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Monthly Newsletter | No. 33 | June 2024

Pandemic preparedness and response, equity among key topics for the Americas at seventy-seventh World Health Assembly

Building on the lessons from COVID-19, countries from the Americas strongly engaged in decisions to better prepare against present and future health challenges, including pandemics, climate change and growing antibiotic resistance, and to promote universal health coverage at the global health gathering.

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World Health Assembly agreement reached on amendments to improve the IHR, and sets date for finalizing Pandemic Agreement

In a historic development, the World Health Assembly, the annual meeting of its 194 member countries, today agreed a package of critical amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) and made concrete commitments to completing negotiations on a global pandemic agreement within a year, at the latest.

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Ministers and high-level health authorities of the Americas discuss future pandemic response

Ministers of health and high-level health authorities from the Americas came together for the 77th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss pressing health issues. Read some of the highlights of their interventions. 

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Equitable access key to ensuring health resilience in small island developing states

Experts from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) this week participated in the 4th Small Island Developing States (SIDS) International Conference, to ensure that health remains front and center of discussions around catalyzing the sustainable development of small island nations.

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PAHO urges countries to strengthen dengue prevention in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean

As a result of the increase in cases of dengue fever in the southern hemisphere and the beginning of the season of increased transmission in the northern hemisphere, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) urges countries of Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean to strengthen preventative measures against this disease.

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Syphilis cases increase in the Americas

New syphilis cases among adults aged 15-49 years increased by 30% between 2020 and 2022 in the Americas, according to a new World Health Organization report, Implementing the global health sector strategies on HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections 2022-2030.

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