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  • 04/12/2022 - The 4-7 April convening of the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) evaluated the evidence that has been emerging over past years that single-dose schedules provide comparable efficacy to the two or three-dose regimens. SAGE’s review concluded that a single-dose Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine delivers solid protection against HPV, the virus that causes cervical cancer, that is comparable to 2-dose schedules.  This could be a game-changer for the prevention of the disease; seeing more doses of the life-saving jab reach more girls.
  • 04/07/2022 - On its founding day, the Organization seeks a re-imagining and re-prioritization of resources to usher in sustainable, well-being societies. In Africa alone, 56% of public health incidents between 2011 and 2021 were climate-related; increased cases of cancer, asthma, and coronary heart disease serve as a warning for an increasingly polluted planet.
  • 03/24/2022 - On World Tuberculosis Day, data show that more than 70% of children under 5 years of age were not treated or did not have access to diagnostic and treatment services; the Covid-19 pandemic aggravated the situation; every day, the disease kills more than 4 thousand people.
  • 03/18/2022 - The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has issued guidelines to improve oxygen use in health care facilities, many of which have faced shortages of this vital gas used in the treatment of respiratory conditions resulting from COVID-19.
  • 03/08/2022 - In the Americas, over 365,000 pregnant women got COVID-19 and more than 3000 died. Ahead of International Women’s Day, PAHO Director urges countries to invest in improving access to vaccines and essential care for women and girls. A lack of access to timely care and disruptions to prenatal services are to blame for an increase in maternal mortality in the Americas during the pandemic, with one in three pregnant women unable to access timely critical care, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa F. Etienne said.
  • 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.