Health authorities of the Americas today agreed on an action plan to strengthen vital statistics systems of the population of each country, during the 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference being held this week in Washington, DC.

cervical-cancer-150pxAll countries in the Americas "have made notable progress in improving their public health strategies for cervical cancer prevention and control," according to a report presented today at the Pan American Sanitary Conference in Washington, DC.

elimination-measles-150pxMinisters of health from the countries of the Americas approved a plan today to keep the Region free of measles, rubella, and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), following the declaration of the end of endemic transmission of these diseases in recent years.

Although some progress has been made in preventing violence in the Americas, there is still "limited recognition of violence and injuries as public health issues that impose a significant burden for countries," health ministers from throughout the Americas were told today.