Issue No. 09 [2010]
PAHO, Catalyst for Health in the Americas. Health: Our Most Basic Asset.
April 8, 2010

Women in Politics

*Dr. Mirta Roses, PAHO Director. Talking Points.
Georgetown University, 7 April 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

"... International public health is in essence a "network of networks" that puts together the isolated actions of millions of individuals to create a common good, a protective net that covers each and everyone -think about the protection you create not only for yourself but also for others by the mere act of getting a vaccine. No one -no individual, country or organization- is too big or too small to not contribute to, or affect the, well-being of others ..."

Some main messages:

  • International public health is a commitment with the well-being of others
  • The values of equity, inclusiveness and solidarity, and the commitment to the needed are vital to succeed in public health endeavors
  • To be able to advance the cause of public health you will need to break some barriers. Otherwise, things will keep being the same and that is not public health needs
  • A commitment to fight against inequity and poverty, which is normally hidden in plain sight, behind "average" numbers and national aggregates that tend to veil the big disparities suffered by many in our societies.
  • A Primary Health Care (PHC) approach, capable of reacting rapidly and developing urgent strategies to protect the population under any circumstances, that will lead us to achieve health gains that are sustainable and have reasonable costs, while ensuring equitable access to health care.
  • Strive to ensure that other people, in particular the poorest and neediest, get opportunities to improve their lives.

"Come and join the good fight, the quest for Health for All. You will be effectively helping to build a better, safer, happier world.

- Director's speech »

UNFPA/IPPF Women's Health Network on Reproductive Rights

Washington, DC. PAHO HQ.
April 6, 2010.

Developing strategies and initiatives that advance women's reproductive rights in PAHO Member States

Organized in collaboration with Planned Parenthood of America and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the meeting brought together experts on women's reproductive health to review mandates, strategies and best practices with a view to strengthening health sector activities in this area. Particular attention is focused on family planning, oral emergency contraception, and prevention of unplanned pregnancies.

In response to the recommendations of PAHO's Technical Advisory Group on Gender Equality and Health, the meeting urged new action in this area and called on PAHO's Gender, Diversity and Human Rights Office to spearhead such efforts with active leadership from the ministers of health of Member States.

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

Desarrollando estrategias e iniciativas para lograr avances en los derechos reproductivos de las mujeres de los Estados Miembros de la OPS.

Organizada en colaboración con Planned Parenthood of America y el Fondo de Población de las Naciones Unidas (UNFPA), la reunión congrega a expertos en salud reproductiva de la mujer para la revisión de mandatos, estrategias y buenas prácticas, y así poder fortalecer las actividades del sector salud en esta área, dando un especial énfasis a los temas de planificación familiar, anticoncepción oral de emergencia, y prevención de embarazos no planificados.

En respuesta a las recomendaciones del Grupo Asesor Técnico en Igualdad de Género y Salud de la OPS, la reunión insta a nuevas acciones en esta área y hace un llamado para que la Oficina de Género, Diversidad y Derechos Humanos de la OPS dirija esfuerzos acompañado del liderazgo activo de los ministerios de salud de los Estados Miembros.

- Intervención de la Dra. Roses »

Redefining Global Health Diplomacy

Innovation in Global Health & Development.
Salon Lecture Series.
First Salon dedicated to the World Health Day.
Washington, DC. April 7, 2010.

The role of innovative technologies, new actors, economic constraints, and changing global health priorities

Event co-organized among: Pan American Health Organization, Center for Global Health, Global Health Council, European Union

- Importance of revised International Health Regulations (IHR) as a global health governance mechanism and framework for capacity building

Participation of Dr. Jon Andrus, MD, Deputy Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization & Professor of Global Health, GWU.

