012