Enable JavaScript


Knowledge showcases

Windows of Knowledge


“In May 2016, the World Health Assembly endorsed the Global Health Sector Strategy (GHSS) on viral hepatitis, which proposes to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030 (defined as 90% reduction in incidence and 65% reduction in mortality with regards to HBV and HCV).” PAHO|WHO Viral hepatitis is a global public health […]

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.   *Scientific and technical documents in the VHL Substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses caused by hazardous chemicals and the pollution of air, water and soil

Neglected Infectious Diseases (NID)

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)

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