• AHF recently convened a consensus conference among expert infectologists and rheumatologists to develop recommendations on vaccination for adults with autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases in Latin America. The resulting paper is currently under review for publication.
  • Following a consensus conference convened by AHF to develop treatment and care recommendations for multiple sclerosis in Central American and the Caribbean, the resulting paper, Esclerosis múltiple en América Central y el Caribe: Estado actual y recomendaciones clínicas was published this month in Revista Mexicana de Neurociencia. Click here for a link to the full article.
  • After almost a year of collaboration, in December AHF convened the final meeting of 2016 of the expert CAM Dengue group whose objectives included analyzing the epidemiology and burden of disease of the dengue virus infection in Central America and the Caribbean and establishing a foundation for a vaccine implementation strategy in the Region.
  • SC CONTRA A DENGUE is the name of the app developed by the winners of the AHF-sponsored Dengue Prizes Brazil 2015. This innovative tool helps citizens to communicate dengue outbreaks directly to  ministry of health officials by setting an alert in a map where  cases of dengue are occurring.  Furthermore, it allows citizens to enroll as volunteers for the clinical trials of the dengue vaccine. The app is available for Android, iOs and Windows.
  • The growth of the CDx sector has been significant in the past several years with much of the activity focused in the area of oncology.  AHF convened a panel of Brazilian experts on oncology and companion diagnostics to review existing barriers and develop practical recommendations concerning policy fixes for the use of companion diagnostics (CDx) and personalized medicines for oncology in Brazil. 
  • The Americas Health Foundation, in conjunction with the Latin American Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (SLIPE), recently convened a Varicella Vaccination Task Force to advice for more effective programs and policies aimed at increasing the rate of varicella vaccination in the region. The Task Force developed a position paper on varicella prevention including a series of recommendations for expanding varicella vaccination throughout Latin America. 
  • Following a consensus conference convened by AHF, that brought together a group of Latin American experts on anesthesiology, surgery and pain to develop recommendations that will lead to more efficient and effective pain management, the article produced at the conference, Optimizing Post-Operative Pain Management in Latin America, was published online on June 18, 2016 in the Brazilian Journal of Anesthesiology. Click here to read the article.
  • Beginning in January 2016, AHF will implement a dengue medical education and disease awareness project in the CANAC region. The project will include the development of an accredited dengue course and the presentation of several dengue workshops in various countries throughout the CANAC region in 2016. 
  • On November 10-11, 2015, the Central University of Ecuador (Universidad Central del Ecuador) hosted the First University Forum on Public Health (Primer Foro Universitario de Salud Pública) to discuss issues concerning “Access and Regulation of Biotherapeutic Drugs and Other Products in Ecuador.” The conference focused on the future of biosimilar drugs in Latin America and was attended by over 300 local and international visitors, including health students and pro