New WHO safe and dignified burial protocol - key to reducing Ebola transmission

Health workers bury the body of a woman who is suspected of having died of the Ebola virus in Bomi county, Monrovia, Liberia

A new WHO protocol for safe and dignified burial of people who die from Ebola virus disease emphasizes inclusion of family members and encouraging religious rites as an essential part of safe burials.

WHO welcomes approval of a second Ebola vaccine trial in Switzerland

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO welcomes approval by Swissmedic, the Swiss regulatory authority for therapeutic products, of a second Swiss trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine. The trial will be led by the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG). If judged safe, larger scale trials will be taken to African countries as early as January 2015.

CARICOM Leading Charge against Chikungunya, Ebola Threat

CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque at PAHO (Pan American Health Organisation) in Washington DC

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continues to be at the forefront of efforts to deal with the Chikungunya epidemic and the Ebola threat.

CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque held discussions on the weekend with representatives of the governments of Brazil and Argentina on assistance for the Region, particularly in the fight against Chikungunya. 

World Alzheimer Report 2014: Dementia and Risk Reduction

World Alzheimer Report 2014

The World Alzheimer Report 2014, Dementia and Risk Reduction: An analysis of protective and modifiable factors critically examines the evidence for the existence of modifiable risk factors for dementia.

PAHO Foundation names new president and CEO, Dr. Jennie Ward-Robinson, native of Barbados

Dr. Jennie Ward-Robinson President and CEO of PAHO

Washington, D.C., 25 July 2014 – The PAHO Foundation—the philanthropic arm of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)—today announced Dr. Jennie Ward-Robinson as its new President and CEO.

World Alzheimer Report 2013: Journey of Caring

World Alzheimer Report 2013 - Journey of Caring

An analysis of long-term care for dementia

The World Alzheimer Report 2013 ‘Journey of Caring: An analysis of long-term care for dementia’, reveals that, as the world population ages, the traditional system of “informal” care by family, friends, and community will require much greater support. Globally, 13% of people aged 60 or over require long-term care. Between 2010 and 2050, the total number of older people with care needs will nearly treble from 101 to 277 million.

PEPFAR - U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

 PEPFAR -  U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief

The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is the U.S. Government initiative to help save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS around the world. This historic commitment is the largest by any nation to combat a single disease internationally, and PEPFAR investments also help alleviate suffering from other diseases across the global health spectrum.

The World Alzheimer Report 2012: Overcoming the stigma of dementia

The World Alzheimer Report 2012: Overcoming the stigma of dementia

The World Alzheimer Report 2012: Overcoming the stigma of dementia, released on 21 September 2012, shares results from a worldwide survey conducted with people with dementia and carers on their personal experiences of stigma. The report provides information on stigma and dementia, highlights best practices in the field of dementia, and makes recommendations which could help reduce stigma.

World Alzheimer Report 2011 - The benefits of early diagnosis and intervention

World Alzheimer Report 2011

The World Alzheimer Report 2011 shows that there are interventions that are effective in the early stages of dementia, some of which may be more effective when started earlier, and that there is a strong economic argument in favour of earlier diagnosis and timely intervention.

Key findings

PANCAP urged to promote HIV elimination


The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) must vigorously promote the cause of elimination of HIV as a public health threat in the Caribbean Region.

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