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UN RDT/RDG: UN Regional Directors Group (RDG) Meeting
Panama. 29-30 June, 2009.- The Regional Directors Group (RDG) of UNAIDS Cosponsors in Latin America and the Caribbean had a very successful meeting in Panama this week, the last meeting under PAHO's chairmanship.
Dr. Mirta Roses, PAHO Director who delivered the opening remarks expressed that this gathering is a good time to measure progress made over the last year and propose some critical lines of action for the next joint RDG work plan 2010-2011.

Sterilization Manual for Health Centers
The purpose of this manual is to inform health workers on the protocols and simple procedures that have been developed to prevent healthcare-associated infections. The guidelines included in this handbook show which steps to follow in cleaning, preparing, sterilizing, storing, and transporting hospital equipment so as to guarantee sterile materials--awareness of which is crucial in providing patients with safe health care. This page provides a summary and access to the full text in Spanish. 

Guide for Tuberculosis Control in Populations Deprived of Liberty in Latin America and the Caribbean
The general objective of this document is to provide basic guidelines for comprehensive TB control centered on individual and joint actions for aid, promotion, and prevention in accordance with the Stop TB strategy in all the people in the penal system, in a coordinated effort between it and the national tuberculosis programs of. This page provides a summary and access to the full text and an introductory presentation in Spanish--as well as links to all other activities on the topic of TB control in prisons.  

Fifth Regional Meeting on TB/HIV Collaborative Activities (San José, Costa Rica, 6-7 November 2008)
The objectives of this meeting were to: (1) Confirm the progress made in implementing TB/HIV collaborative activities in the countries and share experiences; (2) Review the most recent advances in TB/HIV, with emphasis on the "three I's" (Intensified case-finding / ICF, Isoniazid Preventive Therapy / IPT, and Tuberculosis Infection Control / IC); and (3) Program TB/HIV implementation activities. This page contains a summary in English, all conference presentations in English and/or Spanish, and conference documentation and the final report in Spanish.  

Fourth Regional Meeting on TB and TB/HIV in Prisons (San José, Costa Rica, 4-5 November 2008)
The objectives of this meeting were: (1) Review progress in implementing the Stop TB strategy; (2) Present new directions for tuberculosis control; and (3) Discuss TB/HIV collaborative activities in penal institutions. This page contains a translated summary, all presentations (in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, as presented) and access to the report in Spanish--as well as links to other meetings and materials on the topic of TB in prisons and TB/HIV. 

PAHO Today - July 2008 Edition
PAHO Today is the newsletter of the Pan American Health Organization. In this edition: Vaccination Week '08 Advances toward Record Goals, HPV Vaccine Eyed as Part of Cervical Cancer Strategy, Global Health Leaders Tackle Top Issues, Safe Surgery Checklist Launched at PAHO, more. 

HIV/TB Global Leaders' Forum (United Nations Headquarters, New York, 9 June 2008)
The purpose of forum--the first of its kind--was to speed up actions to face the epidemic of both these diseases, which causes the deaths of a quarter million people each year. The forum ended with a Call to Action to drastically reduce the number of deaths associated with TB/HIV co-infection. This page contains links to various videos from the event, some with Spanish subtitles. 

VPH News (Year 2, No. 4, May 2008)
In this issue: RIMSA 15; PANAFTOSA-PAHO/WHO welcomes countries at the 35th COSALFA meeting; PANAFTOSA-PAHO/WHO promotes animal health training; PANALIMENTOS: Security and food safety; Research and Development: II National Seminar on Hantavirus advanced research; STD/AIDS: Congress discusses fights against STD and AIDS; First Conference on Health Innovation is held in Brazil; Food-and-mouth disease: Emergency Simulation in Paraguay; SENACSA; PWR-Chile: Rabies situation; Book launch and articles; Visits to PANAFTOSA-PAHO/WHO; Cooperation: Fight against animal rabies, agreement for the creation of a laboratory network; Visit of Dr. Mirta Roses, partnership between PAHO and the city where PANAFTOSA-PAHO/WHO has its headquarters.  
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Perspectives in Health - March 2008
The eZine of the Pan American Health Organization. This edition features: Chronic Diseases: Everyone's Epidemic - Traffic Safety: No Act of Fate - Jerry Rivera: "Stop the Pain" - PAHO Calls for Action on Alcohol - More... 

