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  • A New Image for Chilean Cigarette Packs

    Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

    Chile’s Health Ministry (Minsal) today issued a decree adding a new health warning message and picture to those that must be displayed on cigarette packs sold in that country on a rotating basis.  As of 12 November, cigarette packs placed on the Chilean market must include the image at right on no less than 50% […]

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    Bolivia Bans Dozens of Pesticides, Activists Call for Rest of LAC to Follow

    Monday, February 2nd, 2009

    At the close of the meeting of the Latin American section of the Pesticide Action Network (known by its Spanish acronym RAP-AL) in La Paz last week, host country Bolivia announced that it was banning all pesticides with active ingredients classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as extremely (Class 1a) or highly (Class 1b) […]

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    Fiocruz Gets Green Light to Produce AIDS Medicine Under Compulsory License

    Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

    Brazil’s National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (ANVISA) has authorized the Pharmaceutical Technology Institute (“Farmanguinhos“) of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (“Fiocruz“) to begin producing the antiretriviral drug Efavirenz.  About 80,000 Brazilian HIV-positive patients currently receive the drug through the National Program on Sexually-Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and AIDS.
    To refresh memories, Efavirenz is the AIDS drug for which Brazil […]

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    Brazil Seeks to Lead in Stem-Cell Research

    Monday, January 26th, 2009

    Brazil’s Health Ministry is sponsoring Brazilian research that has led to the production of the first line of induced pluripotent stem cells.  Pluripotent stem cells are able to transform into any cell type.  They are similar to embryonic stem cells but do not need to be obtained from embryos.  Brazil becomes the fifth (and […]

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    Eradicating an Ancient Disease

    Monday, January 26th, 2009

    Leprosy.
    What images does that word invoke for you? The stories of ostracized lepers from the Bible, Torah or Koran? The scenes involving isolated “leper colonies” from Papillon or Motorcycle Diaries?
    How much do you know about it?  Is it very contagious? (No.) Is it curable?  (Yes.) Hasn’t it disappeared except for isolated […]

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    A Water and Sanitation Atlas for Brazil

    Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

    Last month a branch of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (“Fiocruz“), the Institute of Communication and Scientific and Technological Information in Health (Instituto de Comunicação e Informação Científica e Tecnológica em Saúde – Icict), in partnership with the Health Ministry’s (MS) General Coordination for Environmental Health Surveillance (Coordenação Geral de Vigilância em Saúde Ambiental – CGVAM), […]

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    New Cigarette Health Warnings/Images in Chile

    Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

    A couple of weeks back Chile’s Health Ministry (Minsal) announced a new warning that, according to a new decree just published in the official gazette, all cigarette packs placed on the Chilean market must bear starting on 16 November.
    Chile, it appears, has decided to forgo the shock treatment approach that Brazil and Uruguay have adopted.  […]

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    Implications of the World Cancer Declaration for LAC

    Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

    The World Cancer Congress recently concluded with by adopting the World Cancer Declaration (WCD), a global plan of action to combat cancer, particularly in developing countries such as those of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
    The Declaration has already been endorsed by hundreds of organizations, including many health ministries (such as Chile‘s) and other bodies […]

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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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