• 06/10/2021 - In some countries not even 1% of the population has been vaccinated. In other countries, the figure is only 3%. Carissa Etienne calls for “urgently” ramped up access to vaccines and urges countries to contribute doses or financial resources.
  • 06/07/2021 - The United Nations General Assembly has declared the years 2021 through 2030 the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Led by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Decade is designed to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide. This global call to action will draw together political support, scientific research and financial muscle to massively scale up restoration with the goal of reviving millions of hectares of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
  • 05/24/2021 - World No-Tobacco Day Awards for 2021 in the Americas have been awarded to three Costa Rican institutions, the ministries of health in Saint Lucia and Paraguay, the Uruguayan National Resource Fund, two California cities, and a Brazilian doctor.
  • 05/21/2021 - Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F Etienne of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported that more than one million people in Latin America and the Caribbean have died from the disease and called on the world to intensify efforts to improve the region’s access to vaccines. “This pandemic is far from over, and it is hitting Latin America and the Caribbean severely, affecting our health, our economies, and entire societies. Yet only about 3% of our citizens have been vaccinated.”
  • 05/19/2021 - In order to disseminate good quality, updated and relevant information about the current pandemic we are facing, we decided to create this specific space, which will serve as a dynamic repository of information on our website. There will be material in Portuguese, English and Spanish. Enjoy, send suggestions and spread the word!
  • 05/17/2021 - Long working hours led to 745 000 deaths from stroke and ischemic heart disease in 2016, a 29 per cent increase since 2000, according to the latest estimates by the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization published in Environment International today.
  • 05/14/2021 - Tens of thousands more doctors and nurses expected to be needed to manage ICUs in Latin America and the Caribbean. PAHO helps countries deploy medical teams and scale up oxygen production; donates vital supplies.
  • 04/28/2021 - The second round of a World Health Organization “pulse survey“ reveals that over one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, substantial disruptions persist, with about 90% of countries still reporting one or more disruptions to essential health services, marking no substantial global change since the first survey conducted in the summer of 2020. Within countries, however, the magnitude and extent of disruptions has generally decreased. In 2020, countries reported that, on average, about half of essential health services were disrupted. In the first 3 months of 2021, however, they reported progress, with just over one third of services now being disrupted.
  • 04/15/2021 - The World Health Organization’s  new Global Diabetes Compact aims to bring a much-needed boost to efforts to prevent diabetes and bring treatment to all who need it  ̶  100 years after the discovery of insulin. The Compact is being launched on Wednesday (04/14) at the Global Diabetes Summit.
  • 03/26/2021 - Drug use among older people globally has risen in recent years and countries must act to address this “hidden epidemic”, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said in its annual report, issued on Thursday (25/03). The independent expert body also highlighted the negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the global supply of medicines, and on the well-being of people with mental health and substance abuse disorders.

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