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Carissa F Etienne said: “I also acknowledge the tremendous effort of the PROSUR countries in ensuring planning and readiness for the introduction of COVID 19 vaccines in your respective countries,” External link

paho Friday, February 26, 2021 12:39:00 AM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “PAHO will be reaching out to our partners, Regional and sub-regional financing institutions among others and our Member States…” External link

paho Friday, February 26, 2021 12:39:00 AM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “despite the steps being taken to deliver vaccines as quickly as possible, we are still way behind where we should be as a region,” “That is why we are urging the global community to make COVID vaccinations in the Americas a global priority as it is where the need and risk are greatest” External link

paho Wednesday, February 24, 2021 11:44:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “To control the virus, we must remain vigilant and committed to the public health measures we know are effective – especially as new variants circulate in the region and may increase the burden on our health systems,” “That is why PAHO continues to monitor the virus’s spread in our region for any changes in transmission, and why countries must continue to practice social distancing, wear masks and avoid mass gatherings” External link

paho Wednesday, February 24, 2021 11:44:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “Through the power of vaccines, our region has eliminated smallpox, polio, rubella and measles,” “With COVID-19, it’s no different: safe and effective vaccines will help us turn the tide of this pandemic, but only if we can reach those most vulnerable, no matter where they live or who they are. And we will still need to maintain the proven public health measures of testing, contact tracing, quarantine, physical distancing, hand hygiene, and masks until the pandemic recedes” External link

paho Wednesday, February 24, 2021 11:44:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “We need to take a fresh look at public health, one that is much more holistic and inclusive, that considers new critical factors for the success of interventions, such as connectivity, bandwidth, interoperability, artificial intelligence, among others,” External link

paho Tuesday, February 23, 2021 8:12:00 PM CET

Timothy Harris said: “This elimination is the result of our strong political commitment to public health and of making the health of mothers, children and families a regional priority,” External link

paho Friday, February 19, 2021 5:15:00 PM CET

Maria Cristina Perceval said: “The elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis is not just a dream; it’s an achievable goal,” External link

paho Friday, February 19, 2021 5:15:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “We’re supporting countries on everything from logistics to coordinate the delivery of doses, to public information campaigns to ensure that people know where, when, and how to receive their vaccines,” External link

paho Wednesday, February 17, 2021 9:41:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “While these numbers are staggering, they represent a 10% drop from weeks past – proof that public health interventions are helping us keep the virus at bay,” External link

paho Wednesday, February 17, 2021 9:41:00 PM CET

Sylvain Aldighieri said: "Having genomic sequencing data can improve the preparedness and response actions of public health systems to any viral disease with epidemic and pandemic potential, so we urge all countries in the Americas to strengthen their SARS-CoV-2 sequencing capacity," External link

paho Thursday, February 11, 2021 11:50:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “Based on the evidence we have now on the variants of concern, we are confident that our growing portfolio of COVID-19 vaccines remains useful and will guide us through the end of this pandemic,” External link

paho Wednesday, February 10, 2021 8:01:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “There is no reason for alarm, but for attention,” External link

paho Wednesday, February 10, 2021 8:01:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “There are outstanding research teams working on the ground in places like Manaus, Brazil, who are focusing on this issue and providing us with information as swiftly as they can,” External link

paho Wednesday, February 10, 2021 8:01:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “We must stay focused on improving our capacity for surveillance, so we can keep track of trends, including variants of concern,” “Our recommendations to prevent this virus remain the same: uphold strong surveillance, limit gatherings, and practice social distancing, frequent hand hygiene, and mask-wearing,” External link

paho Wednesday, February 10, 2021 8:01:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “Transmission increases every time we let our guard down and disregard preventive measures that have been proven to limit the spread of this virus,” “A well-coordinated response that employs the full range of public health measures is still our best hope of stopping transmission in the short term” External link

paho Wednesday, February 10, 2021 8:01:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “Women, who make up 70% of the world’s health workers, have faced enormous personal risk to care for COVID patients, even when they had little protective equipment at their disposal,” External link

paho Wednesday, February 3, 2021 7:47:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “As limited COVID-19 vaccines arrive across our region, countries must prioritize these early doses for our elderly and our health workers – many of whom are women,” “Vaccinating health workers first is both the right and the smart thing to do: It will help us save lives, protect our health systems and recover our economies faster” External link

