• 08/16/2021 - "Our region needs to pursue all possible avenues to expedite access and ensure countries reach their vaccination goals. We still need more donations; and we still need COVAX to deliver on its original commitment. We also need to create new opportunities that meet the diverse needs of our Member States, and that increase the supply of vaccines to the people and communities at greatest risk.” Carissa F. Etienne.
  • 08/04/2021 - Rich nations should help poorer ones access COVID vaccines before giving booster shots to their own citizens, the WHO says. But the US has dismissed the idea. "WHO is calling for a moratorium on boosters until at least the end of September to enable at least 10% of the population of every country to be vaccinated,'' said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director.
  • 07/28/2021 - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “more than 600 million children in countries not on academic break are still affected by school closures”, James Elder, UNICEF spokesperson at a press conference at UN Geneva. A culture of “safety, friends and food” at school has been replaced by “anxiety, violence, and teenage pregnancy”, with remote learning out of reach for millions.
  • 07/16/2021 - Created in 1996, RETS is a link between institutions and organizations involved in the training and qualification of technical personnel in the health area in countries of Americas, Portuguese-speaking Africa, Asia, and Europa. Currently, the network brings together more than 100 institutions from more than 20 countries. It also hosts two subnetworks: the Network of Technical Health Schools of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (RETS-CPLP) and the Ibero-American Network of Health Technician Education (RIETS).
  • 07/09/2021 - In simulations made by the researchers, analyzing past measures and in an optimistic scenario, adopting the system could have avoided up to 64% of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths with better administration of the periods in which social distancing was enforced.
  • 07/07/2021 - The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its patient care guidelines to include interleukin-6 receptor blockers, a class of medicines that are lifesaving in patients who are severely or critically ill with COVID-19, especially when administered alongside corticosteroids.
  • 07/07/2021 - The purpose of the initiative is to generate a space for exchange, reflection, learning, and formulation of proposals about the concrete experiences of how different training institutions faced these challenges and achieved their goals. Held on July 6th, with more than 500 accesses from several countries, the first workshop of the cycle addressed the issue of 'professionalizing practices' that cannot be done virtually.  Sebastián Tobar (CRIS/Fiocruz) was the presenter of the event, which was opened by Hernán Sepúlveda (PAHO/WHO), and Anamaria D'andrea Corbo (EPSJV/Fiocruz). The debate, mediated by Gerardo Arturo Medina, (SENA - Colombia), brought together Professor Ana Almeida (ESTeSL - Portugal) and Gabriel Muntaabski (INET - Argentina).
  • 06/23/2021 - The first workshop of the cycle will address the issue of 'professionalizing practices', which cannot be done virtually. How are institutions dealing with this difficulty in its different aspects? What solutions have been provided so that these technicians, whose role in the national health systems is fundamental, can enter the world of work well prepared, and at a time of many demands, such as the pandemic? How do we face the difficulties in maintaining the number of graduates from technical courses and maintaining the quality of the training? These are some of the questions to be answered from the first meeting. (Portuguese and Spanish)
  • 06/16/2021 - According to new research from the World Health Organization (WHO), caesarean section use continues to rise globally, now accounting for more than 1 in 5 (21%) of all childbirths. This number is set to continue increasing over the coming decade, with nearly a third (29%) of all births likely to take place by caesarean section by 2030, the research finds.
  • 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.

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