Issue No.7 [2007]
PAHO in the XXI Century. Leadership and Cooperation in Public Health.
May 15, 2007.

NEWSLETTER SPECIAL EDITION
The PAN AMERICAN HEALTH ORGANIZATION (PAHO) celebrates the
First Anniversary of the launching of the Director's BLOG,
as a contribution to the celebration of the
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day,
on May 17th.
Articles from the Director's BLOG

Healh Diplomacy [coming soon ...]

... Diplomacy is undergoing profound changes in the 21st century – and global health is one of the areas in which this is most manifest... As health moves beyond its purely technical realm to become an ever more critical element in foreign policy, security policy and trade agreements, new skills are needed to negotiate international agreements and to maintain relations with a wide range of actors...
Global Health Diplomacy.

A Strategic Partnership for Public Health [05.14.2007]

… every dollar of cooperation should go a longer way to fulfill the public health needs of the peoples of the Americas … promoting better cooperation tools for helping the neediest people in the Region …
PAHO, Canada sign 4-year Agreement to Advance International Health Programs.

Let’s Promote Road Safety [05.07.2007]
Impulsemos la Seguridad Vial [05.07.2007]

The figure is chilling: 130,000 people die each year in the Americas due to the lack of safety on our roads. More than 1.2 million are injured. Three out of every 10 victims of traffic accidents are children and young people. Every day, 120 young adults and children in the Region die from this cause. Losing a loved one is never easy, but knowing that it could have been prevented makes the loss all the more painful.
First United Nations Road Safety Week.

Vacunación, un gesto de Amor. [04.23.2007]

... más de 55 millones de expresiones de amor beneficiando a niñas, niños, adolescentes de ambos sexos, madres, adultos y personas mayores, gracias a un esfuerzo de solidaridad panamericana ...
Semana de Vacunación en las Américas 2007.

Latin America and the Caribbean: United in Diversity toward Universal Access [04.20.2007]
Latinoamérica y el Caribe: Unidos en la diversidad hacia el acceso universal [04.20.2007]

... revertir la epidemia del VIH mediante una respuesta integral: prevención, atención y tratamiento, en un ambiente social de respeto y de ejercicio de los derechos humanos, incluyendo el derecho a la salud, la inclusión, y la no tolerancia al estigma y la discriminación ...
IV FORO LATINOAMERICANO Y DEL CARIBE EN VIH/SIDA/ITS.

Agenda de Salud para las Américas [04.11.2007]

... derechos humanos, universalidad, accesibilidad e inclusividad; solidaridad panamericana, equidad en salud y participación, objetivos de la Agenda de la Salud …
III Congreso por la Salud y la Vida, Cuenca, Ecuador. Abril 10-11, 2007.

Invest in Health. Build a Safer Future [04.10.2007]
Invertir en salud es forjar un futuro más seguro [04.10.2007]

Health risks have no respect for borders or development levels, and posing an international threat, they require an international response. Actions that transcend borders and pull together the efforts of all countries, developed and developing alike, are needed to successfully tackle them.
World Health Day, April 7th 2007.

De la acción local a la eliminación global [03.24.2007]
El Día Mundial de la Tuberculosis es por sí mismo un llamado a nuestra conciencia y a nuestro entendimiento colectivo sobre la verdadera dimensión de los problemas y desafíos concretos que en América Latina y el Caribe, así como en todas las regiones del mundo, representa la lucha contra la TB.
Día Mundial de la Tuberculosis. Marzo 24, 2007.

Por un manejo sostenible del agua [03.22.2007]

La Organización Panamericana de la Salud trabajando porque se adopten medidas más concertadas y se forjen asociaciones más sólidas. Decenio Internacional para la acción, “El agua, fuente de vida”, 2005-2015.
Día Mundial del Agua, Marzo 22, 2007.

