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Presentations 2011
Freeing the Americas from NIDs: Addressing the Unfinished Agenda
[Philadelphia, USA. 6 Dec 2011.]
American Society Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) 's 2011 Annual Meeting.
Neglected infectious diseases affect population groups living in poor socio-economic conditions, with low income and education levels, poor housing, lack of access to basic services such as clean water and sanitation, and in areas where armed conflict is present, environmental conditions are deteriorated and there are access barriers to health services. As they share similar social and environmental factors, neglected infectious diseases frequently coexist in the same geographical areas be they tropical or subtropical… "We have a great opportunity to reach elimination [as a public health problem], reduce suffering and physical and mental impairment." PAHO Director at the ASTMH Annual Meeting.
- PAHO Director presentation [PPT] »
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PAHO: To remove the NTDs we must step up not only our Health sector strategies but our Poverty-Reduction Strategies
[Philadelphia, USA. 5 Dec 2011.]
In order to really tackle the NTDs, we need to start taking a careful and systematic look at our health systems, but also take into account the Social Determinants of Health which contribute to their apparent perpetuity. Dr. Mirta Roses remarks at the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene 2011 Annual Meeting Reception (ASTMH) hosted by Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases. - PAHO Director remarks »

PAHO Director Briefing Session to OAS Permanent Council
[Washington DC. 21 Sep 2011.]
Briefing session on PAHO’s Directing Council 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 meeting of the Directing Council, as the Health Specialized Agency of the Inter-American System.
- PAHO Director briefing presentation to OAS Ambassador Permanent Council [PPT] »
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PAHO Director Calls for Urgent Action to Integrate and Enhance Resources and Partnerships to Eliminate Neglected Diseases in the Americas
[Cordoba. Argentina. 11-14 Aug 2011.]
The current situation in the Americas for neglected infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance and its impact on clinical practice dermatologist, were topics addressed by the Director of the Organization (PAHO/WHO), Dr. Mirta Roses during her participation in the XX Argentine Congress of Dermatology, sponsored by PAHO, which reviews the most current and relevant interest in the practice of dermatology. [in Spanish]
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Importancia de las Manifestaciones Dermatológicas para la detección de las Enfermedades Desatendidas
[Cordoba. Argentina. 13 Aug 2011.]
XX Congreso Argentino de Dermatología Córdoba, 11-14 de agosto de 2011. "En LAC es urgente integrar y potenciar acciones, recursos y alianzas para eliminar las enfermedades desatendidas. Hay EIDs que se pueden eliminar en las Américas en más corto tiempo si se unen esfuerzos y se destinan los recursos necesarios" - Dra. Mirta Roses Periago, Directora Organización Panamericana de la Salud.
- Las Manifestaciones Dermatológicas y las Enfermedades Desatendidas »
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Situación Actual de la Resistencia Antimicrobiana en las Américas, su impacto en la práctica clínica de la dermatología
[Cordoba. Argentina. 12 Aug 2011.]
XX Congreso Argentino de Dermatología Córdoba, 11-14 de agosto de 2011. Resistencia antimicrobiana: reflexiones para los que practican dermatología, "Si no actuamos hoy, no habrá cura mañana". Directora de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS).
- Resistencia antimicrobiana: reflexiones para los que practican dermatología »
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Quebec Health System Benefits from “Lean Management”
[Washington, DC. 27 Jun 2011.]
Quebec’s health system has become the lowest-cost provincial health system in Canada while still maintaining health indicators that are among the country’s best, thanks to the adoption of more efficient management practices, said Yves Bolduc, Minister of Health and Social Services of Quebec, in a presentation this week at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, D.C.
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148th Session of the PAHO/WHO Executive Committee
[Washington, DC. 20-24 Jun 2011.]
The 148th session of the Executive Committee of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) meet at the headquarters of the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) to review and discuss several initiatives that will be endorsed in September by all of the Ministers of Health of the Americas at the annual meeting of the Directing Council.
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PAHO/WHO Executive Committee began its deliberations in Washington, DC.
PAHO/WHO Executive Committee concluded today its sessions
