Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

The World Health Organization (www.who.int) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) have published important information regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.

The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).

At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available.

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Healthy Latin America Coalition

NCD ManifestoAbout UN Summit#enoughNCDs

The Healthy Latin America Coalition (HLAC) is an alliance of organizations interested in working together to reduce non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the region of Latin America.

Cardio and cerebrovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and respiratory diseases constitute an epidemic in our region and are the principal cause of premature death in the great majority of countries. The principal objective is to collaborate in the control of these diseases and their risk factors that are very prevalent such as hypertension, dislipidemias, obesity, sedentarism, tobacco, among others.

It has been amply demonstrated that the problem of NCDs is not only a health and medical one but also one involving cultural, socio-economic, legal and inequity factors. For this reason we seek to convene entities that may join this Coalition with the objective of improving the health of everyone.

To become part of the Healthy Latin America Coalition, please click HERE .

People Living with NCDs – Together we heal, together we give.

The InterAmerican Heart Foundation works with local, grassroots organizations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean to promote policies that help and protect people, like Bruno Helman,  against the debilitating effects of non-communicable chronic diseases.

Bruno Helman

“I am lucky that I am able to practice social distancing while having a job.  Unfortunately, that’s not the reality for many. We hear stories of people living with diabetes who literally have to beg for money at signal lights, that have developed complications such as neuropathy which can lead to amputation.

The COVID 19 crisis has increased the social and economic divide we face in Latin America. Some are able to stay at home knowing that, if needed, they will be able to receive health care through their private health plans. However, there are many, many more who don’t have that privilege, are forced to expose themselves and their families, in order to bring food home.

As someone living with diabetes and depression, it has been hard not being able to practice my daily physical activity, which is essential in helping me control my blood sugar levels and keep my mind healthy.  I’m just trying to practice the “one day at time” lifestyle, keeping positive and optimistic when possible, and accepting my sadness when needed.”

Newsletters

IAHF Newsletter Dec 2019

Seasons Greetings from IAHF President
NCD Workshop Panama Dec 2019
World Congress of Cardiology 2019
Eliminate Industrial Trans-fatty Acids
In Memoriam

IAHF Newsletter Sept 2019

New IAHF-FIC Visual Identity
Science of Peace Award – Senator Dr. Guido Girardi
World Heart Day 2019
High level meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC)

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