Issue No. 11 [2010]
PAHO, Catalyst for Health in the Americas. Health: Our Most Basic Asset.
May 12, 2010



BLOG - SPECIAL EDITION
4th Anniversary. May 3, 2006-2010
Blog Posts: 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006


- Counting Malaria Out: Our Unwavering Commitment [25.04.2010]
- Eliminar la malaria: nuestro compromiso inquebrantable [25.04.2010]

Malaria is undoubtedly one of the most formidable nemeses of peoples throughout the world, with an estimated 243 million cases and causing the death of 863.000 people worldwide in 2008 according to the World Malaria Report 2009. Although the vast majority of the cases are concentrated in Africa (89%), the Eastern Mediterranean (6%) and South-East Asia (5%), half of the world's population is at risk of this disease. Malaria remains a most serious scourge to public health and human productivity, even though we possess the knowledge and tools to prevent and control the disease, and eliminate local transmission in some areas ...

- A titan of humanity [20.04.2010]
- Un titán de la humanidad [14.04.2010]

To few people does humanity owe as much as it does to Norman Borlaug. Hundreds of millions of people literally owe their lives to the man who conquered famine. First in Mexico, during 12 critical years from 1944 onward, then in India, and finally in Africa in the 1980s, Norman Borlaug found a way to conquer once and for all the spectre of mass starvation that loomed in the first half of the 20th century (see this excellent obituary in The Economist ...

- Major challenges facing regional health organizations and the people they serve [23.03.2010]

Dr. Mirta Roses Periago talks with the International Food Policy and Research Institute (IFPRI) Forum about the relationships between health, agriculture, and poverty in Latin America. During the interview PAHO’s Director dialogues about the four major challenges in public health today: Changes in health profiles and cumulative lags in health; Inequity in, or lack of, access to health services; Insufficient and inadequate distribution of public spending on health; and Health threats that arise in the context of globalization or from climate change. IFPRI Forum online: PAHO Director Interview

- PAHO Award for Administration 2010 [01.02.2010]
- Premio OPS en Administración 2010 [01.02.2010]

The PAHO Award for Administration is a recognition conferred every year by the Governments of the Americas through their representatives in the meetings of the Governing Bodies of the Pan American Health Organization, in recognition of an outstanding contribution in the field of administration within the framework of the national health services ...
 
 


- Cumpliendo una promesa: Eliminar Enfermedades Desatendidas [17.12.2009]

Las enfermedades desatendidas también podrían ser llamadas las “enfermedades de la pobreza” o las “enfermedades de la desigualdad”. Conforman una especie de círculo vicioso con la pobreza, pues son tan efecto como causa de ésta. Así, esas enfermedades suelen estar restringidas a las personas pobres que viven en las zonas rurales, a los habitantes de barrios pobres, a los trabajadores migratorios, a los indígenas, a las mujeres. Solventarlas es tanto una acción de salud pública como una forma de combatir la inequidad, que constituye el baldón histórico de la Región de las Américas ...

- PAHO Gender Policy: Improving women and men health [09.11.2009]

This morning at dawn, World Health Organization Director, Dr. Margaret Chan, launched the Women's Health Report. The report again reminds us, that while we have made progress, in many of our countries women's rights to health, continues to lag behind ...

- The Global Economic Recession and the Millenium Development Goals [14.12.2009]
- La Recesión Mundial y los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio [01.10.2009]

"¿How can the economic crisis affect MDG achievement?"
Transcendental dialogue between Ministers of Health of the Americas during the celebration of the PAHO 49º Directing Council analyzed the impact of the world economic crisis for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, the most ambitious commitment ever agreed upon at the global level against poverty, where the principles of equity, solidarity and the right to the highest possible level of health for every citizen are the basic values of Primary Health Care as a framework to reduce inequities and establish social justice with regard to health ...

- Keeping a promise: THE FIGHT TO ELIMINATE RABIES [28.09.2009]
- Cumpliendo una promesa: LUCHA POR ERRADICAR LA RABIA [28.09.2009]

When I began my second term at the helm of PAHO, I said that one of my achievable dreams for that term was “to eliminate those health conditions or diseases that still afflict our peoples despite the fact that we possess the knowledge and the tools with which to make them virtually disappear (see Inaugural Address). We have been working intensely to make that dream a reality on all possible health fronts, and that is why I have devoted several blogs to this subject. I hope you will forgive me if I devote one more to it, and another soon to follow ...

