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  • 02/11/2022 - The COVID-19 pandemic could be defeated this year but only if vaccines, tests and treatments are made available to all people, said UN Secretary-General António Guterres. The UN chief was among world leaders calling for $23 billion to support the ACT-Accelerator, the landmark collaboration that makes these goods accessible to everyone globally.
  • 01/21/2022 - With COVID-19 surging throughout the Americas and demand for diagnostics higher than ever, the Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F. Etienne has called on countries to prioritize rapid antigen tests for those with symptoms - who are most at risk of spreading the disease.
  • 01/21/2022 - The World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) has updated its guidance on booster doses and vaccination in children in light of increased vaccine supply and coverage, new evidence on the need for booster doses, and the evolving epidemiological situation for COVID-19.
  • 01/14/2022 - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday gave the green light to two new drugs against COVID-19: baricitinib and sotrovimab. One of the drugs is used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and is recommended for patients with severe symptoms of coronavirus, while the other is used for patients with non-severe signs of coronavirus but at risk of hospitalization.
  • 01/12/2022 - Vaccination, testing of symptomatic individuals, and ensuring health workers are among first in line for additional vaccine doses are key to safeguard health systems. With COVID-19 infections accelerating in the Americas and the detection of the Omicron variant in at least 42 countries and territories in the region, the Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F. Etienne has called on countries to ensure health workers have access to protective equipment and additional COVID-19 vaccine doses where available.
  • 01/09/2022 - Though highly preventable and treatable, cervical cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in reproductive-aged women globally, according to the UN health agency, kicking off Cervical Cancer Awareness Month.
  • 12/11/2021 - The School of Health "Dr. Ramón Carrillo" (ESS) celebrated its 75th anniversary and, as a closing event, held a virtual lecture entitled "The formation of health professionals in America; a network strategy", by Carlos Eduardo C. Batistella, coordinator of International Cooperation of the Escola Politécnica de Saúde Joaquim Venâncio of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (EPSJV) in Brazil, one of the most important science and technology institutions in Latin America.
  • 12/08/2021 - To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the International Network of Health Technicians Education (RETS), the Joaquim Venâncio Polytechnic School of Health (EPSJV/Fiocruz) held, on November 30th, the fourth workshop of the cycle 'The challenges of training health technicians during the pandemic', with the theme 'The future of networks in a globalized world: common challenges and shared solutions'. The workshops are being held in partnership with the International Network for the Education of Health Technicians (RETS) and its sub-networks: the Ibero-American Network for the Education of Health Technicians (RIETS) and the Network of Technical Health Schools of the Community of Portuguese-speaking Countries (RETS-CPLP). The initiative also has the support of the PAHO/WHO Subregional Program for South America, the Center for International Relations in Health (Cris/Fiocruz), and VideoSaúde Distribuidora of Fiocruz.
  • 12/02/2021 - A total of 274 million people worldwide will need emergency aid and protection in 2022, a 17 per cent increase compared with this year, UN humanitarians said on Thursday. The amount is equivalent to “the world’s fourth most populous country”, Martin Griffiths, UN Humanitarian Affairs chief said at the launch of the 2022 Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) in Geneva. The document, published annually by the United Nations and partners, includes 37 response plans covering 63 countries. It estimates that $41 billion is required to provide relief and protection to the 183 million people most in need.   
  • 12/01/2021 - While experts work to better understand the new WHO-designated “variant of concern,” Omicron, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne, called for increased vaccination and public health measures to ensure the best possible protection against the virus. "Vaccine inequity is prolonging the COVID crisis, and this is exactly what we’re seeing with the arrival of Omicron,” Dr. Etienne said.