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1 September, 2020
PAHO asks countries to reinforce contact tracing and data systems as the region starts to reopen
"Primary health care should be at the center of the response: identifying cases, acting to contain transmission and providing timely care in the community,” the Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne said. “Local health authorities have a central role to play in generating and analyzing data to adjust public health measures to the reality in each area”.
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PAHO Director warns of disruptions in regular health services due to COVID-19
Health services are being disrupted in countries of the Americas as health workers are redirected to care for COVID-19 patients, people hesitate to seek routine care due to fears of infection, and global supply chains of medicines and equipment are strained said Carissa F. Etienne, PAHO Director. 
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COVID-19: transformative actions for more equitable, resilient, sustainable societies and health systems in the Americas
COVID-19 has exposed structural deficiencies in health, social and economic policies and sectors in the Americas impacting the resilience of health systems and societies. Access the BMJ Global Health article and learn about the strategic actions for more equitable, resilient, sustainable societies and health systems in the Americas.  
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National Regulatory Authorities participate in the discussion on COVID-19 vaccines: the WHO solidarity trial and the WHO Emergency Use Listing Procedure
PAHO held the XI Regulatory Meeting with the National Regulatory Authorities in the Americas, which took place on 6 August 2020. In this session, representatives from the World Health Organization presented the SOLIDARITY clinical trial protocol and the WHO Emergency Use Listing (EUL) process for COVID-19 vaccines.
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PAHO helped procure 10 million PCR diagnostic tests for COVID-19 for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean
PAHO has leveraged the Strategic Fund for  Public Health Supplies to procure and distribute millions of COVID-19 diagnostic kits, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), and other essential health supplies to countries throughout the Americas, a new report shows.
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Key statistics on nursing workforce in the Americas (country profiles)
State of the World’s Nursing Report - 2020 and country profiles provides the latest, most up-to-date evidence on and policy options for the global nursing workforce, as well individual country profiles presenting key statistics on nursing workforce.
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The Regional Base of Health Technology Assessment Reports of the Americas reaches 250 reports on COVID-19
THe Regional Base of Health Technology Assessment Reports of the Americas (BRISA) reached 250 reports related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The reports are produced by members of the Regional  Health Technology Assessment Network of the Americas (RedETSA). 
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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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 Video
Responding to COVID-19 boosts Suriname’s health system
Suriname is preparing to come out stronger from COVID-19. As the pandemic highlights the gaps in the country’s health system, the Government is acting quickly to drive its response, engaging partners, reaching remote communities through primary health care and building a strong foundation for universal health.
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  Publications

COVID-19: transformative actions for more equitable, resilient, sustainable societies and health systems in the Americas. Etienne CF, et al. BMJ Global Health 2020;5:e003509.

Regulation of nursing practice in the Region of the Americas. Cassiani SHB, Lecorps K, Rojas Cañaveral LK, Da Silva FAM, Fitzgerald J. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2020;44:e93.

Leveraging household survey data to measure barriers to health services access in the Americas. Báscolo E, Houghton N, Del Riego A. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2020;44:e100.

Monitoring access barriers to health services in the Americas: a mapping of household surveys. Houghton N, Bascolo E, del Riego A. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2020;44:e96.
  Upcoming Events
WORLD PATIENT SAFETY DAY  
ThemeHealth Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety
When: 17 September 2020
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  Resources

REDUCING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 IN LATIN AMERICA
Access to the PAHO Director’s remarks at Bloomberg Philanthropies' Webinar “Leading Through Crisis: Reducing the Impact of COVID-19 in Latin America and Africa”. 

 📲 Read the document here

WEBINAR 
Access the recording of the webinar on "Emergency use of unproven interventions and outside of the scope of research. An ethical guidance for the COVID-19 pandemic". Available in Spanish
 📲 Access 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
Dominican Republic
OPS entrega al Gabinete de Salud 49 toneladas de equipos de protección personal

Guatemala
ONU y OPS/OMS entregan insumos de protección personal al Ministerio de Salud en el marco de proyecto de apoyo al Plan de Respuesta Humanitaria de Guatemala a la COVID-19
OPS/OMS firma convenio con el IGSS para la mejora de servicios y prestaciones de salud

Haiti
PAHO trains 2,800 community health workers in Haiti for COVID-19 Response
Honduras
Comunidad de La Venta fortalece sus recursos humanos para mejorar la capacidad de respuesta de los servicios de salud

Mexico
Gobierno de México inicia proceso de compra eficiente de medicamentos y vacunas junto a la UNOPS y la OPS/OMS
En Tabasco, OPS destaca que el enfoque en APS de las brigadas comunitarias permitirá salvar vidas y reducir la transmisión de persona a persona

Panama
La Representación de la OPS en Panamá realiza gestión de adquisición de insumos médicos para el país donados por el Gobierno de Japón
Lanzamiento del curso virtual MHGAP Humanitario – 2020
OPS participa de la conmemoración del Día Internacional de los Pueblos Indígenas

Paraguay
Implementan Curso virtual sobre Gerencia Hospitalaria basada de Redes Integradas de Servicios de Salud
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