Bolivian-made hats protect Bolivia’s children from the sun
More than 5,000 hats that were specially designed and made in Bolivia to protect the country’s children from over-exposure to the sun’s harmful ultra-violet rays were distributed to children in the western municipalities of Mecapaca and Pucarani. (49 words)
The key to students wearing the hats
The protective hats became part of school uniforms, thus ensuring they would be worn.
Spreading the message about the sun’s dangers
Maternity waiting homes to save women’s lives in Guatemala, so that “No woman should die giving birth”
More women die in childbirth in Guatemala than almost any other country in Latin America. Almost every death could have been prevented. Socially determined, the inequalities of who lives or dies are even more apparent in rural areas and for indigenous women, where the death rates are often two to three times higher than for non-indigenous women. (58 words)
Guatemalan women die because of where they live
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
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:
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.