PAHO Director, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, has called for countries to prepare their health systems to address the long-term impact of the post COVID condition, which may include symptoms like persistent and severe fatigue and shortness of breath.
Monkeypox Outbreak: Final report by the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee
The WHO Director-General concurs with the advice offered by the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee and, at present, does not determine that the multi-country monkeypox outbreak constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.
An ancient tradition to the rescue: Mayan midwives or “comadronas” dispel COVID-19 vaccination fears
A strategy to counter 21st-century disinformation was found paradoxically in an old tradition: the comadronas or traditional midwives, who are revered in Guatemala as keepers of ancestral medical knowledge.
PAHO Executive Committee concludes with a call to strengthen regional health goals post-pandemic
The 170th Session of the PAHO Executive Committee concluded with several resolutions passed to strengthen collaboration to support health goals in the Americas, the regional COVID-19 response, and measures to bolster the organization’s ability to support countries, particularly during health emergencies.
PAHO and Unitaid launch collaboration to advance the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of Chagas disease
The five-year, US$ 2.6 million partnership will scale-up regional and national efforts to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of this neglected tropical disease endemic to Latin America.
New PAHO guidelines seek to contribute to research into the cause of hepatitis of unknown origin in children
Until June 16, 368 probable cases of acute hepatitis of unknown etiology were reported in healthy children under 16 years in seven countries in the Americas, the vast majority in the United States. PAHO made available new guidance for laboratories to contribute to investigations into the causes of this disease.
Mental health: a priority for action on climate change
In a new policy brief launched at the Stockholm+50 conference, WHO urges countries to include mental health support in their response to the climate crisis, as it poses a serious risk to mental health and well-being.
PAHO Trains Caribbean Laboratory Technicians in the Detection of Monkeypox
Laboratory technicians from Jamaica, the Bahamas, Guyana, Suriname, and St. Lucia took part in a two-day training on the detection and laboratory diagnosis of monkeypox.
Blood donation: an act of solidarity – World Blood Donor Day 2022
PAHO called for solidarity after a 20% drop in blood donations in Latin America and the Caribbean during the first year of the pandemic. In many countries, demand for blood outstrips supply, and services face the challenge of ensuring the availability of safe, quality blood and blood components.