- Breastfeeding, a shield for children [07.08.2009]
- Lactancia materna, un escudo para la niñez [07.08.2009]

Breastfeeding is the single most effective intervention for preventing infant death and, therefore, for achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for infant survival. It is also important for the achievement of the MDG related to the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger. Breastfeeding within the first hour of life is particularly important in preventing neonatal mortality, an increasingly large proportion of overall infant mortality in the Region of the Americas ...

- Settling an Unpaid Debt [03.08.2009]
- Saldando una deuda pendiente [03.08.2009]

"It is time to prove that all countries of the Region are mature and able to provide the full array of health services to all persons, regardless of sex, age, socioeconomic status, and also sexual orientation" (*)
The health sector is often at the forefront in the struggle for equity. The Region has a longstanding debt in terms of its responsibility to guarantee the well-being of people with different sexual orientations, who have specific health needs that are often ignored. Addressing this inequity and overcoming it call for a strategy and plan of action to improve health promotion and disease prevention programs to meet the specific needs of these population groups ...

- Solidaridad internacional frente al virus A(H1N1) [17.07.2009]

Aunque vivimos en un mundo constituido por redes cada vez más interconectadas, la creciente familiaridad de ese hecho nos lleva a olvidarlo con alguna frecuencia. Hasta que, claro está, surge algún reto global que nos lo recuerda. Como lo hizo la crisis económica mundial, por ejemplo. O está haciendo el reto planteado por el virus de la influenza A(H1N1). Todavía nos quedan reflejos del pasado, que ante el temor a los contagios, sean éstos económicos o sanitarios, incitan a buscar la solución en el aislamiento, aún cuando la experiencia y la evidencia indiquen que esto no funciona. Es más constructivo y útil pensar en la acción contraria: aprovechar las redes internacionales para apoyarnos solidariamente a enfrentar y superar el problema ...

- Coordinating the international emergency response to Influenza A(H1N1) by combining social networking and traditional media [22.06.2009]

Coordinating the international emergency response to Influenza A(H1N1) by combining social networking and traditional media.
On April 24th 2009 the World Health Organization (WHO) announced an outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1) in both the United States and Mexico. Laboratory confirmation of a virus that had not been previously detected in either humans or pigs immediately raised questions as to its severity, potential for spread and the availability of vaccines or treatment. Mounting a rapid and effective response required collaboration among countries and input from a wide range of disciplinary experts. As the regional office for WHO in the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) used web conferencing to facilitate real-time communication among the key players, combined with interpretation to overcome language barriers and phone lines for those without ready internet access ...

- Plaza Sésamo y OPS en campaña de servicio público [10.07.2009]

Muchas veces he enfatizado en el papel vital que tienen los medios de comunicación colectiva en materia de salud pública. Cuando hay emergencias como la planteada por el virus de la influenza A(H1N1) esto cobra aún mayor relevancia.
La comunicación del riesgo es uno de los grandes retos que se enfrentan en estos casos y en el que aún tenemos mucho que trabajar todos los involucrados, desde los periodistas como individuos y los medios como empresas, hasta las autoridades sanitarias de cada país y organizaciones internacionales como la OPS ...

- HUMAN SECURITY: A Public Health Perspective [05.06.2009]
- SEGURIDAD HUMANA: Una mirada desde la salud pública [05.06.2009]

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 ...

- Passionate for Primary Health Care [15.05.2009]
- Apasionada por la Atención Primaria de Salud (APS) [15.05.2009]

"I am passionately in favor of Primary Health Care because I believe we need to have in place well-functioning health systems that are: Able to protect the population under any circumstances; Resistant and resilient in the face of crises; Capable of reacting rapidly and developing urgent strategies; Skilled at rebuilding themselves as necessary to respond to current and future challenges arising from demographic and epidemiological changes.
Only such health systems will lead us to achieve health gains that are sustainable and have reasonable costs, while ensuring equitable access to health care. Because of that, I do not think there is any primitiveness in the PHC approach -nor there should be, for that matter. On the contrary, it is a crucial instrument to help all countries." ...

- Se deben evitar los errores cometidos en los programas de ajuste estructural [15.04.2009]

La actual crisis económica global impacta de lleno en los países de nuestra región y sus efectos golpean con especial fuerza a los sectoes sociales más desprotegidos. El campo de la salud representa un desafío de particular relevancia y exige acciones coordinadas e inmediatas ...

