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Events 2011
Washington, DC. 28 Jul 2011
PAHO/WHO, ECLAC and UNDP present Report on the Argentine Health System and its Long-term Trajectory
[Buenos Aires, Argentina. 21 Dec 2011.]
The Director of PAHO/WHO, Dr. Mirta Roses, and the Argentine ambassador in Chile and former Minister of Health of the Nation, Ginés González García, among others, participate in the launch. [In Spanish]
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PAHO launches new human rights report, honors leaders on the right to health
[Washington, DC. 10 Dec 2011.]
Human Rights Day 2011. A new report that analyzes tendencies in Latin America and the Caribbean in the enjoyment of health and human rights related to young people’s gender identity and sexual orientation was launched Dec. 8 by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) during an event celebrating Human Rights Day 2011.
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- BLOG: El derecho a la salud de los jóvenes y las identidades de género: hallazgos, tendencias y medidas estratégicas para la acción en salud pública »

Freeing the Americas from NIDs: Addressing the Unfinished Agenda
[Philadelphia, USA. 6 Dec 2011.]
American Society Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) 's 2011 Annual Meeting.
Neglected infectious diseases affect population groups living in poor socio-economic conditions, with low income and education levels, poor housing, lack of access to basic services such as clean water and sanitation, and in areas where armed conflict is present, environmental conditions are deteriorated and there are access barriers to health services. As they share similar social and environmental factors, neglected infectious diseases frequently coexist in the same geographical areas be they tropical or subtropical… "We have a great opportunity to reach elimination [as a public health problem], reduce suffering and physical and mental impairment." PAHO Director at the ASTMH Annual Meeting.
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PAHO: To remove the NTDs we must step up not only our Health sector strategies but our Poverty-Reduction Strategies
[Philadelphia, USA. 5 Dec 2011.]
In order to really tackle the NTDs, we need to start taking a careful and systematic look at our health systems, but also take into account the Social Determinants of Health which contribute to their apparent perpetuity. Dr. Mirta Roses remarks at the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene 2011 Annual Meeting Reception (ASTMH) hosted by Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases. - PAHO Director remarks »

3 December, Medicine Day in the Americas
[Americas, PAHO HQ. 3 Dec 2011.]
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today observes Medicine Day in the Americas in memory of Dr. Carlos Finlay, Cuban physician that discovered the role of the mosquito in the transmission of yellow fever. Dr. Finlay (1833-1915) 178 years is celebrated today. PAHO express it recognition to an illustrious personality and world Public Health worker.
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PAHO Marks 109th Anniversary
[Washington, DC. PAHO HQ. 2 Dec 2011.]
December 2, 2011, marks the 109th anniversary of the founding of what is today known as the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). In the 109 years since, the Region of the Americas has led the world in eliminating such major diseases as smallpox, polio, measles, rubella and congenital rubella syndrome. Life expectancy has expanded by nearly three decades—from 50 to 79—while infant and maternal mortality have improved dramatically. Health gaps between rich and poor have diminished, and access to safe water and sanitation have improved for both rural and urban populations. Pan American cooperation has been a key driver of this and other progress in health.
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PAHO: Renewing our commitments to strengthening integration and multilateral actions in public health
[Panama.6-7 October 2011.]
[In Spanish] (RESSCAD 2011)Financiamiento de los Sistemas de Salud: El Camino hacia la Cobertura Universal. La XXVII Reunión del Sector Salud de Centroamérica y República Dominicana, foro sectorial que promueve el intercambio y desarrollo de experiencias y conocimientos sobre problemas comunes de salud se efectúa en Panamá esta semana con la participación de las máximas autoridades de salud de los países bajo la secretaría técnica de la OPS representada por la Directora (OPS/OMS).
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Autoridades de salud firman acuerdos para fortalecer la salud en la subregión

Hemisphere's Main Forum for Regional Policy Making on Public Health
[Washington DC. 26-30 Sep 2011.]
The 51st Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) will met at the headquarters of the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) to review and discuss several initiatives, strategies and resolutions that should be endorsed by the Ministers of Health of the Americas during this annual meeting.
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PAHO Director Briefing Session to OAS Permanent Council
[Washington DC. 21 Sep 2011.]
Briefing session on PAHO’s Directing Council Meeting to the Ambassadors to the Organization of American States (OAS) and other PAHO Members States. Dr. Mirta Roses, director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB) presents currently health, administrative, financial and technical issues under discussion for the next meeting of the Directing Council, as the Health Specialized Agency of the Inter-American System.
- PAHO Director briefing presentation to OAS Ambassador Permanent Council [PPT] »
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UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs
[New York, NY. 19-20 Sep 2011.]
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart disease and stroke, diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease kill 36 million people every year . This need not happen. World leaders met to address the problem at the United Nations in New York in September 2011.
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PAHO Director Calls for Urgent Action to Integrate and Enhance Resources and Partnerships to Eliminate Neglected Diseases in the Americas
[Cordoba. Argentina. 11-14 Aug 2011.]
The current situation in the Americas for neglected infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance and its impact on clinical practice dermatologist, were topics addressed by the Director of the Organization (PAHO/WHO), Dr. Mirta Roses during her participation in the XX Argentine Congress of Dermatology, sponsored by PAHO, which reviews the most current and relevant interest in the practice of dermatology. [in Spanish]
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PAHO: Supporting Breastfeeding is Everyone’s Responsibility
[Washington, DC. 1 Aug 2011.]
World Breastfeeding Week 2011 “We need to reverse these trends by creating supportive environments for breastfeeding,” said PAHO Director, Dr. Mirta Roses. “Breastfeeding is the safest, healthiest and most natural way to feed a baby, yet breastfeeding tends to be hidden in homes and outside of public view.”
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PAHO/WHO Warns of Growing Health Toll of Hepatitis
[Washington, DC. 28 Jul 2011.]
Action needed to improve prevention, surveillance, diagnosis and treatment “Today, on World Hepatitis Day, we join WHO and the World Hepatitis Alliance in calling attention to the enormous toll of viral hepatitis,” said Dr Roses, PAHO’s Director. “We hope that together we can stir a sense of urgency and commitment across all levels of society, from the health system to the communities they serve.”
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PAHO, Seventh-day Adventists Partner to Strengthen Health Efforts in the Americas
[Washington, DC. 26 Jul 2011.]
Mirta Roses, Director of PAHO/WHO, and Ted Wilson, President of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, met at the Church’s world headquarters in Silver Spring, MD, to form a unique partnership by signing a memorandum of understanding that strengthens and improves health initiatives in the Americas.
“Basing health systems on primary health care is the best approach for producing sustained and equitable improvement in the health of the peoples of the Americas,” said PAHO Director Mirta Roses.
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Tackling and Eliminating Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) with Common Tools but Innovative Applications of Knowledge is a Moral Imperative
[Boston, Massachusetts. 8 Jul 2011.]
PAHO Director remarks during the opening ceremony of the "2011 International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) Meeting on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)”, in Boston, Massachusetts, where leading non tropical disease experts are discussing the approach to neglected tropical diseases. It's the first ever NTDs meeting of the International Society of Infectious Diseases.
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PAHO/WHO Warns of Growing Health Toll of Hepatitis
[Washington, DC. 28 Jul 2011.]
Action needed to improve prevention, surveillance, diagnosis and treatment “Today, on World Hepatitis Day, we join WHO and the World Hepatitis Alliance in calling attention to the enormous toll of viral hepatitis,” said Dr Roses, PAHO’s Director. “We hope that together we can stir a sense of urgency and commitment across all levels of society, from the health system to the communities they serve.”
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Tackling and Eliminating Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) with Common Tools but Innovative Applications of Knowledge is a Moral Imperative
[Boston, Massachusetts. 8 Jul 2011.]
PAHO Director remarks during the opening ceremony of the "2011 International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) Meeting on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)”, in Boston, Massachusetts, where leading non tropical disease experts are discussing the approach to neglected tropical diseases. It's the first ever NTDs meeting of the International Society of Infectious Diseases.
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PAHO, UNICEF Join Forces to Improve Maternal and Child health in the Americas
[Washington, DC. 29 Jun 2011.]
The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and UNICEF agreed to work together in the countries of the Americas to reduce maternal and child mortality and improve the health of mothers and children.
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Organismo Andino de Salud (OAS) visits PAHO/WHO in Washington DC
[Washington, DC. 28 Jun 2011.]
With 40 years of existence, the "Organismo Andino de Salud (OAS)" works to ensure that health remains a strategic point of union and labor for the countries that comprise it, and to advance specific health policies, said its Executive Secretary, Dr. Caroline Chang, this June 28 at a presentation at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), in Washington, DC. [In Spanish]
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Quebec Health System Benefits from “Lean Management”
[Washington, DC. 27 Jun 2011.]
Quebec’s health system has become the lowest-cost provincial health system in Canada while still maintaining health indicators that are among the country’s best, thanks to the adoption of more efficient management practices, said Yves Bolduc, Minister of Health and Social Services of Quebec, in a presentation this week at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, D.C.
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PAHO and the National Agency of Health Surveillance (ANVISA) of Brazil strengthen cooperation strategies
[Washington, DC. 27 Jun 2011.]
[In Spanish] La Directora de la OPS, Dra. Mirta Roses Periago recibió al Director de ANVISA, Dr. Dirceu Barbano para analizar importantes aspectos de la cooperación que mantiene la OPS con ANVISA. Se trataron, entre otros, temas como las regulaciones sobre medicamentos biológicos y terapias celulares, la vigilancia sanitaria internacional, la calidad en la atención y seguridad del paciente.
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148th Session of the PAHO/WHO Executive Committee
[Washington, DC. 20-24 Jun 2011.]
The 148th session of the Executive Committee of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) meet at the headquarters of the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) to review and discuss several initiatives that will be endorsed in September by all of the Ministers of Health of the Americas at the annual meeting of the Directing Council.
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PAHO/WHO Executive Committee began its deliberations in Washington, DC.
PAHO/WHO Executive Committee concluded today its sessions
Executive Committee of PAHO/WHO concludes its deliberations in Washington, DC.
PAHO Director's Briefing Session to OAS Permanent Council
Briefing session on PAHO’s Executive Committee Meeting to the Ambassadors to the Organization of American States (OAS) and other PAHO Members States. Dr. Mirta Roses, director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB) presents currently health, administrative, financial and technical issues under discussion for the next session of the Executive Committee, as the Health Specialized Agency of the Inter-American System.
- PAHO Director briefing presentation to OAS Ambassador Permanent Council [PPT] »
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PAHO at the Global Health Council Annual Conference 2011
[Washington, DC. 13-17 Jun 2011.]
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the leading agency in public health for the Americas of the World Health Organization participated in the Global Health Council the Annual Conference 2011, the world's largest membership alliance dedicated to saving lives by improving health throughout the world.
PAHO main presentations were related to: Addressing the policy implications of drug resistance, Stop TB Partnership, Situation Analysis of Cancer in Latin America and the Caribbean, Health in the 'green' economy: leveraging big gains for chronic disease prevention at no cost to health systems, The importance of nutrition, obesity and physical activity in maternal and child health, Multisectoral linkages in the context of addressing non-communicable and chronic diseases, Leveraging wireless technologies to improve health information flows, Policy track: the road to the High Level Meeting on NCDs, Bridging policy and practice: balancing high-level meetings and individual health needs.
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UN Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases is the Next Challenge, Experts Agreed at Global Health Council Conference
[Washington, DC. Global Health Council. 17 Jun 2011.]
Closing the 38th Annual Conference of the Global Health Council, Dr. Mirta Roses—co-chair of this year's event—analyzed and discussed the challenges that lie ahead. She and other experts agreed that the upcoming UN High Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases presents an opportunity to raise awareness of this importance issue and to mobilize action to address it. [In Spanish]
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Addressing the problem of chronic noncommunicable diseases requires action from multiple sectors
[Washington, DC. Global Health Council. 16 Jun 2011.]
Globally, never in the history of Public Health has the burden of disease been dominated by NCDs and Injuries as it is now, addressing such burden of disease depends on our ability to mobilize other actions of the society for health. [In Spanish]
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Obesity Prevention Approaches Should Encompass Entire Life Course and be Multisectoral
[Washington, DC. Global Health Council. 15 Jun 2011.]
Adopting approaches to prevent obesity throughout the life course and involve other sectors besides health in taking these measures, are some of the points experts agreed on today during the Global Health Council. [In Spanish]
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CARPHA Partners Meet at PAHO/WHO
[Washington, DC. PAHO HQ. 13 Jun 2011.]
The new Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) held its second annual international partners meeting today at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO). Participants discussed progress in establishing the new agency as the single public health body responsible for carrying out regional and international health and development mandates in the Caribbean.
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Construyendo Sistemas de Salud para enfrentar los desafíos sanitarios en las Américas
[Bogotá, Colombia. 2 Jun 2011.]
[In Spanish] "La necesidad de desarrollar redes de servicios de salud basadas en la atención primaria, de financiamiento público y cobertura universal, dada su capacidad de aminorar los efectos de la segmentación y la fragmentación, articulándose con el conjunto de las redes sociales"
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Urbanismo y Vida Saludable: "La Salud Urbana es Importante"
[Bogotá, Colombia. 1 Jun 2011.]
[In Spanish] Exposición de la Directora de la OPS en la Secretaría del Distrito de Bogotá, con la presencia de autoridades de salud de la ciudad y sociedad civil. Durante el evento el Secretario de Salud de Bogotá, Dr Héctor Zambrano, hizo un reconocimiento público a la directora de la OPS.
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PAHO Director: Safeguarding the Principle of Universal Coverage is an Ethical Commitment of PAHO
[Medellín, Colombia. 3 Jun 2011.]
Current trends in health policy in the Americas, along with their development in the broader context of social policy and development objectives, was the focus of remarks by Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr. Mirta Roses at the 7th International Health Congress, held June 1-4 in Medellin, Colombia. Dr. Roses also discussed the need to redefine and integrate different health agendas, including public safety, the green economy, social justice, philanthropy, and health diplomacy. (In Spanish) Read more »
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Colombia - PAHO Director's Official Visit
PAHO Director reviews relevant health issues of the PAHO technical cooperation with the country's goverment and health authorities.

