Issue No. 18 [2008]
PAHO, Catalyst for Health in the Americas. Health: Our Most Basic Asset.
September 18, 2008
 

NEWS & RELEASES - NOTICIAS
Realiza la OPS el lanzamiento del libro "Esquemas de protección social en salud para la población materna, neonatal e infantil": lecciones aprendidas de la Región de America Latina
Washington, D.C., PAHO HQ.
Septiembre 4, 2008.

" ... La mejoría de la salud materna, neonatal e infantil ha dejado de ser un mero objeto de consideraciones técnicas y se ha convertido en un imperativo ético y político. Esto se debe a que, a pesar de los avances impresionantes en la reducción de la mortalidad materna e infantil desde los años '50, la inequidad entre países y entre distintos grupos de población al interior de los países -especialmente la brecha entre ricos y pobres - ha aumentado en los últimos veinte años, produciendo un estancamiento y, en algunos casos, un retroceso en el progreso logrado en las condiciones de salud de estas poblaciones

La Organización Panamericana de la Salud otorga una acta prioridad a la cooperación técnica con los países conducente a la reducción de la mortalidad materna, neonatal e infantil y a la eliminación de la exclusión en salud a través de la extensión de protección social en salud

Esta publicación propone un marco conceptual y analítico para avanzar en esta dirección. OPS/OMS pone hoy estas herramientas al servicio de los países, esperando que este esfuerzo contribuya al propósito de extender la protección social en salud a todas las madres, recién nacidos y niños de la región ..."

Ceremonia de apertura: Palabras de la Directora »

Español: Esquemas de Protección Social para la Población Materna, Neonatal e Infantil: lecciones aprendidas de la Región de America Latina »

English: Social Protection in Health Schemes for Mother, Newborn and Child Populations: Lessons Learned from the Latin American Region »

 

International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) to replace United Nations System Accounting Standards (UNSAS) as approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations
Washington, DC. PAHO HQ.
September 9, 2008.

" ... This is a Corporate Initiative for PAHO - IPSAS supports and enhances objectives of Results Based Management. Furthermore, it ensures transparency in financial budgeting, accounting and reporting, and provides opportunities for comparability among and between international organizations ..."

Director's talking points »

 

PAHO address the critical issue of how to support women in the health sciences in Latin America


Meeting of Women experts on HIV and Environmental Health Research
Washington, DC. PAHO HQ.
September 3, 2008.

" ... I am delighted to have the opportunity to welcome you all here to think with us on how best to help the women whose scientific efforts provides an underpinning of all that we do ... women in Latin America do not enjoy the same social status as men. Gender equality is a goal yet to be achieved ... the current trend of the rates of HIV infections in women and girls across Latin America, particularly in Caribbean countries, is alarming, Women aged between 15 and 24 account for 45 percent of all HIV infections among adults globally ...

I challenge you to think with us on how we could adapt the capacity building program for women researchers and use it to empower women working on AIDS, and women working on environmental health issues so they can take their place among the thinkers and change agents for a healthier world ..."

Director's opening speech »

 

Blood Transfusion International (BTI) and PAHO sign an agreement / OPS - BTI firman importante acuerdo para fortalecer los sistemas nacionales de sangre y facilitar la donación voluntaria en los países de las Américas

Washington, D.C.
Agosto 8, 2008.

La Directora de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud, Dra. Mirta Roses Periago, lamentó hoy en Washington, D.C. que en los países de las Américas todavía siguen habiendo demasiadas barreras para la donación de sangre. Los donantes se encuentran con demasiadas barreras en la sociedad para la entrega altruista de sangre. Ello, matizó, a pesar de que la misión sanitaria de los sistemas de salud de los países demanda en forma crítica y creciente de este producto para la consecución de la máxima eficacia en su ejercicio.

Nota de prensa de la OPS: En las Américas sigue habiendo demasiadas barreras para la donación de sangre »



AIDS 2008 - Universal action now
Towards Elimination of Vertical Transmission of HIV and Syphilis as a public health problem in the Caribbean

XVII International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2008
August 3-8, 2008.

" ... The satellite session held on Sunday regarding achievement of Universal Access in the Caribbean and current realities clearly highlighted the potential of the region to make rapid progress towards the Universal Access goal. On the other hand, the need to ensure comprehensive quality care to pregnant women and their infants to sustain achievements on prevention of vertical transmission of HIV was identified as a must.

Along with HIV, syphilis, a neglected STI, is also a major public health problem in the region. As HIV, syphilis affects pregnant women and their newborns. While some countries have made significant progress in reduction of congenital syphilis, we must conclude unfortunately that, 13 years after the adoption of the Plan of Action for the elimination of congenital syphilis as a public health problem in the Americas, only few countries may have reached the target."
Dr. Roses address as keynote speaker »

 

PAHO Director co-chair an special session on HIV/AIDS for the Latin America region at AIDS 2008
XVII International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2008
August 3-8, 2008.

PAHO Director co-chair the special session on HIV for Latin America region with Carlos Passarelli, Deputy Director of the Brazilian National AIDS Programme and Director of the International Center for Technical Cooperation on HIV/AIDS. The session focused the discussion about the actions taken in the Latin American region since the FORO and CONCASIDA 2007 and what has to be done to establish formal links between regional conferences and International AIDS conferences.
Read more »

 

It's time to break the silence


Mexico City, Mexico.
August 5, 2008.