Executive Committee of PAHO/WHO concludes its deliberations in Washington, DC.
PAHO Director's Briefing Session to 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.
- PAHO Director briefing presentation to OAS Ambassador Permanent Council [PPT] »
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PAHO at the Global Health Council Annual Conference 2011
[Washington, DC. 13-17 Jun 2011.]
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the leading agency in public health for the Americas of the World Health Organization participated in the Global Health Council the Annual Conference 2011, the world's largest membership alliance dedicated to saving lives by improving health throughout the world.
PAHO main presentations were related to: Addressing the policy implications of drug resistance, Stop TB Partnership, Situation Analysis of Cancer in Latin America and the Caribbean, Health in the 'green' economy: leveraging big gains for chronic disease prevention at no cost to health systems, The importance of nutrition, obesity and physical activity in maternal and child health, Multisectoral linkages in the context of addressing non-communicable and chronic diseases, Leveraging wireless technologies to improve health information flows, Policy track: the road to the High Level Meeting on NCDs, Bridging policy and practice: balancing high-level meetings and individual health needs.
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Construyendo Sistemas de Salud para enfrentar los desafíos sanitarios en las Américas
[Bogotá, Colombia. 2 Jun 2011.]
[In Spanish] "La necesidad de desarrollar redes de servicios de salud basadas en la atención primaria, de financiamiento público y cobertura universal, dada su capacidad de aminorar los efectos de la segmentación y la fragmentación, articulándose con el conjunto de las redes sociales"
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Urbanismo y Vida Saludable: "La Salud Urbana es Importante"
[Bogotá, Colombia. 1 Jun 2011.]
[In Spanish] Exposición de la Directora de la OPS en la Secretaría del Distrito de Bogotá, con la presencia de autoridades de salud de la ciudad y sociedad civil. Durante el evento el Secretario de Salud de Bogotá, Dr Héctor Zambrano, hizo un reconocimiento público a la directora de la OPS.
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PAHO Director: Safeguarding the Principle of Universal Coverage is an Ethical Commitment of PAHO
[Medellín, Colombia. 3 Jun 2011.]
Current trends in health policy in the Americas, along with their development in the broader context of social policy and development objectives, was the focus of remarks by Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr. Mirta Roses at the 7th International Health Congress, held June 1-4 in Medellin, Colombia. Dr. Roses also discussed the need to redefine and integrate different health agendas, including public safety, the green economy, social justice, philanthropy, and health diplomacy. (In Spanish) Read more »
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AMRO's Delegation to the 64th World Health Assembly
[Washington, DC. 16-24 May 2011.]
Dr. Mirta Roses, WHO/AMRO Regional Director leads the organization's delegation to the 64th World Health Assembly where 2700 delegates and officials from 193 Member States are participating this week to discuss among others current relevant global public health issues. The delegation of the WHO's Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO) fulfills an intensive agenda of work which address some of the main health issues and public health policies in focus for the institution as the health agency for the Americas.
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World Health Assembly Opened Today in Geneva
Noncommunicable diseases are discussed in technical meeting of 64th World Health Assembly
In the 64th World Health Assembly Vaccination and Development at the Heart of the Agenda
Historical agreements at the Sixty-fourth World Health Assembly [WHO-DG closing]

PAHO Countries Join Global Effort to Stop Road Deaths and Injuries
[Washington, D.C. 10 May 2011.]
U.N.-declared "Decade of Action for Road Safety" seeks to save millions of lives worldwide. Countries throughout the Americas are signing on to a worldwide effort to save lives and reduce injuries from traffic incidents, as they launch the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 this week
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Dr. Chan calls for a “different kind of fight” to avert chronic disease disaster
[Moscow. 28 April 2011.]
Changing the unhealthy lifestyles that fuel the growing epidemic of noncommunicable diseases-such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes-requires action beyond the health sector, said Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) today, speaking in Moscow at the opening of the first global ministerial conference on healthy lifestyles and NCD control.
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In Moscow, Health Ministers Pledge Stronger Action on Chronic Diseases