[Bogota, Colombia. 1-4 Jun 2011.]
The Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, Dr. Mirta Roses, makes an official visit to Colombia this week and meets with governments and health authorities. During her visit, Dr. Roses participates in the launch of the National Initiative to Develop Human Talent in Primary Care and Integrated Health Networks; and she will also sign, with Minister of Social Protection Dr. Mauricio Santamaría, the latest PAHO-Colombia Cooperation Strategy, which sets priorities for 2011 to 2014.
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U.S. Pre-Launch of First World Summit of African Descendants
[Washington, DC. 26 May 2011.]
The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) today hosted an event announcing the upcoming First World Summit of African Descendants, which will take place on August 18- 21 in La Ceiba, Honduras. This International Year of African Descendants provides an opportunity to right historical wrongs: in health, education, poverty, land rights, jobs, and financial credit for economic and social progress," said PAHO Director Mirta Roses.
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Two Institutions of the Region Awarded During the 64th World Health Assembly
[Geneva, Switzerland. 19 May 2011.]
Two institutions of the Americas were honored during the fourth day of meetings in the World Health Assembly. The "Fraternity Small Family of Mary" of the Republic of Panama received the Sasakawa Health Prize, while the Institute Clodomiro Picado of Costa Rica was granted the Award of Public Health in memory of Dr LEE Jong-wook.
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AMRO's Delegation to the 64th World Health Assembly
[Washington, DC. 16-24 May 2011.]
Dr. Mirta Roses, WHO/AMRO Regional Director leads the organization's delegation to the 64th World Health Assembly where 2700 delegates and officials from 193 Member States are participating this week to discuss among others current relevant global public health issues. The delegation of the WHO's Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO) fulfills an intensive agenda of work which address some of the main health issues and public health policies in focus for the institution as the health agency for the Americas.
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World Health Assembly Opened Today in Geneva
Noncommunicable diseases are discussed in technical meeting of 64th World Health Assembly
In the 64th World Health Assembly Vaccination and Development at the Heart of the Agenda
Historical agreements at the Sixty-fourth World Health Assembly [WHO-DG closing]

PAHO Notes Progress in Efforts to Restrict Marketing of Infant Formula in Latin America
[Washington, DC. 16 May 2011.]
[In Spanish] En un nuevo informe se examinan 30 años de acción para poner en práctica el Código Internacional de Comercialización de Sucedáneos de la Leche Materna. “No basta que un país se suscriba al Código”, afirmó la doctora Mirta Roses, Directora de la OPS. “Los países tienen que aprobar leyes y reglamentos basados en las disposiciones del Código y vigilar el cumplimiento e imponer sanciones a cualquier infractor.”
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PAHO Director Thanks American Red Cross for Blood Support after Haiti Earthquake
[Washington, D.C. 10 May 2011.]
The Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Dr. Mirta Roses, thanked the American Red Cross for its support in maintaining supplies of blood for transfusions in Haiti after the earthquake that devastated the country in January 2010.
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PAHO Countries Join Global Effort to Stop Road Deaths and Injuries
[Washington, D.C. 10 May 2011.]
U.N.-declared "Decade of Action for Road Safety" seeks to save millions of lives worldwide. Countries throughout the Americas are signing on to a worldwide effort to save lives and reduce injuries from traffic incidents, as they launch the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 this week
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PAHO's Director Participates in Vaccination Week Launch in Brazil
[Manaus, Brazil. 30 April 2011.]
The city of Manaus, capital of the Amazonas state, was chosen to highlight the importance of vaccination in indigenous communities and other at-risk populations in the Amazon Basin.
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Dr. Chan calls for a “different kind of fight” to avert chronic disease disaster
[Moscow. 28 April 2011.]
Changing the unhealthy lifestyles that fuel the growing epidemic of noncommunicable diseases-such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes-requires action beyond the health sector, said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) today, speaking in Moscow at the opening of the first global ministerial conference on healthy lifestyles and NCD control.
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In Moscow, Health Ministers Pledge Stronger Action on Chronic Diseases

Laying the Foundation for a Latin American Decade
[Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 28-29 April 2011.]
World Economic Forum on Latin America 2011. PAHO Director, Dr Mirta Roses participed at the WEF on Latin America 2011 and followed an intense agenda of activities with local government and health authorities about common health issues of interest taking the opportunity to her visit to Brazil.
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Vaccination Week in the Americas: the greater multicountry effort of health of the American hemisphere
[Bolivia-Peru Border. 26 April 2011.]
PAHO Director at the launching of VWA 2011.
[In Spanish] “La vacunación es un derecho de toda la familia y una herramienta esencial en la prevención de muchas enfermedades devastadoras. A lo largo de sus 9 años de historia en la Región de las Américas, la Semana de Vacunación se ha convertido en una iniciativa clave para subrayar la extraordinaria importancia de la vacunación para la salud pública”
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PAHO: Strengthening Regional Cohesion and Action in Health
[Uruguay. (API)-Congress of Infectious Diseases. 7 April 2011.]
Let us multiply forces in the struggle to improve our region's health; let us make of the world a safest place with high quality surveillance systems and transparency reporting the unusual health patterns; and, let us always be alert to what is unpredictable to safeguard the health of ours populations. PAHO Director, Dr. Mirta Roses sends important messages for the Region during her opening remarks at the XV Pan American Congress of Infectious Diseases (API). (in Spanish)
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Directora de OPS lanza el acto oficial regional por el Día Mundial de la Salud 2011 desde Uruguay
[Montevideo, Uruguay. 7 April 2011.]
La Directora de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS), Dra. Mirta Roses junto al Ministerio de Salud Pública de Uruguay hacen un llamado a la responsabilidad de usuarios, médicos y laboratorios en el recurso a los antibióticos. Malas praxis han determinado una pérdida de eficacia de esos medicamentos, advirtieron. El tema fue centro de un mensaje dirigido por la Dra. Roses desde la Torre Ejecutiva de Montevideo hacia el continente, durante la celebración del Día Mundial de la Salud 2011.
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WHO and the European Commission meet to agree future common action in key areas
[Brussels. 25 March 2011 (WHO).]
Senior officials and technical experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Commission met in Brussels on 24 and 25 March 2011 to outline and agree how the two partnering organizations will work more closely together in priority areas of shared interests.
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WHO Senior Policy-Makers Meet to Discuss Policy, Management and Strategy Issues
[Geneva. Switzerland. 22-24 March 2011.]
WHO Director-General and the six WHO Regional Directors are meeting in Geneva during their annual 3 days Global Policy Group Retreat to review and discuss about WHO main policy and strategic issues to improve and strengthen the performance of the World Health Organization.
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Subcommittee on Program, Budget and Administration Meets at PAHO HQ
[Washington DC. PAHO HQ. 16-18 March 2011.]
Member countries commend PAHO for transparency in financial management.
The Subcommittee on Program, Budget and Administration, part of PAHO's Executive Committee, is meeting in Washington, D.C., on March 16 to 18 to review the Organization's budget and work program and to make recommendations to the Executive Committee in these areas.
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Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020
[Washington DC. PAHO HQ. 8 March 2011.]
PAHO/WHO hosted a global meeting for Road Safety Advocacy Strategy. Dr. Mirta Roses, PAHO Director welcomed the representatives gathered at PAHO from 80 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from over 50 countries, highlighting the tremendous respect and sympathy for those who took their personal tragedies and turned them into such positive contributions to their communities and societies for the benefit of all of us.
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PAHO-PHIP. Transforming data into evidence and intelligence to support decision-making to improve population health
[Seattle, Washington. 18 March 2011.]
Current challenges in global, regional, national and local public health, the global economic situation and the increasing demands for accountability, requires intensified efforts to implement innovative tools, methods and evidence to support decision-making in health. The capacity of sharing sound health data, information, evidence and knowledge ensure that our Organization will be among the global leaders in public health.
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Director's BLOG »