paho Wednesday, February 3, 2021 7:47:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “Today we’re seeing that cities, provinces, and countries that had previously managed to control COVID-19 outbreaks are seeing a sometimes-devastating resurgence in cases in our region and beyond,” “This should serve as a lesson that keeping the virus at bay is not a one-time effort, but a constant commitment while transmission is still active” External link

paho Wednesday, February 3, 2021 7:47:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “We must not forget other grave illnesses while we combat COVID-19,” “We must fight the pandemic while continuing to make advances against other diseases, particularly cancer. For cancer patients, lack of diagnoses, treatments, and medications can be deadly,” External link

paho Tuesday, February 2, 2021 8:06:00 PM CET

Anselm Hennis said: “We must ensure that people who are already sick with cancer do not miss life-saving diagnosis and treatment because of the pandemic,” External link

paho Tuesday, February 2, 2021 8:06:00 PM CET

Sylvain Aldighieri said: “But it’s still early to conclude on the strength of the association between the emergence of the variant and the recent dynamics of transmission,” External link

paho Friday, January 29, 2021 4:43:00 AM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “One million people with hopes, dreams and a future cut short. One million mourning families – many unable to say goodbye – who will feel their absence forever. The scars and the lessons of this pandemic will stay with us,” External link

paho Thursday, January 28, 2021 4:43:00 AM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “has brought a triple crisis throughout our region as it has ravaged our health systems, fractured our social protection, and destabilized our economies. The loss of one million people from this virus should serve as an urgent call that we must do more to protect ourselves and each other from getting sick. This includes strong calls to action to reinforce the public health measures that are needed now in each of the places that are seeing outbreaks,” External link

paho Thursday, January 28, 2021 4:43:00 AM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “Today, we celebrate her life and we thank the millions of health workers still on the frontlines of this virus, who are saving lives every day. Their countless sacrifices will not be forgotten,” External link

paho Thursday, January 28, 2021 4:43:00 AM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “By contrast, most countries in Central America – except for Honduras and Guatemala – are seeing a decrease in COVID-19 infections over the previous week,” External link

paho Thursday, January 28, 2021 4:43:00 AM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “We must intensify public health interventions to limit exposure to this virus. Social distancing, limiting gatherings and the consistent use of masks in public settings and frequent hand washing are our absolute best hope for reducing the number of COVID-19 infections right now,” External link

paho Wednesday, January 20, 2021 4:30:00 AM CET

Carissa F Etienne added: “Vaccine rollouts should prioritize those at risk – like the health workers at the frontlines of our response, the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. They should also prioritize disenfranchised populations that often struggle to access the care they need,” External link

paho Wednesday, January 20, 2021 4:30:00 AM CET

Ciro Ugarte said: “These funds have allowed us to work side by side with ministries of health and other key partners to tackle this pandemic,” External link

paho Wednesday, January 13, 2021 4:31:00 AM CET

Adriana Blanco said: “This is a great moment not only for the health of Paraguayans, but for the entire region of South America,” External link

paho Friday, January 8, 2021 8:26:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “Smoking increases the risk of developing severe COVID-19 disease,” “That is why now more than ever, Paraguay’s decree is a triumph for the health of Paraguayans” External link

paho Friday, January 8, 2021 8:26:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “While we hope 2021 will usher a new chapter in our fight against this virus, protecting the millions of people in our region with COVID-19 vaccines will be a huge undertaking,” External link

paho Thursday, December 31, 2020 4:48:00 AM CET

Anselm Hennis said: “People living in the Caribbean still do not have access to simple and easily understood information about whether food products contain excessive and potentially harmful amounts of sugars, sodium or fats,” External link

paho Friday, December 18, 2020 3:00:00 PM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “While we hope 2021 will usher a new chapter in our fight against this virus, protecting the millions of people in our region with COVID-19 vaccines will be a huge undertaking. So, we must be patient and remain realistic that COVID-19 will be among us for some time – so our work to control it cannot and must not stop,” External link

paho Thursday, December 17, 2020 4:20:00 AM CET

Carissa F Etienne noted: “Health systems across our region struggled to manage the influx of COVID-19 cases due to limited supplies, space and staff. The COVID-19 response also disrupted the essential health services that people depend on to manage conditions like HIV, TB, as well as diabetes and hypertension. As a result, patients are at greater risk from these treatable conditions and our region could lose decades of progress against diseases,” External link

