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    Caribbean Public Health Authority on Track for Launch in 2010

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

    From the Caribbean Community (CARICOM):
    REGION GEARS UP FOR HEALTH AUTHORITY IN 2010
    Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministers of Health meeting in Washington DC, USA at their 18th Caucus fully endorsed the time table for the establishment of the Caribbean Public Health Authority (CARPHA) in 2010.
    Among the actions leading up to the start up of CARPHA are the [...]

    Mobilizing $30 Million to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Americas / Movilizar US$30 millones para luchar contra enfermedades tropicales desatendidas en las Américas

    Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB, Global Network to mobilize $30 Million to fight neglected tropical diseases

    Announcement made during Clinton Global Initiative today

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases announced today their commitment to mobilize $30 million from the public and private sectors to fight neglected tropical diseases in [...]

    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    A New Network to Combat Noncommunicable Diseases

    Thursday, July 9th, 2009

    From the World Health Organization (WHO):
    New network to combat noncommunicable diseases
    Noncommunicable diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, cancers, diabetes, respiratory diseases and common injuries account for the vast majority of all global deaths, but because they are not yet included as priorities in the global development agenda, donors and international organizations have yet to pledge [...]

    MERCOSUR Tackles Tobacco Advertising

    Saturday, June 20th, 2009

    At their Ministerial concluded today, the Health Ministers of the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR) nations  (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, plus Venezuela once Brazil and Paraguay ratify the Protocol of Adhesion regarding its membership) plus MERCOSUR associate member Chile reached an agreement [MERCOSUR/RMS/Acuerdo No. 01/09] committing themselves to cooperating toward the elimination of [...]

    Brazil Bans Sale of Formaldehyde

    Friday, June 19th, 2009

    If you are a woman who goes frequently to a hair salon — and all latinas I know do –chances are very good that you have heard of, or have even had, the popular “Brazilian blowout,” also known as Brazilian keratin treatment or escova progressiva (progressive blow-dry).
    But did you know that many (if not most) [...]

    IDB Supports LAC Efforts to Combat A(H1N1) / BID apoya esfuerzas de ALC combatir el gripe A(H1N1) / BID apoia ALC combatir a influenza A(H1N1)

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB provides support for prevention and control of the A(H1N1) influenza pandemic in Latin America, Caribbean

    Japan top donor in Bank’s contribution to project aimed at strengthening disease surveillance and improving response to public health emergencies, to focus initially in Central America

    The Inter-American Development Bank approved today a $5 million grant [...]

    Uruguay Tightens the Screws on Tobacco

    Monday, June 15th, 2009

    Uruguay’s fairly tough anti-tobacco legislation is already used by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) as a model for other Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations to emulate.  Just last year they adopted new pack images and messages intended to shock smokers into reconsidering their habit.
    Twelve days ago (03 June) they chose to further trailblaze, [...]

    IMSP Finds Health Benefits of Mexico City’s Anti-Smoking Law

    Thursday, June 11th, 2009

    Mexico’s National Public Health Institute (INSP) has released a study of health effects of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS, sometimes also referred to as “passive smoking” or secondhand smoke”) in bars and restaurants.  The study checked 633 workers at 219 establishments in the the Federal District (DF, which comprises Mexico City and its environs) [...]

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