International Women's Day Centenary 1911-2011
[Washington DC. PAHO HQ. 8 March 2011.]
International Women's Day Celebration at PAHO/WHO Honors Gender-Focused Efforts to Fight HIV. Two initiatives that address gender differences to improve the prevention and treatment of HIV were cited as “best practices” by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).
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PAHO Subregional Managers Meeting for the Caribbean
[Trinidad & Tobago. 28 Feb - 4 Mar 2011.]
PAHO/WHO Country Office Representatives from the Caribbean meet in Port of Spain, Trinidad, during the celebration of the PAHO Annual Sub-Regional Managers' Meeting to review, discuss and agree on relevant lines of action to improve the Organization performance in the Caribbean region and in their country offices related to the Organization cooperation strategies with their Member States, and better ways to integrate the Caribbean sub-regional perspective into the decision and policy-making process of the Organization.
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Regional High-Level Consultation of the Americas on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and Obesity
[Mexico City, Mexico. 23-25 February 2011. ]
Ministers of health and other high-level health officials from throughout the Americas called for a series of actions to reduce the toll of chronic noncommunicable diseases, in a declaration issued in Mexico City.
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PAHO Subregional Managers Meeting for Central America, Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and US/MEX Border
[San Salvador, El Salvador. 14-18 Feb 2011.]
PAHO/WHO Country Office Representatives from Central America, Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic and US/MEX Border meet in El Salvador during the celebration of the PAHO Annual Subregional Meeting to review, discuss and agree on relevant lines of action to improve the Organization performance in the subregion and in their country offices related to the Organization cooperation strategies with their Member States. [In Spanish]
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Reducing Poverty is Key to Face Neglected Diseases
[Academia Nacional de Medicina, Argentina. 9 Feb 2011.]
[In Spanish] La directora de la OPS/OMS, Mirta Roses, consideró que para prevenir y erradicar las enfermedades desatendidas en América latina y el Caribe es necesario abordar los problemas de salud desde los determinantes sociales y ambientales. Reducir la pobreza es clave para enfrentar estas patologías, afirmó durante las jornadas de lanzamiento del Instituto Nacional de Medicina Tropical de Argentina.
- Director's speech in Spanish » / - Presentación »
- PAHO Argentina news in Spanish »
Media Publication in Spanish:
- Enfermedades tropicales son agenda inconclusa en la región
- Enfermedades tropicales: “La idea de globalización se aplica también a amenazas a la salud pública”

UN Advancing Together: Gender Equality in Health in the Americas
[CEPAL-ECLAC. Santiago, Chile. 8-9 Feb 2011.]
UN WOMEN: A new opportunity for strengthenening gender equality. Gender equality, Cultural Diversity, and Human Rights Count. PAHO Director's presentation at the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean in ECLAC-CEPAL (UNDG), during the session "Strengthening the regional cohesion in gender."
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PAHO Director: Global Epidemic of Non Communicable Diseases Demands a Global Response
[Washington, DC. 3 Feb 2011.]
Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes and obesity cause millions of premature deaths per year and have become the major factor driving up health costs for most countries. It is time for a coordinated response to these diseases and associated risk factors, including unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use and harmful use of alcohol.
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Spain, PAHO Sign €12.5 million Plan to Improve Health in the Americas
[Washington, DC. 1 Feb 2011.]
Ambassador Javier Sancho Velázquez, Spain’s representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), signs an agreement with PAHO Director Mirta Roses providing 12.5 million Euros (nearly $18 million) over 12 months to improve public health in Latin America and the Caribbean.
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PAHO Director, guest speaker at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting
[Davos-Klosters. Geneva, Switzerland. 27 Jan 2011.]
PAHO Director, guest speaker at the "Mega-Regions or Mega-Problems Session" from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011 in Davos, Geneva. “With 40 mega-regions accounting for two-thirds of the world’s economic activities, how can regional agglomeration be harnessed to accommodate growth, increase competitiveness, and effectively manage risks?".
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International Health Response to HAITI
[Geneva, Switzerland. 19 Jan 2011.]
PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses will deliver a briefing session about the perspectives from PAHO/WHO of the International Health Response to HAITI during the celebration of the 128th WHO EB session. Dr. Roses will be highlighting important issues related to the International Health Response after one year of the devastating earthquake and 3 months later of the cholera outbreak in Haiti.
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(WHO-GPG) WHO Global Policy Group meeting at Geneva
[Geneva. Switzerland. 14 Jan 2011]
WHO GLOBAL POLICY GROUP (WHO-GPG). The WHO-GPG composed by the WHO-DG, the RDs of the six WHO’s region, the WHO-DDG and the Adviser of the WHO-DG, met today at Geneva to review and prepare the upcoming 128th session of the WHO Executive Board. The WHO-GPG reviewed the EB agenda, highlighting significant issues for discussion.
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128th WHO Executive Board Session
[Geneva. Switzerland. 17-25 Jan 2011].]
Currently Key Public Health Risks and Actions to review during the currently 128th session of the World Health Organization's Executive Board: Child injuries and violence, Cholera, Immunization, Malaria.
PAHO Director's Newsletter »
128th WHO Executive Board session »
13th Mtg-Program, Budget and Administration Committee of the WHO EB »

Haiti, One Year After the Earthquake
[Washington, DC. 12 Jan 2011.]
Message from Dr Mirta Roses, director of the Pan American Health Organization, on the occasion of the first year of the Haiti 2010 earthquake. "This week marks one year since Haiti's January 12, 2010, earthquake. I would like to take a moment to once again express my solidarity with the people of Haiti. The tragic losses of the Haitian people as a result of the earthquake have deeply moved all nations of the world. We at PAHO once again want to express our sincere sympathy over this tragic event."
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PAHO Director: Haiti's Health Workers Were "Heroes" in 2010 »
2010: A Year of Health Challenges for Haiti »

