2 March, 2020

PAHO Director calls on countries of the Americas to intensify COVID-19 preparedness and response activities

The Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Carissa F. Etienne, recommended that countries intensify their plans to prepare and respond to

COVID-19 given the appearance of cases of new coronavirus disease in the Region of the Americas.
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PAHO publishes a report on the current situation and challenges of the Social Security in Central America and the Dominican Republic

The report provides a general description of the main regimes currently in force in the social security systems and institutions of Central America and the Caribbean, conducts a comparative analysis of these regimes, and presents the regional social security challenges, together with the goals and indicators related to the 2018-2028 decade.
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More than 90 health practitioners trained in epidemiology and surveillance in the Caribbean countries  

Four English-language courses were delivered in 2019 on epidemiology and surveillance for public health practitioners in Caribbean countries, in the Virtual Campus platform. The courses were designed to strengthen capacities on the understanding and use of epidemiologic tools and public health surveillance in health systems in the Region. 
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Dominican Republic advances in the strengthening of the Health Technology Assessment

The Dominican Republic, with PAHO´s technical support, is working on the development of a roadmap to contribute to the implementation of the Health Technology Assessment in Social Security. [Available in Spanish]
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PAHO attends the 2020 Biomedical Transparency Summit at the National Academy of Sciences 

The Pan American Health Organization participated in the 2020 Annual Biomedical Transparency Summit, hosted by the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, on 24 January, Washington DC.
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