• 09 Sep 2010
    Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program

    Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination Program

    Ahead of schedule to eliminate lymphatic filariasis, one of poverty’s diseases

    Mosquitoes carried the parasitic worms throughout poverty’s slums where people lived in unsanitary conditions.

    The parasitic worms attacked the lymphatic systems of the poor causing lymphatic filariasis or LF. LF brought pain and trauma with it, as well as disfigurement, disabilities and infections.

    Once endemic in seven countries in the Region, today LF nears elimination. (55 words)

    A project that is part of a global effort 

  • 09 Sep 2010
    PAHO Foundation Globe

    Cervical Cancer Prevention

    A global alliance that could save women’s lives

    Where a woman lives in the Americas is a strong determinant of whether she will be screened for cervical cancer, one of the most successfully treated cancers when detected early. In Latin America and the Caribbean, for instance, where screening is not routinely performed, 25,000 women will die each year from the disease. In the United States, the number is 4,100.  (61 words)

    Screening and treating 58,000 women  

    To save lives throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, where the incidence rates for cervical cancer are among the highest in the world, PAHO Foundation, with major funding from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, worked within a global alliance to prevent cervical cancer by:     

  • 09 Sep 2010
    River Blindness in the Americas

    River Blindness Medication

    A unique partnership against river blindness

    Public health campaigns providing medicines to stop the spread of “river blindness” among those most at risk of the skin and eye disease continue their success across six countries in the Region where the disease has been endemic: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. (49 words)

     River blindness: The partnership

    The public health campaigns have been running for nearly 30 years with the extraordinary financial support of Merck, who in 1987 committed to donate Mectizan – as much as needed for as long as needed – and created the Mectizan Donation Program as a public private partnership with the goal of eliminating river blindness.

  • 01 Mar 2010

    Transmission of River Blindness, One of the World's Leading Infectious Causes of Blindness, Has Stopped in Ecuador

    WASHINGTON, DC (March 1, 2010) — Today, the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Ecuador announced that transmission of onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness, has stopped in that country. This achievement is the result of the work by MOH workers with support of the Onchocerciasis Elimination Program of the Americas (OEPA).

    The OEPA is a collaboration between the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF); The Carter Center; Pan American Health Organization (PAHO); Merck & Co., Inc.; the Centers for Disease Control; Lions Clubs; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the governments of Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Venezuela, and Guatemala.