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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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    Preparing for Accidents with Hazardous Substances

    Monday, March 16th, 2009

    Recently I posted about about how Brazilian states are slowly taking up their responsibility under a 2004 federal decree to create state-level committees or commissions on the Prevention of, Preparation for and Response to Environmental Emergencies Involving Hazardous Chemicals Products (“P2R2”).
    I think perhaps I might have left the mistaken impressions that (1) Brazil had […]

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    RIACT Focuses on Smoke-Free Environments

    Thursday, December 25th, 2008

    Recently the Ibero-American Tobacco Control Network (Rede Ibero-Americana de Controle do Tabagismo – RIACT) held in Rio de Janerio its first full-fledged meeting since its creation in 2007. Attending the two-day meeting were representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).  The […]

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    LAC Urban Renewal Projects that Fight Obesity and Chronic Disease

    Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

    From the World Resources Institute (WRI):
    Latin American Cities Get Physical in Fight Against Obesity and Chronic Disease
    Mexico City, Mexico; Londrina, Brazil; and Tulancingo, Mexico won top awards in a contest here today for urban renewal projects designed to promote physical activity and cut down on local obesity rates and other diseases related to inactive lifestyles.
    “We […]

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    Brazil Proceeds with Compulsory Licensing of Antiretroviral Drug / Brasil continua com a licença compulsória de medicamento antiretroviral

    Monday, October 6th, 2008

    Temas Observation: All developing nations have had the clear right to resort to compulsory licensing of pharmaceuticals since the adoption of the Doha Declaration by the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001. Brazil has long reserved this right under its own laws, although previously it has been hesitant to actually use the power, preferring instead […]

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    PAHO’s Commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative

    Saturday, September 27th, 2008

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    PAHO Joins Clinton Global Initiative to Save Mothers’ and Children’s Lives
    Five-year, $60.5 million program will improve maternal and child health through low-cost interventions in 10 Latin American countries
    The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) announced a new program of proven, low-cost interventions for maternal and child health that will benefit […]

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    Lei Seca

    Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

    In June I seriously considered blogging about Brazil’s new “Lei Seca” (“Dry Law”). [This is the nickname Brazilians gave to a new law on drinking and driving.] I would note its passage and main provisions*, mention that I warned last year Brazil intended to do something about this issue, and express my […]

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    Developing Environmental Health Indicators for the Brazilian Amazon

    Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: In the wake of the recent decision to prepare a comprehensive assessment of the environmental and health challenges facing the capital of Amazonas state, Manuas, the National School of Public Health (ENSP) has decided to perform a complementary exercise for the broader Brazilian region known as “the Legal Amazon” (“Amazônia Legal”).  “Amazônia […]

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    Brazil: Government & Industry Discuss Changes in Processed Foods

    Monday, August 11th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Brazil’s Health Minister, José Gomes Temporão, has launched an open and public dialog with Brazil’s food industry about lowering the salt, sugar and trans-fat levels of the processed foods that they offer to the Brazilian market. Temporão revealed that a Ministry study suggests that up to 260,000 Brazilian deaths every […]

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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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