Issue No. 14 [2010]
PAHO, Catalyst for Health in the Americas. Health: Our Most Basic Asset.
June 25, 2010


- Millennium Development Goals Report 2010

"It is clear that improvements in the lives of the poor have been unacceptably slow, and some hard-won gains are being eroded by the climate, food and economic crises," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in the foreword to the Millennium Development Goals Report 2010, issued on 23 June. But the report also cites big gains in cutting the rate of extreme poverty, getting children into primary schools, addressing AIDS, malaria and child health, and a good chance to reach the target for access to clean drinking water.

[ United Nations HQ. 23 June 2010. ]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opening remarks at press conference launch of 2010 Millennium Development Goals report

"To sum up, this report shows that economic uncertainty cannot be an excuse to slow down our development efforts. It is a reason to speed them up.

By investing in the MDGs, we invest in global economic growth. By focusing on the needs of the most vulnerable, we lay the foundation for a more sustainable and prosperous tomorrow."

- Summit on the Millennium Development Goals
20-22 September 2010

With only five years left until the 2015 deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to attend a summit in New York on 20-22 September 2010 to accelerate progress towards the MDGs.
- Visit the Summit website


- La quête d'une politique de santé cohérente à l'échelle mondiale

- The quest for a coherent global health policy

Global Health Conference
"Together we can make it happen"
Keynote address at the European Union’s
Brussels, Belgium.
11 June 2010.

Dr Margaret Chan
Director-General of the World Health Organization

"... This quest for a coherent global health policy is mutual. WHO is also addressing these issues, in dialogue with our Member States and development partners, as we think about the future financing of WHO in line with what we are expected, and best positioned, to deliver."

"... As we have learned since the start of this century, highly effective interventions and the money to purchase them will not bring better health outcomes in the absence of efficient and equitable systems for delivery. This is most especially true for poor and underprivileged populations, the focus of the MDGs and of health development in general."

"... The drive to reach the MDGs has spurred the creation of several global health initiatives designed to bring down mortality from individual diseases. Their power to do so is unfortunately blunted by weak national capacities.

Instruments of global health governance, like norms and standards for ensuring the safety of air, food, water, chemicals, and medicines, mean little in the absence of capacities for regulation, inspection, and enforcement.

... Progress cannot be measured and strategies cannot be refined in the absence of data from reliable information systems. Public health services that are short on supplies and staff will not be used, forcing poor people to turn to more expensive private services, even for routine care.

These are the realities we face today. They are barriers to reaching the health-related MDGs, and they are barriers to greater efficiency and fairness in delivering health care."

Ladies and gentlemen,

"As we continue this mutual quest for a coherent global health policy, let me offer two brief pieces of advice.

First, maintain the momentum. The MDGs have been good for public health. They have demonstrated the value of focusing international action on a limited number of time-bound objectives. Though progress has been slower than hoped, we have also seen some stunning improvements in access to care and reductions in mortality.

In addition, the drive to reach the Goals has unleashed the best of human ingenuity. It has given us a range of new instruments and mechanisms for financing health initiatives, making aid more effective, motivating industry to develop badly needed medicines and vaccines for diseases of the poor, securing funds for purchasing drugs from entirely new sources, and making the prices of medicines more affordable.

The experience during the past decade tells us: increased investment in health development is working ...

"Second, make fairness a cornerstone of policies for international health development. Too many models of health development assumed that living conditions and health status would somehow automatically improve as countries modernized, liberalized their trade, and experienced rapid economic growth. This did not happen.

Instead, differences, within and between countries, in income levels, opportunities, health status, access to care, and life expectancy are greater today than at any time in recent history.

In a sense, the MDGs operate as a corrective strategy. They aim to compensate for international systems, for finance, commerce, trade, and foreign affairs, that create advantages, yet have no rules that guarantee the fair distribution of these benefits ..."

The MDGs represent the most ambitious attack on human misery in history. If the drive to reach these goals results in strengthened health systems and greater self-reliance, it will boost the health prospects of poor people living in poor places well beyond 2015.

- Dr. Margaret Chan Address »

- Discours du Directeur général de l'OMS


Washington, DC, 17 June 2010 (PAHO).

La importancia del uso de la evidencia para informar la toma de decisiones en salud.

