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Safe Surgery Saves Lives
    WHO's global initiative Safe Surgery Saves Lives was launched on June 25 2008 at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization in Washington, D.C. Watch video from the launch »
Public Health Highlights
  • New issue of PAHO Today
    The latest issue of PAHO Today, the newsletter of the Pan American Health Organization, is now available online. Read it »
  • IAEA Member States and International Organizations Conclude Testing of Emergency Plans
    The World Health Organization (WHO) completed a two-day emergency radiation exercise today. This test involved a simulated accident at the Laguna Verde nuclear power plant in Mexico. 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 »
Calendar of HIV Events in Latin America and the Caribbean

Anticipation High in Brazil for Opening of World Congress of Epidemiology

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Officials from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) underscored the importance of Brazil serving for the first time as the venue for the World Congress of Epidemiology, which focuses on the role of epidemiology in meeting health challenges of the 21st Century.  Read More »

  • WHO/PAHO supports health response to Hurricane Ike in Cuba
    Cuban medical facilities have been extensively damaged by extreme weather events in recent weeks, jeopardizing health care delivery in the country's west. In response, the World Health Organization (WHO) has secured US$524 000 to re-equip health facilities and provide maternal and child health care in Pinar del Rio province and on Isla de la Juventud, off the southern coast. Read More »
  • WHO, partners launch appeal for $4.2 million for health response for hurricane-hit Haiti
    The World Health Organization and partners urgently need US$ 4.2 million to provide health care for many of the 800 000 people - including children and pregnant women - affected by successive tropical storms in Haiti.  Read More »
  • Rabies in humans is 100% preventable through prompt appropriate medical care but more than 55,000 people die each year
    Despite a reduction by 90% in human and canine cases in the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization says that more coordinated action is needed at all levels to work together with clear determination and help make rabies history. World Rabies Day 2008 will take place September 28th. Read More »
  • Caribbean public health authorities propose to eliminate vertical transmission of HIV and syphilis by 2015
    Public health authorities, HIV and Maternal and Child Health experts concluded that it is feasible to eliminate the vertical transmission of HIV and syphilis in the Caribbean by 2015. Read More »
  • PAHO: We can avoid the extinction of another endangered heritage
    The commemoration of International Day of Indigenous Peoples 2008 on August 9, which PAHO joins in full support, always serves as a reminder of all historical vicissitudes that those groups have undergone throughout centuries. Read More »