- SAFE HOSPITALS and DISASTERS [07.04.2009]
- HOSPITALES SEGUROS Y DESASTRES [07.04.2009]

Earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, floods, and other natural phenomena frequently ravage our Region, with every year bringing an average of 130 disasters of varying magnitude. When a disaster strikes, our most immediate concern is to save lives, help the injured, and restore well-being to the affected communities.
This cannot be accomplished without a vital element: our hospitals. However, more than half of them-that is, over 8,000 in Latin America and the Caribbean, are located in high-risk areas. If these health facilities cease their operations because of a disaster, the repercussions will be infinitely worse. This year, therefore, World Health Day underscored the need for safe hospitals ...

- Acción contra el dengue [25.03.2009]

Los brotes de dengue que afectan a diversos países en la Región dejan dolorosamente clara la necesidad de actuar decidida y concertadamente, por parte de todos los sectores, para enfrentar esa enfermedad, que puede afectar a cualquiera de nosotros, pues no hay vacuna o medicamento para prevenirlo.
De particular relevancia es que, de acuerdo con la información disponible hasta el momento, si bien en el 2008 se dio una disminución del 5,5% en el total de casos reportados en comparación con el 2007 (lo cual equivale a 50 mil casos menos); en ese mismo período se dio un fuerte incremento (46%) en los reportes de dengue hemorrágico y las formas graves de dengue, así como en los casos de mortalidad por dengue ...

- Invertir en salud para proteger los logros [16.03.2009]

La crisis económica plantea serios riesgos para la salud pública.
Aumentos en la pobreza, en la desnutrición y en la exclusión en el acceso a los servicios básicos, tendrán un impacto significativo sobre la salud de las personas, y amenazan seriamente con empeorar el problema de desigualdad que históricamente afronta la Región ...

- Alcohol and Domestic Violence [02.01.2009]
- Alcohol y Violencia Doméstica [02.01.2009]

"Unhappy Hours: Alcohol and Partner Aggression in the Americas"
[PAHO's Publication]
Addressing in an effective manner domestic violence that affects women, children and even men is a priority of PAHO's technical cooperation with our Member States. Now, extensive research conducted on 10 countries of our Region has proved that excessive alcohol consumption is associated with increased risk of intimate partner violence.
The investigation was carried out in Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica, Brazil, Belize, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay, and the United States as part of the GENACIS project (Gender, Alcohol and Culture: An International Study) ...
 
 


- Working to Control and Eliminate Neglected Diseases [30.12.2008]
- Trabajando para controlar y eliminar las enfermedades desatendidas [30.12.2008]

Trust Fund for the Prevention, Control and Elimination of Neglected and Other Infectious Diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean.
During the Inaugural Address of my second term as PAHO’s Director at the beginning of 2008, I called for daring to have what I dubbed “achievable dreams” by aspiring “to eliminate those health conditions or diseases that still afflict our peoples despite the fact that we possess the knowledge and the tools with which to make them virtually disappear” ...

- The Home for Health in the Americas strengthening actions in public health and improving the social protection in health for our populations [01.10.2008]
- La Casa de la Salud en las Américas fortaleciendo las acciones en salud pública y la protección social en salud para nuestras poblaciones [30.09.2008]

The Council’s intense agenda, which will occupy the entire week, will focus particularly on matters related to innovation and research. Proposals for action to strengthen vital and health statistics, as well as the link between public health, innovation, and intellectual property, are part of our integral efforts to promote evidence-based policies ...

- Better responses to the needs of people living with disability [10.08.2008]
- Mejores respuestas a las necesidades de las personas que viven con discapacidad [10.08.2008]

A thoughtful interview for the health magazine “Patients for Patient Safety and the Right to Health” conducted by Garance Upham, the dynamic Chair of the disability and economics circle of the People’s Health Movement reminded me a few days ago about the requirement to keep improving the public health and public policy responses to the needs of people living with disability ...

