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Hearth Authorities Urge Action to Mitigate Effects of Climate Change Health

The health authorities from the Member Countries today agreed on a series of actions that aim to mitigate the effects of climate change on health. Recognizing that climate change poses a threat to public health, especially among vulnerable populations, health authorities from the Americas committed to strengthening health systems and taking additional measures in response to climate change and its impact on...

Directing Council Approves Plan of Action to Reduce Harmful Use of Alcohol

PAHO’s 51st Directing Council approved a new Plan of Action to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol that seeks to lower levels of per-capita alcohol consumption and reduce alcohol-related harm. It proposes measures ranging from increased taxes on alcohol sales and restrictions on marketing, to training for primary health care workers in screening and treatment for risky drinkers. According to WHO data, alcohol consumption was the leading risk factor for deaths and illnesses in the Americas in...

Regional Strategy on Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases Renewed

The Member States of PAHO/WHO agreed to renew the Strategy and Plan of Action for an integrated approach to prevention and control of chronic diseases, including diet, physical activity and health, and incorporating regional goals, objectives, and indicators, for presentation to the Directing Council in 2012....

Immunization: Delegates Discuss Unfinished Agenda and Challenges Ahead

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Delegates Discuss Advances in Implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

The delegates shared their experiences during this afternoon's discussion of the progress report on the advances in the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control....

Plan of Action to Accelerate Reduction of Maternal Mortality Approved

A plan of action to accelerate the reduction of maternal mortality, prevent severe maternal morbidity, and strengthen maternal disease and mortality surveillance in the region, was approved this afternoon during the 51st Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)....

Countries of the Americas Agree on Plan to Reduce Malaria, Prevent Reintroduction and Maintain Achievements

A strategy and plan of action to intensify efforts in reducing malaria, prevent its reintroduction, and protect current achievements was approved by the health authorities of the Member States of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), within the framework 51st Directing Council of the Organization....

Strategy for Creating National Epilepsy Plans Approved

With the support of the Pan American Health Organization, the countries from the Region of the Americas will work on the creation of national programs to deal with epilepsy, a neurological disorder that affects approximately 50 million people worldwide, of which 5 million live in the Americas....

Delegates Approve Strategy for a Public Health Approach to Reduce Psychoactive Substance Use

The delegations of the countries of the Americas approve this morning a plan of action to include the consumption of psychoactive substances as a public health priority in national plans, as part of the 51st Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)....

Climate Change on the Agenda at 51st Directing Council

The delegations from the countries of the Americas this afternoon discussed the Strategy and Plan of Action on Climate Change, which proposes the elements and framework for a plan of action to protect health from the effects of climate change in the Region of the Americas. Health authorities from the Americas discussed different strategies for assessing and addressing the implications of climate change for health and health systems, and other...

Directing Council Approves eHealth Strategy and Plan of Action

The 51st Directing Council today approved the eHealth Strategy and Action Plan, which seeks to improve access to and quality of health services through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Among other things, these technologies are expected to increase efficiency in the use of time and resources and improve inputs for complex decision-making, including for patient diagnosis and treatment....

Strategy and Plan of Action on Urban Health Approved

Countries in the Region of the Americas, with support from PAHO/WHO, will carry out a series of actions to improve health conditions in cities, where nearly 80 percent of the hemisphere’s population resides. Health ministers from the member countires, gathered in Washington, D.C., this week for the 51st Directing Council meeting of PAHO/WHO, today approved the Strategy and Plan of Action on Urban Health....

Health Officials Discuss Antimicrobial Resistance, the Theme of World Health Day 2011

With the goal of analyzing socioeconomic implications, lessons learned, and successful strategies to achieve the goal of containing antimicrobial resistance, health authorities of PAHO Member States debated the issue at roundtables....

Expert Urges Resistance to Antimicrobial Resistance to “Preserve the Miracle of Antibiotics”

The Director of the Board on African Science Academy Development of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, Patrick Kelley, addressed the health authorities of the Americas gathered at PAHO's 51st Directing Council PAHO, urging them to prevent antimicrobial resistance to "preserve the miracle of antibiotics, the basis of global health during the last 50 years." The specialist said that "when public interest is threatened, it is time for governments to exercise their leadership."...

Abortion is a Public Health Problem, says Obstetrics Expert

The coordinator of the Working Group on Prevention of Unsafe Abortion in the International Federation of Gynecologists and Obstetricians (FIGO), Aníbal Faundes, said today that “induced abortion is a public health problem, due to its high frequency and consequences for women’s health”, during a panel on safe motherhood and universal access to health, held during the 51st Directing Council meeting of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)....

UNFPA Expert says Family Planning is Key in Reducing Maternal Mortality

Dr. Laura Laski, Chief of Sexual and Reproductive Health at UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) noted that family planning is one of the most cost effective interventions to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, and it contributes to improving the family poverty situation and to empowering women, if they are able to decide....

For Bachelet, Women are the Best Investment for Democracy and the Economy of the Countries

Under-Secretary-General for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Michelle Bachelet, said that "there is no better investment for democracy and the economic growth of countries than to invest in women." So said the former president of Chile during a panel on Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health, conducted within the framework of the 51st PAHO Directing Council....

Infanta Doña Cristina Stresses La Caixa Foundation’s Support for the Safe Motherhood Initiative

HRH the Infanta Doña Cristina placed emphasis on the support that the Safe Motherhood Initiative has recevied from La Caixa Foundation since 2010 with the presentation of an exhibit of photographs on maternity throughout the world by the journalist Bru Rivera. The various activities carried out in the Region provided an opportunity to appeal to the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to pay attention to the problem of maternal mortality, particularly with emphasis on vulnerable...

Though Progress Has Been Made in Reducing Maternal Mortality in the Americas, It’s Still Not Enough

"The Americas have made progress in reducing maternal mortality, but this will not be enough," said Dr. Roses. As part of the Panel on Safe Motherhood and Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Mirta Roses, noted that "the Americas have made progress in reducing maternal mortality, but not sufficient to meet the target set by the Millennium Development Goals by 2015."...

Dr. Chan Calls on Countries to “Make a Difference in Women’s Health”

Following the announcement by Canada’s Minister for International Cooperation, Beverley Oda, on the cooperation project with PAHO, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, stressed the need to "show results" when making commitments of that type. Dr. Chan said that often there is talk but no action is taken on what is said. She said that on the one hand donors do not always do what they undertake to do, but on the other hand sometimes those who receive...