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Indoor public places and workplaces and public transportation are 100% smoke-free in 17 countries of the Region

In 17 countries of the Americas, all indoor public places and workplaces and public transportation are 100% smoke-free, according to the report on the Region’s implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) submitted to the plenary of … Continue reading

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Bolivia’s Minister of Health and Sports chairs 52nd Directing Council

The Minister of Health and Sports of Bolivia, Juan Carlos Calvimontes, chairs the 52nd Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) from Wednesday through Friday, in replacement of the Minister of Health of Ecuador, Carina Vance Mafla, who … Continue reading

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Canada, Nicaragua, United States suggest evaluating existing mechanisms to avoid duplicating efforts in the analysis of the Region’s drug problem

  Canada, Nicaragua, and the United States raised the need to avoid the duplication of efforts when undertaking the study on health systems capacity proposed by the delegation of Guatemala.

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Artist Shelly Xie uses sand and a light box to illustrate Chagas disease and hookworm

Shelly Xie, a medical student from Texas, combines art and science to shed light on the impact of neglected diseases in forgotten communities.

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Delegates discuss Plan of Action for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases

High-level health authorities of the Americas discussed the Plan of Action for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), which are responsible for three of every four deaths in the Region, or about 4.45 million deaths annually.

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Expert panel discusses road to universal coverage in the Americas

The road to universal health coverage, its definitions, and experiences in the Region were among the topics discussed this afternoon by a panel of experts who also analyzed how the Americas should proceed to become one of the first regions … Continue reading

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Haiti thanks countries of the Americas for support in improving national health system

The delegate of Haiti highlighted recent health achievements in his country and expressed appreciation to Member States of the Region and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for their support in improving the country’s health system. “All of us working … Continue reading

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IAPO urges implementation of strategies to achieve universal health coverage

The International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations (IAPO), which represents 65 million patients around the world, today encouraged the Pan American Health Organization PAHO) and the countries of the Americas to implement strategies that facilitate achievement of universal health coverage.

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Fukuda briefs Directing Council delegates on MERS-CoV and A(H7N9)

Keiji Fukuda, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Security and Environment, briefed delegates to the 52nd Directing Council on the status of outbreaks of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and the influenza virus A(H7N9), which are being closely monitored for … Continue reading

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Member States discuss PAHO Strategic Plan 2014-2019

Delegates to the 52nd PAHO Directing Council discussed the proposed new PAHO Strategic Plan 2014-2019, which sets out the Organization’s strategic direction over the next five years.

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