Acciones para prevenir el cáncer cervical [03.20.2007]

El cáncer cervical tiene un efecto devastador sobre la salud y el bienestar de las mujeres en todo el mundo. Medio millón de mujeres desarrollan cáncer cérvico uterino cada año y la mitad de ellas no sobreviven ... La detección y tratamiento temprano mediante atención ginecológica regular ha sido hasta ahora la mejor vía para prevenir el cáncer cérvico uterino ... vacuna contra el VPH.
Día Internacional de la Mujer 2007. “Que todas las niñas cuenten: el cáncer cervical es prevenible”
Let us each do our part to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding

Colaborando con la formación y desarrollo de los recursos humanos en salud [12.15.2006]

Celebrando el año de los recursos humanos en la salud, la Organización Panamericana de la Salud ha estado desarrollando esfuerzos en la formación y desarrollo de los recursos humanos en nuestra región, con la clara visión de que los jóvenes que hoy formamos serán los líderes en salud pública que promoverán la adecuada implementación de políticas sanitarias en nuestra Región.
Programa de Formación en Salud Internacional (PFSI). 21 años de trabajo en la formación de alrededor de 190 especialistas en la Región.

A Woman with experience will lead the World Health Organization [11.20.2006]
Una mujer con experiencia al frente de la OMS [11.10.2006]
Let us all celebrate the election of Margaret Chan to one of the most influential positions on the world scene. She is a woman of experience—from the world’s largest developing nation—who has competed successfully against excellent candidates with strong backgrounds and training. She is now ready to lead—for the next five years—the organization charged with the tremendous responsibility of ensuring global health.
WHO Election 2006.

Salud Pública y Derechos Humanos [10.24.2006]
Recibir el más alto nivel de atención en salud que sea alcanzable es un derecho humano. Promover la salud pública en la región implica examinar y desarrollar nuevas áreas de trabajo, que pueden apartarse de una visión tradicional sobre los instrumentos a usar para la promoción y protección de la salud. Un ejemplo de esto es la colaboración de la OPS con dos universidades tan prestigiosas como Johns Hopkins y Georgetown para impulsar la articulación de la salud pública con los derechos humanos.
Centro para la Ley y la Salud Pública.
Centro colaborador de la OPS/OMS.

Serving the Least Protected Population [09.30.2006]
Atender la población menos protegida [09.30.2007]

One of the tremendous challenges that we face in public health in the Americas is ensuring that the great strides that we make regionally and nationally are reflected as equitably as possible at the local level. This is why my Annual Report, presented on 26 September 2006 to the Ministers of Health of the Hemisphere, is devoted to “Closing the Gaps in Health in the Least Protected Populations.” Annual Report of the Director 2006.

Integración entre Salud y Agricultura para el bienestar y la calidad de vida [06.20.2006]
Integrating Health and Agriculture [06.20.2006]

For PAHO, the link between health and agriculture is undeniable and thus, their integration is essential. Working together, the health and agriculture sectors can promote many initiatives to eliminate hunger and reduce poverty.
Biodiversidad, biotecnología y desarrollo sostenible de la agricultura están íntimamente ligados con aspectos de salud pública. La prevención y el control de enfermedades transmitidas por los alimentos y la protección del consumidor se han transformado en un nuevo reto para la salud pública en este inicio de siglo; la articulación entre salud y agricultura es indispensable para abordar la protección de los alimentos y asegurar su calidad e inocuidad a lo largo de toda la cadena productiva.

Las medicinas son esenciales para la vida, y no un producto comercial de consumo optativo [06.05.2006]

¿Qué consideración debe darse a las medicinas cuando se establecen negociaciones dentro de nuevos tratados comerciales?, es algo que me han preguntado periodistas, profesionales de la salud pública y ciudadanos, en diversas ocasiones. Creemos que los medicamentos no son un producto comercial igual a los demás, y por tanto deben ser tratados de modo diferente. Por eso no es bueno ligarlos con los tratados de libre comercio. Si no se trata a las medicinas de modo diferente y específico, se pueden provocar serias repercusiones económicas y de salud pública.
TLC. Tratado de libre comercio y los medicamentos.

The millennium goals call for action that is intersectoral, integrated, and focused on equity [05.25.2006]

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the potential for creating synergies for development that they hold are a challenge and an opportunity for the Americas – a region that while not the poorest, is the world’s most unequal. The MDGs emphasis on addressing all forms of inequality represents a historically exceptional chance for improving the lives of million of people in the hemisphere.

