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November 2019. Vol. 1 No. 1
New Publications
FEATURED
Annual Report of the Director 2019: Advancing the Sustainable Health Agenda for the Americas 2018–2030. Executive Summary
This summary of the Annual Report of the Director 2019: Advancing the Sustainable Health Agenda for the Americas 2018–2030 highlights PAHO’s health agenda for the Americas. It examines the Region’s progress towards achieving this health agenda, addressing equitable access to comprehensive health services; stewardship and governance for health; human resources for health; health financing; essential medicines, vaccines, and technologies; information for health; evidence and knowledge in health; outbreaks, emergencies, and disasters; NCDs and mental health and neurological disorders; communicable diseases; and inequalities and inequities in health. 
 
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Just Societies: Health Equity and Dignified Lives
In the last decades, health in the Region of the Americas has improved dramatically, yet many people are still being left behind. PAHO established the Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas to analyze the impact of drivers influencing health, while proposing actions to improve inequalities in health. Also available in French, Portuguese, and Spanish.
 

 
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Health Sector Multi-Hazard Response Framework
Between 1970 and 2018, the Region of the Americas experienced over 4,500 disasters that killed 569,184 people and injured more than 3 million people. Additionally, emergencies and disasters of any kind can cause multimillion-dollar economic losses and can significantly undermine the performance of health systems. The main aim of the Health Sector Multi-Hazard Response Framework (MRF) is to improve the capacity of countries to manage their response to emergencies and disasters in a more efficient and timely manner.

 
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Evaluation of Innovative Strategies for Aedes aegypti Control
The Region of the Americas has a long history of vector-borne disease control. It is estimated that nearly half the world’s current population lives in areas at risk for dengue. Transmission is occurring in more than 100 countries and between 300 and 500 million people are infected annually, 96 million of whom have clinical manifestations and 500,000 have severe cases, with around 25,000 deaths. Evaluation of Innovative Strategies for Aedes aegypti Control examines innovative approaches for vector control and provides a guide for assessing new control strategies. Also available in Portuguese and Spanish.

 
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Manual for Indoor Residual Spraying in Urban Areas for Aedes aegypti Control 
In the absence of a specific treatment and vaccines against dengue, chikungunya, and Zika, it is necessary to make greater use of the available alternatives for improving control of the Aedes aegypti mosquito vector. The Manual for Indoor Residual Spraying in Urban Areas for Aedes aegypti Control addresses the limitations of the current vector control strategies and seeks to standardize the application of indoor residual spraying in urban areas. The publication is available in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish.
 
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Strategy and Plan of Action to Strengthen Tobacco Control in the Region of the Americas 2018–2022
Tobacco use remains a major public health problem. It is the main preventable risk factor for the four main groups of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). In 2012, NCDs were responsible for almost 80% of all deaths in the Region of the Americas, 35% of which were premature (occurring between the ages of 30 and 70). This document offers a roadmap for prioritizing key provisions to accelerate and implement targets established for the reduction of tobacco use and premature deaths from NCDs.
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Ultra-processed Food and Drink Products in Latin America: Sales, Sources, Nutrient Profiles, and Policy Implications
The rapid increase in the prevalence of overweight and obesity, diabetes, and associated chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in recent decades threatens the health, well-being, and economic prospects of all Latin American and the Caribbean countries, now and in the future. This publication analyzes sales trends of ultra-processed products and their impact on the population's health in the Region of the Americas.

 
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Noncommunicable Diseases in the Region of the Americas: Facts and Figures
This booklet presents data on NCD mortality and prevalence of NCD risk factors, by country, in the Region of the Americas. Its focus is on the main NCDs (cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases and mental health), as well as the main NCD risk factors (tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet, insufficient physical activity and air pollution).
 
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Policy Brief: Alcohol Taxation and Pricing Policies in the Region of the Americas
Taxation is the most cost-effective policy to reduce alcohol consumption, with a cost of 22 and 41 international dollars per DALY saved in low- and lower-middle-income countries and upper-middle- and high-income countries, respectively (this estimate does not account for the revenues generated by alcohol taxation).
 
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Care for Child Development. Adapted for the Latin American and Caribbean Region
Early childhood development, including the physical (or motor), communication, cognitive and social-emotional capacities, is indivisible from the child survival, health, and education agendas and represents one of the main stages for breaking the intergenerational cycles of poverty and for promoting sustainable development. The materials in Care for Child Development were designed to benefit children and families through effective approaches that improve care, which is sensitive and responsive to the needs of children in Latin America and the Caribbean.
 
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FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS
Masculinities and Health in the Region of the Americas
Panorama of Food and Nutrition Security in Latin America and the Caribbean
Habilitation and Rehabilitation in the Americas
EVENTS
Webinar: Masculinities and Health in the Region of the Americas
November 19th 2019
9:30-11:00 A.M. (EST)
Room C, PAHO- HQ
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