- Human rights and neglected diseases [04.08.2008] - Los derechos humanos y las enfermedades desatendidas [04.08.2008]

Neglected diseases impose a huge burden on developing countries, constituting a serious obstacle for socioeconomic development and quality of life. Three of those diseases are lymphatic filariasis, also known as elephantiasis or “big foot”; onchocerciasis, popularly called river blindness; and schistosomiasis, or snail fever. They mostly affect people living either in shantytowns, indigenous communities or poor rural and agricultural areas. That is, these diseases are also a salient result of the inequality saddling our Region ...

- First things first [22.07.2008]
- Lo primero es lo primero [22.07.2008]

Create awareness about the close interrelationship between public health problems and the profound inequality that afflicts our Region is one of the constants of our work in favor of public health, as I have said in many forums and here ...

- Respuestas solidarias para la crisis alimentaria [13.06.2008]

La crisis alimentaria global causada por el fuerte incremento de los precios de los alimentos y su inaccesibilidad, llevando a estallidos de violencia en más de 30 países, entre ellos algunos de nuestra región, amenaza nuestros avances sanitarios y los relativos al ambiente y la lucha contra la pobreza, en el marco de los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio ...

- For a Tobacco-Free Youth [13.06.2008]
- Por una juventud libre de tabaquismo [11.06.2008] - Por uma juventude livre do tabagismo [10.06.2008]


The tobacco merchants increasingly direct their gaze towards young people, even with the knowledge that smoking is the leading cause of preventable death worldwide ...

- Virtual Conferencing at PAHO [17.05.2008]

The use of emerging technologies for better management.

What organizations gain from using information technology depends on the management of technology ...

- Time to Act: Protecting Health from Climate Change [15.04.2008]

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” ...

- Del dicho al hecho en la igualdad de género [11.03.2008]

Los avances en salud pública son resultado de redes que articulan múltiples esfuerzos por parte de los entes públicos, el sector privado, las organizaciones no gubernamentales y las comunidades. Esto es aún más marcado cuando para alcanzar dichos avances es necesario modificar conductas o patrones sociales profundamente arraigados, como en la lucha por incorporar la perspectiva de igualdad de género en salud ...
 
 


- Leadership to Fight HIV [26.12.2007]
- Liderazgo para afrontar el VIH [26.12.2007]

Putting a halt to the HIV epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean and turning it around will require resolute leadership at all levels, as we stressed on World AIDS Day 2007.
This is critical, since the most recent estimates indicate that 1.8 million people in the Region are living with HIV (which, technically, is known as the prevalence of the disease), with 117,000 new infections in 2007. More than 69,000 people died of AIDS in our countries this year ...

- A Consensus to Reduce Neonatal Mortality [01.08.2007]
- Un consenso para reducir la mortalidad neonatal [01.08.2007]

Every three minutes, a neonatal death occurs in Latin America. This is completely unacceptable, as the available knowledge should permit a substantial reduction in that rate through relatively low-cost measures. Tens of thousands of newborn lives could be saved each year, and the Region would achieve the reduction in child deaths contemplated in the Millennium Development Goals ...

- Globalization and Protecting Health Achievements [11.07.2007]
- Globalización y protección de logros sanitarios [11.07.2007]

Today I would like to share some thoughts on the complex relationship between the globalization that we are witnessing and protecting health achievements in the Region, an issue explored in a recent article written with colleagues Jon Andrus, Andrea Vicari, and Gina Tambini and recently published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, as well as in a previous blog’s article “Investing in Health!" ...

- World Environment Day and Health [15.06.2007]
- El Día Mundial del Ambiente y la Salud [08.06.2007]

Climate change poses a challenge to health in the Americas. Thus, the celebration of World Environment Day on 5 June was an appropriate time to raise awareness about this issue and give it the necessary political priority to promote measures to halt its rapid pace ...

- Let's Go Smoke-free [06.06.2007]
- Disfrutemos ambientes sin humo [05.06.2007]

The scientific evidence is categorical: tobacco smoke is much more than a nuisance; it causes disease and death. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people who have never smoked die from exposure to other people's tobacco smoke. Therefore, this year's slogan for World NO Tobacco Day was: "100% smoke-free environments." ...

- A Strategic Partnership for Public Health [05.14.2007]
- Una alianza estratégica en favor de la salud pública [17.05.2007]

… 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

- PAHO Award for Administration 2007 [28.02.2007]
- Premio OPS en Administración 2007 [28.02.2007]

Every year the Governments of the countries of the Americas, acting through their representatives in the meetings of the Governing Bodies of the Pan American Health Organization, confer the PAHO Award for Administration in recognition of an outstanding contribution in the field of administration within the framework of national health services ...
 
