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 30 October, 2020
PAHO and IOM sign agreement to improve the health of 70 million migrants in the Americas
Under the agreement, PAHO and IOM will focus on scaling up coordinated interventions to support countries of the Americas in addressing health and migration, while leaving no one behind. It will also ensure greater advocacy for the inclusion of the specific needs of migrants in health and development policy throughout the Region, both in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
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Work to develop a COVID-19 vaccine is faster than ever but safety and efficacy processes remain unchanged, PAHO Director says
While the Americas urgently awaits a breakthrough, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will only support the distribution of a vaccine that has proven to be safe and effective in clinical trials, reviewed by National Regulatory Authorities and recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), PAHO Director Carissa F Etienne said. 
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New rapid antigen tests could transform COVID-19 response in the Americas
The new affordable, reliable antigen diagnostic tests recently approved by WHO that can be performed anywhere are set to transform the region’s COVID-19 response by allowing health workers to carry out accurate, rapid testing, even in remote communities. 
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Central America begins pharmacovigilance pilot plan for medicines used in COVID-19
Representatives of the National Regulatory Agencies and the ministries of health from Central American countries launched the Central American Commission for the Surveillance of COVID-19 Medicines, on 7 October, 2020. The initiative seeks to monitor adverse events of medicines used in the care of selected COVID-19 patients in specialized centers in the region. [Available in Spanish]
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PAHO Strategic Fund minimizes disruption of critical medications and supplies during COVID-19
By safeguarding against supply disruptions and ensuring sustainable supply, logistics, and shipping, the PAHO Strategic Fund helped to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on routine health services in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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The network of social innovators in health expands its work agenda to strengthen health systems
Six countries in the Region responded to the calls of the Initiative for Social Innovation in Health to strengthen health systems, and during September and October 2020 they showcased their contribution to the COVID-19 pandemic response.
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Stay informed on COVID-19
Check-out all the information available on COVID-19 in PAHO´s website: number of cases reported in the Americas, technical guidelines, epidemiological alerts, guidance and research in the Americas, infographics, and social media cards.
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 Videos
PAHO and IOM High-Level Event to Present a Joint Agreement
“Migrants are one of the most vulnerable populations in our Region, facing huge barriers when it comes to accessing the health care they need,” said PAHO Director, Carissa F Etienne during the signing of a cooperation agreement between the PAHO and IOM in health and migration.
Ask the expert: How do new rapid antigen tests work? 
Unlike previous rapid, antibody tests, which can show when someone has had COVID-19 but often give a negative result during the early stages of infection, the new rapid, antigen tests are much more accurate in determining if someone is currently infected. Learn more about  the new antigen tests in this Facebook Live [Available in Spanish]. 
  Publications
Annual Report of the Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau 2020. Saving Lives and Improving Health and Well-Being. (Official Document: 361). Washington, D.C.: Pan American Health Organization; 2020.
 
Herramienta mundial de la OMS para la evaluación de los sistemas regulatorios nacionales de productos médicos.

A renewed framework for the Essential Public Health Functions in the Americas. Bascolo E, Houghton N, del Riego A and Fitzgerald J. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2020;44:e119.

Substandard, falsified and unregistered medicines in Latin America, 2017-2018. Rojas-Cortés R. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2020

Health working conditions and environment: conceptual model for remote and rural areas. Antonietti L, Ortiz Z, Esandi ME, Duré I, Cho M. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2020;44:e111.

Financing of integrated health service networks. Cid Pedraza C. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2020;44:e121.
  Upcoming Events
WORLD ANTIMICROBIAL AWARENESS WEEK 2020
WHAT: Antimicrobials: handle with care. United to preserve antimicrobials
WHEN: 18-24 November 2020
More information available here
  Resources

WEBINAR
Watch the webinar on Falsified medicines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Available in Spanish. 
 📲 Watch the recording here

COURSES AND WEBINARS ON COVID-19
At PAHO´s Virtual Campus you will find courses and webinars recordings related to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page is updated daily, so make sure to come back often and see the newest information. 
 📲 Visit the Virtual Campus here

 Country's News
ARGENTINA 
Nuevo curso para mejorar la gestión de la donación de sangre
BELIZE
PAHO/WHO donates additional patient ventilator to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Authority (KHMHA) for the COVID-19 response

BOLIVIA
Bolivia apuesta por la reducción de nuevos casos de COVID-19 y la atención integral de la salud con la implementación de la estrategia de vigilancia comunitaria activa casa por casa
CHILE
Con presentación de experiencias innovadoras durante la Pandemia se inician Diálogos de Comunidad de Prácticas en APS
COSTA RICA
OPS e IMAS impulsan plan piloto de atención comunitaria ante la pandemia
OPS lanzó curso virtual de autocuidado para trabajadores sociosanitarios comunales
CUBA
El trasplante renal de un adolescente cubano
Autoridades de salud, representantes de la Unión Europea y un equipo de OPS/OMS intercambian sobre oportunidades de cooperación ante la COVID-19
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 
La OPS/OMS se une al Ministerio de Salud y al Servicio Nacional de Salud en la realización de seminario web sobre la seguridad de los trabajadores de la salud
ECUADOR
Día Mundial de la Seguridad del Paciente 2020
HONDURAS
CONADEH se reune con la Red Humanitaria para concertar el plan conjunto de acción a favor de los Municipios de Bienestar Solidario
Proyecto DIPECHO fortalece la red de servicios de salud en Choluteca y Guasaule
Con la cooperación de la OPS: Salud lanza curso virtual de formadores para mejorar la salud materna en Honduras
PANAMA
La OPS en Panamá entrega donación de equipos de protección para las Regiones de Salud que atienden a los territorios indígenas
PARAGUAY
Fortalecen acciones conjuntas en la lucha contra la resistencia a los antimicrobianos
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