• 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
  • On November 24th, 2015, the Americas Health Foundation participated in the First International Forum on “the Challenges of Biosimilars” (Foro Internacional “El desafio de los biosimilares”) at the Centro de Convenciones 28 de Julio in Lima, Peru. The conference focused on the challenges associated with increasing access to biosimilars in both Peru and Latin America generally. The Forum was attended by local and international visitors, including health professionals, researchers, and representatives of patient associations, government agencies, and regulating bodies.
  • In response to a variety of needs represented by differing vaccination policies across Central America and the Caribbean, the AHF has convened a Central America (CAM) Dengue Task Force comprised of clinicians from Central America and the Caribbean who specialize in diagnosing and treating dengue. Given that dengue has a high impact on public health in the Region, it is necessary that epidemiological information from individual countries be collected and analyzed in order to develop the best strategy from vaccine implementation in the Region as a whole.
  • As a follow-up to the Dengue Task Force meeting, in regard to planning for country-specific outreach, AHF sponsored the participation of several Dengue Task Force members and a KOL in a 1.5 day Dengue Symposium, “Retos en la Prevención Y Control Del Dengue Avances Y Proyección de la EGI-Dengue en la Región de las Americas” organized with the Colombia Ministry of Health as part of  the larger XVI Congreso Colombiano de Parasitología Y Medicina Tropical 2015 held in Santa Marta, Colombia October 21 -22.
  • AHF organized the Roundtable Discussion on Decreasing the Burden of Influenza in Latin America in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • The AHF convened a meeting of the Dengue Task Force in December to review its year-long activities, and with the recent development of Mexico becoming the first country in the region to register the dengue vaccine, plan additional activities to support continued education and advocate for the development of an effective dengue vaccination policy and support health authorities in the decision-making process for introducing and implementing the recently discovered dengue vaccine in 2016.