Issue No. 04 [2011]
PAHO, Catalyst for Health in the Americas. Health: Our Most Basic Asset.
March 10, 2011
NEWS & RELEASES - NOTICIAS
Día Internacional de la Mujer, una mirada de género al SIDA
International Women’s Day, a gender perspective on AIDS

Zero HIV Transmission in the Americas: Gender, Diversity and Human Rights Matter

Cero Transmisión del VIH en las Américas:
La Igualdad de Género, la Diversidad Cultural y los Derechos Humanos Cuentan

- Artículo del BLOG de la Dra. Mirta Roses, directora de la OPS en conmemoración de la celebración del Día Internacional de la Mujer.

"100 años de la celebración internacional en recuerdo de la valiente lucha de las mujeres por el reconocimiento de sus derechos"

Washington, DC. PAHO HQ.
8 Marzo 2011.

Directora de la OPS, examina con ojo crítico las tendencias preocupantes que nos recuerdan la gran deuda aún pendiente en materia de género en nuestra región, donde a pesar del avance alcanzado por nuestras sociedades en la lucha por la igualdad de género, aún debemos seguir trabajando intensamente en el fortalecimiento de las capacidades de nuestras agencias de Naciones Unidas y de nuestros Estados Miembros para lograr avanzar la igualdad de género en el sector de la salud fortaleciendo nuestro análisis desde una perspectiva de género e intercultural.

La Dra. Roses hace un reconocimiento a su vez a los ganadores y a todos los particpantes del concurso organizado por la Oficina de Género, Diversidad y Derechos Humanos de la OPS y ONUSIDA, por el desarrollo de buenas prácticas en la lucha por la igualdad de género en salud, en particular en respuesta al VIH, concurso que contó con la participaron de 42 experiencias, provenientes de 16 países de la región.

   [Celebración Día Internacional de la Mujer en la OPS]

* Dr Mirta Roses Periago
  [08/03/2011]

"... El Día Internacional de la Mujer es una oportunidad para revisar cuanto ha avanzado la sociedad en materia de igualdad de género, y también para examinar con ojo crítico las tendencias preocupantes que nos recuerdan la gran deuda aún pendiente. Este año tiene un significado especial ya que estamos recordando los 100 años desde que el día fuera conmemorado por primera vez internacionalmente en recuerdo de la valiente lucha de las mujeres por el reconocimiento de sus derechos ...

... El VIH está afectando crecientemente a las mujeres de la Región de las Américas. En los países de Latinoamérica la proporción de mujeres en el total de personas con VIH ha crecido desde el 6 por ciento (1994) hasta más del 30 por ciento actualmente. Por su parte, en los países del Caribe, que presentan la segunda tasa de prevalencia más alta del mundo, después del África subsahariana, las mujeres representan el 50 por ciento de los casos, con una prevalencia particularmente alta entre las mujeres jóvenes ...

... Las normas sociales y las pocas oportunidades educativas y económicas limitan la posibilidad de negociar y mantener relaciones sexuales seguras para muchas mujeres en la Región ...

... trabajar incansablemente por la salud de las mujeres ... es, sin duda, la mejor manera de conmemorar el Día Internacional de la Mujer ..."

- BLOG de la directora de la OPS
Día Internacional de la Mujer,
una mirada de género al SIDA »

 

Ver además:

- Mensaje de la Dra. Mirta Roses en ocasión del Día Internacional de la Mujer 2011, celebrado en la Sede de la OPS en Washigton, DC.

- PAHO´s renewed commitment to Cultural Diversity and Health [BLOG article 17/02/2011]
 
 


PAHO Gender Equality Policy

PAHO/WHO’s Policy on Gender Equality is to work with governments and civil society in Member States and with other relevant actors to eliminate health disparities between women and men and advance towards the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment goals. PAHO/WHO is also committed to advancing gender equality in its own work force.

The goal of this policy is to contribute to the achievement of gender equality in health status and health development through research, policies, and programs which give due attention to gender differences in health and its determinants, and actively promote equality between women and men.
 
 


PAHO Subregional Managers' Meeting (SRMM) for the Caribbean

OPS. Reunión Subregional de Representantes OPS/OMS del Caribe


Port of Spain, Trinidad
28 February to 4 March 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.

Senator the Honourable Therese Baptiste-Cornelis, Minister of Health of Trinidad, delivered the welcome remarks at the opening ceremony of the Pan American Health Organization's (PAHO) Caribbean Sub-Regional Managers' Meeting last Tuesday March 1st 2011 with the presence of Dr. Mirta Roses-Periago, Director, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and PAHO/WHO Country Representatives from throughout the Caribbean.

PAHO Representative, Dr Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, spoke about the 47 years of the organisation’s relationship in Trinidad & Tobago which started with the agreement between WHO and the Government, led by then Prime Minister Dr Eric Williams. Baptiste-Cornelis, Minister of Health of Trinidad, appointed that PAHO and the Ministry of Health had enjoyed an excellent relationship since then. At the openning the minister also welcomed PAHO’s director Dr Mirta Roses Periago assuring that she could not have chosen a better time to visit the country, and encouraged her to enjoy the Carnival season, describing Trinidad & Tobago as the mecca of Carnival.

