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  • IDB to Join Fight on Neglected Infectious Diseases / El BID combatirá las enfermedades tropicales desatendidas / O BID vai combater as doenças infecciosas negligenciadas

    Friday, September 4th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB plans major effort to fight neglected infectious diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Bank to create grant facility to support health measures to control and eliminate diseases such as dengue and Chagas

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)—together with the Pan American Health Organization and the Global Network for Neglected Tropical […]

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    A New Initiative on Chagas / Nova iniciativa sobre Doença de Chagas

    Saturday, July 11th, 2009

    From Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi):
    Forgotten and with few treatment options, Chagas debilitates and kills

    100 years since Chagas disease was discovered, DNDi launches an international campaign “Wake Up. Time to Treat Chagas Disease!” with a call for better medicines and treatment of patients.

    One hundred years after the discovery of Chagas disease, 100 million people […]

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    Gates Foundation to Fund Fight Against “Neglected” Diseases / Fundación Gates dona millones para combatir enfermedades “olvidadas”

    Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    Gates Foundation Grant Will Boost Fight against “Neglected” Diseases

    New Funds Announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

    Efforts to prevent, control and eliminate “forgotten” tropical and other infectious diseases in the Americas received a new stimulus with the announcement of a $34 million grant by the Bill & […]

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    A Loan to Improve Health Care in Panama / Un préstamo para Mejorar la Salud Básica en Panamá

    Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    The World Bank Board of Directors today approved two loans totaling US$75 million for Panama to increase access to and quality of basic health services and education among the poor in rural and indigenous areas.
    “The central objective of the government’s program is to tackle poverty and inequality by improving access to health […]

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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 […]

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    WHO: Time to Focus on Health Impacts of Climate Change

    Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

    Every year the World Health Organization (WHO) picks a theme for World Health Day, April 7th, the day celebrating WHO's founding, so that everybody in involved in public health can talk "on message" and focus their discussion about the pre-selected theme.  In 2007 it was "invest in health, build a safer future."  In 2008 it […]

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    A New System to Deal with International Public Health Threats / Un nuevo sistema para responder a las amenazas a la salud pública mundial

    Friday, June 15th, 2007

    Today is the day that the new International Health Regulations (IHR) take effect.
    If you are not closely involved with public health, you may not know what the IHR are and their importance. [Even some inexperienced public officials might know what they are, but consider them a “big yawn.’] But if you ever are […]

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