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Country Official Visits 2011
Spain - PAHO Director's Official Visit
PAHO and the Government of Spain Seek Closer Cooperation in the Coming Years
[Spain. 13-20 Oct 2011.]
During a visit to Spain, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Dr. Mirta Roses, held several meetings with government officials of that country, in the context of health cooperation in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Spain's Ministry of Health and PAHO Signed an Agreement to Improve the Training of Residents in Specialties in Health Sciences

Panama - PAHO Director's Official Visit
PAHO: Renewing our commitments to strengthening integration and multilateral actions in public health
[Panama.6-7 October 2011.]
[In Spanish] (RESSCAD 2011)Financiamiento de los Sistemas de Salud: El Camino hacia la Cobertura Universal. La XXVII Reunión del Sector Salud de Centroamérica y República Dominicana, foro sectorial que promueve el intercambio y desarrollo de experiencias y conocimientos sobre problemas comunes de salud se efectúa en Panamá esta semana con la participación de las máximas autoridades de salud de los países bajo la secretaría técnica de la OPS representada por la Directora (OPS/OMS).
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Director de la Autoridad del Tránsito de Panamá entrega Plan de Seguridad Vial a la OPS
Directora de la OPS inaugura acueductos en la Comarca Ngöbe Buglé y se reúne con Red de Alcaldes en Coclé
Doctora Mirta Roses Periago, directora de la OPS/OMS, realizará visita oficial a Panamá

Colombia - PAHO Director's Official Visit
PAHO Director reviews relevant health issues of the PAHO technical cooperation with the country's goverment and health authorities.

[Bogota, Colombia. 1-4 Jun 2011.]
The Director of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization, Dr. Mirta Roses, makes an official visit to Colombia this week and meets with governments and health authorities. During her visit, Dr. Roses participates in the launch of the National Initiative to Develop Human Talent in Primary Care and Integrated Health Networks; and she will also sign, with Minister of Social Protection Dr. Mauricio Santamaría, the latest PAHO-Colombia Cooperation Strategy, which sets priorities for 2011 to 2014.
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Brazil - - PAHO Director's Official Visit
PAHO's Director Participates in Vaccination Week Launch in Brazil

[Manaus, Brazil. 30 April 2011.]
The city of Manaus, capital of the Amazonas state, was chosen to highlight the importance of vaccination in indigenous communities and other at-risk populations in the Amazon Basin.
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Brazil - PAHO Director's Official Visit
Laying the Foundation for a Latin American Decade

[Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 28-29 April 2011.]
World Economic Forum on Latin America 2011. PAHO Director, Dr Mirta Roses participed at the WEF on Latin America 2011 and followed an intense agenda of activities with local government and health authorities about common health issues of interest taking the opportunity to her visit to Brazil.
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Bolivia/Peru - PAHO Director's Official Visit
Vaccination Week in the Americas: the greater multicountry effort of health of the American hemisphere

[Bolivia-Peru Border. 26 April 2011.]
PAHO Director at the launching of VWA 2011.
[In Spanish] “La vacunación es un derecho de toda la familia y una herramienta esencial en la prevención de muchas enfermedades devastadoras. A lo largo de sus 9 años de historia en la Región de las Américas, la Semana de Vacunación se ha convertido en una iniciativa clave para subrayar la extraordinaria importancia de la vacunación para la salud pública”
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Bolivia - PAHO Director's Official Visit
Vaccination Week is the celebration of health and live through prevention

[La Paz, Bolivia. 26 April 2011.]
PAHO Director at the press conference at La Paz, Bolivia during the launching of Vaccination Week in the Americas. [In Spanish]
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Uruguay - PAHO Director's Official Visit
Briefing video on PAHO Director official visit to Uruguay

[Montevideo, Uruguay. 6-9 April 2011.]
[In Spanish] Videoreportaje de la visita oficial de la Directora de la OPS, Dra. Mirta Roses a Uruguay, 6-9 de abril de 2011.
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Uruguay - PAHO Director's Official Visit
PAHO Director alerts on changes needed to better respond to current current health systems challenges

