May 14, 2021

PAHO warns against getting COVID-19 vaccines outside of official channels

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Vaccines not procured through government purchases from certified providers and offered by authorized national immunization circuits are presumed to be counterfeit and dangerous to health. Washington, DC, April 22, 2021 (PAHO)- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) urges people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 only through national immunization programs and officially authorized mechanisms and warns […]

PAHO calls for closing vaccination gap generated by COVID-19 pandemic disruption

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In 2020, vaccination rates against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis dropped by 18.2% while immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella declined by 13.9%, compared to 2019. Washington, D.C., April 23, 2021 (PAHO) – On the eve of Vaccination Week in the Americas, PAHO urged countries to close the immunization gap that resulted in hundreds of thousands […]

Alcohol consumption is the sole cause of 85,000 deaths annually in the Americas, PAHO/WHO study finds

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Drinking contributes to more than 300,000 deaths every year. PAHO urges countries in the Americas to limit hours of alcohol sales, ban alcohol advertising, and increase taxes on alcohol.   Washington, D.C., April 12, 2021 (PAHO) Alcohol consumption was responsible for an average 85,000 deaths annually during the period 2013 to 2015 in the Americas, […]

PAHO mobilizes to help Saint Vincent and Grenadines respond to eruptions of Volcano La Soufriere

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Bridgetown, Barbados, April 9, 2021 (PAHO)- The Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) has mobilized to help the government of Saint Vincent and Grenadines respond to eruption activity of Volcano La Soufriere and to a possible explosive eruption. After several days of increased seismic activity, Saint Vincent and Grenadines has issued a red alert […]

Canada scales up its support to PAHO in its COVID-19 response in the Caribbean

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Government of Canada contributes an additional CAN$1.2 million to PAHO aimed at providing essential equipment and supplies in the Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.   Washington, D.C., March 29, 2021 (PAHO) — The Government of Canada announced it would contribute CAN$1,200,000 (approximately USD$950,000) to support the efforts of the Pan American Health […]

Sint Maarten disaster preparedness project launched, PAHO reports

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The EU-funded project will include two multipurpose community centers that will act as emergency shelters and disaster preparedness assistance for government and communities. Port of Spain, Trinidad, March 26, 2021 (PAHO) – Sint Maarten took a step closer to preparedness for disasters and health emergencies today with the launch of a project that will include […]

PAHO update: 32 countries and territories in the Americas have detected infection by one of three ‘variants of concern’

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Washington, D.C. March 26, 2021 (PAHO)—The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said 32 countries and territories in the Americas have reported the presence of at least one of the three “variants of concern” of the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, according to a new Epidemiological Update..These variants may increase transmissibility of the virus, increase its […]

PAHO media briefing on COVID-19 in the Americas Today Tue July 7 11am- 12n EST

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Tuesday July 7, from 11 am to 12 pm EST (Washington DC Time)Via ZOOM Webinar. Registration required. Questions can be submitted prior at [email protected] WHAT:         Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and WHO Regional Director for the Americas will hold an information session on the rapidly evolving situation of COVID-19 in the […]

PAHO warns Caribbean countries to prepare for heat waves

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From RJR News Online The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is warning Jamaica and other Caribbean countries to prepare for possible heat waves.  The US, Australia, Canada, Europe, India, Pakistan and Japan are among the countries that have so far been affected.  PAHO warns that exposure to high temperatures may cause severe symptoms such as […]

Anti-stigma campaign ‘Let’s Talk About Dementia’ marks beginning of World Alzheimer’s Month in the Americas

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ADI and PAHO launch ‘Let’s Talk About Dementia campaign’ in the Americas to address stigma and to encourage conversations around dementia Every 3 seconds someone in the world develops dementia Around 10 million people living with dementia live in the Americas Dementia became a $US1 trillion-dollar a year disease in 2018 Washington D.C., 1 September […]