Events 2010
Foremost thought leaders aim for solutions at the Summit of the WEF’s Global Agenda 2010
[Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 29 Nov - 1 Dec 2010.]
The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) third Summit on the Global Agenda has opened, with over 600 of the foremost global experts from business, government, academia and civil society working together to address the key issues on the global, regional and industry agendas. PAHO Director, Dr. Mirta Roses is the chair of the Global Agenda Council (GAC) on Chronic Diseases and Wellbeing for 2010-2011.
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Water and Sanitation for All: Renewing PAHO’s commitments
[Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. 5-10 Nov 2010. AIDIS Congress.]
PAHO’s renewed commitment to its technical cooperation with Member States on water for human consumption and sanitation in order to accomplish the “unfinished agenda” in our Region was the message of Dr. Roses at the XXXII Congress of the Inter-American Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering.
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Mental health is an essential and inseparable component of health
[Panama. 7-8 Oct 2010. Regional Mental Health Conference.]
"It is estimated that one of every four people will suffer a mental disorder throughout his life, and that one of every four families has at least one member affected by one or more mental disorders." Director of the Pan American Health Organization at the ‘Regional Mental Health Conference' underscores the importance of carrying out a balance among the good practices, the reached achievements, and the obstacles and barriers that still exist in this priority health topic. [In Spanish]
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Institutional Partnership: a Significant Added Value in Tackling Global Health Problems
[Philadelphia, USA. 4 Oct 2010. University of the Sciences.]
During a conference of the "Lois K. Cohen Endowed Lecture Series in Global Health" at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses underlined the role of institutional partnerships to achieve great synergies to solve complex public health problems. Citing the global response in Haiti after the devastating earthquake, Dr. Roses discussed advancements and new challenges in improving global health systems and services and the value of institutional partnerships.
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30 Aniversario de la Erradicación de la Viruela en las Américas
[Washington, DC. 28 Sep 2010. PAHO Directing Council.]
El legado de la erradicación de la viruela y la importancia del Fondo Rotatorio para la adquisición de vacunas de la OPS en la eliminación de enfermedades prevenibles por vacunación. Discurso de la directora en la celebración del 30 Aniversario de la Erradicación de la Viruela en las Américas.
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PAHO/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health
[OAS. Washington, DC. 27 Sep 2010. PAHO Directing Council.]
PAHO Director Remarks at the joint awards dinner. Innovative public health leaders whose work has improved health in the Americas were honored with the “PAHO/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health” before an audience of ambassadors, ministers of health, U.S. government officials, and top-level company executives. The awards are cosponsored by the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
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Hacia una Maternidad Segura para todas las mujeres de las Américas
[OAS. Washington, DC. 27 Sep 2010. PAHO Directing Council.]
"La Iniciativa Maternidad Segura es un llamamiento a los países de las Américas para que redoblen sus esfuerzos para el logro del Objetivo de Desarrollo del Milenio 5: Reducir en tres cuartas partes, entre 1990 y 2015, la mortalidad materna, y lograr, para 2015, el acceso universal a la salud reproductiva. El objetivo de esta iniciativa es promover y proteger el derecho al disfrute del más alto nivel posible de salud de mujeres, madres y recién nacidos".
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Combatir la desigualdad es una prioridad esencial de nuestro trabajo
[PAHO HQ. Washington, DC. 27 Sep 2010. PAHO Directing Council.]
Discurso Inaugural de la Directora. En la apertura del 50º Consejo Directivo de la OPS, la Directora de la OPS, Mirta Roses, dio la bienvenida a los delegados de los Estados Miembros y destacó la importancia de la cooperación panamericana en materia de salud, y la articulación de esfuerzos a nivel regional, nacional y la comunidad, poniendo especial acento en la reducción de la desigualdad y sus negativos efectos sobre la salud pública.
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Social Inequalities: A Barrier to Exercising the Right to Health
[NIH. Washington DC. 16 Sep 2010.]
The Americas: A Region of Extremes. PAHO Director's presentation at the National Institute of Health (NIH) Health Disparities Seminar Series, where she addressed the most relevant social inequalities in the Region as a barrier to exercising the right to health and the PAHO’s role to tackle some of these health inequities making them visible, going beyond national averages, strengthening health information systems and empowering the most unfavored.
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A Human Rights-based Approach to HIV Prevention. AIDS 2010
[Vienna, Austria. 18 Jul 2010. HIV/AIDS Conference.]
A human rights-based approach to mitigating the extent and effects of the AIDS epidemic, and promoting universal access to HIV services is critical. Although there has been notable progress in many areas, punitive laws, policies, practices, stigma and discrimination continue to undermine the achievement of universal access targets including access to prevention for those who need it and the MDGs related to the right to health.
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PAHO-Colgate Agreement on Community-based Interventions
[PAHO HQ. Washington DC. 28 Jun 2010.]
PAHO Director opening remarks appeal to work together to promote oral health in Latin America and the Caribbean while signs a new partnership agreement between the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Colgate-Palmolive Company that will support PAHO's Caries Free Communities Initiative (CFCI), a community-based program.
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PAHO Partners with Colgate-Palmolive to Advance Oral Health in Latin America and the Caribbean
[PAHO HQ. Washington DC. 28 Jun 2010.]
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Colgate-Palmolive Company signed an agreement today to work together to promote oral health in Latin America and the Caribbean. The new partnership will support PAHO's Caries Free Communities Initiative (CFCI), a community-based program.
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Strengthening Health Sciences Education play an important role for the formation of values and positive transformation of health care services
[PAHO HQ. Washington DC, 28 Jun 2010.]
PAHO-AFRO-WHO Inter-Regional Cooperation Initiative. WHO/AMRO (PAHO), WHO/AFRO and WHO/HQ work to strengthening health sciences education in the African Region, an inter-regional initiative of technical cooperation that assess the feasibility of establishing a textbook and instructional materials program based on the experience of the PALTEX program in the Americas Region.
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AMRO-AFRO-WHO Inter-Regional Cooperation Initiative: Strengthening Health Sciences Education
[PAHO HQ. Washington DC, 28 Jun 2010.]
Workshop that aims to present PALTEX program experience to WHO/HQ and WHO/AFRO, discussing the education situation in the African Region, agreeing on the lines of work, collaboration and concept paper, and defining the next steps to strengthening health sciences education in Africa through textbooks and educational materials.
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146th Session of the Executive Committee of PAHO: Reviewing relevant public health issues for the Americas Region
[PAHO HQ. Washington DC, 21-25 Jun 2010.]
PAHO is discussing more than 15 important health strategies, plans and resolutions to improve public health in the Region. Public health strategies in which PAHO plays a leadership role along with the countries' Ministries of Health to improve the health of the people of the Americas.
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PAHO presentation to OAS Permanent Council
[PAHO HQ. Washington, DC. 18 Jun 2010.]
Briefing session on PAHO’s Executive Committee Meeting to the Ambassadors to the Organization of American States (OAS) and other PAHO Members States. Dr. Mirta Roses, director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB) presents currently health, administrative, financial and technical issues under discussion for the next session of the Executive Committee, as the Health Specialized Agency of the Inter-American System.
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AMRO Delegation to the 63rd World Health Assembly
[Geneva, Switzerland. 17-21 May 2010.]
Dr. Mirta Roses, WHO/AMRO Regional Director leads the organization's delegation to the 63rd World Health Assembly where up to 3000 delegates from 193 nations are participating this week to discuss among others relevant global public health issues. The delegation of the WHO's Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO) fulfills an intensive agenda of work which address some of the main health issues and public health policies currently in focus for the institution as the health agency for the Americas.
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Grand Celebration of Health in the Americas
[24 Apr - 1 May 2010.]
Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) 2010, a week of the grand celebration of health in the Hemisphere in which every single country and territory in the Americas and tens of thousands of health workers and volunteers join forces to benefit 42 million children and adults.
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Vaccination Week in the Americas 2010. "Reaching Everyone"
[24 Apr - 1 May 2010.]
PAHO Director’s Message, 2010. "Over the last seven years, Vaccination Week in the Americas has proven to be a key and unparalleled opportunity to strengthen the Expanded Program on Immunization in the Region by focusing on equity, access to vaccination and Pan-Americanism."
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Counting Malaria Out: An Unwavering Commitment of the Americas
[PAHO HQ. Washington, DC. 20 Apr 2010.]
PAHO Director meets Princess Astrid of Belgium, Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Initiative. On the occasion of the commemoration of World Malaria Day 2010, our Region was honored by the visit of Princess Astrid of Belgium, Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Initiative joined by Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of RBM Partnership and other dignitaries.
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PAHO and Caribbean countries working to strengthen subregional cooperation strategies
[Kingston, Jamaica. 12-16 Apr 2010.]
PAHO Director Meets with Jamaican Prime Minister. As part of an official visit to this country, which coincided with the holding of the Caribbean Sub-regional Managers’ Meeting, PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses Periago met with Jamaica’s Prime Minister, the Honorable Bruce Golding, at Jamaica House. Dr. Roses congratulated Jamaica on its work in the control of diseases such as malaria and restated the Organization’s commitment to assist with the Ministry of Health’s restructuring and the implementation of a health information policy that will inform decision-makers of how best to utilize resources.
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Women in Politics
[Georgetown University. Washington, D.C. 7 Apr 2010.]
Public health is a powerful tool to build a safer and durable world for all. "That is why I have devoted my entire career to public health; that is why pursuing a career in global health is so rich in personal fulfillment in spite of the occasional disappointments and all the limitations to be found; that is why more attention should be given to it both in policy and in politics." [ Director's Speech at Georgetown University, WDC. ]
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Urbanization and Health
[PAHO HQ. Washington, DC. 7 APr 2010. World Health Day 2010.]
Today, over half of the world’s population lives in cities. In Latin America and the Caribbean, the percentage is even higher: more than three out of four people live in urban areas, making our Region the most urbanized region in the world. Between 1970 and 2010 urban population in the Region increased 187% while rural population increased 96% - 80% or approximately 477 million live in cities. For 2050, it is estimated that 683 million will be living in cities. "Urbanization and Health", impact of urban living on human health and the actions to take to make our cities better places to live.
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Rights and Reproductive Health of Women
[PAHO HQ. Washington, DC. 6-7 Apr 2010. UNFPA/IPPF Women's Health Network on Reproductive Rights.]
[in Spanish] Acciones para fortalecer el sector de la salud y otros sectores en avanzar la salud sexual y reproductiva de las mujeres en las Américas en el contexto de sus derechos reproductivos. "Es crítico reforzar el rol central del sector salud para avanzar en los derechos y la salud reproductiva de las mujeres y adolescentes, sobre todo en la Región mas inequitativa del mundo, donde su falta afecta mas a nuestras mujeres pobres, rurales, indígenas, afrodescendientes y marginalizadas.
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By greater global equity in health
[PAHO. Washington DC. 23 Mar 2010.]
Leaders in International Health, Program 2010 (PLSI).
[In Spanish] Bajo el liderazgo y coordinación de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud da inicio el tercer año del PLSI "Edmundo Granda Ugalde 2010", esfuerzo conjunto de los países de las Américas para contribuir al desarrollo de líderes en salud internacional en la Región, fortaleciendo las capacidades en el desarrollo de los recursos humanos para comprender, actuar e influir sobre los determinantes internacionales de la salud y concertar acciones intersectoriales e internacionales a favor de la equidad en el acceso y cuidados de salud para los pueblos de las Américas.
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WHO Senior Policy-Makers Meet to Discuss Policy, Management and Strategy Issues
[Johannesburg. South Africa. 29-31 Mar 2010.]
WHO Director-General and the six Regional Directors which make up the Global Policy Group (GPG), meet this week in South Africa during their yearly 3-day retreat to review and discuss policy matters to improve and strengthen the performance of the World Health Organization.
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PAHO Director, special recognition at the celebration of the 2010 Medal to the Merit of Women
[Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. 10 Mar 2010.]
The Ministry of Women of the Dominican Republic, in light of the celebration of International Women's Day, gave special recognition to Dr. Mirta Roses Periago during the ceremony to present the Medal to the Merit of Women 2010, an annual distinction given by the ministry to prominent women that have provided valuable contributions to the integral development of women, the struggle for gender equality, and to the social recognition of women’s labor and contribution to the enjoyment of equality and full democracy. [Note in Spanish version]
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Progress and Challenges in Gender Equity
[Article. International Women's Day. 8 Mar 2010.]
"In the Americas, women’s progress in education and access to the labor market has not been similarly accompanied by the exercise of their right to health. Gender-based inequalities continue to keep women from achieving the highest attainable level of health". Article of Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, PAHO Director published in several communications media in the Region in commemoration of the celebration of the International Women's Day.
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SRMM Centroamérica, México y Oficina Frontera EUA/MEX
[Mexico DF., Mexico. 14-18 Feb 2010.]
Se efectúa en México la 1ra. Reunión Subregional de Representantes y Directores de Centro de la OPS del año, encuentro anual de trabajo, análisis de la gestión y acciones futuras en el trabajo de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud en cada una de sus oficinas de país. Las reuniones subregionales tienen el objetivo de fortalecer la capacidad de gestión de la cooperación técnica de la OPS/OMS en las Oficinas de País y en el nivel Subregional, e incorporar la perspectiva de país y subregional en la formulación y gestión de las políticas regionales y globales del Secretariado, incluyendo la relación con otras agencias y actores, este encuentro reúne a los Representantes y Directores de Centro de los países involucrados en una semana de trabajo, donde se cuenta además con la participación de importantes autoridades de salud nacionales.
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Cuban Medical Personnel, the largest health contingency in Haiti
[PAHO HQ. Washington, DC. 18 Feb 2010.]
Cuba, one of the 36 Member States of the Region of the Americas that are part of the Pan American Health Organization and one of the seven founders of this centennial institution founded in 1902, currently has 1,439 physicians and other medical personnel working in Haiti, including hundreds of local Haitian doctors who received their medical training in Cuba making this group the largest health contingent on the ground in Haiti.
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PAHO Director and Spain Minister of Health strengthening partnerships and collaboration in support to Haiti
[New York. United Nations. 3-4 Feb 2010.]
The Director of the Pan American Health Organization and the Minister of Health and Social Protection of Spain met in New York to collaborate and coordinate actions in the assistance to Haiti after the earthquake. Mirta Roses, PAHO’s director held an important meeting with Trinidad Jimenez, Spain’s Minister of Health, during her recent visit to New York to attend the Committee of Economic and Social Development of ECOSOC at United Nations under the presidency of the European Union (UE). The assistance and collaboration to Haiti and the H1N1 Pandemic 2009 were the two main issues addressed.
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AMRO-AFRO Areas of Collaboration
[Washington, DC. 24 Feb 2010.]
World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Directors for Africa (AFRO) and for the Americas (AMRO) met to discuss areas of collaboration between the two regional WHO offices. In recent years, PAHO and AFRO have worked together in important areas which include health systems strengthening, human resources for health, and vaccine-preventable diseases. The African Health Observatory/ Core health data initiative, Virtual Health Campus, and HIV/AIDS will be other important areas of collaboration.
Dr. Sambo, AFRO Regional Director presentation at AMRO »