paho Thursday, December 17, 2020 4:20:00 AM CET

Carissa F Etienne said: “PAHO was able to support readiness assessments in more than 500 public hospitals in our region that helped shape country strategies against this virus. PAHO has led hundreds of trainings and donated millions of PPEs and diagnostic tests and issued more than 100 pieces of technical guidance to ensure that health workers understand the latest science and can access the latest tools they need to safely combat this virus,” External link

paho Thursday, December 17, 2020 4:20:00 AM CET

Irwin LaRocque said: “The WHO says that between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress,” “The direct cost to health is estimated to be between $2 to $4 billion per year by 2030. Tellingly, areas with weak health infrastructure, mostly in developing countries, will be the least able to cope without assistance to prepare and respond” External link

paho Friday, December 11, 2020 5:37:00 PM CET

Ernesto Acevedo said: “Front-of-label warnings protect the rights of consumers to have truthful, extensive, simple, easily understood information about what the products are and what they contain,” External link

paho Thursday, December 10, 2020 5:06:00 AM CET

Anselm Hennis said: “The majority of populations in our Region and worldwide still lack access to simple information about whether a product is excessive in sugars, sodium, saturated fats, trans fats or total fats,” External link

paho Thursday, December 10, 2020 5:06:00 AM CET

Carissa Etienne said: “We’re once again in need of coordinated efforts to boost hospital capacity in the most affected areas because when hospitals can’t accommodate everyone who is sick, many will die waiting for care,” External link

paho Wednesday, December 9, 2020 8:25:00 PM CET

Irwin LaRocque said: “The WHO says that between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause approximately 250,000 additional deaths per year, from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress,” “The direct cost to health is estimated to be between $2 to $4 billion per year by 2030. Tellingly, areas with weak health infrastructure, mostly in developing countries, will be the least able to cope without assistance to prepare and respond” External link

paho Thursday, December 3, 2020 4:35:00 AM CET

Jarbas Barbosa told: “During a pandemic, there is no such thing as a risk-free holiday season. Every gathering, every shopping trip, and every travel plan increases the chances of spreading the virus,” External link

paho Wednesday, November 25, 2020 8:28:00 PM CET

Jarbas Barbosa said: “PAHO does NOT recommend relying on laboratory tests for travelers. Yet we’ve seen countries across our region and throughout the world place testing at the heart of their travel policies. This cannot guarantee safe travel or eliminate the risks related to infected travelers, and resources can be used in other ways yielding a greater public health impact,” External link

paho Wednesday, November 25, 2020 8:28:00 PM CET

Jarbas Barbosa said: “While a rapid surge of infections in the United States has been a major driver, cases are continuing to accelerate in some countries of North, Central and South America as part of a mosaic of different epidemiological patterns we’re seeing,” External link

paho Wednesday, November 25, 2020 8:28:00 PM CET

Oscar Barreneche indicates: “We are contributing to the response to this emergency with our technical staff to support the teams of the Ministry of Health in their rapid assessment of the situation and health needs in the affected areas. This support is also contributing to the local coordination of the response by the Directorates of Health Areas. The affected communities have high rates of chronic malnutrition, and we are concerned that this situation will worsen the health status of children, pregnant women and adolescents in these areas, who were already in a situation of vulnerability before the emergency, ” External link

paho Wednesday, November 25, 2020 3:29:00 PM CET

Oscar Barreneche explains: "We are living a difficult time in which we must assist the victims of TS Eta, while ensuring that assistance is provided under conditions that ensure the control of COVID-19," External link

paho Wednesday, November 25, 2020 3:29:00 PM CET

Jarbas Barbosa said: “so it is vital that countries start preparing now,” External link

paho Wednesday, November 18, 2020 8:42:00 PM CET

Jarbas Barbosa said: “As of today, 28 self-financing countries have signed agreements with the COVAX Facility, and an additional 10 countries are eligible for support under the COVAX Advance Market Commitment,” External link

paho Wednesday, November 18, 2020 8:42:00 PM CET

Jarbas Barbosa said: “We must make the most of the life-saving vaccines that are already available, to prevent other outbreaks of severe diseases such as polio, measles and others,” External link

paho Wednesday, November 18, 2020 8:42:00 PM CET

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