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The WHO global strategy against hepatitis aims to reduce new hepatitis infections by 90% and deaths by 65% between 2016 and 2030. To that end, WHO urges countries to take advantage of recent reductions in the costs of diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis and to increase investments in eliminating the disease. Viral hepatitis is […]

Eliminating solid fuels for cooking

The use of solid fuels for cooking is a public health problem in the Americas and one of the main environmental risks. Some 3 billion people cook and heat their homes with open fires and stoves that burn biomass (wood, animal excrement or agricultural waste) and charcoal. Every year, more than 4 million people die prematurely […]

Eliminating open defecation

Open defecation is a public health problem in the Americas and one of the main environmental risks. Substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses caused by hazardous chemicals and the pollution of air, water and soil

Neglected infectious diseases

Neglected (‘forgotten’) diseases are a set of infectious diseases, many of them parasitic, that primarily affect the most vulnerable populations. These populations include the poorest of the poor, the most marginalized, and those with the least access to health services, especially impoverished people living in remote rural areas and urban shantytowns. Dealing with these poverty-related […]


Nearly 25 million people live with HIV and worldwide, 1.7 million acquire the virus every year and 770,000 die of AIDS-related illnesses. Even without a vaccine and the possibility of a cure for the infection, today scientific knowledge, new technologies and strategies are sufficient to eliminate AIDS as a public health problem in the next […]

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Information for Research COVID-19 guidance and ongoing research in the Americas Virtual Health Library Search on Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Virtual Health Library – VHL COVID-19 Global literature on coronavirus disease COVID-19 open acess peer-reviewed papers Countries Information South America Central America Caribbean North America Iberian Peninsula Argentina Ministerio de Salud – Nuevo coronavirus 2019 – […]