"... preventing new infections is key to halting the HIV pandemic ... over 55,000 children under the age of 15 and 400,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 18 were living with HIV in 2007 ... only 4 out of 10 adolescents and young adults considered themselves well-informed about HIV ... let us undertake this responsibility with leadership, passion, and courage. Let us make our children’s right to protect themselves a reality ... "

By Nils Kastberg, UNICEF, Regional Director; Mirta Roses Periago, PAHO/WHO, WHO Regional Director for the Americas; César Antonio Núñez, UNAIDS, Regional Director; and Pedro Medrano, WFP, Regional Director. Article from these four directors, members of the Regional Directors Group (RDG)of UNAIDS Cosponsors in Latin America and the Caribbean where PAHO became the new Chair for the 2008/2009 period, a role it played when the RDG was founded in 2003. UNICEF becomes the new Vice-Chair.

Article: It's time to break the silence »

Spanish version: Es hora de romper el silencio »

 

Director's BLOG
Better responses to the needs of people living with disability
Washington, D.C.
Agosto 10, 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.
Director's BLOG »

Mejores respuestas a las necesidades de las personas que viven con discapacidad

Una interesante entrevista para la revista “Pacientes por la Seguridad del Paciente y el Derecho a la Salud” llevada a cabo por Garance Upham, la dinámica presidenta del círculo sobre discapacidad y economía del Movimiento por la Salud de los Pueblos me recordó hace unos días la necesidad de seguir mejorando las respuestas que se brindan en materia de salud pública y de políticas públicas a las necesidades de las personas que viven con discapacidad.
BLOG de la Directora »

 

Media
Global Health TV Interview with Dr Mirta Roses Periago, Director, Pan American Health Organization.

Washington, DC.
Global Health Council.
Annual Conference 2008, May 30-31, 2008.

Stephen Horn of Global Health TV chats with Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), at the Global Health Council's International Conference. She addressed the conference about the challenges of implementing a health system based on primary health care as we mark the 30th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration.
Interview »

 

HIGHLIGHTS / IN FOCUS

CRICS8: 8º Congresso Regional de Informação em Ciências da Saúde


CRICS8 tiene una importancia especial, visto que el tema, ‘Información y conocimiento científico para la innovación en salud’, está en convergencia con la agenda de Salud de las Americas, señaló la directora de la OPS, Dra. Mirta Roses, reafirmando la importancia de BIREME y de la BVS en la cooperación técnica de la OPS, basada en la información de calidad. “Este es uno de los más importantes encuentros de información en salud, no solo regional, sino a nivel mundial”.
Leer más »

Converging innovation in information, knowledge and health

VHL Special edition 8th Regional Congress on Health Sciences Information (CRICS8)

-Globalization and flows of information in health systems open the CRICS8 program
-Management of information, knowledge and evidence: innovations indicate new solutions in health
-Innovation on interoperability, learning and social networks are approached in CRICS8 panels
-Accessibility, training and social networks as innovation factors in health
-The social conditions influencing in health and information networks
-VHL5 celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Virtual Health Library

English / Spanish / Português


Caribbean Wellness Day

September 13th 2008 is the first “Caribbean Wellness Day,” in commemoration of the landmark summit by CARICOM Heads of Government in 2007.

Their Port-of-Spain Declaration called on Ministries of Health to set up “comprehensive plans for the screening and management of chronic diseases and risk factors so that by 2012, 80% of people with NCDs would receive quality care and have access to preventive education based on regional guidelines.”

I join them in the observation of the second Saturday in September as “Caribbean Wellness Day,” and urge action by all so that we can make the Caribbean an even healthier place to live and visit. I want to kick off this day by recommending a series of specific steps everyone in the Caribbean can, and should take, every day to add years to their lives.

PAHO Director article: Let's kick off Caribbean Wellness Day with specific steps to live longer »


World Rabies Day 2008
September 28, 2008.



Rabies in humans is 100% preventable through prompt appropriate medical care but more than 55,000 people die each year
[PAHO Press Release]

"Eliminating certain illnesses or diseases that still afflict our peoples even though we possess the knowledge and tools with which to make them virtually disappear is one of those achievable dreams. Since it is achievable, it is also ethically imperative that we make a determined effort to eliminate those diseases".
Dr. Mirta Roses (PAHO Director)

Despite a reduction by 90% in human and canine cases in the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization says that more coordinated action is needed at all levels to work together with clear determination and help make rabies history. World Rabies Day 2008 will take place September 28th.
Read more »

Aunque la rabia humana se previene en todos los casos con tratamiento médico apropiado y a tiempo, más de 55.000 personas al año mueren por esta enfermedad
[Nota de Prensa de la OPS]
Más información »

-Iniciativa del Día Mundial de la Rabia busca que la rabia sea historia

"Con la iniciativa del Día Mundial de la Rabia realmente estamos trabajando juntos para que la rabia sea historia", afirmó la doctora Cristina Schneider, experta principal de la OPS en rabia. Según la especialista, “los exitosos esfuerzos realizados en las Américas han demostrado que la rabia canina sí se puede eliminar. En toda la región, el número de casos de rabia humana y canina se ha reducido en un 90 por ciento, y la región va camino de lograr el objetivo de eliminar la rabia humana transmitida por el perro y, más tarde, la transmisión entre animales".








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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Copyright © 2008 - Director Dr. Mirta Roses Periago
Director's CORNER  |  Official Travel  |  BLOG  |  PAHO Website  |  PAHEF Website  |  WHO Website