Dr. Carissa F. Etienne – Director, Pan American Health Organization |


"Small bites can be big threats," experts warn on World Health Day

Mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other insects can be far more than a nuisance. The diseases they carry-malaria, dengue, yellow fever, West Nile virus, Lyme disease and many others-can cause serious illness and in some cases death. In the Americas, one out of ...  Read More


Half the population of the Americas is at risk of diseases carried by small insects

Roughly 50% of people living in the Western Hemisphere are at risk of one or more diseases carried by mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other vectors, including West Nile virus, dengue, malaria and most recently chikungunya. In a “call to action” for World ...  Read More

In Mexico, a safety net for women

When Martha Alida Solórzano was first diagnosed with breast cancer, her reaction was anguish. But the sociologist and author of several books quickly turned her worry into diligence, searching the Web for information on the disease, her prospects, and how she should ...  Read More