Since 1913, International Women’s Day (IWD) has been celebrated on March 8th. According to the IWD official website, it is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present, and future. Currently, IWD is an official holiday in 27 nations and celebrated annually in many more.
The Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) donated $10,000 to the Pan American Health Organization to support its IWD activities. the Pan American Health Organization is celebrating International Women’s Day at its headquarters in Washington, DC, and focusing on the theme, “Zero Transmission of HIV in the Americas: Gender, Cultural Diversity, and Human Rights.”
Diabetes is wreaking havoc on health in Latin America by reducing the quality of life as well as life spans for millions. Approximately 20 million people currently suffer from the disease in this region, and the number is predicted to double to 40 million by 2025.
Diabetes comes in two forms. Type 1, or insulin-dependent diabetes (formerly called “juvenile diabetes”), generally develops before the age of 40 and its cause is unknown. This condition is quite rare, affecting only 5 to 10% of all persons afflicted with diabetes.
A Snapshot of Diabetes’ Impact in Latin America
Over the past three decades, children in Latin America have joined a global trend in increasing obesity and overweight levels. Since 1980, the obesity level has tripled in Mexico, and rates are rising in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, and other countries in the region.
The rising rates for obesity and overweight children are alarming, and pose a serious threat to Latin American society. Governments as well as public and private groups are getting involved in the fight against childhood obesity, and it is a top priority for the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF)
An Expanding Pandemic
PAHEF is proud to be a major partner in the Caminata y Paseo Ciclista por la Cura de la Diabetes (Walk and Cycle for a Diabetes Cure) event that will be held on World Diabetes Day in Mexico City. The event will take place November 14th and encourages families, students, professionals, and all members of the general public to get involved to raise funds for a diabetes cure.
The event is expected to attract more than 1,000 participants—all of whom will engage in physical activity to raise awareness of how exercise and education play key roles in combating diabetes. By joining together in solidarity, participants will advance the messages that:
Event Celebrates Victories in Reducing Health Care-Associated Infections and Launch of Infection Control Manual
LA PAZ, BOLIVIA (November 3, 2010) – Today, the significant strides Bolivia has made in reducing health care-associated infections and improving patient safety were celebrated with some of the country’s most prominent health figures in attendance. The event was held at The Ministry of Health & Sports and members of Bolivia’s health community, including Dr. Christian Barres, the Pan American Health Organization/WHO representative, gave speeches to commemorate this achievement as well as to launch the publication of an infection control manual, “Vigilancia, Prevención y Control de Infecciones Asociadas a Servicios de Salud.” Other event attendees included Dr. Nila Heredia, Minister of Health, and the director of INLASA.
WASHINGTON, DC (October 31, 2010) – Today, the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF), announced the launch of its updated Web site at www.pahofoundation.org with content available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. By offering these additional languages, the foundation will be able to better connect with a broader audience interested in advancing public health in the Americas.
The dramatically redesigned Web site has been specifically developed to allow site users to more quickly find the content that is of interest to them and learn how PAHEF is improving health throughout the region.
In Bolivia, PAHEF has played a critical role in reducing the number of health care-associated infections (HCAIs), which has greatly improved patient safety.
People enter the hospital to get well, not to acquire life-threatening infections. Unfortunately, for many patients throughout the world, including the U.S., that is what happens. The very young, elderly, and infirm, which comprise a large portion of a hospital’s patients, are the people most susceptible to HCAIs.
PAHEF and the Pan American Health Organization Honored Innovative Public Health Figures Who Are Advancing Health in the Americas
WASHINGTON, DC (September 28, 2010) – Innovative public health leaders whose work has improved health in the Americas were honored at the invitation-only Pan American Health Organization/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Event in Washington, DC, last night. Award winners were recognized before an audience of ambassadors, ministers of health, U.S. government officials, and top-level company executives. The awards are cosponsored by the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) and the Pan American Health Organization.
PAHEF is a key partner in Teen Pregnancy Prevention Day (Día de la Prevención del Embarazo no Planificado en Adolescentes), which will be celebrated throughout Latin America as well as worldwide on September 26th. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Tu vida, Tu responsabilidad” (Your life, Your responsibility). The campaign will provide a space where young people can express their opinions about their responsibilities in relation to preventing pregnancy and avoiding sexually transmitted diseases.
Statistics in the Region
PUBLIC and PRIVATE LEADERSHIP
Since 1940, PAHO Foundation has allied with local, national, and international corporations and foundations to enrich public health in the Americas. These public/private relationships are important and continue to be nurtured so that both strategic partners’ objectives are met. Often funding partners become engaged early on in a project to clearly understand its objectives or participate in the program design. Several partners may jointly fund a program to provide adequate resources to ensure its successful completion. We continue to develop ways to innovate and better serve the people of the Americas.