The impact of the crisis on a key social sector, HEALTH: new lines of action
[New York. 22 Feb 2010.]
Dr. Mirta Roses' presentation at the III Strategic Social Thinking Forum of Latin America, under the subject: "Toward an integrated and inclusive development in Latin America and the Caribbean." [only Spanish version available]
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Special Report on PAHO's response to the Earthquake in HAITI
[Washington DC. 19 Jan 2010.]
Briefing by Dr. Mirta Roses, PAHO Director and Director of the WHO Regional Office for the Americas, to the Executive Board of the World Health Organization. Dr. Roses reported on the Pan American Health Organization's response to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti after the January 12 earthquake. PAHO leads the U.N. Health Cluster.
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Director's Newsletter Issue 2 - Haiti Special Edition »

PAHO/WHO Coordinating Regional Efforts to Assist Haiti after Earthquake
[Washington, DC. 14 Jan 2010.]
The Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is coordinating the mobilization of efforts to help health authorities in Haiti meet the basic health needs of their people in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake, through its country offices. All the countries in the Region have responded with great solidarity.
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Director's Newsletter Special Edition - Haiti »

Events 2009-2006
Fostering Cooperation in Health
Washington, D.C. PAHO HQ. December 16, 2009.- "Public health is way more than a job for us: it is a passion, a heartfelt commitment, our whole life. We keep good company because, fortunately, it is that way not only for us but also for millions of people worldwide. Public health is a sort of a network of networks, where a broad and multifaceted umbrella which protects the well-being of humanity is held up every day by a myriad of individual's actions."
Welcoming remarks by Dr. Mirta Roses-Periago, Director of the Pan American Health Organization on the occasion of the South-South Development Solutions Forum on Global Health as part of the Global South-South Development Expo at PAHO HQ in Washington DC.
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THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC RECESSION and the MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Washington, D.C. 49th Directing Council. October 1, 2009.- Important dialogue between Ministers of Health of the Americas during the celebration of the 49º.Directing council of PAHO analyzes the impact of the world economic crisis for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, the most ambitious endeavor ever pursued against poverty, where the principles of equity, solidarity and the right to the highest attainable health are the core values of the PHC approach; while its guiding principles are the responsiveness to people's health needs, social justice, quality-oriented services, government accountability, sustainability, participation and intersectoriality.
Director's Newsletter


Inter-American Mission to Haiti assess the impact of the cooperation programs to support the socioeconomic development and political stability
Haiti. September 3-6, 2009.- PAHO Director on official visit as part of a high level Inter-American mission to Haiti to assess the impact of the cooperation programs by the international community on the process of development in Haiti, notably in Gonaives, Jacmel and Cité Soleil.
The high-level mission was comprise of Representatives of Member States, including the Chair of the OAS Permanent Council, OAS authorities and senior officials of PAHO, IDB, IICA and the PADF. This mission follows mandates emanated from the 5th Summit of America and the Resolution 2487 of the General meeting of OEA in support to socioeconomic development and to political stability of Haiti, particularly. This resolution asks the international partners of Haiti to continue coordinating their actions with the Haitian Government with the aim of getting better results at local level.
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L’OEA sur le terrain pour évaluer les progrès accomplis [UNMINUSTAH French version]


Caribbean Wellness Day 2009
Caribbean Countries Celebrate Healthy Lifestyles. On the week of 7-12 September, Caribbean countries will celebrate Caribbean Wellness Day 2009. CWD was launched in 2008 as a response to concerns about the physical, economic and social burdens caused by lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, and cancer. Among the activities this year are a lifestyle management seminar, a soca-erobathon, walks, health checks and healthy cooking demonstrations.
A message from PAHO Director


Welcoming Remarks of Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, PAHO's Director, to the Regional Advisory Committee On Health Statistics (CRAES)
The PAHO’s Advisory Committee on Health Statistics (CRAES) meeting took place in the Pan American Health Organization headquarters in Washington, DC on August 11-13, 2009. The Committee meets periodically to analyze the status of health statistics in the Region of the Americas while promoting improvements in the coverage and the quality of vital and other statistics of interest to the health sector.
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PAHO, Humanitarian Clowns and Health Experts Join Forces, Using Art as a Bridge to Health and Development
Washington, D.C. - From 4 to 16 August, art becomes a bridge to health access for thousands of people in a remote and vulnerable community in Peru with the arrival of some 100 humanitarian clowns and international public health experts from 12 countries, as part of the Pan American Health Organization’s Faces, Voices and Places Initiative for the Millennium Development Goals.
PAHO VIDEO »Arte, Puente para la Salud (in Spanish)
Art and Health: together in the Belén Festival
PAHO Director, health promoters and humanitarian clowns will join Belén Festival in Peru
Humanitarian Clowns and Health Experts Join Forces, Using Art as a Bridge to Health and Development


Influenza A (H1N1): Lessons Learned and Preparing for the Future
High-level Meeting on Influenza A (H1N1). Mexico. 3 July 2009.- Director's closing remarks - 'I believe that we are reaping the fruits of years of planning and preparation, which have been very important and, since 2007, have put most of the countries on a rather similar and equitable plane in terms of their ability to participate and implement the International Health Regulations' ... 'this is the real political challenge, always bearing in mind the fundamental principles of protecting the population, solidarity, and equity, and above all trust among peoples and among authorities'.
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UN RDT/RDG: UN Regional Directors Group (RDG) Meeting
Panama. 29-30 June, 2009.- The Regional Directors Group (RDG) of UNAIDS Cosponsors in Latin America and the Caribbean had a very successful meeting in Panama this week, the last meeting under PAHO's chairmanship.
Dr. Mirta Roses, PAHO Director who delivered the opening remarks expressed that this gathering is a good time to measure progress made over the last year and propose some critical lines of action for the next joint RDG work plan 2010-2011.
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Memorandum of Understanding between the Alliance for Rabies Control and the Pan American Health Organization
Washington, D.C. PAHO HQ. 24 June 2009.- Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, PAHO Director signed a memorandum of understanding between PAHO/WHO and the Alliance for Rabies Control (ARC), through their Executive Director, Deborah J Briggs; which outline their plan for cooperative activities to promote rabies prevention, surveillance, control and elimination.
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PAHO, PAHEF AND GLOBAL BUSINESS FORUM luncheon discussion meeting
Washington, D.C. The Georgetown Club. June 16, 2009.- "Opportunities for Public Private Partnerships to Address the Challenges of Health in the Americas"
PAHO, PAHEF and the Global Business Forum(GBF) met to review important areas of cooperation in this the four year of PAHO/GBF interchange.
After introductions by PAHO Director on the general health situation in the region, the group established a dialogue around PAHO's priorities, and its efforts to work with the private sector and other constituencies as part of the multi partner approach.
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HUMAN SECURITY: A Public Health Perspective
El Paso, Texas, USA. June 5, 2009.- Dr. Mirta Roses' presentation at the LXVII Annual Meeting USMBHA /AFMES (Human Security: A New Border Response).
Human security means protecting the vital freedoms. It means protecting the people exposition to threats and to certain situations, strengthening its strength and aspirations. It also means creating systems that facilitate for people the basic elements of survival, dignity, and life.
The threats to the safety of the people in general, to women, to communities, to the ethnic groups, were not sufficiently assessed as potential threats to the safety in general, neither the poverty, the spread of diseases, the destruction of the environment, the lack of access to water, the maternal health, the not to have a permanent work. Until the end of the cold war the states and governments, had not considered priority the daily insecurities that have to support common people, because the greatest threats were seen outside the borders within the framework of the confrontation among the large potencies.
Hunan security means the equitable access to education, work, and health, as well as the respect of the human rights, as essential components of the security, this without denying the obligation of guaranteeing national security by of the governments.
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Public Health Emergency of International Concern
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO) of the World Health Organization (WHO) coordinating the actions with the health authorities and governments of the Region in order to preserve the health, our most basic asset.
Director Office's Newsletters
Issue No. 10 - May 20, 2009
Issue No. 08 - April 29, 2009
Issue No. 07 - April 27, 2009


A H1N1 - An Outbreak Timeline
Science Magazine. 8 May 2009.- "I'm amazed at the capacity we have with the information and communication technologies," says epidemiologist Mirta Roses Periago, head of the Pan American Health Organization. "We used to do things with our hands and smelling and looking at the patients." During the past few weeks, she notes, scientists have rapidly shared sequences of the viruses, digital images of patient x-rays, and electron micrographs of the new H1N1.
"At this point in history, this is the best surveillance we've ever had," said Keiji Fukuda, one of WHO's assistant director generals.
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Seventh Vaccination Week in the Americas
April 25, 2009 - May 02, 2009.- Vaccination Week in the Americas is an unparalleled effort led by the member countries of the Pan American Health Organization to vaccinate millions of people. In 2009, the seventh Vaccination Week in the Americas will happen between the 25th of April and May 2nd. This year, Vaccination Week will emphasize vaccination of the whole family, and the immunization of health workers.
A Message from PAHO Director »
Massive Multi-Country Drive Aims to Vaccinate 30 Million People [PAHO Press Release]


PAHO Director at the 5th Summit of the Americas
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. 17 - 19 April 2009.- The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Mirta Roses, attended the meeting as the Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau of the Organization of American States (OAS), health agency of the Inter-American System with more than 100 years of existence, which is the world's oldest health organization. During the meeting, the Director of PAHO had the opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss important topics with leaders of the governments of the region, related to the public health organization that she leads.
Director's Picture Gallery »
Securing Our Citizens’ Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability


PAHO Subregional Managers' Meeting for the Caribbean
Bahamas. 14-17 April, 2009.- PAHO Managers from the Caribbean region met to strengthen coordination among Country Offices (COs), the Subregional Office, Centers and Programs, and the regional entities, with emphasis on country focus and subregional technical cooperation processes; to better understanding of the national health situation and the technical cooperation program for and with The Bahamas. Participants updated on the economic crisis and its impact on the health sector analyzed and on subregional integration, subregional initiatives and relevant technical topics.
Dr. Roses, PAHO's Director chaired the meeting and took the opportunity to meet with the national health authorities at Bahamas to review relevant health issues of common interest.
Bahamas Media Release »
More on SRMM Bahamas » [Intranet Access only]
Director's Newsletter


Report - State of the Region 2008 - for Central America and Dominican Republic
Washington, DC. PAHO HQ. Febrero 19, 2009.- Central America needs national and regional innovative responses. Despite profound changes in the last 20 years CENTRAL AMERICA faces today a new and more complex international situation.