[Montevideo, Uruguay. 11 April 2011.]
[In Spanish] Mirta Roses en entrevista con "El Observador", Uruguay alerta sobre la necesidad de la reforma de los sistemas y servicios de salud para asistir eficientemente a una población cuya expectativa de vida ha aumentado considerablemente. La Directora de la OPS conversó con el diario El Observador de Uruguay como parte de su visita oficial al país donde se revisaron entre otros temas, el avance y los desafíos de la reforma de la salud, la migración de los profesionales, y la adaptación del mundo a una población que cada vez vive más años.
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Uruguay - PAHO Director's Official Visit
Directora de OPS lanza el acto oficial regional por el Día Mundial de la Salud 2011 desde Uruguay

[Montevideo, Uruguay. 7 April 2011.]
La Directora de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS), Dra. Mirta Roses junto al Ministerio de Salud Pública de Uruguay hacen un llamado a la responsabilidad de usuarios, médicos y laboratorios en el recurso a los antibióticos. Malas praxis han determinado una pérdida de eficacia de esos medicamentos, advirtieron. El tema fue centro de un mensaje dirigido por la Dra. Roses desde la Torre Ejecutiva de Montevideo hacia el continente, durante la celebración del Día Mundial de la Salud 2011.
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Uruguay - PAHO Director's Official Visit
PAHO Director meets President of Uruguay Jose Mujica in official visit to the country

[Washington DC. PAHO HQ. 6 April 2011.]
The Director of the Pan American Health Organization PAHO/WHO, Mirta Roses, welcomed the health reform undertaken by the Uruguayan government and the country's progress in this area, especially the reduction of maternal-mortality. Dr. Roses met Wednesday with Uruguay's president, Jose Mujica in his office at the Executive Tower during her official visit to the country. (in Spanish)
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Trinidad & Tobago - PAHO Director's Official Visit
[Trinidad & Tobago. 28 Feb - 4 Mar 2011.]
Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director, PAHO/WHO and Dr. Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, PAHO/WHO, Representative for Trinidad and Tobago met his Excellency President George Maxwell
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El Salvador - PAHO Director's Official Visit
[San Salvador, El Salvador. 14-18 Feb 2011.]
[In Spanish] La Directora de OPS/OMS, Dra. Mirta Roses; acompañada por la Ministra de Salud, Dra. María Isabel Rodríguez visitó varios centros de salud durante su visita a El Salvador con motivo de su participación en la reunión subregional de gerentes de la OPS.
- Villa Centenario OPS, 10 Years After the El Salvador Earthquakes [In Spanish]
- Ministry of Health relies on PAHO's cooperation for health reform [In Spanish]
Media Publication:
- El nuevo sistema de Salud está bajo la lupa de la OPS

