Archives for ‘Day 4’

VIDEO: Interview with Dr. Joy St. John, Chief Medical Officer, Barbados

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Safe Hospitals Plan of Action

Health ministers from all around the American continent today called for renewed efforts to make hospitals safer in case of disasters, so they can continue to provide health services in times of urgent need....

Video: Dr. Jean Luc Poncelet, on the importance of building safe hospitals and ensuring their functionality during emergency situations

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Hospitals Safe from Disasters

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Strategy and Plan of Action for Prevention, Control and Care of Chagas Approved

The parasitic disease is endemic to 21 countries in the Americas. With an annual incidence of 41,000 cases in the Region, it is estimated that Chagas disease affects about 8 million people and causes on average about 12,000 deaths each year. During the 50th Meeting of PAHO's Directing Councel, Member States undertook to carry out a strategy to cope with the disease. They will strengthen ties with institutions in order to reach the Millennium Development...

Interview with Dr. Marcos Espinal, Area Manager Health Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control

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PAHO Director Offers Cooperation to Colombia’s Minister of Social Protection

PAHO Director, Dr. Mirta Roses, met with Colombia's new Minister of Social Protection, Mauricio Santamaria, and offered the support of the Pan American Health Organization to the new ministerial management....

Interview with Dr. Rhonda Sealey-Thomas Chief Medical Officer of Antigua & Barbudas

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Strategy to Eliminate Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV and Congenital Syphilis is Approved

Every year 160 thousand cases of congenital syphilis and 9 thousand cases of HIV in children are reported in Latin America and the Caribbean. The countries will seek to eliminate these diseases by...

Interview with Dr. Marthelise Eersel, Director of Health of Suriname

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Interview with Dr. Merceline Dahl-Regis Chief Medical Officer of Bahamas

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Strategy and Plan of Action for the Reduction of Chronic Malnutrition is Revised and Approved

In support of the resolution of the Strategy and Plan of Action for the Reduction of Chronic Malnutrition, ministers and delegates spoke out about projects and programs established in their respective countries....

PAHO and Peru Sign an Agreement to Establish Regional Task Force on Water and Sanitation Based in that Country

PAHO Director, Dr. Mirta Roses, and the Peruvian Minister of Health, Oscar Ugarte Ubilluz, today signed an agreement to establish in that country a Regional Task Force on Water and Sanitation (ETRAS by its Spanish acronym) for the purpose of advising countries in Latin America and the Caribbean in basic sanitation, with emphasis on neglected and vector-borne diseases and on improving living conditions in general....

Directing Council President Receives the Gavel

PAHO Director, Dr. Mirta Roses, awarded the gavel to Mexico's Secretary of Health , Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos, as a recognition of excellent work during the management of the work of the 50th Directing...

The Council will also mark the 50th anniversary of PAHO’s Radiology and Radiation Protection Program

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VIDEO: Interview with Dr. Alex Larsen, Minister of Health of Haiti

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1EmeXm3hK4 Haiti’s Minister of Health, Alex Larsen, describes the impact of the Jan. 12 earthquake on the country’s infrastructure and health sector. He says support from partners such as PAHO/WHO for vaccination campaigns and other public health measures helped Haiti avoid epidemic outbreaks, despite the large numbers of people living in temporary settlements. About 75 percent of the infrastructure in three departments was destroyed or seriously damaged,...

VIDEO: Interview with Dr. Mauricio Santamaría, Minister of Social Protection Colombia

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Countries of the Americas Seek to Strengthen Drug Regulatory Systems

Washington, D.C., September 30, 2010 (PAHO) — Health officials from throughout the Americas said they would work with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to strengthen the capacities of their national regulatory authorities to guarantee the quality, safety and efficacy of pharmaceutical products. To view press...

Call to Strengthen Drug Regulatory Authorities of Countries

Dr. Jose Luis Di Fabio, manager of PAHO's Health Systems based on Primary Health Care Area, presented the technical paper the Member States. Representatives of the delegations from the countries welcomed addressing the topic during the Directing Council....

Council spotlights links between health and human security

Health leaders debated the concept of human security and its relationship with health on the fourth day of the 50th PAHO Directing Council. As opposed to national or military security, human security is concerned with the ability of individuals, families and communities to live free from fear and from want: to have job or income security, food security, freedom from aggression, and access to basic opportunities to live productive and dignified lives. Health is an integral part of human security...

Minister Omayra Leeflang Presented Mirta Roses with the Coat of Arms of the Netherlands Antilles

The coat of arms has five stars, representing the Netherlands Antilles, a group of Caribbean islands that form an autonomous part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and that on October 10th finalize their dissolution. Aruba was the first of these islands to travel that road 25 years ago, the same road now traveled by San Martin, Curacao, Bonaire, Saba and St....

PAHO Director met with the Minister of Health of the Dutch Antilles

Mirta Roses and Omayra Leeflang shared a historic meeting. The Dutch Antilles are negotiating their dissolution from the Netherlands, which is scheduled for October 10th. Leeflang considers the relationship with PAHO as "very important" to ensure health on the islands after the break and thanked PAHO for the technical assistance provided in response to the last flu pandemic. "Preparations were effective and timely, so we were prepared to make it through the process," she said. PAHO's...

PAHO Directing Council Approves Modernization of Pan American Sanitary Bureau Management Information System

Dr. Gutierrez, Area Manager of Planning, Budget and Resource Coordination at PAHO, presented to the 50th Directing Council the guiding principles and the different options for upgrading the management information system of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PMIS). He reported on the recent meetings held with the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, the International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations High Commissioner for the Refugees, as well as with the companies Oracle and SAP, two...

Modernization of the PASB Management Information System

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WHO Programme Budget

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Mexico Shares its Experience Against Chronic Diseases

Mexico's Secretary of Health, Jose Angel Cordova Villalobos, presented to his peers in the other countries of the Americas, the Mexican experience in reducing chronic diseases through diet and physical activity. Córdova Villalobos, currently President of PAHO's Directing Council, said that "among us we can build a global policy to tackle the obesity epidemic."...

Javier Vasquez, Health and Human Rights

Javier Vasquez, PAHO advisor on human rights and law, explains how human rights standards and treaties can help public health advocates highlight the responsibilities of states to protect health as a basic human right. Ministers of health from countries throughout the Americas endorsed the approach this week during PAHO's 50th Directing Council meeting, pledging to work with governmental human rights agencies to evaluate and monitor the implementation of international treaties and standards,...