[only in Spanish]
Más información »
"Informe Estado de la Región (2008)"
Estado de la Nación_Website
Presentación del Sr. Miguel Gutiérrez


Improving Public Health by addressing the SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH
Asuncion, Paraguay. 16 February 2009.- SRMM-Subregional Managers' Meeting Andean Region and Southern Cone.
Director's Interview with IP Paraguay (Secretariat of Information and Communication for Development) during her official visit to Paraguay to participate in the PAHO's SRMM.
[only Spanish version] "... la formulación de políticas públicas que aborden el peso de los determinantes sociales para reducir las desigualdades que se encuentran en los resultados de salud de la población y también de manera importante en cómo llevar a que la salud esté integrada en todas las políticas públicas (de empleo, de inversión en infraestructura, en alfabetización universal, etc.) de modo que se pueda trabajar de manera concertada y teniendo en cuenta que el objetivo final es la calidad de vida de la población ... "
Entrevista/Interview »
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PRIMARY HEALTH CARE is the solution to key health problems facing our communities today
Asuncion, Paraguay. 12 February 2009.- PAHO's Director during an exchange that she held with representatives of different community organizations of the Central department in Paraguay that stated their experiences concerning the shares carried out to promote a healthier space; during the Subregional Managers' Meeting of the Andean area and Southern Cone of PAHO. [PDF Only in Spanish version]
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PAHO promotes behavior change to combat DENGUE in the Region
Asuncion, Paraguay. 10 February 2009.- PAHO Director at a press conference during the PAHO Subregional Managers' Meeting of Southern Cone and Andean (SRMM).
[only in Spanish] “Creo que tenemos el conocimiento y la estrategia que funciona, pero todavía nos falta ese cambio de comportamiento. Tenemos que encontrar los caminos para hacer que la gente no entre en pánico ni alarma, ni trate de buscar al culpable afuera porque definitivamente el culpable está dentro, muchas veces, dentro de las casas”, sostuvo.
Director's Newsletter - SRMM
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International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) to replace United Nations System Accounting Standards (UNSAS) as approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations
Washington, DC. PAHO HQ. September 9, 2008.- " ... This is a Corporate Initiative for PAHO - IPSAS supports and enhances objectives of Results Based Management. Furthermore, it ensures transparency in financial budgeting, accounting and reporting, and provides opportunities for comparability among and between international organizations ..."
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PAHO address the critical issue of how to support women in the health sciences in Latin America
Washington, DC. PAHO HQ. September 3, 2008.- " ... I am delighted to have the opportunity to welcome you all here to think with us on how best to help the women whose scientific efforts provides an underpinning of all that we do ... women in Latin America do not enjoy the same social status as men. Gender equality is a goal yet to be achieved ... the current trend of the rates of HIV infections in women and girls across Latin America, particularly in Caribbean countries, is alarming, Women aged between 15 and 24 account for 45 percent of all HIV infections among adults globally ... I challenge you to think with us on how we could adapt the capacity building program for women researchers and use it to empower women working on AIDS, and women working on environmental health issues so they can take their place among the thinkers and change agents for a healthier world ..."
Director's opening speech » at the meeting of Women Experts on HIV and Environmental Health Research.


Towards Elimination of Vertical Transmission of HIV and Syphilis as a public health problem in the Caribbean
Mexico City. August 3-8, 2008.- " ... The satellite session held on Sunday regarding achievement of Universal Access in the Caribbean and current realities clearly highlighted the potential of the region to make rapid progress towards the Universal Access goal. On the other hand, the need to ensure comprehensive quality care to pregnant women and their infants to sustain achievements on prevention of vertical transmission of HIV was identified as a must."
Dr. Roses address as keynote speaker » at the XVII International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2008.


PAHO Director co-chair an special session on HIV/AIDS for the Latin America region at AIDS 2008
Mexico City. August 3-8, 2008. XVII International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2008.- PAHO Director co-chair the special session on HIV for Latin America region with Carlos Passarelli, Deputy Director of the Brazilian National AIDS Programme and Director of the International Center for Technical Cooperation on HIV/AIDS. The session focused the discussion about the actions taken in the Latin American region since the FORO and CONCASIDA 2007 and what has to be done to establish formal links between regional conferences and International AIDS conferences.
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Pan American Alliance for Nutrition and Development
Washington, D.C. Julio 25, 2008.- Top United Nations experts on Latin America and the Caribbean agreed on the establishment of the Pan American Alliance for Nutrition and Development.
PAHO Director Roses noted that, despite overall improvements in nutritional status at the aggregate level in Latin America and the Caribbean, 52 million people in the region are still undernourished, and 9 million children under 5 are chronically malnourished. The Pan American Alliance for Nutrition and Development would promote better nutrition not just through food production and distribution but with a broad range of actions, ranging from safer cooking stoves and safe water to urban agriculture and sustainable use of natural resources.
PAHO Press Release: U.N. Experts Warn on New Threats to MDG Progress in Latin America and the Caribbean
[Spanish version: Director's Presentation
Director's Newsletter


PAHO became the new chair of the UNAIDS Regional Directors Group (RDG).
The Regional Directors Group of UNAIDS Cosponsors in Latin America and the Caribbean had a very successful biannual meeting at PAHO Headquarters on July 25, 2008. The RDG, as it is commonly called, adopted several policies to guide and strengthen the UN joint action against HIV/AIDS at country level.
Among these was a policy adapting the Division of Labor to better take into account the mandates and strengths of each of the UNAIDS cosponsors in Latin America and the Caribbean.
PAHO became the new Chair of the RDG for the 2008/2009 period, a role it played when the RDG was founded in 2003. UNICEF becomes the new Vice-Chair.


Safe Surgery Saves Lives: a Pan-American Perspective
Washington, D.C. 25 June 2008.- 'PAHO participation on "Safe Surgery Saves Lives" is an important step to bring forward the patient safety agenda in the Americas'.
Dr. Mirta Roses, PAHO Director welcoming remarks at the Second Global Patient Safety Challenge: "SAFE SURGERY SAVES LIVES INITIATIVE".
See also: Director's Newsletter
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Director's Presentation to the OAS Permanent Council
Washington, D.C. June 19, 2008.- Briefing Session to the Permanent Ambassadors to the Organization of American States and others Estate Member’s Ambassadors.
Presentation
142nd Session of the Executive Committee Opens with Important Goals for the Health of the Peoples of the Americas


Primary Health Care: A New Vision for the Fourth Decade
Washington, D.C. May 30, 2008.- Director's speech at the special session on Primary Health Care at the Global Health Council Annual Conference 2008.
2008 mark the 30th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration. The principles of equitable access to affordable health care, using primary health care (PHC) as the tool to turn these principles into practice, remain as valid today as they did in 1978.
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Primary Health Care for the New Century
Geneva Health Forum 2008. 25 May 2008.- 'In the spirit of this Forum, and to successfully address the health determinants and affirm the right to health, I invite you to join me in building a multi-stakeholder coalition of interested parties, to ensure that a health system based on Primary Health Care represents a feasible and politically appealing policy option.' Speech delivered by Dr. Roses, PAHO's Director in the opening ceremony of the Health Forum 2008 that took place during the celebration of the 61st World Health Assembly.
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Global Health and the United Nations. Dr. Mirta Roses, Director of PAHO, attended a United Nations Secretary-General meeting
Atlanta, Georgia. May 8-9, 2008. Carter Center.- United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and about 40 global health leaders at the Carter Center to focus world attention on maternal health care.
At the Carter Center, health leaders discussed the United Nations Millennium Development Goals - eight goals to be reached worldwide by 2015.
Main messages from the meeting focuses on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as the best framework around which we can all rally to improve global health.
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2008 World Day for Safety and Health at Work
Washington, D.C. May 1st., 2008.- Director's closing remarks at PAHO HQ Ceremony.
'Since the launch of the PAHO Workers' Health Regional Plan of Action in 1999, several milestones have been attained to help improve the lives and well-being of million of workers, their families, and communities in the Americas. Over the years, there has been an increase in awareness of the role and influence of our environment and workplace environment on our health. This has been possible through the advocacy and work of local, national, and international leaders in the field of occupational and environmental health. This day provides us with an opportunity to recognize the commitment of the global community that works towards a common goal: improving the health and safety of workers.'
Director's closing remarks »
Director's Newslettter - 2008 World Day for Safety and Health at Work »


Venezuela carries out with universal standards on vaccination
Venezuela has achieved to carry out with the universal standards on vaccination, ratified the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Mirta Roses.
The maximum health authority of the continent expressed that the coverage reached by Venezuela show that there is a great sense of organization and coordination for the work, not only with the campaign against rubella but also what is being fulfilled with the Vaccination Week in the Americas.
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PAHO and UNICEF Working Together to support LAC Countries
PAHO Press Release. Washington, D.C., April 25, 2008.- Top officials and technical experts from UNICEF visited the Pan American Health Organization to discuss areas of joint collaboration including water and sanitation, nutrition, social support for mothers and children, work in health emergencies and risk communications focusing on pregnant women, children and adolescents.
Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director of PAHO and Dr. Nils Kastberg, Director of the UNICEF Regional Office shared the moral imperatives of helping excluded populations to address the unfinished agenda and accelerate progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
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OPS XXI en acción. Dr. Mirta Roses' presentation at the opening of the meeting. [Spanish version]
PAHO - UNICEF: Comprometidos por la Salud
Poem written by Dr. Nils Kastberg, UNICEF's Director on the occasion of Dr. Roses inauguration ceremony on February 1st, 2008. [Spanish version]


