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Perspectives in Health Magazine. Volume 8, Number 3, 2003

The Magazine of the Pan American Health Organization

Cover Story:
More than 4,000 people worldwide die from violence every day. For some countries, it has become a leading cause of death. Now public health advocates are rallying a far-reaching response to what they say is largely a preventable problem. Photo illustration by Bola Oyeleye (photo source- Artville Stock Images).
 Child Crying The Violence Pandemic
by Donna Eberwine
Violence claims the lives of more than a million people every year and leaves many more with physical and mental scars. The authors of the first World Report on Violence and Health argue that it is largely a preventable problem and that public health can play a critical role in helping to bring it under control.

 Polio victim Chronicling the End of Polio
by Paula Andaló
Photojournalist Sebastião Salgado has traveled the world to document human travails in an era of globalization. But his most recent work was inspired by hope: It chronicles the final thrust in the global campaign to eradicate a crippling disease.
 Genetically modified corn Battling over Biotechnology
by Donal Nugent
Genetically modified crops are becoming the rule rather than the exception in North American agriculture, and they are showing up in a growing number of Latin American countries as well. But lingering doubts about their safety have prompted governments to take new action to address public concerns.

 Cattle Crusaders for Animal Health
by Alexandre Spatuzza
Since foot-and-mouth disease was first introduced into the Americas in the 19th century, it has been the single most enduring threat to the region's livestock. Now, with help from the Pan American Foot-and-Mouth Disease Center, the region is on track to eradicate the disease by the end of this decade.
 Girl With Mask Purple Death: The Great Flu of 1918
by Sara Francis Fujimura
At least twice during each of the last three centuries, a mutant strain of the influenza virus has emerged, killing hundreds of thousands around the world. By far the most devastating of these was the Spanish flu of 1918. A number of recent books on the subject make sobering reading today, when experts say the world is due for a new pandemic.


First Word: From the Director

Last Word: There is a Cure for Discrimination

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Perspectives in Health (ISSN 1020-5551) is published by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the oldest continuing international public health agency in the world and Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). Its headquarters is located at 525 Twenty-third Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20037. Tel: (202) 974-3000 Fax: (202) 974-3663

Mirta Roses Periago, Director
Bryna Brennan, Executive Editor
Donna Eberwine, Editor
Paula Andaló,Contributing Editor

Gilles Collette, Art Director
Bola Oyeleye, Alex Winder, Graphic Designers
Paulo Leite, Web Designer
Armando Waak, Photographer

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