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World Health Assembly
  • World Health Assembly sets bold new action for WHO
    The Assembly set WHO on a course to tackle longstanding, new and looming threats to global public health. Read more »
Public Health Highlights
  • Children First: A Success Story
    A partnership initiated in 1997 proves that international technical cooperation can improve the health of children in the Americas. Read more »
  • Looking for the most active and healthy cities in Latin America and the Caribbean
    The third Active Cities, Healthy Cities contest is accepting applications. The contest will recognize cities where the urban environment facilitates healthy lifestyles. Read more »
  • Perspectives in Health eZine - The eZine of the Pan American Health Organization is now online. Among its features: Chronic Diseases: Everyone's Epidemic - Traffic Safety: No Act of Fate - Jerry Rivera: "Stop the Pain" - PAHO Calls for Action on Alcohol. Click here to read »
Calendar of HIV Events in Latin America and the Caribbean

World No Tobacco Day 2008 Observed with Awards in the Americas

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World No Tobacco Day is being observed May 31 with a focus on tobacco marketing, and awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to tobacco control. The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging governments to protect the world's 1.8 billion young people by imposing a ban on all tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship.  Read More »

  • Women and Children Must be Shielded Against Impact of Global Food Price Increase
    The regional heads of ECLAC, PAHO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, and WFP issued an urgent call on the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean to take timely action to ensure the protection of children and pregnant and lactating women against soaring food prices. Read More »
  • PAHO Releases New Wind Hazard Maps for the Caribbean
    The Pan American Health Organization Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Coordination unit, through Applied Research Associates, has developed new state-of-the-art wind hazard maps for Caribbean islands and nearby coastal areas of Central and South America. The maps are intended to replace older maps currently in use for structural design and risk assessment. They are an important aid for engineers, developers, and others whose work requires knowledge of wind hazards. Read More »
  • Latin American Countries Launch Programs to Improve Health Care for Sexual Minorities
    Several Latin American countries have launched new programs to improve health care for sexual minorities, including homosexuals and transsexuals, according to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The programs focus on reducing stigma and discrimination against sexual minorities and are part of larger efforts to boost HIV prevention and treatment. Read More »
  • Researchers Report that Better Screening, Treatment, and Affordable Vaccines Can Prevent Doubling of Cervical Cancer Deaths in Latin America, Caribbean
    Thirty-three thousand women in Latin America and the Caribbean die each year of preventable cervical cancer, according to a new study. Dramatic new opportunities offered by better screening, treatment and the securing of an affordable vaccine for girls and young women could reduce the current death toll and prevent it from rising. Read More »