Reducing Poverty is Key to Face Neglected Diseases
[Academia Nacional de Medicina, Argentina. 9 Feb 2011.]
[In Spanish] La directora de la OPS/OMS, Mirta Roses, consideró que para prevenir y erradicar las enfermedades desatendidas en América latina y el Caribe es necesario abordar los problemas de salud desde los determinantes sociales y ambientales. Reducir la pobreza es clave para enfrentar estas patologías, afirmó durante las jornadas de lanzamiento del Instituto Nacional de Medicina Tropical de Argentina.
- Director's speech in Spanish » / - Presentación »
- PAHO Argentina news in Spanish »
Media Publication in Spanish:
- Enfermedades tropicales son agenda inconclusa en la región
- Enfermedades tropicales: “La idea de globalización se aplica también a amenazas a la salud pública”

UN Advancing Together: Gender Equality in Health in the Americas
[CEPAL-ECLAC. Santiago, Chile. 8-9 Feb 2011.]
UN WOMEN: A new opportunity for strengthenening gender equality. Gender equality, Cultural Diversity, and Human Rights Count. PAHO Director's presentation at the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean in ECLAC-CEPAL (UNDG), during the session "Strengthening the regional cohesion in gender."
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International Health Response to HAITI
[Geneva, Switzerland. 19 Jan 2011.]
PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses will deliver a briefing session about the perspectives from PAHO/WHO of the International Health Response to HAITI during the celebration of the 128th WHO EB session. Dr. Roses will be highlighting important issues related to the International Health Response after one year of the devastating earthquake and 3 months later of the cholera outbreak in Haiti.
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Presentations 2010
Foremost thought leaders aim for solutions at the Summit of the WEF’s Global Agenda 2010
[Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 29 Nov - 1 Dec 2010.]
The World Economic Forum’s (WEF) third Summit on the Global Agenda has opened, with over 600 of the foremost global experts from business, government, academia and civil society working together to address the key issues on the global, regional and industry agendas. PAHO Director, Dr. Mirta Roses is the chair of the Global Agenda Council (GAC) on Chronic Diseases and Wellbeing for 2010-2011.
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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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Institutional Partnership: a Significant Added Value in Tackling Global Health Problems
[Philadelphia, USA. 4 Oct 2010. University of the Sciences.]
During a conference of the "Lois K. Cohen Endowed Lecture Series in Global Health" at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses underlined the role of institutional partnerships to achieve great synergies to solve complex public health problems. Citing the global response in Haiti after the devastating earthquake, Dr. Roses discussed advancements and new challenges in improving global health systems and services and the value of institutional partnerships.
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30 Aniversario de la Erradicación de la Viruela en las Américas
[Washington, DC. 28 Sep 2010. PAHO Directing Council.]
El legado de la erradicación de la viruela y la importancia del Fondo Rotatorio para la adquisición de vacunas de la OPS en la eliminación de enfermedades prevenibles por vacunación. Discurso de la directora en la celebración del 30 Aniversario de la Erradicación de la Viruela en las Américas.
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Hacia una Maternidad Segura para todas las mujeres de las Américas
[OAS. Washington, DC. 27 Sep 2010. PAHO Directing Council.]
"La Iniciativa Maternidad Segura es un llamamiento a los países de las Américas para que redoblen sus esfuerzos para el logro del Objetivo de Desarrollo del Milenio 5: Reducir en tres cuartas partes, entre 1990 y 2015, la mortalidad materna, y lograr, para 2015, el acceso universal a la salud reproductiva. El objetivo de esta iniciativa es promover y proteger el derecho al disfrute del más alto nivel posible de salud de mujeres, madres y recién nacidos".
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Combatir la desigualdad es una prioridad esencial de nuestro trabajo
[PAHO HQ. Washington, DC. 27 Sep 2010. PAHO Directing Council.]
Discurso Inaugural de la Directora. En la apertura del 50º Consejo Directivo de la OPS, la Directora de la OPS, Mirta Roses, dio la bienvenida a los delegados de los Estados Miembros y destacó la importancia de la cooperación panamericana en materia de salud, y la articulación de esfuerzos a nivel regional, nacional y la comunidad, poniendo especial acento en la reducción de la desigualdad y sus negativos efectos sobre la salud pública.
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PAHO Director Annual Report 2010
[PAHO HQ. Washington, DC. 27 Sep 2010. PAHO Directing Council.]
"Promoting health, well-being, and human security in the Americas". PAHO Director, Dr. Mirta Roses presents the Annual Report 2010 to the Ministers of Health and other national health authorities of PAHO Member States during the celebration of the PAHO's 50th Directing Council. [Spanish version]
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Social Inequalities: A Barrier to Exercising the Right to Health
[NIH. Washington DC. 16 Sep 2010.]
The Americas: A Region of Extremes. PAHO Director's presentation at the National Institute of Health (NIH) Health Disparities Seminar Series, where she addressed the most relevant social inequalities in the Region as a barrier to exercising the right to health and the PAHO’s role to tackle some of these health inequities making them visible, going beyond national averages, strengthening health information systems and empowering the most unfavored.
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A Human Rights-based Approach to HIV Prevention. AIDS 2010
[Vienna, Austria. 18 Jul 2010. HIV/AIDS Conference.]
A human rights-based approach to mitigating the extent and effects of the AIDS epidemic, and promoting universal access to HIV services is critical. Although there has been notable progress in many areas, punitive laws, policies, practices, stigma and discrimination continue to undermine the achievement of universal access targets including access to prevention for those who need it and the MDGs related to the right to health.