An Achievable Dream: Eliminating Some Diseases from the Americas
In this speech, PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses outlines a set of communicable diseases--vector-borne, zoonotic, viral, bacterial and parasitic--that can be eliminated or significantly reduced by 2015 at the regional, subregional, or national level.  PAHO Director

HIV Newsletter October-December 2007
PAHO Electronic Bulletin on HIV No. 16 October-December 2007 Latin America and Caribbean Begins Preparation for AIDS 2008; AIDS 2008 Now Accepting Abstracts; New PAHO HIV Office for the Caribbean; PAHO Adapts Guidelines for Antiretroviral Treatment for LAC; Latin American Develops Strategy to Address Drug Resistance; More than 2,000 Attend V CONCASIDA; CONCASIDA Examines Sustainable; Quality Services for HIV; Second-Generation Surveillance: a Closer Look at the Epidemic in CONCASIDA, PAHO Strengthens Dialogue with Civil Society in CONCASIDA; Pos-CONCASIDA; Nicaragua Repeals Article that Penalized Same-Sex Relations; Third TAC Reviews Progress and Priorities; PAHO and Representatives from the Religious Sector to Cooperate; Suggested Readings; Most frequently used HIV Acronyms 
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Guide for TB/HIV Counselling and Testing in Tuberculosis Programs
In two parts: Full-text guide and flipchart for use during counselling sessions. This guide and the accompanying materials were developed to provide support to health workers involved in caring for persons with tuberculosis in all areas of the health sector. Its intention is to promote the development of the necessary skills in TB control teams, with the objective of reducing the risk of TB patients of contracting HIV infection and to offer antiretroviral treatment and comprehensive care to those who are have acquired the infection. 

CSP27.R10: Regional Policy and Strategy for Ensuring Quality of Health Care, Including Patient Safety
This resolution from the 27th Pan American Sanitary Conference in 2007 sets forth the PAHO mandate for providing effective, safe, efficient, accessible, appropriate, and satisfactory care for users, recognizing that policies are needed in the health sector that will impact the health care continuum, foster citizen involvement, and promote a culture of quality and safety in health care institution. CSP27.R10

HIV/STI TAC Directory
PAHO's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on HIV / STI. Choose a TAC Meeting webages from 2005, 2006 or 2007.  

TAC 2007 - Third Meeting of PAHO’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on HIV/STI, held in Managua, Nicaraqua, September 16 - 18, 2007
Third Meeting of PAHO’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on HIV/STI, held in Managua, Nicaraqua, September 16 - 18, 2007 

HIV Newsletter July 2007
HIV Newsletter July 2007 : GAN’s Meeting Monitors Results of ARV Price Negotiation; New Evidence for Prevention through Male Circumcision; Andean Countries Update Knowledge of Second Generation Surveillance; PAHO Harmonizes HIV Agenda with ORAS; Developing HIV Estimates for Latin America and the Caribbean; Third Meeting of the TAC in September 2007 in Guatemala; “Know your Status” Initiative launched on 27 June— HIV Testing and Counseling Services Awareness Day; The Global HIV Prevention Working Group launches New Report for “Scaling up” HIV prevention; Central America Moves Towards Implementation of Regional HIV Plan; Third Latin American Health Journalism Award Launched; WHO Removes Viracept® from Roche of its Prequalified List; Colleagues in HIV/AIDS Unit to Receive PAHO’s Annual Award for Outstanding Team; Suggested Readings; Most frequently used HIV Acronyms  
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Perspectives in Health - Volume 11, Number 1, 2007
Magazine published by the Pan American Health Organization. This edition features the following articles: Best Buys for Public Health - HIV: What You Know Can Help You - Deadly Imitation - Genetics in the Service of the People - Health Goes to School 

Fact Sheets on HIV in the Americas
Fact Sheets on HIV in the Americas 

WHA60.25: Integrating Gender Analysis and Actions into the Work of WHO: Draft Strategy
This resolution from the 60th World Health Assembly in 2007 sets forth the WHO mandate to analyze the data and act in ensuring and integrating gender equality into all health-related areas and all levels of health-care delivery and services for women and girls of all ages. WHA60.25