- Dr. Jon Andrus, PAHO Deputy Director's presentation: Global Health Security and IHR(2005) »

Event Focus: · Introduce and define global health diplomacy · Present paradigm shifts in global health diplomacy · International Health Regulations (IHR) as global health governance mechanism and framework for capacity building · Assess complexities of global health and development · Examine the range of priorities attached to Global Health Diplomacy, both in the · EU, US, and developing countries · Identify training needs in Global Health Diplomacy

Global health diplomacy aims to capture the multi-level and multi-actor negotiation processes that shape the global policy environment for health and science. Global health policy impacts the health and well being of individuals throughout the world.

The facts are that a) we are living in a globalized world; b) that health is increasingly seen as a key factor in achieving international goals; and c) new technologies are playing an important role in providing new ways of addressing health issues and their importance will grow in the future. Therefore the broad constituency of those concerned with global challenges need to be aware of these developments.

In the words of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Jonas Stoere: “Health is simply too important to be left to the Health Ministers, and development is too important to be left to the Finance and Economic Ministers alone.”

With profound social, political, and economic changes rapidly challenging global health, the aim of this Salon Event is to provide opportunities to understand the epidemiologic trends in world health, the architecture of global health governance, and the effects of globalization on global and national health policy.

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World Health Day 2010 at PAHO

Washington, DC.
7 April 2010.

On World Health Day, a call to join “the global movement to make cities healthier”

For the first time in world history, more than half the world’s population lives in cities, and that proportion is expected to grow to 70 percent by the year 2050. Addressing the unique health challenges brought by this urbanization is critical to ensuring the future health and well-being of the majority of the world’s people, experts said at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) today.

at the PAHO's celebration

In Latin America and the Caribbean, more than three out of four people live in urban areas, making our Region the most urbanized region in the world

“Most people move to cities to improve their lives,” said Dr. Mirta Roses, PAHO Director. “Yet urbanization—especially when it is rapid and unplanned—can have negative effects on human health and well-being. Rapid population growth puts pressure on basic services and makes it difficult for governments to meet people’s needs. Urban slums and shantytowns increase people’s exposure to environmental, social and security risks. Increased traffic creates hazards for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians alike. And modern urban living makes people more susceptible to chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes, as people become more sedentary and consume higher-calorie, processed foods and fewer fresh fruits and vegetables.”

PAHO Director's video-message

Día Mundial de la Salud 2010 - OPS

Washington, DC.
7 Abril 2010.

En el `Día Mundial de la Salud`, una llamada para unir "el movimiento mundial para hacer ciudades más saludables"

Por primera vez en la historia mundial, la población de más de la mitad del mundo vive en las ciudades, y se espera que esa proporción crezca hasta 70 por ciento en el año 2050. Afrontar los desafíos de salud únicos traídos mediante esta urbanización es fundamental para asegurar la salud futura y el bienestar de la mayoría de las personas del mundo, expresaron hoy expertos de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS).

en la celebración en la sede de la OPS

En América Latina y el Caribe, más de tres de cada cuatro personas viven en zonas urbanas, lo que significa que nuestra Región es la más urbanizada del mundo

“La mayoría de la gente se muda a las ciudades para mejorar sus vidas,” dijo la doctora Mirta Roses, Directora de la OPS. “En la actualidad, más de la mitad de la población mundial vive en las ciudades. La urbanización - especialmente cuando es rápida y no planificada - puede tener efectos negativos sobre la salud y el bienestar humanos. El rápido crecimiento de la población ejerce presión sobre los servicios básicos y hace más difícil para los gobiernos el poder satisfacer las necesidades de las personas. Los barrios urbanos pobres y marginales aumentan la exposición de las personas a los riesgos ambientales, sociales y de seguridad. El incremento del tránsito crea riesgos para los conductores, los pasajeros y los peatones por igual. Además, la vida urbana moderna hace que las personas sean más susceptibles a las enfermedades crónicas como las cardiopatías, la obesidad y la diabetes, dado que se vuelven más sedentarias y consumen más alimentos procesados que contienen muchas calorías y menos frutas y verduras frescas.”

Video-mensaje de la Directora de la OPS

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