The New Medical ''Missionaries'' — Grooming the Next Generation of Global Health Workers [05.15.2006]
Los Nuevos Médicos ''Misioneros'' — Creciendo la próxima generación de trabajadores de la salud glogal [05.15.2006]

I would like to share with you the reading of one excellent article, I would like to invite you to comment on the new generations of global health workers, and tell us about your vocations and experiences.

PAHO’s vision for knowledge sharing and information dissemination [05.03.2006]
La visión para el intercambio de conocimientos y diseminación de información en la OPS [05.03.2006]

PAHO’s vision of knowledge sharing entails the efficient and effective use of knowledge and information in support of PAHO’s mission, namely: Taking the lead in the strategic collaborative efforts among Member States and other partners; promoting equal access to health; combating disease and improving the quality of life and life expectancy of the people of the Americas...

PAHO Blogs

Information and Knowledge Management BLOG. (IKM)

Información y Gestión del Conocimiento en beneficio de la Salud Pública.
La visión para el intercambio de conocimientos en la OPS comprende el uso eficaz y eficiente de la información, el conocimiento para brindar apoyo a la misión de la OPS, que es "Dirigir esfuerzos colaborativos estratégicos entre los Estados Miembros y otros socios, promover la equidad en la salud, combatir las enfermedades y mejorar la calidad y alargar la vida de los pueblos de las Américas."

Health Workers BLOG
Health Workers is a group blog that features notes from around the World on how to have an effective workforce strategy. It focuses on three core challenges: improving recruitment; helping the existing workforce to perform better; and, slowing the rate at which workers leave the health workforce.

Health Economics BLOG
Health Economics Blog is a group blog that features notes from around the World on how Global actors work together to support national health systems financing strategies. It focuses on three core challenges: how to articulate the investment package for building health financing systems financing packages; how to make more comprehensive the understanding of the true costs of developing health systems; and, how to develop Metrics to monitor the "health" of health financing systems

Equity and Health BLOG
Equity, Health and Human Development Blog purpose is to share public health information of international significance that enables policy-makers, researchers and practitioners to be more effective and improves health, particularly among disadvantaged populations.

Faces and Places BLOG. Millenium Development Goals (MDGs)
Faces and Places - MDG Blog The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) represent a unique opportunity to capitalize on the global, and bring sustainable and equitable changes at the local level. Faces and Places: Empowering Vulnerable Communities (F&P) aims to empower the most vulnerable populations, and has been designed to help assure that the MDGs agenda reaches the poorest in the world most unequal region.

Equity Health and Human Development Listserver.
La lista Equidad, Salud y Desarrollo Humano.
The list has 7 years, launched in February 2000, its network’s comprises over 13,900+ core recipients (public health professionals, economists, researchers and policymakers and connected 23 global networks) on more than 166 countries, reaching out approx. 50,000 recipients.

Highlights
3 May 2007
First Anniversary of the
PAHO Director's BLOG

 

On 3 May 2006, the Director of PAHO launched her BLOG as a contribution to the development of information technologies and the information society's knowledge sharing initiative, to get in touch with the people and health professionals throughout the region of the Americas.

In the same year, in November, The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference which met in Antalya (Turkey) decided to henceforth celebrate 17 May as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

These events aim at highlighting the importance of world-wide access to information and promoting knowledge sharing in today World.

 



"We are convinced that access to health information is an integral aspect of human rights, requiring us to network with partners that will enable us to expand our local and regional capacities and thus multiply the available social capital in our countries.

In this regard, we are working on the use of emerging information technologies for information and knowledge management and have decided to adopt blogs as a new channel of communication for the Organization."

Dr. Mirta Roses Periago,
Director, PAHO/WHO

At the launching of her BLOG.
[3 May 2006]

Blog Metrics
Monthly average of:
six thousand exclusive accesses (6,000)
more than twenty thousands pages visited (21,000)
more than two hundred thousand pages consulted (267, 087)
more than fifty thousand visitors (53,865)

 

17 May 2007
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

17 May marks the anniversary of the signature of the first International Telegraph Convention and the creation of the International Telecommunication Union. World Telecommunication Day has been celebrated since 1969.

Following the World Summit on the Information Society, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution A/RES/60/252 which identifies 17 May as World Information Society Day.

The ITU Plenipotentiary Conference which met in Antalya (Turkey) in November 2006 therefore decided to henceforth celebrate
17 May as
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

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