The Leishmaniases and Leishmania/HIV Co-Infections (WHO Fact Sheet No. 116)
This official WHO fact sheet provides basic information on leishmaniasis, a vector-borne disease transmitted by the bite of the infected female phlebotomine sandfly. Leishmaniases are a globally widespread group of parasitic diseases. The sandfly vector is usually infected with one species of flagellate protozoa belonging to the genus Leishmania. Leishmaniasis presents itself in humans in different forms with a broad range of clinical manifestations, all forms with devastating consequences. Leishmania/HIV co-infection is emerging as an extremely serious, new disease and it is increasingly frequent. There are important clinical, diagnostic, chemotherapeutic, epidemiological and economic implications of this trend.  WHO

New Approaches to HIV Prevention
A growing number of promising new hiv prevention approaches are in the late stages of clinical research, and have the potential to dramatically reduce the burden of hiv/aids around the world. Research on some of these approaches, such as male circumcision and diaphragms, could show results within the next two years. But there are serious obstacles that could significantly delay, or even derail, critical prevention trials — including inadequate resources and capacity to launch and complete trials, and emerging ethical concerns. Moreover, the world is unprepared to capitalize on the potential success of prevention research currently underway. Very little has been done to mobilize resources and develop the public health guidance, provider training, and public education needed to ensure rapid implementation of new prevention methods. This new report by the Global hiv Prevention Working Group, New Approaches to hiv Prevention: Accelerating Research and Ensuring Future Access, summarizes the state of hiv prevention research, and makes recommendations to speed research on promising new hiv prevention methods, and ensure rapid access to new tools and strategies as soon as they are proven effective. 
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IIIrd Regional Meeting on TB/HIV Interprogrammatic Collaboration Activities (San Salvador, El Salvador, 24–26 April 2006)
The objectives of this meeting were to analyze the implementation strategies in the Guidelines for HIV Surveillance among Tuberculosis Patients, per country; share experiences on TB/HIV comprehensive care, with emphasis on counseling and voluntary testing; follow up on the action plans developed in the 2004 meeting; and learn about Salvadoran experience. This page provides access to the agenda, conclusions and recommendations, and the final report. 

HIV Homepage
PAHO provides technical cooperation for the prevention and control of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases in the Region of the Americas. It also promotes, designs, and facilitates technical activities and policies to improve the capacity of Member Countries to reduce the number of future infections and to provide timely and adequate care for people with HIV. 

ALCUEH: Health Collaboration Program among Latin American, the Caribbean and European countries
ALCUEH is a project that convokes expert professionals, researchers, decision-makers and representatives of agencies, interested in making alliances, in order to analyze relevant problems related to health, to identify possible strategies and solutions which can help improve health conditions in industrialized or developing countries.  ALCUEH

Final Report: Regional Interprogrammatic Meeting on TB/HIV (Mexico City, 9–10 September 2004)
This page contains the agreements made at the meeting on TB/HIV co-infection and on collaboration between national TB and HIV/AIDS programs and the corresponding PAHO Regional Programs. It also contains access to the 50-page full text in Spanish, with the contents translated on this page for user orientation. 

Neglected Diseases: Search Page for PAHO and WHO Information
This page contains a list of neglected (primarily tropical) diseases of importance in Latin America and the Caribbean, with links to sites or autosearches with information on them. PAHO is developing a multi-disease approach to the prevention, control, or elimination of the diseases in this area. 

Regional HIV/STI Plan for the Health Sector 2006-2015
The Regional HIV/STI Plan for the Health Sector 2006-2015 is a tool to assist health services and systems in the Americas to more effectively respond to the HIV epidemic and to prevent and control STI. It is meant to strengthen national plans in all countries of the Region. The ten year length of the Plan encourages international and national planners to consider the long-term impact and sustainability of programs, and view the trajectory of the disease in relation to other long-term economic and human development goals. The Regional Plan will be a valuable resource to improve institutional coordination and build social and economic capital to halt the spread of HIV now and for years to come. 

