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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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    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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    Una norma andina sobre los productos de higiene doméstica / An Andean Norm on Household and Personal Hygiene Products

    Saturday, December 20th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Last week the Trade Ministers of the Andean Community (CAN) approved a new Community norm to harmonize member states’ (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru) sanitary control regimes regarding household and personal hygiene products, such as soaps, detergents, fabric softeners, surface cleansers, stain removers, bleaches, air fresheners, sanitary towels, disposable diapers, tampons, towelettes, […]

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    Toward a Cosmetovigilance System for Latin America?

    Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

    A key focus of the recent Tenth Meeting of Sanitary Authorities of the Americas in the Cosmetics, Personal Hygiene and Perfume Sector (Reunión de Autoridades Sanitarias de las Américas del Sector de Higiene Personal, Perfumería y Cosméticos – RASA) in São Paulo and the need for cosmetovigilance in the region.
    What is RASA and what is […]

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    SP Governor Proposes Very Tough Smoking Ban

    Thursday, September 4th, 2008

    On August 28 — Brazil’s National Day to Combat Tobacco — José Serra, the Governor of the state with the biggest market in the nation, São Paulo, sent to the state legislature a bill would ban smoking in areas of collective use, whether public or private. The bill looks to be one of the toughest […]

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    Dengue on the Rise Again / Dengue Avance de Nuevo

    Friday, October 12th, 2007

    If you’ve ever had dengue before, you can testify to its agony. My wife got it from a mosquito while we lived in Santo Domingo in the late 1990s, and for a week she experienced fiery pain in every joint and muscle, a steady headache and fever that will not respond to any medicines. […]

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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 Huge Donation for Brazil’s Chief Consumer NGO / Uma donação grande para a ONG brasileira principal de defesa do consumidor / Una donación grande para la ONG brasileña principal de defensa del consumidor

    Thursday, August 16th, 2007

    This grant from the MIF is a major coup for the Brazilian Consumer Defense Institute (IDEC), probably increasing their operating funds by 50% and cementing their lead as Latin America and the Caribbean’s (LAC) best funded consumer group. Parabéns, IDEC e Marliena Lazzarini (a Presidente do Instituto). To understand better the importance of […]

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