 


- 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.

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

HIGHLIGHTS

PAHO Director BLOG named as a top 50 International Health Care Blog

PAHO Director BLOG was selected as one of the top 50 International Health Care and Nursing Blog by
"The Practical Nurse Blog";
blog that writes about global health problems, solutions and ideas. This blog is your go-to source for nursing information from around the world wide web. Hacks and tips are just a few of the excellent bits of knowledge that can be found there.

During the last 4 years the
Blog of PAHO's Director
has maintained a systematic work in the production and dissemination of relevant health information for the Americas about the most pressing health subjects for our region in the struggle to improve the quality of the health systems and services of the Member States of the Pan American Health Organization, and to reach higher levels of health for our people in the Americas.

Articles published:
Spanish: 52 English: 40

Main topics
More than 45 health issues have been addressed throughout the last 4 years:

  • Immunizations, Vaccination Week in the Americas;
  • Malaria, counting malaria out;
  • Rabies, the fight to eliminate it;
  • Health heroes;
  • Polio contention in the Americas;
  • Access to Safe Blood and blood products;
  • Major challenges facing regional and global health;
  • Neglected Diseases;
  • The Global Economic Recession and the MDGs;
  • Breastfeeding;
  • Neonatal mortality;
  • HIV/AIDS;
  • A(H1N1) Virus;
  • Plaza Sesamo and PAHO;
  • Human Security;
  • Primary Health Care(PHC);
  • The Global Economic Crisis;
  • Safe hospitals and disastres;
  • Dengue fever fight and prevention;
  • Invest in Health;
  • Alcohol and Domestic Violence;
  • Social Protection in Health;
  • Disability, better responses;
  • Inequity and Public Health;
  • Food Crisis;
  • Tobacco-Free;
  • Gender Policy;
  • Protecting health achievements;
  • Climate Change and Health;
  • Strategic Partnership;
  • Road Safety;
  • Universal Access to health care and services;
  • World Health Day;
  • Health Agenda for the Americas;
  • Tuberculosis, the fight;
  • Preventing Cervical Cancer;
  • PAHO Award for Administration;
  • Human Resources in Health;
  • Leadership in International Health;
  • Human Rights and Public Health;
  • Serving the Least Protected Population;
  • Integrating Health and Agriculture;
  • Essential Medicines;
  • The Millennium Development Goals;
  • The New Medical Missionaries;
  • Knowledge sharing and information dissemination;
  • Virtual Conferencing;

We invite you to visit the blog, submit your comments and share your views with the goal to improve the health in the Americas.

 

BLOG. 4th. Anniversary
3 May, 2006-2010

On 3 May 2006, the Director of the 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 and globally.

This initiative aims to network with partners and to reach health professionals throughout the hemisphere, to expand local and regional capacities and multiply the available social capital in the countries of the Americas.

 

Launching of the BLOG
3 May 2006

Dr. Mirta Roses Periago Remarks

"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."

 

Upcoming Events

- Director's Official Travel & Meetings


World Health Assembly (WHA)
World Health Organization (WHO)
63rd annual session .

Geneva. 17-21 May 2010.

A number of public health issues will be discussed at this session, among which:

  • implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005);
  • monitoring of the achievement of the health-related Millennium Development Goals;
  • lstrategies to reduce the harmful use of alcohol; and
  • lcounterfeit medical products.

The Health Assembly will also discuss the programme budget, administration and management matters of WHO.

The World Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body for WHO. It generally meets in Geneva in May each year, and is attended by delegations from all 193 Member States. Its main function is to determine the policies of the Organization.

During its annual sessions, it discusses the main health issues prepared by the Executive Board and considers reports of the Executive Board, which it instructs in regard to matters upon which further action, study, investigation or report may be required.

WHA main functions:

  • supervises the financial policies of the Organization;
  • appoints the Director-General;
  • reviews and approves the Proposed programme budget;

For more information, visit:

- 63th World Health Assembly

- WHO - Governance

- Provisional Agenda


Additional Information:

- AMRO Delegation to the 62nd World Health Assembly (2009)

 

CONTACT


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Pan American Health Organization

Pan American Sanitary Bureau
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World Health Organization

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Fax: 1 (202) 974-3663

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