Chile - PAHO Director's Official Visit

PAHO Director Visit to Chile reviews relevant health issues of PAHO technical cooperation with the country
[Santiago de Chile, Chile. 8-11 Feb 2011.]
Dr Mirta Roses takes advantage of her visit to Chile to participate in the Meeting of the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) for Latin America and the Caribbean and the Meeting of the United Nations Regional Directors (UNDG LAC) to review important health subjects and the PAHO technical cooperation with the country.
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Country Official Visits 2010
Water and Sanitation for All: Renewing PAHO’s commitments
[Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. 5-10 Nov 2010. AIDIS Congress.]
PAHO’s renewed commitment to its technical cooperation with Member States on water for human consumption and sanitation in order to accomplish the “unfinished agenda” in our Region was the message of Dr. Roses at the XXXII Congress of the Inter-American Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering.
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Mental health is an essential and inseparable component of health
[Panama. 7-8 Oct 2010. Regional Mental Health Conference.]
"It is estimated that one of every four people will suffer a mental disorder throughout his life, and that one of every four families has at least one member affected by one or more mental disorders." Director of the Pan American Health Organization at the ‘Regional Mental Health Conference' underscores the importance of carrying out a balance among the good practices, the reached achievements, and the obstacles and barriers that still exist in this priority health topic. [In Spanish]
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PAHO Mobilizes US$ 15 Million for Health Activities in Chile After Earthquake
[Santiago, Chile. 7-8 Jun 2010.]
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) mobilized US$ 15 million dollars to support public health efforts following the earthquake that struck central and southern Chile on 27 February. In an official ceremony the Director of PAHO, Mirta Roses delivered a mobile vaccination unit to the country's Health Minister, Jaime Mañalich, as part of PAHO cooperation activities with Chile. The vehicle will carry vaccines to remote areas and strengthen immunization campaigns. (in Spanish)
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Grand Celebration of Health in the Americas
[24 Apr - 1 May 2010.]
Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) 2010, a week of the grand celebration of health in the Hemisphere in which every single country and territory in the Americas and tens of thousands of health workers and volunteers join forces to benefit 42 million children and adults.
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Vaccination Week in the Americas 2010. "Reaching Everyone"
[24 Apr - 1 May 2010.]
PAHO Director’s Message, 2010. "Over the last seven years, Vaccination Week in the Americas has proven to be a key and unparalleled opportunity to strengthen the Expanded Program on Immunization in the Region by focusing on equity, access to vaccination and Pan-Americanism."
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PAHO and Caribbean countries working to strengthen subregional cooperation strategies
[Kingston, Jamaica. 12-16 Apr 2010.]
PAHO Director Meets with Jamaican Prime Minister. As part of an official visit to this country, which coincided with the holding of the Caribbean Sub-regional Managers’ Meeting, PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses Periago met with Jamaica’s Prime Minister, the Honorable Bruce Golding, at Jamaica House. Dr. Roses congratulated Jamaica on its work in the control of diseases such as malaria and restated the Organization’s commitment to assist with the Ministry of Health’s restructuring and the implementation of a health information policy that will inform decision-makers of how best to utilize resources.
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WHO Senior Policy-Makers Meet to Discuss Policy, Management and Strategy Issues
[Johannesburg. South Africa. 29-31 Mar 2010.]
WHO Director-General and the six Regional Directors which make up the Global Policy Group (GPG), meet this week in South Africa during their yearly 3-day retreat to review and discuss policy matters to improve and strengthen the performance of the World Health Organization.
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PAHO Director in Official Visit to Chile to Coordinate Response to Earthquake
[Chile. 3 Mar 2010.]
The Director of the Pan American Health Organization visited Chile to discuss details of PAHO’s response to the earthquake. Dr. Mirta Roses stated that "we are collaborating with Chile's emergency and response system, with the Minister of Health, guiding international cooperation, and channeling those countries that have more capacity to supply what Chile needs." (in Spanish)
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SRMM Centroamérica, México y Oficina Frontera EUA/MEX
[Mexico DF., Mexico. 14-18 Feb 2010.]
Se efectúa en México la 1ra. Reunión Subregional de Representantes y Directores de Centro de la OPS del año, encuentro anual de trabajo, análisis de la gestión y acciones futuras en el trabajo de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud en cada una de sus oficinas de país. Las reuniones subregionales tienen el objetivo de fortalecer la capacidad de gestión de la cooperación técnica de la OPS/OMS en las Oficinas de País y en el nivel Subregional, e incorporar la perspectiva de país y subregional en la formulación y gestión de las políticas regionales y globales del Secretariado, incluyendo la relación con otras agencias y actores, este encuentro reúne a los Representantes y Directores de Centro de los países involucrados en una semana de trabajo, donde se cuenta además con la participación de importantes autoridades de salud nacionales.
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Cuban Medical Personnel, the largest health contingency in Haiti
[PAHO HQ. Washington, DC. 18 Feb 2010.]
Cuba, one of the 36 Member States of the Region of the Americas that are part of the Pan American Health Organization and one of the seven founders of this centennial institution founded in 1902, currently has 1,439 physicians and other medical personnel working in Haiti, including hundreds of local Haitian doctors who received their medical training in Cuba making this group the largest health contingent on the ground in Haiti.
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Special Report on PAHO's response to the Earthquake in HAITI
[Washington DC. 19 Jan 2010.]
Briefing by Dr. Mirta Roses, PAHO Director and Director of the WHO Regional Office for the Americas, to the Executive Board of the World Health Organization. Dr. Roses reported on the Pan American Health Organization's response to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti after the January 12 earthquake. PAHO leads the U.N. Health Cluster.
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Director's Newsletter Issue 2 - Haiti Special Edition »