El Boletín es fruto de de la visión e iniciativa de la Red Iberoamericana Ministerial de Aprendizaje e Investigación en Salud (RIMAIS), del apoyo de la Red Cochrane Iberoamericana y de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS), la Fundación IHCAI y la Academia Nacional de Medicina de Buenos Aires, y el respaldo decisivo del Wellcome Trust.

PAHO Launches Evidence-informed Policy Bulletin

The bulletin is a joint proposal of the Ibero-American Cochrane Network (IBCN), the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Argentina’s National Academy of Medicine (Academia Nacional de Medicina de Argentina), IHCAI Foundation, the Ibero-American Ministerial Network for Health Education and Research (RIMAIS), with the decisive backing of the Wellcome Trust.

"Promover sistemáticamente políticas informadas en evidencia es crucial para asegurar sistemas de salud más efectivos, más eficientes, y con mayor capacidad para adaptarse y responder a los crecientes y cambiantes desafíos de salud pública que afrontan los países de la Región. En ese arduo camino hoy, al lanzar este boletín, avanzamos con buen PIE."

- Presentación de la Directora de la OPS »

146th PAHO Executive Committee

Washington, DC. PAHO HQ.
21-25 June 2010.

146th Session of the Executive Committee of PAHO: Reviewing relevant public health issues for the Americas Region

PAHO is discussing more than 15 important health strategies, plans and resolutions to improve public health in the Region. Public health strategies in which PAHO plays a leadership role along with the countries' Ministries of Health to improve the health of the people of the Americas, including: Substance Abuse Reduction, Chagas Disease, Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV and Congenital Syphilis, Primary Care-based Health Systems, Health, Human Security and Well-being, Reduction of Chronic Malnutrition, Immunization Programs, Safe Hospitals and Health and Human Rights among others important technical, administrative and financial matters aiming to strength the Organization performance.
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to the OAS Permanent Council

Briefing session on PAHO’s Executive Committee Meeting to the Ambassadors to the Organization of American States (OAS) and other PAHO Members States. Dr. Mirta Roses, director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB) presents currently health, administrative, financial and technical issues under discussion for the next session of the Executive Committee, as the Health Specialized Agency of the Inter-American System.

- Presentation

More information about the sessions, strategies, resolutions and main documents:
- PAHO Governing Bodies »


146a. Sesión del Comité Ejecutivo de la OPS

Washington, DC. OPS Sede
21-25 de junio de 2010.

146a. Sesión del Comité Ejecutivo de la OPS:
Revisando temas relevantes de salud pública para la Región de las Américas

La OPS analiza más de 15 importantes estrategias de salud, planes y resoluciones para mejorar la salud pública en la Región. Estrategias de salud pública en las cuales la OPS desempeña una función de liderazgo junto con los Ministerios de Salud de los países para mejorar la salud de los pueblos de las Américas. Incluye: Reducción del Abuso del uso sustancias psicoactivas, Enfermedad de Chagas, Transmisión Materno-infantil de VIH y Sífilis Congénita, Sistemas de Salud basados en Atención Primaria de Salud, Seguridad Humana y Bienestar, Reducción de la Desnutrición Crónica, Programas de Vacunación, Hospitales Seguros, y, Salud y Derechos Humanos, entre otros importantes asuntos técnicos, administrativos y financieros con vistas al fortalecer el desempeño de Organización.
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ante el Consejo Permanente de la OEA y otros Estados Miembros de la OPS

Sesión Informativa acerca del 50o. Comité Ejecutivo de la OPS a los Embajadores Permanentes ante la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) y otros Estados Miembros de la OPS. La Dra. Mirta Roses, directora de la Oficina Sanitaria Panamericana presenta los temas más actuales de salud, administración, financieros y técnicos bajo revisión y análisis en la próxima sesión del Comité Ejecutivo, como Agencia Especializada de Salud del Sistema Inter-americano.

- Presentación

Más información acerca de las sesiones, estrategias, resoluciones y documentos principales:
- Cuerpos Directivos de la OPS »


PAHO/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health

Deadline Extended for
Horwitz, Acha, Soper, and Moore Awards

Submission Deadline:
June 30, 2010, 5:00 p.m. ET

2010 Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health, a joint program of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Due to high interest from the public health community in the Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health, the call for nominations deadline for the Horwitz, Acha, Soper, and Moore awards has been extended.

Nominations for all awards will close June 30, 2010, 5:00 p.m., Washington, DC time. Please note there will be no further extensions.

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PAHO/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health


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