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PAHO — Arresting The Spread Of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases Imperative

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr. Carissa Etienne has called on member countries to take steps to contain the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles and rubella, while simultaneously undertaking coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations. She said COVID-19 caused significant disruptions to immunization programs in countries across the Americas, noting that “our health systems are stretched, and, in many places, […]


PAHO Director Appeals For The Maintenance Of COVID-19 Vigilance

In a digital press briefing, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, has appealed to member countries to maintain coronavirus (COVID-19) protocols and safeguards, even as vaccinations get under way in several territories. She noted that some countries are yet to get any doses of the vaccines while others are only able to distribute marginally. “Some countries… have […]


PAHO Calls For A Different Christmas Celebration This Year

Considering the COVD-19 pandemic, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is encouraging member countries to take precautions as they celebrate Christmas this year. PAHO’s Assistant Director, Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, says decisions relating to public and private engagements should be based on the most up-to-date COVID-19 information, particularly data indicating whether the virus is spreading and if countries’ health systems have adequate […]


PAHO Study Finds Major Gaps In Countries’ Actions To Prevent Violence Against Children And Adolescents In The Americas

A first-of-its-kind analysis of country data on violence against children and adolescents in the Americas reports that while the region has taken important action, serious gaps in prevention and response leave many children behind. The problem has gained new urgency amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Early data indicate that the pandemic is associated with increasing risk of domestic violence, including violence […]


PAHO Will Only Support Safe, Effective Vaccines

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, says the entity will only support the distribution of a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine to member countries that is proven to be safe and effective in clinical trials, reviewed by national regulatory authorities, and recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). Speaking during PAHO’s COVID-19 digital briefing recently, Dr. Etienne indicated that […]


PAHO — A Decrease In Severe Cases of COVID-19 In Member States

According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, member countries have experienced a fall in severe coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Speaking during PAHO’s COVID -19 digital briefing earlier in the week, she said data indicate that “fewer [infected] people are being hospitalized and fewer require intensive care than before.” Dr. Etienne said the reduction is due, in […]


PAHO Set To Monitor Safety Of COVID-19 Vaccine

Photo credit: paho.org In a recent digital press briefing, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, noted that nearly 200 vaccine candidates are being studied and expressed the hope that “one or more of these will prove to be effective.” The director argued that the organization would support member countries to monitor the effectiveness and safety of a […]


PAHO Warns — COVID-19 Raises Suicide Risk Factors

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is warning that the COVID-19 pandemic could exacerbate suicide risk factors. It is urging people to speak about the issue in an open and responsible manner, remain connected even during physical distancing, and learn to identify warning signs to prevent it. PAHO says data from recent studies show an increase in distress, anxiety and […]


Latin America New Epicenter Of The COVID-19

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is now declaring Latin America the new epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic as cases in that region “continue to rise” by the thousands daily. PAHO Director Dr. Carissa Etienne, at a recent virtual news briefing, said, “two of the three countries with the highest number of reported cases are now in the Americas. There […]


Jamaica Numbered Among Countries With High Incidence Of Domestic Violence

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has named Jamaica as one of the many countries where the perpetration of violence against women by an intimate partner continues to be widespread. The organization noted that the prevalence of physical and sexual violence varies among countries in the region. It pointed to the public health problem such violence creates not only in […]