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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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    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 […]

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    Brazil Bans DDT

    Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

    Brazilian President Lula just signed a law banning all manufacture, import, export, stocking, sale or use of the organochlorine pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, more commonly known as DDT.  The law also requires (a) the incineration of all existing DDT stocks in Brazil within 30 days; (b) federal agencies to complete a study within two years of the environmental […]

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    Brazil Steps Up Funding for Women’s Cancer Exams

    Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

    Brazil’s Health Ministry (MS) announced today two measures to improve access to breast and cervix cancer screening within the country’s Unified Health System (SUS).  R$ 94.5 million will be invested over the next three years to increase Pap tests and mammograms (see table below). In addition, in June 2009 the Information System for Breast Cancer Control (SISMAMA) will be brought […]

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    Smoking Falling Among Brazilian Youth

    Thursday, April 9th, 2009

    The consumption of cigarettes among Brazilian youth has fallen more than half in the last 20 years.   In 2008, according to the Health Ministry’s (MS) Surveillance of Risk Factors and Protection from Chronic Diseases by Telephone Survey (Vigilãncia do Fatores de Risco e Proteção Crônicas por Inquérito Telefônico – VIGITEL), 14.8% of youths between […]

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    43% of Brazilians Are Overweight / 43% dos brasileiros estão acima do peso

    Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

    The image of Brazilians many non-Brazilians tend to get from movies, novelas, Brazilian supermodels and tourism ads (mostly for Rio de Janeiro) is that of a trim, tanned, body image-conscious people.  But new research done by Brazil’s Health Ministry (MS) indicates the country actually has a growing weight problem, with all that implies to […]

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    Tobacco Use in Individuals with Severe Mental Illnesses / Tabagismo em indivíduos com transtornos mentais graves

    Sunday, July 29th, 2007

    A study* has just been published in the August edition of the Brazilian journal Revista de Saúde Pública (“Public Health Magazine”). I’m mentioning it here in the The Temas Blog out of the conviction that there will be some journalist somewhere (or perhaps many) who, perhaps to get senstional headlines, will misinterpret or mis-report […]

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