Director of the Pan American Health Organization opens the first Latin American Conference in Research and Innovation for Health
Global Forum for Health Research. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 15 - 18 April 2008.- In her visit to Brazil, Dr. Mirta Roses fulfilled an extensive agenda, she also accompanied the visit to PANAFTOSA of Dr. Luis Sambo, WHO's Regional Director for Africa, which reflects the history of joint effort from the organizations, and represents an important exchange for the information systems and basic data in Health.
See also: 2o. Congresso da Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (CPLP) sobre DST-AIDS. Mesa coordenada pela Diretora da Organização Pan-Americana da Saúde (Opas), Mirta Roses Periago.
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PAHO Director at the launching of the VI Vaccination Week in the Americas
April 19-26, 2008.- Vaccination Week in the Americas 2008. Pictures from the launching event.
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PAHO working to improve public health, equity, and health systems at the 42nd Session of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR/CAIS)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 13 - 15 April 2008.- Dr. Mirta Roses, PASB Director, convened the 42nd Session of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 13-15 April, 2007.
Although research has been always present in PAHO's activities, this is the first time that the Organization is developing an explicit policy for consultation with member states, to guide its research activities in keeping with international mandates that underline the key role of research in attaining the Millenium Development Goals and in improving public health, equity, and health systems.
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PAHO Director presents the award Champion of Health to Fundación Selva Negra
Washington, D.C., 7 de April del 2008.- The PAHO designation honors Selva Negra's efforts in environmental conservation and social development, causes that are being promoted as part of the 2008 World Health Day campaign, "Protecting Health from Climate Change."
PAHO Press Release


OUR Planet, OUR Health, OUR Future - They are in OUR Hands.
Washington, D.C. PAHO HQ. April 7, 2008.- "...We need a comprehensive Framework for Action to properly address climate change and its impact on health: addressing Evidence, implementing Adaptation mechanisms in the health sector, and providing Leadership..."
Celebrating World Health Day 2008 at PAHO
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PAHO Walk for Health 2008
Washington, D.C. April 5, 2008.- Successful Walk for Health Event at PAHO HQ. More than 150 staff members and their families joined this saturday walking for health to celebrate World Health Day 2008.
Pictures from the Walk


WHO Global Policy Group (OMS GPG)
Beijing, China, 26-28 March 2008.- WHO Senior policy-makers meeting.
WHO Director General and Regional Directors met in China in a Global Policy Group Retreat to discuss about WHO main policy issues.
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Building concrete, viable outputs and constructive proposals for injury prevention and safety promotion
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. March 15, 2008.- We need to target the causes and risk factors for violence and traffic injuries. Director's Speech at the inauguration ceremony at the 9th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion.
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Globalization and injuries in the context of the Americas
Merida. Mexico. Marzo 15, 2008.- Director's presentation during the celebration of the 9th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion at the panel "Globalization and Injury", which had the participation of many ministers of health from the Americas.
Presentation »

See also: Declaracíón Ministerial sobre Prevención de Violencia y Lesiones en las Américas [Spanish version]


Report of the Panamerican Health Organization to the permanent council of the OAS
Washington, D.C. March 12, 2008.- Dr. Roses delivered her presentation to OAS Permanent Council, briefing the PAHO health achievements and challenges from the last 5 years as an specialized health agency from the inter-american system.
Director's Presentation
Director's Speech Video [Spanish version]


PAHO Director: Gender Inequality is Completely Unacceptable
Washington, D.C., March 10, 2008 (PAHO)— More than a third of women in Latin America and the Caribbean have suffered violence at the hands of their domestic partners, more than 22,000 die each year in childbirth from preventable causes, and women and girls account for a growing proportion of all new cases of HIV.
These and similar examples of gender inequality are "completely unacceptable," said Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr. Mirta Roses today at an event celebrating International Women's Day 2008, held at PAHO headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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Gender Equality: Let's Get Real
Director's speech at the celebration of International Women's Day 2008.
"... We need to get real about the persistently high rates of gender based violence, about the stubbornly high and unjust rates of maternal mortality, about the increasing casualties from accidents among our men and boys, about the alarming HIV infections among women and girls, especially in our Caribbean countries, about the essential and unpaid care, about women and men's different needs and realities, about health differences between women and men, about funding women's empowerment ..."
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OMS/OPS : nous sommes engagés à soutenir Haïti
13 février 2008.- En Haïti dans le cadre de la réunion annuelle des représentants de l'OPS/OMS de la Caraïbe, qui se tient pour la première fois en Haïti, la directrice régionale de l'OMS/OPS pour les Amériques, le docteur Mirta Roses, a déclaré : " nous sommes totalement engagés à soutenir Haïti afin qu'il progresse dans la réalisation des Objectifs du Millénaire pour le Développement ". Elle intervenait, en effet, au cours d'une conférence de presse tenue le 13 février à Port-au-Prince.
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Dr. Roses' Opening Remarks at the PAHO consultation meeting on WHO Research Strategy.
Washington, D.C. HQ. February 8, 2008.- The definition of a health research strategy will provide a critical tool for managing and organizing research activities within WHO and its regional offices. It should also guide and support member states in organizing health research. The governments of the Americas have made research a regional priority as stated in the health agenda for the Americas. PAHO is responding to this call for action by drafting its own health research policy. ."
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Dr. Mirta Roses Inaugural Address as Director of the Pan American Health Organization
February 1, 2008.-
"This is above all a day of commitment. Today I renew my oath to devote myself tirelessly, day by day, hour by hour, to keeping PAHO at the forefront of the response to the regional and global challenges in public health and, particularly, to serve as an instrument for bringing good health to the most neglected, vulnerable, marginalized, and excluded populations."
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WHO Director General, Dr. Margaret Chan at the PAHO's Director sworn ceremony
Washington, D.C. February 1, 2008.-Video speech of Dr. Margaret Chan, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the Inaugural ceremony of Dr. Mirta Roses as Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for a second term.
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Dr. Mirta Roses sworn in for 2nd term at PAHO
Washington, D.C. February 1, 2008. [PAHO Release].- Dr. Mirta Roses, the first woman in charge of the oldest health institution in the world, today begins her second term as Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), saying "As we envision the future, we can dare to dream about events that will become a part of the long history of successes achieved by those who came before us."
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Education, prevention, treatment, testing—essential tools to combat HIV
Washington, D.C. January 29, 2008. [PAHO Release].— Education, prevention, treatment and testing are essential tools to combat HIV in the USA and elsewhere in the Americas, ((PAHO) Deputy Director, Dr. Cristina Beato said today during a keynote speech to the National Latino/Hispanic AIDS Leadership Summit gathered in Washington, D.C.
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WHO Executive Board reappoints Dr Mirta Roses as Regional Director for the Americas
Geneva, January 24, 2008 (PAHO).— Dr Mirta Roses was reappointed as Regional Director for the Americas by the World Health Organization's Executive Board today, and will begin her second five-year term as Regional Director for the Americas after being sworn in at a Washington ceremony February 1.
Dr Roses' Acceptance Speech: English / Español / Português / Français
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Canada, PAHO sign strategic cooperation framework
Washington, D.C. November 20, 2007.- The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Mirta Roses, and the Permanent Representative of Canada to the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Graeme C. Clark, today signed a master framework document that represents an important step forward in the strategic relationship between PAHO and the Canadian government.
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Partnership for Health Development
Geneva, Switzerland. November 12, 2007.- "The achievement of MDG related with health, is a crucial event to sustain the achievements of others MDGs and to improve life conditions of opulations. Partnerships for Health Development (PHDs) have a major role to play in this endeavour. Indeed, a key reason for establishing such partnerships and funds stemmed from global concern about the burden of disease pandemics, and the need to accelerate action substantially if global targets were to be achieved.  
A fundamental strategy of Partnerships for Health Development has been to work in new ways to expand effective collaboration – including promoting greater participation by civil society and the private sector - and increase access to resources to serve those in need".
Dr. Roses presentation at the Plenary session on Partnerships and WHO.
Partnerships for Health Development - Background Document
Three Day Policy Dialogue Agenda


Dr. Chan's opening remarks at the Fourth Global Meeting of Heads of WHO Country Offices
Geneva, Switzerland. 12 November 2007.- "We all know that health problems, and the capacity to address them, vary considerably from region to region. Each country has its own unique set of threats to health. Health is affected by cultural beliefs, such as those that influence the status of women or stigmatize people with certain diseases. Health is influenced by political systems and the quality of governance. Health systems are themselves highly context-specific, shaped by history, and by the social, cultural, and political environment.
These observations lead us to an obvious conclusion: this Organization’s decentralized structure is an asset. It follows a time-honoured principle: delegation of responsibility to the level of greatest operational efficiency."
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Six countries take formal, concrete step towards preventing patient safety problems.
A group of six countries, including two Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Member States, took a bold step today in Washington, D.C., to vigorously develop and implement standardized protocols related to patient safety solutions over the next five years. Dr. Carissa Etienne, Assistant Director along with several PAHO leaders and experts attended the ceremony.
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Seis países acuerdan implementar soluciones para prevenir problemas de seguridad del paciente.


Serving our hopeful, striving peoples who aspire to better living and health conditions is the purpose of our efforts.
Director's Election Video
Washington D.C.
October 3, 2007.-

"With humility, unwavering dedication, and the steadfast support that all of you and our partners and allies in health development have given me, I shall continue to advance PAHO’s noble mission on behalf of public health in the Region.

The 27th Pan American Sanitary Conference, the most important meeting of the Governing Bodies of the Pan American Health Organization, today reelected Dr. Mirta Roses Periago as Director of this prestigious health institution serving the Americas for five more years.
Acceptance Speech:
English / Spanish / French / Portuguese


Hemisphere's Health Authorities to Gather at PAHO in the 27th Panamerican Sanitary Conference.
Washington, D.C., September 27, 2007 (PAHO)— The annual meeting of the Americas' top health authorities is taking place at Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) headquarters in Washington, D.C., on October 1-5. The 27th Pan American Sanitary Conference bring together ministers of health and other high-level delegates from PAHO member countries to discuss health policies and actions to address the region's major health challenges.
PAHO Press Release

Autoridades de Salud de las Américas se reúnen en la OPS en la 27a Conferencia Sanitaria Panamericana.


