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International women’s day: PAHO Director calls for investment in women’s leadership to transform the health sector

Even though women make up 70% of health and care sector workers worldwide, barely 25% occupy leadership positions. At an event to mark International Women’s Day, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, called for greater support to women’s leadership while strengthening the health workforce, especially in the wake of negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Wave of new commitments marks historic step towards the elimination of cervical cancer

Governments, donors, multilateral institutions, and partners have announced major new policy, programmatic and financial commitments, including nearly US$ 600 million in new funding, to eliminate cervical cancer. If these ambitions to expand vaccine coverage and strengthen screening and treatment programs are fully realized, the world could eliminate a cancer for the first time.  

Op-ed on cervical cancer by Dr. Jarbas Barbosa

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One in eight people are now living with obesity

A new study shows that worldwide, obesity among adults has more than doubled since 1990, and has quadrupled among children and adolescents (5 to 19 years of age). The data also show that 43% of adults were overweight in 2022. 

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PAHO convenes fourth meeting with countries of the Americas on future global pandemic instrument

PAHO convened countries of the Americas for a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss progress in the negotiations for a possible future global pandemic accord. The objective of the two-day meeting was to review the fundamental components of the draft document to be presented this May at the World Health Assembly (WHA). 

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PAHO partners with St Jude Children’s Research Hospital to improve access to medicines for childhood cancer in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has announced a new partnership agreement with St Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help strengthen equitable access to cancer medications for children in Latin America and the Caribbean

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World Obesity Day: PAHO launches Creative Play Initiative in Barbados schools

Creative Play, a new initiative from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Ministry of Health and Wellness of Barbados, aims to address the growing issue of overweight and obesity in children through the development of innovative approaches to encourage physical activity in schools. 

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PAHO calls for strengthened measures against Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to combat dengue

In a new epidemiological alert, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reiterated its call to countries in the Americas to intensify efforts and actions to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the main vector that transmits dengue fever.

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Strengthening healthcare in Paraguay’s underserved northeast

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Opportunities and challenges towards tuberculosis elimination in the Americas

When: Monday 25 March

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EQ5D: a tool for measuring quality of life related to health

When: 15 March

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The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) works with the countries of the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of its population. Founded in 1902, it is the world’s oldest international public health agency. It serves as the Regional Office of WHO for the Americas and is the specialized health agency of the Inter-American system.


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