The Shady Side of Mining

One of the oldest economic activities in South America, mining has its impact on the health of workers and the general population In 2015, a serious mining disaster wreck havocked large areas of the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil. A waste dam broke in Mariana, and fatally victimized 14 workers, 5 inhabitants and an […]


In Pills

Carina Vance is reelected as Executive Director of ISAGS After the meeting of the South American Health Council, held on April 4, the Executive Director of ISAGS, Carina Vance Mafla, was unanimously appointed to an additional two-year term as Head of the Institute. On July 26, an inauguration ceremony will be held for her second […]


Selling lemonade to save your mother’s life? love or a bad health system?

From The Guardian:  When 11-year-old Nemiah Martinez of Las Cruces, New Mexico, found out her mom needed money to help her get a kidney and pancreas transplant, she didn’t waste time feeling sorry for herself. She got off her 11-year-old behind, pulled herself up by her Dora the Explorer shoelaces, and opened a lemonade stand. […]


Guyana´s Public Health Ministry crafting Malaria battle plan

While there have been major advances in fighting the mosquito born scourge, malaria continues to pose some challenges in Guyana, particularly in the hinterland areas. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is observing World Malaria Day today (April 25), with an emphasis on the need for 100 percent reach for vector control services across countries. The […]


UNASUR Technical Group of Surveillance and Health Response meets in Asunción

On April 13, the group formed by surveillance and response authorities from the South American countries held a meeting in Paraguay’s capital. In addition to representatives from Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay as well as from Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay (remotely), the event was attended by the ISAGS specialist on the subject, Eduardo Hage […]


Bolivia receives Pro Tempore Presidency on UNASUR day

Foreign Ministers Fernando Huanacuni and Jorge Faurie held a meeting in Lima, where the Summit of the Americas was taking place, to transfer the UNASUR Pro Tempore Presidency, which since April 2017 was presided over by President Mauricio Macri.     Bolivia assumed the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Union of South American Nations and, consequently, […]