Communicable Diseases

Communicable Diseases Framework


The cholera outbreak in Haiti is known as the worst epidemic of cholera in recent world history. The lack of resources in Haiti has only amplified the effects and burdens of cholera on the community. PAHO Foundation (the Foundation), aligned with strategic partners with innovative new technologies, works to improve screening processes and develop effective prevention strategies. The Foundation’s strong and tactical approach will significantly reduce the cholera infection rate and improve the capacity of Haiti as well as other countries in the region to respond quickly to future disease outbreaks.

Antimicrobial Resistance

The Foundation recognizes the significant global public health threat of antibiotic misuse and overuse throughout human and animal health systems. Impacts include widespread resistance to antibiotics, more intensive treatments, greater economic burden, and the increase in untreatable illness in the Americas. The Foundation collaborates with strategic partners in the region to address these challenges by using integrated approaches that strengthen local efforts and create capacity across multiple sectors.

Antimicrobial Resistance Meta-Analysis

To assess the state of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, the Foundation conducted a meta-analysis that spanned over the course of several months. The meta-analysis gathered information from a multitude of different research papers, abstracts, reports, and texts to draw a well-rounded review on regional gaps in AMS and potential challenges in addressing AMR. This meta-analysis represents a critical step in the Foundation's Innovation Framework for Improving Public Health in LAC©, which is the "Assessment: Identification of Gaps and Opportunities. Check out the infographic below for key highlights from the meta-analysis. 


Meningococcal disease continues to be a serious public health threat in the Americas. It is one of the most severe and rapidly progressive community acquired infections. The Foundation recognizes that through improved surveillance and a better understanding of meningitis, we can work towards the elimination of the disease and the threat it brings towards public health. The Foundation also supports the vitality to increase awareness of meningococcal to save lives and ease the burden on economic impacts.