Latin artists come together to provide creative input for PAHO’s campaigns on the COVID-19 pandemic

30 Aug: Latin artists come together to provide creative input for PAHO’s campaigns on the COVID-19 pandemic

Washington, D.C., August 28, 2020 (PAHO) — Artists from 10 Latin American countries gather this weekend to design creative pieces intended to support the Pan American Health Organization’s public health campaigns against the COVID-19 pandemic. The “Hackathon of images against Covid-19” consists of two virtual days of creative work by more than 60 artists and visual…

PAHO asks countries to ensure prenatal checks due to increased risk of severe COVID-19 in pregnant women

30 Aug: PAHO asks countries to ensure prenatal checks due to increased risk of severe COVID-19 in pregnant women

Washington, D.C., August 21, 2020 (PAHO)—The Pan American Health Organization is asking countries in the Americas to step up efforts to ensure access to prenatal care services for pregnant women due to recent studies that show an increased risk of severe forms of COVID-19. In a new Epidemiological Alert, PAHO notes, “Recently published results and…

World Humanitarian Day recognizes the dedication of humanitarian workers

30 Aug: World Humanitarian Day recognizes the dedication of humanitarian workers

Washington, D.C., August 19, 2020 (PAHO) — World Humanitarian Day is being observed today to honor humanitarian workers, who help millions of people affected by natural disasters or armed conflicts around the world, particularly the most vulnerable populations, even in the midst of the global pandemic of COVID-19. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) joins…

Countries must expand services to cope with mental health effects of COVID-19 pandemic, PAHO Director says

30 Aug: Countries must expand services to cope with mental health effects of COVID-19 pandemic, PAHO Director says

Washington, D.C. August 18, 2020 (PAHO) – Countries in the Americas should expand and invest in mental health services to cope with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pan American Health Organization Director Carissa F. Etienne said today. “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a mental health crisis in our region at a scale we’ve never…

Concerns about risk of exposure to COVID-19 impact immunization services in the Americas

30 Aug: Concerns about risk of exposure to COVID-19 impact immunization services in the Americas

Washington, D.C., August 14, 2020 (PAHO) — While Countries of the Americas have implemented innovative strategies to boost immunization programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, concerns about risk of exposure, as well as challenges accessing services during lockdown, have led to a reduction in vaccination coverage, a series of internal surveys from the Pan American Health Organization…

PAHO trains 2,800 community health workers in Haiti for COVID-19 Response

30 Aug: PAHO trains 2,800 community health workers in Haiti for COVID-19 Response

Washington, D.C., August 12, 2020 (PAHO)—The Pan American Health Organization has trained in Haiti more than 2,800 community health workers including 2,700 community health agents (ASCP) and 162 community health nurses and auxiliary nurses as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing much-needed support to the Ministry of Health and the country’s Multisectoral…

COVID-19 threatens plans to eliminate and control infectious diseases, PAHO Director says

30 Aug: COVID-19 threatens plans to eliminate and control infectious diseases, PAHO Director says

Countries must balance COVID-19 response with maintaining essential services to manage and prevent infectious diseases. Washington, D.C., Aug. 11, 2020 (PAHO)— The pandemic of COVID-19, which has killed over 390,000 people in the Americas, is threatening regional plans to eliminate and control infectious diseases including tuberculosis, HIV, hepatitis and others, PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne said…

PAHO helped procure 10 million PCR diagnostic tests for COVID-19 for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean

30 Aug: PAHO helped procure 10 million PCR diagnostic tests for COVID-19 for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean

Through international procurement, PAHO’s Strategic Fund played a vital role in COVID-19 response, also buying face shields, masks, gloves, gowns and respirators and ensuring continuing supplies of quality equipment Washington, DC, August 6, 2020 (PAHO) – The Pan American Health Organization has leveraged the Strategic Fund for  Public Health Supplies to procure and distribute millions…