PAHO/WHO Coordinating Regional Efforts to Assist Haiti after Earthquake
[Washington, DC. 14 Jan 2010.]
The Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is coordinating the mobilization of efforts to help health authorities in Haiti meet the basic health needs of their people in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake, through its country offices. All the countries in the Region have responded with great solidarity.
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Director's Newsletter Special Edition - Haiti »

Country Official Visits 2009-2006
Inter-American Mission to Haiti assess the impact of the cooperation programs to support the socioeconomic development and political stability
Haiti. September 3-6, 2009.- PAHO Director on official visit as part of a high level Inter-American mission to Haiti to assess the impact of the cooperation programs by the international community on the process of development in Haiti, notably in Gonaives, Jacmel and Cité Soleil.
The high-level mission was comprise of Representatives of Member States, including the Chair of the OAS Permanent Council, OAS authorities and senior officials of PAHO, IDB, IICA and the PADF. This mission follows mandates emanated from the 5th Summit of America and the Resolution 2487 of the General meeting of OEA in support to socioeconomic development and to political stability of Haiti, particularly. This resolution asks the international partners of Haiti to continue coordinating their actions with the Haitian Government with the aim of getting better results at local level.
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L’OEA sur le terrain pour évaluer les progrès accomplis [UNMINUSTAH French version]


PAHO, Humanitarian Clowns and Health Experts Join Forces, Using Art as a Bridge to Health and Development
Washington, D.C. - From 4 to 16 August, art becomes a bridge to health access for thousands of people in a remote and vulnerable community in Peru with the arrival of some 100 humanitarian clowns and international public health experts from 12 countries, as part of the Pan American Health Organization’s Faces, Voices and Places Initiative for the Millennium Development Goals.
PAHO VIDEO »Arte, Puente para la Salud (in Spanish)
Art and Health: together in the Belén Festival
PAHO Director, health promoters and humanitarian clowns will join Belén Festival in Peru
Humanitarian Clowns and Health Experts Join Forces, Using Art as a Bridge to Health and Development


PAHO Director at the 5th Summit of the Americas
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. 17 - 19 April 2009.- The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Mirta Roses, attended the meeting as the Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau of the Organization of American States (OAS), health agency of the Inter-American System with more than 100 years of existence, which is the world's oldest health organization. During the meeting, the Director of PAHO had the opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss important topics with leaders of the governments of the region, related to the public health organization that she leads.
Director's Picture Gallery »
Securing Our Citizens’ Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability


PAHO Subregional Managers' Meeting for the Caribbean
Bahamas. 14-17 April, 2009.- PAHO Managers from the Caribbean region met to strengthen coordination among Country Offices (COs), the Subregional Office, Centers and Programs, and the regional entities, with emphasis on country focus and subregional technical cooperation processes; to better understanding of the national health situation and the technical cooperation program for and with The Bahamas. Participants updated on the economic crisis and its impact on the health sector analyzed and on subregional integration, subregional initiatives and relevant technical topics.
Dr. Roses, PAHO's Director chaired the meeting and took the opportunity to meet with the national health authorities at Bahamas to review relevant health issues of common interest.
Bahamas Media Release »
More on SRMM Bahamas » [Intranet Access only]
Director's Newsletter