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Strengthening Health Sciences Education play an important role for the formation of values and positive transformation of health care services
[PAHO HQ. Washington DC, 28 Jun 2010.]
PAHO-AFRO-WHO Inter-Regional Cooperation Initiative. WHO/AMRO (PAHO), WHO/AFRO and WHO/HQ work to strengthening health sciences education in the African Region, an inter-regional initiative of technical cooperation that assess the feasibility of establishing a textbook and instructional materials program based on the experience of the PALTEX program in the Americas Region.
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AMRO-AFRO-WHO Inter-Regional Cooperation Initiative: Strengthening Health Sciences Education
[PAHO HQ. Washington DC, 28 Jun 2010.]
Workshop that aims to present PALTEX program experience to WHO/HQ and WHO/AFRO, discussing the education situation in the African Region, agreeing on the lines of work, collaboration and concept paper, and defining the next steps to strengthening health sciences education in Africa through textbooks and educational materials.
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146th Session of the Executive Committee of PAHO: Reviewing relevant public health issues for the Americas Region
[PAHO HQ. Washington DC, 21-25 Jun 2010.]
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.
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PAHO presentation to OAS Permanent Council
[PAHO HQ. Washington, DC. 18 Jun 2010.]
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.
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AMRO Delegation to the 63rd World Health Assembly
[Geneva, Switzerland. 17-21 May 2010.]
Dr. Mirta Roses, WHO/AMRO Regional Director leads the organization's delegation to the 63rd World Health Assembly where up to 3000 delegates from 193 nations are participating this week to discuss among others relevant global public health issues. The delegation of the WHO's Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO) fulfills an intensive agenda of work which address some of the main health issues and public health policies currently in focus for the institution as the health agency for the Americas.
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Counting Malaria Out: An Unwavering Commitment of the Americas
[PAHO HQ. Washington, DC. 20 Apr 2010.]
PAHO Director meets Princess Astrid of Belgium, Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Initiative. On the occasion of the commemoration of World Malaria Day 2010, our Region was honored by the visit of Princess Astrid of Belgium, Special Representative of the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Initiative joined by Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck, Executive Director of RBM Partnership and other dignitaries.
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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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Urbanization and Health
[PAHO HQ. Washington, DC. 7 APr 2010. World Health Day 2010.]
Today, over half of the world’s population lives in cities. In Latin America and the Caribbean, the percentage is even higher: more than three out of four people live in urban areas, making our Region the most urbanized region in the world. Between 1970 and 2010 urban population in the Region increased 187% while rural population increased 96% - 80% or approximately 477 million live in cities. For 2050, it is estimated that 683 million will be living in cities. "Urbanization and Health", impact of urban living on human health and the actions to take to make our cities better places to live.
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Rights and Reproductive Health of Women
[PAHO HQ. Washington, DC. 6-7 Apr 2010. UNFPA/IPPF Women's Health Network on Reproductive Rights.]
[in Spanish] Acciones para fortalecer el sector de la salud y otros sectores en avanzar la salud sexual y reproductiva de las mujeres en las Américas en el contexto de sus derechos reproductivos. "Es crítico reforzar el rol central del sector salud para avanzar en los derechos y la salud reproductiva de las mujeres y adolescentes, sobre todo en la Región mas inequitativa del mundo, donde su falta afecta mas a nuestras mujeres pobres, rurales, indígenas, afrodescendientes y marginalizadas.
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By greater global equity in health
[PAHO. Washington DC. 23 Mar 2010.]
Leaders in International Health, Program 2010 (PLSI).
[In Spanish] Bajo el liderazgo y coordinación de la Organización Panamericana de la Salud da inicio el tercer año del PLSI "Edmundo Granda Ugalde 2010", esfuerzo conjunto de los países de las Américas para contribuir al desarrollo de líderes en salud internacional en la Región, fortaleciendo las capacidades en el desarrollo de los recursos humanos para comprender, actuar e influir sobre los determinantes internacionales de la salud y concertar acciones intersectoriales e internacionales a favor de la equidad en el acceso y cuidados de salud para los pueblos de las Américas.
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Major challenges facing regional health organizations and the people they serve
[Interview with IFPRI Forum. 23 Mar 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.
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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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AMRO-AFRO Areas of Collaboration
[Washington, DC. 24 Feb 2010.]
World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Directors for Africa (AFRO) and for the Americas (AMRO) met to discuss areas of collaboration between the two regional WHO offices. In recent years, PAHO and AFRO have worked together in important areas which include health systems strengthening, human resources for health, and vaccine-preventable diseases. The African Health Observatory/ Core health data initiative, Virtual Health Campus, and HIV/AIDS will be other important areas of collaboration.
Dr. Sambo, AFRO Regional Director presentation at AMRO »