New Initiatives and Opportunities for Global Health
New York, NY. September 20-21, 2007.- Dr. Mirta Roses, Director of the Pan American Health Organization attented an important meeting last week organized by the Rockefeller Brohers Fund. The Director participated in a Panel named Pandemic threats & public health surveillance, under the Public Health subject. Emerging infectious diseases have caused significant global human and economic loss and disproportionately threaten the health and livelihoods of poor people.
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Dr. Roses' Talking Points at the Regional Summit on Chronic Non_Communicable Diseases.
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. September 15, 2007. - "I am honored to have been invited to this special Summit of CARICOM Heads of Government. Let me congratulate you for the leadership and strategic vision you are demonstrating in uniting to stop the chronic disease epidemic that is undermining human and economic development prospects of economies which can ill afford them. It is clear that for the Caribbean, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) need to include NCDs, since the current epidemic also needs to be curbed before 2015."
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Social Cohesion and Protection in Health, important objectives for constructing more inclusive societies in Ibero-America
Iquique, Chile. Julio 9-10, 2007.- The Ministers of Health of Ibero-America have concurred that health "constitutes one of the pillars" of social cohesion, and affirmed their support for equal access to this right on the first day of the IX Ibero-American Conference of Ministers of Health, held in Iquique, Chile.
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140th Session of the Executive Committee of PAHO Concludes with Commitments to New Goals for Health in the Region
Washington, D.C. PAHO HQ. Junio 25-29, 2007.- Relevant health topics were highlighted in the 140th Session of the Executive Committee of PAHO, an important meeting of the Organization's Governing Bodies preceding the 27th Pan American Sanitary Conference, scheduled for October 1-5. The Interim Financial Report of the Director for 2006, the Proposed Program Budget for 2008-2009, and the Proposed Strategic Plan for 2008-2012 were also important organizational topics that were discussed. Achievements, Challenges and Leadership, is the subject Dr. Roses addressed during the presentation of her proposed candidacy to the accredited members of the Executive Committee of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau.
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Health is essential for sustainable democracy in Americas.
Washington, D.C. PAHO HQ. June 20, 2007.- Ambassadors' pronouncement during the presentation of Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director of the Pan American Health Organization to the OAS Ambassadors Permanent Council on the upcoming 140th Session of PAHO's Executive Committee, which will be held next week at PAHO HQ.
Director's presentation. Briefing Session to the Permanent Ambassadors to the Organization of American States.
[Release is available in Spanish, English version will be updated soon]
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Fulbright-PAHO Interns in Public Health and Interns from the PAHO Internship Program meet the Director
Washington, D.C. PAHO HQ. June 21, 2007.- "Senior PAHOs Interns" as the Director called them meet to celebrate the second year of the Fulbright-PAHO Internship in Public Health. The Pan American Health Organization has a 23 years history of developing international public health professionals through their International Public Health Professional Program and more recently their Internship and Fulbright Internship Programs. Several hundred professionals have graduated from these programs that are an invaluable partner for the work and leadership of the Organization in the region and across the world.
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New Life for Primary Health Care: the Social Determinants of Health.
Vancouver, Canada. 7-9 June 2007.- Director presentation at the 8th Commissioners' meeting of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health. Any approach to improve health should be linked within a broader economic, social and political context, and should allow for the inclusion of multiple actors and sectors. PAHO understands Primary Health Care (PHC) as an integral part of the development of Health Systems.
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Latin America and the Caribbean: United in Diversity toward Universal Access
Buenos Aires, Argentina. 20 April 2007.- Turn the HIV epidemic around through an integrated response… prevention, care, and treatment, in a social environment marked by respect and the exercise of human rights, including the right to health, inclusion, and zero tolerance for stigma and discrimination. Closing remarks of Dr. Mirta Roses, PAHO's Director at the IV Latin American and Caribbean Forum on HIV/AIDS/STI.
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We welcome you to the daily struggle to ensure that together we do live out the Organization's values to the fullest.
Washington, D.C., HQ. April 27, 2007.- Welcome remarks Dr. Cristina Beato's swearing in ceremony delivered by Dr. Carissa Etienne, PAHO's Assistant Director.
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Let us each do our part to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.
Washington, D.C., HQ. March 8, 2007. - Director's speaking notes at the celebration of International Women's Day at PAHO HQ. Dr. Roses welcome the ambassadors, delegations and personalities that gather today in PAHO to celebrate the 2007 International Women's Day,- "a date when women around the world, celebrate their achievements and take stock of progress made towards achieving gender equity".
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RDG on HIV/AIDS scaling up regional responses in Latin America and the Caribbean.
New York, NY. February 26, 2007. - Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director of the Pan American Health Organization lead the PAHO delegation that participated in the Regional Directors Group Meeting on HIV/AIDS (LAC RDG on HIV/AIDS) at UNDP HQs. The LAC RDG on HIV/AIDS have long recognized that HIV/AIDS is a global crisis, which calls for an immediate response. PAHO will work closely with other agencies in the implementation of the work plan 2007.
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PAHO and NCEH(CDC) strengthen cooperation to improve environmental health in the Region.
Washington, D.C. February 9, 2007. - Dr. Howard Frumkin, Director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registries (ATSDR) of the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), meet Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, PAHO's Director. Dr. Luis Galvao, PAHO's Sustainable Development & Environmental Health Area Manager, accompained the Director to the meeting.
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Improving People’s Health through Healthy Environments
Washington, D.C. February 2, 2007. - Millions of families in the world exist – or struggle to survive – in environmental hazards. They are exposed to harsh weather, poor ventilation, little light and the need for constant repair. These conditions are especially oppressive for children – their bodies, their growth and development and their dreams. We need to find the ways to strengthen linkages between health and environment, and integrate our work to improve quality of life in the region.
Dr. Roses presentation in the plenary session at the 7th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment (NCSE), with focus on Integrating Environment and Human Health.
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WHO's Director General and Regional Directors meeting looks for improve the Organization functions across all levels.
Geneva, Switzerland. January 22-30, 2007. - The Executive Board began its 120th Session with reports from the Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan. Dr. Roses, PAHO's Director headed the PAHO's delegation that participates in the 120th session of the WHO Executive Board.
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Dr. Roses at the 120th WHO Executive Board session.
Geneva, Switzerland. January 22-30, 2007. -Dr. Roses heads a delegation from PAHO to participate in the 120th WHO Executive Board. /
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The obesity epidemic in Latin America. Healthy Eating and Active Living: A Public Health Priority.
Fundraising Obesity Campaign. Miami, Florida. October 27, 2006. The Pan American Health Organization, improving public health through healthy eating and physical activity. Dr. Roses promoting PAHO anti-Obesity Campaign.
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The UN and You: Making a Difference Together. PAHO Director presentation.
Washington, D.C., October 26, 2006. - During the celebration of the United Nations Week 2006 at George Washington University, College of Public Health, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Mirta Roses Periago deliver a presentation at a special panel to discuss : Meeting the Millennium Development Goals: The Shortage of Health Workers and other Public Health Challenges.
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Consolidated income plans, donor engagement plans, and resource mobilization action plans to commit a virtual WHO's GRM Network.
Main objective of the WHO's Global Resource Mobilization Team (GRMT) Annual Meeting, hosted by PAHO/WHO. Washington, D.C., PAHO-HQ, October 11-13, 2006. - Dr. Mirta Roses, PAHO's Director welcome the participants to the meeting, and noted that the organization is moving toward resource mobilization, and its important to be transparent in information, good in planning instruments, and show the benefits of good resource mobilization policies. The meeting's opening was also chair by Dr. Anders Nordstrom, WHO's acting Director-General; Mrs. Namita Pradhan, PRP Director/WHO; and Dr. David Heymann, WHO Resource Mobilization Framework via Videolink.
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PAHO Director met U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Washington, D.C., October 23, 2006. - The Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Mirta Roses Periago met the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mr. Mike Leavitt. The meeting took place at the U.S. Secretary of Health. Main issues discussed were guided toward the commitment to collaborate and work together to improve the health in the Region.
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Leaders and Experts in Mental Health meet in PAHO in a Special Forum. World Mental Health Day 2006.
Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), address today the Opening Remarks at the Special Forum of Panel Presentations to commemorate officially the "World Mental Health Day 2006. Theme: "Building Awareness - Reducing Risk: Mental Illness and Suicide", taken the opportunity to focus the attention on suicide as a major health public problem and its link to mental disorders.
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PAHO/WHO's Collaborating Center on Public Health, Law and Human Rights at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities.
PAHO's Director Dr. Mirta Roses Periago addressed the assemblage celebrating the launching of the Center for Law and the Public's Health as a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center. The event took place at Georgetown University Law Center.
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Faces & Places: Empowering Vulnerable Communities.
Dr. Roses presentation at the 47th Directing Council. September 25, 2006. Director's closing presentation at the Panel Discussion of Strategic Alliance for the Attainment of the Development Goals of the United Nations Millennium Declaration.
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Close the Gap of Health in the Least Protected Population.
Annual Report of the Director - 2006.

"The search for equity in health is one of the main objectives that guide" the Pan American Health Organization actions in the Americas, PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses said today, presenting her annual report to the organization's 47th Directing Council, an annual summit of health ministers who meet to discuss crucial public health issues. The report focuses on closing the gaps in health in the least protected populations in the Americas.
Annual Report of the Director 2006


Working Together for the Health of the Americas.
Annual Report of the Director - 2005.

In accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Pan American Health Organization, I have the honor to present the 2004-2005 annual report on the activities of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau, Regional Office of the World Health Organization. The report highlights the major events that have taken place during the period in the course of carrying out the program of technical cooperation within the framework of the Strategic Plan for the Pan American Sanitary Bureau, 2003-2007, defined by the Governing Bodies of the Pan American Health Organization.
Annual Report of the Director 2005


Health: An Essential Component of the Development Goals Set Forth in the Declaration of the Millennium.
Annual Report of the Director 2004. The Development Goals set forth in the United Nations Millennium Declaration reflect an unprecedented political consensus on the state of the world and its vision for the future. They establish measurable targets and specific timetables for the progress of humankind. These targets can be met if we are capable of turning them into the banner, the dreams, the aspirations, and the demands of individuals, groups, families, communities, and nations.
Annual Report of the Director 2004


Moving towards a New Century of Health in the Americas.
Annual Report of the Director - 2003.

Main subjects are: Progress towards Equity and Challenges Ahead; Strategic and Programmatic Orientations 1999-2002; PAHO Celebrates its Centennial; and the Change in Management and the New Administration's Foundation.
Annual Report of the Director 2003