Category Archives: General

Region advances toward elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis

In assessing the mid-term progress report of the strategy adopted in 2010, which sets a target of 2015 to eliminate these pathways for transmission, the country representatives praised the progress made in the region toward the elimination of mother-to-child transmission … Continue reading

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Countries analyze proposal on evidence-based policy-making for national immunization programs

The 52nd PAHO Directing Council this afternoon discussed a proposal that aims to ensure that national immunization programs have the necessary skills to meet the challenges of decision-making processes. To achieve this, the proposal suggests expanding the evidence base beyond … Continue reading

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Health authorities of the Americas, the GAVI Alliance, and PAHO join efforts for vaccination

Representatives of ministries of health of the Americas, the Secretariat of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations (GAVI), and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) met to analyze the results of their joint efforts and to assess opportunities to … Continue reading

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Progress report on health-related Millennium Development Goals for 2015 analyzed

The delegations discussed a report detailing the region’s progress on and the challenges to achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related directly to health, which include, among others, reducing maternal and infant mortality.

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Ministers of health of the Americas approve resolution on chronic kidney disease from non-traditional causes

Health ministers approved today a resolution that recognizes chronic kidney disease from non-traditional causes as a serious public health problem and that urges Member States to promote research to determine the causes of this disease, among other measures.

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The problem of substance use requires a multidimensional response, says PAHO Director

During the debate on psychoactive substance use, the Director of PAHO, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, said that addiction is a health problem whose causes and effects are complex, and she assured delegates to the 52nd Directing Council that PAHO will … Continue reading

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Guatemala proposes PAHO generate report on current state of health systems for treating people with substance abuse problems

During consideration of the progress report on the Plan of Action on Psychoactive Substance Use and Public Health, the countries discussed a proposal from the representation of Guatemala that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) prepare a report on the … Continue reading

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