The impact of the crisis on a key social sector, HEALTH: new lines of action
[New York. 22 Feb 2010.]
Dr. Mirta Roses' presentation at the III Strategic Social Thinking Forum of Latin America, under the subject: "Toward an integrated and inclusive development in Latin America and the Caribbean." [only Spanish version available]
Presentación »

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 »

Presentations 2009-2006
THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC RECESSION and the MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Washington, D.C. 49th Directing Council. October 1, 2009.- Important dialogue between Ministers of Health of the Americas during the celebration of the 49º.Directing council of PAHO analyzes the impact of the world economic crisis for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, the most ambitious endeavor ever pursued against poverty, where the principles of equity, solidarity and the right to the highest attainable health are the core values of the PHC approach; while its guiding principles are the responsiveness to people's health needs, social justice, quality-oriented services, government accountability, sustainability, participation and intersectoriality.
Director's Newsletter


Director's Presentation to the OAS Permanent Council
Washington, D.C. September 23, 2009.- Briefing Session to the Permanent Ambassadors to the Organization of American States and others Estate Member’s Ambassadors.
Presentation
PAHO 49th Directing Council


Public Health in crisis times
Buenos Aires, Argentina. August 19, 2009.- Conference of Dr. Mirta Roses in the Medical School, University of Buenos Aires, during the ceremony in memory of Dr. Carlos Canitrot, a recognized Argentine public health professional.
Presentation [only Spanish version]


World Fair on Municipalities and Health
Buenos Aires, Argentina. August 18-21, 2009.- Argentina hosted the first World Fair on Municipalities and Health: Rights, Citizenship, and Integrated Local Management for Development, one of the year’s most important international health events, with around 3,000 participants expected.
The first day of the Fair closed with a presentation by the Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, who talked about "Municipalities, Health and Integrated Management: An Opportunity to Support the Exercise of Civil Rights."
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Director's presentation » [only Spanish version]
With a declaration of commitment to work together for a most healthy world and with an appeal to promote the full development of its communities, the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Mirta Roses, closed the World Fair on Municipalities and Health.
Closing »


HUMAN SECURITY: A Public Health Perspective
El Paso, Texas, USA. June 5, 2009.- Dr. Mirta Roses' presentation at the LXVII Annual Meeting USMBHA /AFMES (Human Security: A New Border Response).
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. Until the end of the cold war the states and governments, had not considered priority the daily insecurities that have to support common people, because the greatest threats were seen outside the borders within the framework of the confrontation among the large potencies.
Hunan security means the equitable access to education, work, and health, as well as the respect of the human rights, as essential components of the security, this without denying the obligation of guaranteeing national security by of the governments.
Presentation »


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.
Presentation »
High-Level Canada Visit Highlights Cooperation, Indigenous Health


Report - State of the Region 2008 - for Central America and Dominican Republic
Washington, DC. PAHO HQ. Febrero 19, 2009.- Central America needs national and regional innovative responses. Despite profound changes in the last 20 years CENTRAL AMERICA faces today a new and more complex international situation.


