Issue No. 16 [2010]
PAHO, Catalyst for Health in the Americas. Health: Our Most Basic Asset.
September 23, 2010

NEWS & RELEASES - NOTICIAS
MDGs Summit 2010
MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS

UN Summit concludes with adoption of global action plan to achieve development goals by 2015

Secretary-General secures more than $40 billion for women’s and children’s health

The UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals concluded with the adoption of a global action plan to achieve the eight anti-poverty goals by their 2015 target date and the announcement of major new commitments for women's and children's health and other initiatives against poverty, hunger and disease.

Outcome document adopted by the General Assembly:
- Keeping the Promise: United to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals

- UN Millennium Development Goals
- Millennium Development Goals Summit 2010

- UN Secretary-General's closing remarks at the Summit

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 22 September 2010.

The outcome document of the three-day Summit – Keeping the Promise: United to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals – reaffirms world leaders’ commitment to the MDGs and sets out a concrete action agenda for achieving the Goals by 2015. Based on examples of success and lessons learned over the last ten years, the document spells out specific steps to be taken by all stakeholders to accelerate progress on each of the eight Goals. It also affirms that, despite setbacks due to the economic and financial crises, remarkable progress has been made on fighting poverty, increasing school enrolment and improving health in many countries, and the Goals remain achievable.

In a major push to accelerate progress on women’s and children’s health, a number of Heads of State and Government from developed and developing countries, along with the private sector, foundations, international organizations, civil society and research organizations, pledged over $40 billion in resources over the next five years. The Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health – a concerted worldwide effort initiated by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – has the potential of saving the lives of more than 16 million women and children, preventing 33 million unwanted pregnancies, protecting 120 million children from pneumonia and 88 million children from stunting due to malnutrition, advancing the control of deadly diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS, and ensuring access for women and children to quality health facilities and skilled health workers.

“We know what works to save women’s and children’s lives, and we know that women and children are critical to all of the MDGs,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. “Today we are witnessing the kind of leadership we have long needed.”
Read more at:

- Closing Press Release, with highlights of the commitments made at the Summit
 
 

THE QUEST FOR A COHERENT
GLOBAL HEALTH POLICY

- 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
 
 

LA OPS LANZA EL BOLETÍN
POLÍTICAS INFORMADAS EN EVIDENCIAS (PIE)

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 »
 
 

LA OPS LANZA EL BOLETÍN
POLÍTICAS INFORMADAS EN EVIDENCIAS (PIE)

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 »
 
 

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.

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

 

HIGHLIGHTS / IN FOCUS
50th PAHO DIRECTING COUNCIL.
62nd Session of the Regional Committee
of WHO for the Americas.

Hemisphere's Main Forum
for Regional Policy Making on Public Health.

- 50th PAHO Directing Council

Ministers of Health and Public Health Authorities from the Americas Region review and discuss the most relevant and currently health issues that face our countries and agree on important resolutions and lines of strategic actions working together to improve the health of the peoples of the Americas.


Washington, DC. PAHO HQ.
27 September - 1 October, 2010.

-A Plan of Action on Safe Hospitals
-The Strategy and Plan of Action for the
   Reduction of Chronic Malnutrition
-Strengthening Immunization Programs
-Strategy and Plan of Action for the
   Elimination of Mother-to-child Transmission
   of HIV and Congenital Syphilis
-Strategy and Plan of Action for
   Chagas Disease Prevention, Control and
   Care
-Substance Use and Public Health
-Strategy for Health Personnel Competency
   Development in Primary Health
   Care-based Health Systems
-Health and Human Rights
-Health, Human Security and Well-being
-Strengthening National Regulatory
   Authorities for Medicines and Biologicals
-Urbanism and Healthy Living


 
PAHO Director Main Activities & Speeches

PAHO's 50th Directing Council.
Washington, DC. PAHO HQ.
22 September - 1 October, 2010.

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

 

50th PAHO Directing Council.
EXHIBITS, LAUNCHES & ANNIVERSARIES
30th ANNIVERSARY OF SMALLPOX ERADICATION


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.
- Leer más »

 

REGIONAL GLOBAL HEALTH OBSERVATORY LAUNCHING


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.
- Leer más »

 

50TH ANIVERSARY OF THE PAHO RADIOLOGICAL HEALTH PROGRAM


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.
- Leer más »

 

"MOTHERING" PHOTO EXHIBITION and SAFE MOTHERHOOD INITIATIVE

Organization of American States (OAS)
Washington, DC. 27 September 2010.

Inauguration of the Photo Exhibition "Mothering" (Maternidades)


Speakers at the launching:

  • HRH Infanta Doña Cristina of Spain, Director of International Programmes of "la Caixa" Foundation
  • Ms. Marcela Suazo, Regional Director of the United Nations Population Fund and secretary of the Regional Working Group on Maternal Mortality
  • Dr. Mirta Roses, Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau

The exhibit is a project of the Spanish Foundation "La Caixa", and consists of a series of photographs taken in 16 countries around the world by Spanish photojournalist Bru Rovira (Ortega y Gasset Award, 2004). The photographs reflect different situations where there is a common sentiment: motherhood. After Washington, 'Motherhood' will become a traveling exhibit, visiting the countries of the region that request it as part of the activities of the Safe Motherhood Initiative.
- Read more »


Launching of the Safe Motherhood Initiative


Promotes and protects the right to the enjoyment of the highest possible level of health for women, mothers, and newborns while working to reduce the maternal mortality in the Region in three fourths, between 1990 and 2015; and to achieve for 2015, the universal access to reproductive health.

 

Upcoming Events
CONTACT


HQ Office

Pan American Health Organization

Pan American Sanitary Bureau
Regional Office of the
World Health Organization

525 23rd Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
U.S.A.
Phone: 1 (202)974-3000
Fax: 1 (202) 974-3663

Country Offices

 



About Director Dr. Mirta Roses Periago
NEWSLETTER's Archives  | Director's CORNER  | Official Travel  | BLOG  | PAHO Website  | PAHEF Website  | WHO Website