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    WHO and World Bank Join Forces on Global Health / La OMS y el Banco Mundial aúnan esfuerzos en salud mundial

    Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

    From the World Health Organization (WHO):
    WHO and World Bank join forces for better results from global health investments
    As delegates gather at the International AIDS Conference (3-8 August), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank today address the pressing global debate around health systems and initiatives in specific aspects of health, nutrition and population. […]

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    An Affordable Anti-Malarial / Um medicamento para malária a preço mais acessível

    Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

    From Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi):
    Sanofi-aventis and DNDi welcome the Clinton Foundation announcement on ACTs and commit to providing fixed-dose combination “ASAQ” at equally low prices
    Sanofi-aventis and the non-profit Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) welcome the agreement announced by Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) to reduce the volatility and the price levels of […]

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    The Disease Burden Associated with Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

    Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

    Last month the World Health Organization (WHO) released, without much fanfare, Safer Water, Better Health, its estimate of how many deaths or how much “disease burden” can be attributed to deficiencies in water, sanitation and hygiene (WSH).
    Access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation is key to improving health conditions in developing countries. Water-related diseases […]

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    Tire Mountains as a Border Issue

    Monday, July 14th, 2008

    If you you’re not a waste specialist (“garbologist”) or waste nut (like me), then you might have missed this one or not understood its significance even if you did hear of it.
    End-of-life (EOL) tires — called “scrap tires” by industry but often referred to as “waste tires” by regulators — have bedeviled environmental authorities and […]

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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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    Protecting Health from Climate Change

    Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

    As they promised last year, in April the World Health Organization (WHO) and its regional counterpart, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), celebrated World Health Day in April by trying to educate us all about the possible health impacts of global climate change on health. Most assessments and discussions of climate change to […]

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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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    Malaria in the Americas: Still Formidible / Malaria en las Américas: formidable todavia

    Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

    The short status report to PAHO's governing body, the Pan American Sanitary Conference, mentioned in the releases reproduced below, is available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. 
    As the report shows, fighting malaria in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) remains a formidable challenge.  While there has been a decrease in reported cases overall for LAC, […]

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    A Health Agenda for the Americas

    Saturday, June 9th, 2007

    The annual General Assembly (GA) of the Organization of American States (OAS), held this year in Panama just last week, was used as the venue for formally rolling out the “Health Agenda for the Americas” developed over the last two years by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). […]

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    Cheaper HIV/AIDS Treatments for LAC Nations

    Thursday, June 7th, 2007

    In May former US President Bill Clinton announced that his foundation had negotiated new agreements to substantially reduce the price of 15 so-called “second-line treatments” for HIV/AIDS, plus a new, “next generation” once-a-day pill, for 66 poor and middle-income countries. The 66 (chosen because they represent about 90% of the world’s AIDS cases) includes […]

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