Washington DC., 27 January 2020 - On World Leprosy Day we are renewing our focus on accelerating towards a leprosy-free world and to ensuring this age-old disease is no longer a source of shame and anxiety, stigma and prejudice, but a challenge all of us can unite around to overcome. The theme of this year’s World Leprosy Day, Ending discrimination, stigma and prejudice, is fundamental to ending leprosy. This highlights that negative leprosy-related attitudes and emotions are major barriers to detecting leprosy early, stopping associated deformities and disabilities and preventing the disease’s spread.


Washington DC, 24 January 2020 - This supplement presents evidence from research teams in Brazil, Colombia and Peru, supported through the HRP/TDR/PAHO Joint Small Grants Program and with technical support by PAHO throughout the implementation of these projects. The results of these studies highlight the valuable contribution of research conducted inside an emerging epidemic.


At the October 2019 Executive Committee meeting of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), member states approved placement on next year’s agenda a draft Strategy on Health, Environment, and Climate Change for the Region of the Americas, 2020-2030. This paves the way for stakeholders in the 52 member countries and territories to review and comment on the strategy before it is up for approval in September 2020. PAHO is the specialized health agency of the Inter-American System. It also serves as Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO), the specialized health agency of the United Nations.


Washington DC December 9, 2019 - The Region of the Americas ranks second globally in terms of new case rate of shyphilis and third in terms of congenital shyphilis. However, the availability of national syphilis data is limited, which hinders the ability of countries to improve services for the prevention and control of syphilis and congenital syphilis. Programmatic action guided by data is key to reach the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of syphilis (EMTCT) as part of country’s commitment to the EMTCT Plus initiative. Through collaboration with the ministries of health, PAHO has developed a series of at-a-glance national-level syphilis factsheets with consolidated analysis of the current situation and trends, particularly of maternal and congenital syphilis.  Available only in Spanish.


2019 framework monitoring hiv enWashington DC, 8 November 2019—In Latin America and the Caribbean, between 50% and 65% of new HIV infections occur in key populations of the HIV epidemics and their sexual partners. Improving the availability and coverage of HIV/STI services for these populations requires the support of monitoring systems that are sustainable and adapt to the needs of the countries of the region.


Santo Domingo, República Dominicana, 22 de noviembre 2019. República Dominicana tiene el potencial de eliminar la malaria, la filariasis linfática, la esquistosomiasis y alcanzar grandes progresos en torno a la eliminación de la tuberculosis, de acuerdo con el director del Departamento de enfermedades transmisibles y determinantes ambientales de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud/Organización Mundial de la Salud (OPS/OMS), doctor Marcos Espinal.


RTS,S/AS01 (RTS,S) is the world’s first malaria vaccine that has been shown to provide partial protection against malaria in young children. The vaccine acts against Plasmodium falciparum, the most deadly malaria parasite globally and the most prevalent in Africa.1 The vaccine has been recommended by WHO for pilot introduction in selected areas of 3 African countries. It will be evaluated for use as a complementary malaria control tool that could be added to (and not replace) the core package of WHO-recommended preventive, diagnostic and treatment measures.


Deadline for submissions is 13 October 2019

Washington, D.C., 26 September 2019 (PAHO) ‒ Funding is available for research on health and migrations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Submissions can be made until 13 October. Small grants will be provided through a joint initiative of a group of organizations, in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Campinas Center for Research on Reproductive Health (CEMICAMP, Brazil).

Deadline for submissions is 13 October 2019


The Latin America and Caribbean Climate Week 2019 will be a key international summit to drive climate action forward across the region. LACCW will be an umbrella for a series of climate-related events focused on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) implementation – challenges and opportunities, the Sustainable Development Goals, and Global Climate Action.


Washington, D.C., 13 August 2019 (PAHO/WHO) — On August 1-2, in Panama City (Panama), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) held a regional workshop, Addressing the environmental determinants of health in vector prevention and control strategies, to strengthen strategies for the prevention, control, and elimination of vector-borne diseases, including action on environmental health to reduce the impact of arboviral diseases in the population.


6 de agosto de 2019 – O Brasil tem trabalhado para avançar no controle do bicho-de-pé (tungíase). Desde o ano passado, a Secretaria Especial de Saúde Indígena (SESAI) do Ministério da Saúde tem feito várias atividades em áreas vulneráveis para reduzir a hiperinfestação e casos graves da doença. Esse trabalho conta com a colaboração da Organização Pan-Americana da Saúde (OPAS) e do Ministério da Saúde e Proteção Social da Colômbia.  Read the news


Communicable Diseases and Environmental Determinants of Health
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