[only in Spanish]
Más información »
"Informe Estado de la Región (2008)"
Estado de la Nación_Website
Presentación del Sr. Miguel Gutiérrez


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.
Newsletter »

Pan American Alliance for Nutrition and Development
Washington, D.C. Julio 25, 2008.- Top United Nations experts on Latin America and the Caribbean agreed on the establishment of the Pan American Alliance for Nutrition and Development.
PAHO Director Roses noted that, despite overall improvements in nutritional status at the aggregate level in Latin America and the Caribbean, 52 million people in the region are still undernourished, and 9 million children under 5 are chronically malnourished. The Pan American Alliance for Nutrition and Development would promote better nutrition not just through food production and distribution but with a broad range of actions, ranging from safer cooking stoves and safe water to urban agriculture and sustainable use of natural resources.
PAHO Press Release: U.N. Experts Warn on New Threats to MDG Progress in Latin America and the Caribbean
[Spanish version: Director's Presentation
Director's Newsletter


Director's Presentation to the OAS Permanent Council
Washington, D.C. June 19, 2008.- Briefing Session to the Permanent Ambassadors to the Organization of American States and others Estate Member’s Ambassadors.
Presentation
142nd Session of the Executive Committee Opens with Important Goals for the Health of the Peoples of the Americas


Primary Health Care for the New Century
Geneva Health Forum 2008. 25 May 2008.- 'In the spirit of this Forum, and to successfully address the health determinants and affirm the right to health, I invite you to join me in building a multi-stakeholder coalition of interested parties, to ensure that a health system based on Primary Health Care represents a feasible and politically appealing policy option.' Speech delivered by Dr. Roses, PAHO's Director in the opening ceremony of the Health Forum 2008 that took place during the celebration of the 61st World Health Assembly.
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PAHO and UNICEF Working Together to support LAC Countries
PAHO Press Release. Washington, D.C., April 25, 2008.- Top officials and technical experts from UNICEF visited the Pan American Health Organization to discuss areas of joint collaboration including water and sanitation, nutrition, social support for mothers and children, work in health emergencies and risk communications focusing on pregnant women, children and adolescents.
Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director of PAHO and Dr. Nils Kastberg, Director of the UNICEF Regional Office shared the moral imperatives of helping excluded populations to address the unfinished agenda and accelerate progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
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OPS XXI en acción. Dr. Mirta Roses' presentation at the opening of the meeting. [Spanish version]
PAHO - UNICEF: Comprometidos por la Salud
Poem written by Dr. Nils Kastberg, UNICEF's Director on the occasion of Dr. Roses inauguration ceremony on February 1st, 2008. [Spanish version]


Globalization and injuries in the context of the Americas
Merida. Mexico. Marzo 15, 2008.- Director's presentation during the celebration of the 9th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion at the panel "Globalization and Injury", which had the participation of many ministers of health from the Americas.
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See also: Declaracíón Ministerial sobre Prevención de Violencia y Lesiones en las Américas [Spanish version]


Report of the Panamerican Health Organization to the permanent council of the OAS
Washington, D.C. March 12, 2008.- Dr. Roses delivered her presentation to OAS Permanent Council, briefing the PAHO health achievements and challenges from the last 5 years as an specialized health agency from the inter-american system.
Director's Presentation
Director's Speech Video [Spanish version]


Partnership for Health Development
Geneva, Switzerland. November 12, 2007.- "The achievement of MDG related with health, is a crucial event to sustain the achievements of others MDGs and to improve life conditions of opulations. Partnerships for Health Development (PHDs) have a major role to play in this endeavour. Indeed, a key reason for establishing such partnerships and funds stemmed from global concern about the burden of disease pandemics, and the need to accelerate action substantially if global targets were to be achieved.  
A fundamental strategy of Partnerships for Health Development has been to work in new ways to expand effective collaboration – including promoting greater participation by civil society and the private sector - and increase access to resources to serve those in need".
Dr. Roses presentation at the Plenary session on Partnerships and WHO.
Partnerships for Health Development - Background Document
Three Day Policy Dialogue Agenda


