Issue No. 10 [2008]
PAHO, Catalyst for Health in the Americas. Health: Our Most Basic Asset.
April 28, 2008
 

NEWS & RELEASES - NOTICIAS

Vacunación: gesto de amor que trasciende fronteras
Artículo de la Directora conmemorando la VI Semana de Vacunación de las Américas publicado en varios medios de comunicación de la Región

Washington, D.C.
Abril 23, 2008.

Los beneficios de la vacunación no conocen fronteras.
Vacunar es uno de los medios más eficaces y eficientes de poner la salud al alcance de todos. Combina el bienestar individual con el familiar y el social, el del rico con el del pobre, el de la niñez con el de las personas mayores, el del nacional con el del foráneo, el del habitante de la zona rural con el del citadino, el del residente con el del migrante.
-Artículo de la Directora »

Vaccination: An Act of Love that Transcends Borders

Article of the Director commemorating the VI Vaccination Week of the Americas published in several communications media of the Region

The benefits of vaccination know no borders.
Vaccination is one of the most effective and efficient ways to put health within the reach of all. It combines individual well-being with family and social well-being: that of the rich with that of the poor; that of children with that of the elderly; that of citizens with that of foreigners; that of rural inhabitants with that of city dwellers; that of residents with that of migrants.
-Director's Article »

 


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 today 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.
Read more »

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.

The conference involves strengthening strategies and action plans for the national health research systems in Latin America bringing together countries in Latin America to discuss successes and challenges in research for health for development.

In her visit to Brazil, Dr. Mirta Roses fulfilled an extensive agenda that included signing a protocol of intentions between PAHO and the municipal council of the city of Duque de Caxias-RJ where the Veterinary Public Health Unit-PANAFTOSA is based.

Dr. Mirta Roses 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.
Read more »



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.

It also reflects the recognition that research is instrumental to the fulfillment of several core functions linked to WHO's Eleventh General Programme of Work 2006-2015, with which the PASB's Strategic Plan 2008-2012 is aligned.
Read more »


Atención Primaria de Salud a 30 Años de Alma Ata.
XXIX REMSAA.
Quito, Ecuador.
Abril 8-11, 2008.

Presentación realizada por la Dra. Roses, Directora de la OPS/OMS como invitada especial a la celebración de la XXIX Reunión de Ministros de Salud del Área Andina (REMSAA) celebrada del 9 al 10 de abril en Quito, Ecuador, con la participación de los ministros y ministras de Salud de Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Perú y Venezuela, así como los países miembros observadores del Organismo Andino de Salud (Argentina, Brasil, Cuba, España, Guyana, Panamá, Paraguay, Uruguay y Surinam). Como invitados especiales participaron además el señor Freddy Ehlers, Secretario General de CAN, entre otros delegados de instituciones y organismos de las Américas.

Durante la exposición de su conferencia sobre la Atención Primaria de Salud y Salud para Todos APS/SPT a 30 años de Alma Ata, la Directora señaló la importancia de abordar la atención primaria de salud como una estrategia renovada y vigente para abordar las desigualdades e inequidades de la región. Enfatizó la situación de pobreza y disparidades que enfrenta la región actualmente, así como el legado de Alma-Ata: Atención Primaria como movimiento social y político que continúa influenciando a generaciones por su sentido integral, sinérgico y universal.
-Presentación de la Directora »
-Más información »

 

TIME TO ACT: Protecting Health from Climate Change.


Google News.
April 11, 2008.- Google News asked Dr. Roses to write a special comment related to the theme of the World Health Day 2008 celebration: “Protecting Health from Climate Change”.

Global health put at risk by climate change.
"The effect of climate change over health is neither a minor issue nor a theoretical possibility: it is already happening, here and now, and it is related to major public health problems. Some of our biggest killers such as malaria, diarrhea, and risk conditions such as under-nutrition, the single largest contributor to the global burden of disease, are among diseases that are sensitive to climate. These are also diseases of children and diseases of poverty."

You are also invited to comment at her BLog: Comment from Google News by Mirta Roses, Director, Pan American Health Organization »

See also: BIREME Newsletter: Hora de agir: Protegendo a Saúde da Mudança Climática

 

HIGHLIGHTS / IN FOCUS

VACCINATION WEEK IN THE AMERICAS 2008

19-26 April 2008

A record 62 million children, adults and elderly people are expected to receive free vaccines against leading infectious diseases as part of the sixth annual Vaccination Week in the Americas

A message from PAHO Director
Dr. Mirta Roses Periago »

"Vaccination Week in the Americas is an example and reminder of the best of Pan Americanism," said PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses. "We are consolidating a true participatory culture for prevention throughout the Americas."




PAHO Press Releases
Vaccination Week in the Americas Set to Immunize 62 Million in the Western Hemisphere


Vaccination week in the Americas advances on goals

Regional objective: Vaccinate 62 million people

Washington, D.C.
Abril 25, 2008.

With a spirit of integration and Pan-Americanism, health authorities carried out launches and immunization activities in all countries and territories of the Americas this week, working to vaccinate 62 million children, young people and adults throughout the Region, including indigenous populations in border areas. Read more »


SEMANA DE VACUNACIÓN EN LAS AMÉRICAS 2008

Un número récord de 62 millones de niños, niñas, jóvenes, adultos y personas mayores en los países del hemisferio recibirán gratuitamente vacunas contra muchas enfermedades durante la Semana de Vacunación en las Américas

Un mensaje de la Directora de la OPS
Dra. Mirta Roses Periago »

"Esta Semana constituye por sí misma una legítima expresión y un recordatorio imborrable de lo mejor que nos ofrece el panamericanismo (...) y de lo que podemos lograr gracias al consenso y al liderazgo de los países miembros de la Organización", afirmó la Dra. Mirta Roses Periago, Directora de la OPS.




OPS Comunicado de Prensa
Todo listo en las Américas para vacunar a 62 millones de niños, jóvenes, adultos y mayores


Semana de Vacunación en las Américas adelanta con metas

Objetivo regional: Vacunar 62 millones de personas

OPS Comunicado de Prensa
Washington, D.C.
Abril 25, 2008.

Con un espíritu de integración y panamericanismo, autoridades de salud llevaron a cabo lanzamientos y actividades de inmunización en todos los países y territorios de las Américas esta semana, trabajando para vacunar a 62 millones de niños, jóvenes y adultos en toda la región. Más información »

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