CD46.R16: PAHO Gender Equality Policy
Resolution adopted at the 46th PAHO Directing Council in September 2005, which lays down the PAHO mandate for gender equality in health and development in the Americas, in accordance with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 
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CD46.R5: Progress Report on the Global Safe Blood Initiative and Plan of Action for 2005-2010
This resolution from the PAHO Directing Council sets forth its Organizational mandate and plan of action to guarantee blood safety and prevent diseases transmitted by blood transfusion. CD46.R5

Perspectives in Health - Volume 10, Number 1, 2005
Magazine published by the Pan American Health Organization. This edition features the following articles: Disaster Myths That Just Won't Die - Real Men Are Responsible - Little Havana's "Dr. Joe" - The Problem with Drinking - A Special Relationship 

Country Information on HIV in the Americas
Below you will find two sets of documents containing country-specific information about the HIV epidemic. The Care and Treatment Info Sheets include information about the care of people with HIV, antiretroviral coverage, lines of treatment, and drug prices, among other things. The Epidemiological Info Sheets contain the most recent country specific data on prevalence, incidence and prevention activities, summarizing the status of epidemic. Both Information Sheets were produced in collaboration with national authorities and reflect the best information made available to PAHO/WHO and partner organizations. 

The purpose of this newsletter is to share information on the efforts of PAHO professionals involved in the response to AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). This page offers access to all online issues to date, with a summary of their contents. 

CD45.R3: Millennium Development Goals and Health Targets
This resolution from the 45th PAHO Directing Council in 2004 issues a series of mandates to advise countries on what they need to do to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). CD45.R3

Fact Sheet: Americas commit to 100% ART access by 2005
The Heads of State of the Americas made a commitment to provide 100% access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) by 2005, which includes the region’s contribution to the “3 by 5” initiative. 
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HIV/AIDS-Related Stigma and Discrimination in the Health Sector
A PAHO report issued in 2003 revealed that HIV/AIDS-related stigma and discrimination persists among health workers of many countries, including the Americas. According to the report, those who are discriminated against may suffer physically and psychologically, while those who fear discrimination may be reluctant to seek testing or treatment. When this happens, people living with HIV and those at risk of infection are less able to protect themselves and their partners from infections. In addition to the report, PAHO produced a series of materials (posters, public service announcements, press releases, power point presentations), which can be found in this page. They aim at helping the health sector discuss the issue and are being used, together with the report, in several forums such as meetings with health sector personal, NGOs, professional associations, and ethics committees. 

CD44.R6: Primary Health Care in the Americas: Lessons Learned over 25 Years and Future Challenges
This resolution from the 44th PAHO Directing Council in 2003, taking into consideration the Declaration of Alma-Ata and past PAHO resolutions, sets forth the mandate of improving the quality of primary care in the Americas: more equitable access to health services, improved surveillance and information systems in this context, improved training for healthcare workers, a health promotion approach, better policy implementation, local community-based approaches and models, working towards the Millennium Development Goals, etc. CD44.R6

Calendar with activities in response to AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean
Web-based calendar of HIV/AIDS events in Latin America and the Caribbean. This calendar allows agencies that lead the response to AIDS in the region to share information about meetings, workshops, and conferences.

Strengthening National and Subregional Capabilities for the Surveillance, Prevention and Control of Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases (San Salvador, 7-9 May 2001)
This six-page document summarizes the recommendations of the national directors of epidemiology and public-health laboratory services of all Central American countries, Haiti and the Dominican Republic who participated at a Subregional Meeting on Emerging and Reemerging Diseases, 7-9 May 2001, in San Salvador, El Salvador, organized by PAHO’s Communicable Diseases Program, Division of Disease Prevention and Control. PAHO’s participants included advisers from Communicable Diseases, Laboratories, Vaccines and Immunizations, Health Analysis and Human Resources programs and from the Assistant Director’s Office.  
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Building Blocks: Comprehensive Care Guidelines for Persons Living with HIV/AIDS in the Americas
This summary report provides an operational definition of HIV/AIDS comprehensive care and outlines the core components of HIV/AIDS care. It presents a care model, outlined in a Building Block Framework, that is meant to provide guidance in the development of policies and strategies and promote discussion about the full spectrum of care required to meet the needs of PLHAs, their families, and caregivers.  
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