Strengthening information exchange to more effectively assist member countries with disaster response, says PAHO Director.
Washington, D.C. OAS HQ. September 24, 2007.- PAHO Director Mirta Roses Periago spoke about the organization’s role in the IACNDR and in emergency operations as well as collaborating with humanitarian organizations, underscoring the importance of strengthening information exchange to more effectively assist member countries with disaster response.
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Improving Health in the Americas. How Far We Come and How Far Do We Have to Go?
Bahía, Brazil. July 17, 2007.- Director's presentation at the UFBA (Federal University of Bahia) before the national authorities and foreign delegations, event that is part of the activities of Abrasco 2007.
Presentation. Improving Health in the Americas


140th Session of the Executive Committee of PAHO Concludes with Commitments to New Goals for Health in the Region
Washington, D.C. PAHO HQ. Junio 25-29, 2007.- Relevant health topics were highlighted in the 140th Session of the Executive Committee of PAHO, an important meeting of the Organization's Governing Bodies preceding the 27th Pan American Sanitary Conference, scheduled for October 1-5. The Interim Financial Report of the Director for 2006, the Proposed Program Budget for 2008-2009, and the Proposed Strategic Plan for 2008-2012 were also important organizational topics that were discussed. Achievements, Challenges and Leadership, is the subject Dr. Roses addressed during the presentation of her proposed candidacy to the accredited members of the Executive Committee of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau.
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Health is essential for sustainable democracy in Americas.
Washington, D.C. PAHO HQ. June 20, 2007.- Ambassadors' pronouncement during the presentation of Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director of the Pan American Health Organization to the OAS Ambassadors Permanent Council on the upcoming 140th Session of PAHO's Executive Committee, which will be held next week at PAHO HQ.
Director's presentation. Briefing Session to the Permanent Ambassadors to the Organization of American States.
[Release is available in Spanish, English version will be updated soon]
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New Life for Primary Health Care: the Social Determinants of Health.
Vancouver, Canada. 7-9 June 2007.- Director presentation at the 8th Commissioners' meeting of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health. Any approach to improve health should be linked within a broader economic, social and political context, and should allow for the inclusion of multiple actors and sectors. PAHO understands Primary Health Care (PHC) as an integral part of the development of Health Systems.
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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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Improving People’s Health through Healthy Environments
Washington, D.C. February 2, 2007. - Millions of families in the world exist – or struggle to survive – in environmental hazards. They are exposed to harsh weather, poor ventilation, little light and the need for constant repair. These conditions are especially oppressive for children – their bodies, their growth and development and their dreams. We need to find the ways to strengthen linkages between health and environment, and integrate our work to improve quality of life in the region.
Dr. Roses presentation in the plenary session at the 7th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment (NCSE), with focus on Integrating Environment and Human Health.
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The UN and You: Making a Difference Together. PAHO Director presentation.
Washington, D.C., October 26, 2006. - During the celebration of the United Nations Week 2006 at George Washington University, College of Public Health, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Mirta Roses Periago deliver a presentation at a special panel to discuss : Meeting the Millennium Development Goals: The Shortage of Health Workers and other Public Health Challenges.
GWU_HealthWorkers_MDGs.ppt 

Leaders and Experts in Mental Health meet in PAHO in a Special Forum. World Mental Health Day 2006.
Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), address today the Opening Remarks at the Special Forum of Panel Presentations to commemorate officially the "World Mental Health Day 2006. Theme: "Building Awareness - Reducing Risk: Mental Illness and Suicide", taken the opportunity to focus the attention on suicide as a major health public problem and its link to mental disorders.
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Faces & Places: Empowering Vulnerable Communities.
Dr. Roses presentation at the 47th Directing Council. September 25, 2006. Director's closing presentation at the Panel Discussion of Strategic Alliance for the Attainment of the Development Goals of the United Nations Millennium Declaration.
DrRosesPanelStrategicIntersectorialAlliance.ppt