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Countries of the Americas Seek to Strengthen Drug Regulatory Systems

Washington, D.C., September 30, 2010 (PAHO) — Health officials from throughout the Americas said they would work with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to strengthen the capacities of their national regulatory authorities to guarantee the quality, safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical products. To view press...

E-training Urged to Shape a New Health Workforce in Latin America and the Caribbean

Shift toward primary health care based systems creates new needs in human resources development Washington, D.C., September 29, 2010 (PAHO) — Health leaders meeting at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) this week endorsed the use of virtual learning programs to give health personnel the knowledge and skills needed in new primary health care based health systems. To view press...

Health Leaders Vow to Resist Tobacco Industry Pressure and Support Efforts to Reduce Tobacco Use

Legislation aimed at reducing tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke is under assault from cigarette makers and their allies Washington, D.C., September, 29, 2010 (PAHO) — Health leaders meeting at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) vowed today to take action to counter attempts by the tobacco industry to subvert public health efforts aimed at protecting people from the harmful effects of tobacco use. To view press...

Countries celebrate 30th Anniversary of Smallpox Eradication, Vaccine Revolving Fund, and look ahead to new challenges

Washington, DC, September 28, 2010 (PAHO) - Health ministers from the Americas today reflected on the future of immunization programs by celebrating major milestones in fighting disease and looking ahead to new challenges made possible by advances in vaccine technology. View press...

Health Leaders Pledge Action to Reduce Drug Use in Latin America and the Caribbean

Washington, D.C., September 28, 2010 (PAHO) — Health leaders from throughout the Western Hemisphere today approved a new regional strategy to reduce harmful substance use and mitigate the negative health affects of such use, during the 50th Directing Council meeting of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). To view press...

PAHEF & PAHO Honored Innovative Public Health Figures Who Are Advancing Health in the Americas

Washington, DC (September 28, 2010) – Innovative public health leaders whose work has improved health in the Americas were honored at the invitation-only PAHO/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Event in Washington, DC, last night. Award winners were recognized before an audience of ambassadors, ministers of health, U.S. government officials, and top-level company executives. The awards are cosponsored by the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) and...

Experts call on countries of the Americas to keep the promise of safe motherhood

Over 9,000 women die each year in Latin America and the Caribbean from pregnancy-related causes Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2010 (PAHO) — A coalition of experts worried about slow progress toward ensuring safe motherhood for all women in the Americas today called on countries to redouble their efforts to achieve Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5: reducing maternal mortality by three-fourths between 1990 and 2015 and achieving universal access to reproductive health by the year...

PAHO Report Highlights Health Achievements in a Year of Challenges

Washington, D.C., Sept. 27, 2010 (PAHO) — The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Mirta Roses, today presented the Annual Report of the Director – 2010, during the opening session of the 50th meeting of the PAHO Directing Council. The director’s report summarizes the major work of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (the secretariat of PAHO) during 2009 and early 2010. The focus of this year’s report is "human security" and the ways in which PAHO’s technical...

Top Officials Meet to Map Pan-American Cooperation in Health

Washington, D.C., September 27, 2010 (PAHO) - Top health authorities from throughout the Americas opened a meeting today at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to discuss the health situation in the Americas, to identify common health challenges, and to map out effective national and Pan-American strategies to address them. At the opening session of the 50th PAHO Directing Council today, PAHO Director Mirta Roses welcomed delegates and noted the importance of Pan-American cooperation...

CARICOM Health Ministers Meet at PAHO

Washington, DC, 25 September 2010 (PAHO)-The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Caucus of Health Ministers convenes its Nineteenth Meeting in Washington, today, at the Headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), ahead of the 50th Directing Council of PAHO which begins Monday, 27 September 2010. The Caucus will review a number of issues on the Region's health agenda including the implementation of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). Pictures of the...

Fernando Sendra to be Honored as Champion of Health

Argentine cartoonist and humorist Fernando Sendra will receive on Monday 27 September the Champion of Health Award, given by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) for his contribution to improving health in the Americas. Sendra collaborated with PAHO on the "Breastfeeding, first food of champions" campaign, carried out in 2002, 2006 and 2010 on the occasion of the soccer World Cup, with a poster depicting his character Matias, first breast feeding and then holding a soccer ball....

‘Maternidades’ Photo Exhibit by Bru Rovira Comes to Washington D.C.

The Motherhood photography exhibit, a series of photographs taken in 16 countries around the world by Spanish photojournalist Bru Rovira, can be viewed from 28 through 30 September, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Marcus Garvey Hall of Culture of the Organization of American States (OAS), 17th Street NW and Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C....

Ministers of Health Meet to Discuss Health Policies for the Americas

Washington, September 23, 2010 (PAHO) -- Ministers of Health of all the countries of the Americas will gather at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) here on Monday, Sept. 27 for their annual Directing Council meeting. For five days, the health leaders will analyze the health situation in the region and discuss key resolutions on public health problems facing the Americas....