Ministers of Health Meet to Discuss Health Policies for the Americas

Washington, September 23, 2010 (PAHO) — Ministers of Health of all the countries of the Americas will gather at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) here on Monday, Sept. 27 for their annual Directing Council meeting.

For five days, the health leaders will analyze the health situation in the region and discuss key resolutions on public health problems facing the Americas.

The meeting starts at 9 am Monday at PAHO Headquarters, 525 23rd St., NW, Washington D.C.  Its agenda covers a series of key public health topics including:

  • A Plan of Action on Safe Hospitals
  • The Strategy and Plan of Action for the Reduction of Chronic Malnutrition
  • Strengthening Immunization Programs
  • Strategy and Plan of Action for the Elimination of Mother-to-child Transmission of HIV and Congenital Syphilis
  • Strategy and Plan of Action for Chagas Disease Prevention, Control and Care
  • Substance Use and Public Health

The Directing Council, the governing body of PAHO, is made up of all the health ministers, who meet annually to set health policies and receive new reports on the state of health in the Americas.

PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses will present her annual report, offering a panoramic view of the most important public health topics in the America and future challenges in the Organization’s work to improve the quality of life of the people of the region.

 
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