August 18, 2022

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More must be done to protect nursing workforce as COVID-19 cases rise in the Americas, says PAHO Director

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations once again rise in the Americas, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, has called on countries to urgently increase investments to develop and retain the nursing workforce, ahead of International Nurses Day.

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New cases of acute severe hepatitis in children: what we know so far

On 15 April 2022, WHO published an alert on severe acute hepatitis cases of unknown origin in children in the United Kingdom. Since then, new cases have been reported. Dr. Leandro Soares Sereno, Advisor for Viral Hepatitis Prevention and Control at PAHO, responds to frequently asked questions about this outbreak.

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PAHO Director calls for immunization gaps to be closed for all vaccines, including COVID-19

In 2020, 2.7 million children in the Americas did not receive the vaccines needed to keep them healthy, while around 230 million people have still not received a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the region, warned Dr. Carissa Etienne during the launch of the Vaccination Week in the Americas.

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Broadcasting in the Amazon – overcoming COVID-19, misinformation and fear of vaccines

PAHO supports innovative efforts to bridge cultural and linguistic gaps and increase vaccine acceptance among indigenous peoples in Ecuador and Colombia.

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More must be done to improve malaria response at the local level

On World Malaria Day, PAHO urges countries to step up efforts to tackle malaria in the region, calling for prevention, diagnosis and treatment interventions that are data-led and tailored to local contexts.

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Seven countries begin recording antimicrobial consumption with PAHO support

Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago have begun collecting information on antimicrobial consumption following the methodology of the WHO.

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Brazil, Guyana and PAHO join efforts to increase vaccination coverage in the Americas

Brazil and Guyana, in cooperation with PAHO, join efforts to increase vaccination coverage with an event in Bonfim, a city located on the border between the two countries, during the Vaccination Week in the Americas.

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Vaccination Week in the Americas 2022

From 23 to 30 April 2022, PAHO, together with the countries and territories of the Americas, celebrated the 20th annual Vaccination Week in the Americas and the 11th World Immunization Week under the call to action “Are you fully vaccinated? Get all your shots.”

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COVID-19 Response in the Americas

Two-thirds of people in Latin America and the Caribbean now vaccinated against COVID-19

14 countries and territories of the region have already reached the WHO goal of vaccinating 70% of their populations ahead of the June 30th target, and a further eight countries have reached over 60% coverage.

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Epidemiological Alerts and Updates – English | Español | Português  

COVID-19 vaccination in the Americas dashboard – Read more

More on the response to COVID-19: English | Español | Português


High-level Commission on Mental Health and COVID-19

Launch of the High-level Commission on Mental Health and COVID-19

When: May 6, 10:00 h EDT

PAHO has established this High-Level Commission to guide the Organization and its Member States in improving mental health in the Americas.

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International Nurses Day 2022

International Nurses Day 2022 Event

When: 6 May, 10:00 h EDT 

This year, the day calls for more inversion in nursing to accelerate recovery after the pandemic, regain and sustain public health achievements, and get back on track toward universal health.

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Strengthen production capacities to improve access to vaccines and other Health Technologies

When: May 6, 14:00 h EDT 

A space to identify opportunities for regional cooperation to increase the production capacities of medicines and other essential health technologies, including vaccines.

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Visit our website for a full list of events in: English | Español | Français | Português

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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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