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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
  • Medical Professionals Worldwide Endorse WHO Checklist for Safer Surgery
    A new safety checklist for surgical procedures developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) won the endorsements of nearly 250 health organizations from over 40 countries at a launching event yesterday at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, D.C. Read More »
  • PAHO Launches Safe Surgery Saves Lives - 2nd WHO Global Patient Safety Challenge
    The World Health Organization (WHO) will launch its new global initiative "Safe Surgery Saves Lives," aimed at improving the safety of surgery in countries around the world, on June 25, 2008, 11:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., at PAHO headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Read More »
  • Vaccination week in the Americas advances on goals
    Regional objective: Vaccinate 62 million people
    With a spirit of integration and Pan-Americanism, health authorities carried out launches and immunization activities in all countries and territories of the Americas this week, working to vaccinate 62 million children, young people and adults throughout the Region, including indigenous populations in border areas. Read More »
  • PAHO Calls for End to Violence against Women
    Singer Jerry Rivera today joined forces with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to launch a new public service campaign to raise awareness of violence against women and of the need to end the widespread problem in the Americas and around the world. Read More »
  • International Day of the World's Indigenous People Highlights Health Gaps
    On the International Day of the World's Indigenous People observed today, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) experts noted that 40 percent of indigenous people in the Americas still lack access to conventional health care services. Coupled with serious issues of inequity and discrimination, this situation poses a serious obstacle in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals. Read More »