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    Update: International Health Regulations

    Monday, August 4th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: About a year ago I noted the coming into effect of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) new International Health Regulations (IHR), and explained their significance for dealing with a cross-border, trans-national or global health crisis — a breakout or pandemic of infectious disease, contamination in an internationally traded foodstuff, a bioterrorism incident, […]

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    Promoting Local Production of Cancer Medicines

    Wednesday, July 9th, 2008

    A few years back, I engaged someone I know in the research-based pharmaceutical industry in a discussion of the raging debate over whether developing countries would impose compulsory licensing of key patented (by multinational companies) drugs for the treatment of life-threatening conditions such as HIV/AIDS and cancer, followed by either local production or importing generics […]

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    The Challenge of Land Degradation / El desafio de la degradación del suelo

    Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

    I must admit that, just as was the case with deforestation, in the past I paid very little attention to the issue of land degradation. I won’t bore you with the explanations and excuses as to why, just suffice it to say that it was not high enough on my list of priority environment issues. […]

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    Improvements in HIV/AIDS Treatment in LAC

    Friday, July 4th, 2008

    This is a few weeks delayed in being posted, but frankly folks, I only have so many hours in my day… Everyone takes away something different from Towards Universal Access: Scaling Up Priority HIV/AIDS Interventions in the Health Sector – Progress Report 2008, the report released last month jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO), […]

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    LAC Health Stats, Trends and Trivia

    Saturday, June 21st, 2008

    Which Latin American or Caribbean nation smokes or drinks the most? In which are you more likely to die from cancer than infectious diseases such as malaria or dengue? Which has the highest percentage of obese people? Which spends the most on the health of their citizens? If you you’ve ever wondered about such questions, […]

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    LAC Environmental Trivia, Revisited

    Thursday, June 19th, 2008

    The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recently published the latest edition (covering up to 2007) of its annual statistical yearbook for the region. As in recent years, one section covers natural resources and the environment. If you are seeking a basic set of comparative environmental data for the region, […]

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    Climate Change May Slam the Caribbean

    Friday, June 13th, 2008

    The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Tufts University have just released a report commissioned by the group Environment Defense (EDF) on the potential economic impact of global climate change on the Caribbean. The report comes soon after another by the Andean Community (CAN) on climate change’s economic impact on four Andean nations. One of the […]

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    Past as Prologue for Caribbean Reefs?

    Friday, June 13th, 2008

    Earlier this year the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) published a report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) assessing the state of the Caribbean’s coral reefs after their toughest year in recent history, 2005. The IOC is the lead international entity assessing and reporting […]

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    WHO Calls for Complete Tobacco Ad Ban

    Friday, June 6th, 2008

    It was only a matter of time. World Health Organization (WHO) officials have long expressed the belief that one of the most effective tools in decreasing tobacco consumption is a a complete ban on all forms of advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products and bands. They wanted it in the Framework Convention on Tobacco […]

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    Cervical Cancer Control in LAC / Control del cáncer de cuello uterino en ALC

    Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO): Researchers Report that Better Screening, Treatment, and Affordable Vaccines Can Prevent Doubling of Cervical Cancer Deaths in Latin America, Caribbean With Cervical Cancer Killing 33,000 Annually in the Region, Experts in Mexico City Consider Promise, Costs of Detection, Treatment and Introduction of New Vaccines against Deadly Virus Thirty-three […]

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