Main activities of the Subregional Managers' Meeting:

  • Session with the National Health Authorities
  • Opportunities and Challenges for PAHO Technical Cooperation, Strategic Vision
  • Planning for the 2012-2013 Biennium
  • Key Alliances and Partnerships: WHO, United Nations System, Inter-American Systems, and other key partners
  • Key Technical Issues for the Caribbean subregion
  • Subregional Technical Cooperation: Review of Progress and mechanisms for implementation
  • Technical Cooperation Program in Trinidad
  • Evaluation process in PAHO/WHO

A workshop on Partnerships was held between PAHO/WHO Country Office Representatives from the Caribbean to improve and strength the work of PAHO in the development of strategic relationships with partners in the region.

 
 
Trinidad and Tobago - Director's Official Visit
Visita Oficial de la Directora a Trinidad y Tobago

Official Visit.
Trinidad & Tobago.
28 February - 4 March 2011.



Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director, PAHO/WHO and Dr. Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, PAHO/WHO, Representative for Trinidad and Tobago met his Excellency President George Maxwell
on March 3.



Images: (Photo © Trinidad & Tobago Government)


During the official visit to Trinidad Dr. Mirta Roses-Periago accompanied Senator the Honourable Therese Baptiste-Cornelis Minister of Health visits the Caura Hospital, Caura Royal Road, El Dorado.


Images: (Photo © Newday.co.tt)

- CAREC to move to Caura Hospital

The Caura Chest Hospital in Caura Royal Road, El Dorado has been identified as the new home of the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC) and TT’s Public Health Laboratory.

“We are looking at rebuilding Caura and de-centralising health services in Trinidad. This site was deemed good because of the locality in terms of distance to the (Piarco) airport, samples going in and out,” Baptiste-Cornelis said. Baptiste-Cornelis was accompanied on the site visit by Chief Medical Officer Dr Anton Cumberbatch, Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) director Dr Mirta Roses-Periago, CAREC director Dr Beryl Irons and other officials.
 
 

HIGHLIGHTS / IN FOCUS
International Women's Day Centenary 1911-2011

International Women's Day Celebration at PAHO/WHO

PAHO Honors Gender-Focused Efforts to Fight HIV

OPS premia esfuerzos centrados en género en lucha contra VIH

Washington DC. PAHO HQ.
8 March 2011.

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).

The two projects — from Argentina and Trinidad and Tobago — were winners of the fourth annual “Best Practices that Incorporate the Perspective of Gender Equality in Health” contest and were presented at an event marking International Women’s Day at PAHO headquarters in Washington, D.C. The event also included the launch of new virtual course on gender equity, diversity and human rights in health, which will be offered through PAHO’s Virtual Campus of Public Health.

“In recognizing these initiatives, we highlight the value and the reach of specific efforts that are making a difference on the ground in our countries to advance health equity between the sexes,”
said PAHO Director Mirta Roses.

“Here at PAHO, we believe that gender equality must be a top priority if we are to advance toward a more equitable world, with health and development for all,” said PAHO Assistant Director Socorro Gross.

Photography exhibit Motherhood
International Women’s Day observance also included the opening of the photography exhibit Motherhood, which features photos by Brú Rovira of mothers and babies from different parts of the world. Sponsored by Spain’s La Caixa Foundation, the exhibit is being promoted as part of the multi-agency Safe Motherhood Initiative, which seeks to reduce maternal mortality in Latin America and the Caribbean.

PAHO Press Releases:
- PAHO Honors Gender-Focused Efforts to Fight HIV
- Motherhood photo exhibit by Bru Rovira opens at PAHO on International Women’s Day

OPS Noticias:
- OPS premia esfuerzos centrados en género en lucha contra VIH
- Exposición fotográfica Maternidades, de Bru Rovira, se inaugura en la OPS el Día Internacional de la Mujer

 

Regional High-Level Consultation of the Americas on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and Obesity


Consulta Regional de alto nivel de las Americas contra las Enfermedades Crónicas No Transmisibles (ECNT) y la Obesidad

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.

This meeting defines the position of the Americas on the prevention and control of NCDs which have been included within the Health Ministers Declaration of Mexico for discussion at the United Nations High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) to be held from 19-20 September 2011, in New York City.

The Regional High Level Consultation will also build information-sharing mechanisms and collaboration among the countries of the Americas on the social determinants of obesity and chronic diseases.


[click on the image to see the declaration]

In the Declaration of Mexico,
the ministers of health agreed among others to:

  • Take progressive steps to implement recommendations on the marketing of food and nonalcoholic beverages to children, as a way of addressing the problem of obesity, especially in children.
  • Recommend the participation by heads of state in the upcoming high-level meeting on chronic diseases at the U.N. General Assembly.
  • Promote the development of policies, environments and community initiatives that enhance basic prevention, including through physical activity and healthy diet.
  • Strengthen and reorient policies and programs for the prevention and control of these diseases by emphasizing action on the social determinants of health and behavioral risk factors.
  • Promote partnerships in the public and private sectors, including with nongovernmental organizations, and in health-related sectors including education, agriculture, industry, urban planning, and others in the development of polices and programs.
  • Promote access to comprehensive and cost-effective treatment and care for chronic diseases, including access to affordable, high-quality medicines.
  • Strengthen national health information systems and monitoring of chronic noncommunicable diseases.

Read more:

- PAHO Press Release:
Health Leaders Promise New Action to Reduce Chronic Diseases in the Americas »

- OPS Noticias:
Ministros de Salud de las Américas acuerdan medidas para reducir enfermedades crónicas »


The High-Level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases will discuss the growing incidence and socioeconomic impact of chronic diseases in developing countries. The meeting of ministers of the Americas in Mexico was the third meeting held to prepare common regional positions for the U.N. summit. Earlier meetings were held in Tehran and Oslo, and a fourth is planned for Brazzaville, Congo.
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