Global Economic Crisis and the Health of the Americas Region
Otawa, Canada. 3 April 2009.- PAHO Director's Presentation. Closing Gaps, Protecting achievements, Facing new challenges. Avoid the errors of structural adjustment programs, which resulted in disinvestment in the social sector; call for action to maintain and increase investment in health and the social sector in times of crisis; need to generate and strengthen protection networks for poor and vulnerable groups; and the significant repercussions on global health and the work of PAHO/WHO was among others main issues reviewed during her presentation.
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High-Level Canada Visit Highlights Cooperation, Indigenous Health


Improving Public Health by addressing the SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF HEALTH
Asuncion, Paraguay. 16 February 2009.- SRMM-Subregional Managers' Meeting Andean Region and Southern Cone.
Director's Interview with IP Paraguay (Secretariat of Information and Communication for Development) during her official visit to Paraguay to participate in the PAHO's SRMM.
[only Spanish version] "... la formulación de políticas públicas que aborden el peso de los determinantes sociales para reducir las desigualdades que se encuentran en los resultados de salud de la población y también de manera importante en cómo llevar a que la salud esté integrada en todas las políticas públicas (de empleo, de inversión en infraestructura, en alfabetización universal, etc.) de modo que se pueda trabajar de manera concertada y teniendo en cuenta que el objetivo final es la calidad de vida de la población ... "
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PAHO promotes behavior change to combat DENGUE in the Region
Asuncion, Paraguay. 10 February 2009.- PAHO Director at a press conference during the PAHO Subregional Managers' Meeting of Southern Cone and Andean (SRMM).
[only in Spanish] “Creo que tenemos el conocimiento y la estrategia que funciona, pero todavía nos falta ese cambio de comportamiento. Tenemos que encontrar los caminos para hacer que la gente no entre en pánico ni alarma, ni trate de buscar al culpable afuera porque definitivamente el culpable está dentro, muchas veces, dentro de las casas”, sostuvo.
Director's Newsletter - SRMM
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Cuba is World Leader in Medical Care, According to PAHO
Cuba. Visita Oficial. Julio 28-31, 2008.- PAHO Director visited several health centers during her official visit to Cuba and pointed out that Cuba offers a wide variety of activities and services related to health, and is a founding member of PAHO, which was established 106 years ago, she also talked to the press about the work carried out by Cuba with respect to its aging population and said tha Cuba has met the needs identified several decades ago to train more healthcare professionals and provide more clinics in towns.
Media Release
[Spanish version]:Presentación de la Directora »
Resumen visita oficial de la Directora y cancelación sello postal en saludo al 60 aniversario de la OMS y el 30 aniversario de Alma Ata.
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Venezuela carries out with universal standards on vaccination
Venezuela has achieved to carry out with the universal standards on vaccination, ratified the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Mirta Roses.
The maximum health authority of the continent expressed that the coverage reached by Venezuela show that there is a great sense of organization and coordination for the work, not only with the campaign against rubella but also what is being fulfilled with the Vaccination Week in the Americas.
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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.- In her visit to Brazil, Dr. Mirta Roses fulfilled an extensive agenda, she also 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.
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OMS/OPS : nous sommes engagés à soutenir Haïti
13 février 2008.- En Haïti dans le cadre de la réunion annuelle des représentants de l'OPS/OMS de la Caraïbe, qui se tient pour la première fois en Haïti, la directrice régionale de l'OMS/OPS pour les Amériques, le docteur Mirta Roses, a déclaré : " nous sommes totalement engagés à soutenir Haïti afin qu'il progresse dans la réalisation des Objectifs du Millénaire pour le Développement ". Elle intervenait, en effet, au cours d'une conférence de presse tenue le 13 février à Port-au-Prince.
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BAHAMAS. Director's Official Visit.
Nassau, Bahamas, February 27 - March 2, 2007. - During her visit the Director met important governments authorities, she visited the Minister of Health, and met Senator the Honourable Dr. Bernard J. Nottage (Minister of Health, National Insurance and Public Information), and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Fred Mitchell. She also delivered two presentations and had a live radio interview.
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