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Perspectives in Health Magazine. Volume 8, Number 2, 2003

The Magazine of the Pan American Health Organization
 Alma-Ata Conference Alma-Ata Revisited
by David A. Tejada de Rivero
The first International Conference on Primary Health Care, held in 1978 in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, in the former USSR, pledged to achieve "Health for All by the Year 2000." Now, a quarter-century later, a key participant looks back at the accomplishments of the historic conference...and at what went wrong. [Read Article] [Print Version]
 Illustration Love, Tears, Betrayal...and Health Messages
by Paula Andaló
Latin American soap operas, known as telenovelas, are a wildly popular genre that has in recent decades crossed over into international markets. While captivating viewers with stories of impossible loves and personal tragedy, they also have proven to be effective agents of social change, transmitting important social and health messages without sacrificing ratings. [Read Article] [Print Version]
 Illustration An Act of Love: Vaccination Week in the Americas
Text by Manuel Calvit, photos by Armando Waak
Health professionals and volunteers in 19 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean joined forces in early June for the first regionwide Vaccination Week in the Americas. The goal: to immunize children no matter where they live, no matter how hard to reach, leaving no child behind. [Read Article] [Print Version]
 Don Francisco Cuba's Jewel of Tropical Medicine
by Annmarie Christensen
The Pedro Kourí Institute of Tropical Medicine, Cuba's preeminent medicalscientific research center, has carved for itself an indispensable niche in the global fight against tropical and infectious diseases. Its 66-year history is partly a family affair. [Read Article] [Print Version]
 Indigenous Man Hasta la Vista, Paradise!
by Tony Deyal
The worldwide shortage of trained nurses has taken a particular toll on the Caribbean, where foreign recruiters have succeeded in creating a full-blown nursing brain drain. Now the region is scrambling to find ways to keep nurses from deserting their tropical island homes for more rewarding careers abroad. [Read Article] [Print Version]

Cover Story:
The goal of "Health for All by the Year 2000" seemed attainable back in 1978, when the first International Conference on Primary Health Care met in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan, in the former USSR. Yet 25 years later, the goal remains in significant part unfulfilled. Perspectives in Health's cover story examines the reasons why.
Photo by Cecilia Durand. Courtesy of the Noncommunicable Diseases Unit of the Pan American Health Organization.

First Word
From the Director

Last Word
Lessons from SARS

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