Archives for ‘Day 3’

Interview with D. Rekve, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO

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Interview with Dr. Hubert Minnis, Health Minister of the Bahamas

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Health Authorities Adopt Strategy to Reduce Road Traffic Injuries

Health authorities from the region approved a new Plan of Action on Road Safety to reduce traffic injuries, the leading cause of death in children aged 5 to 14 and the second leading cause of death in the group aged 15 to 44. The plan, approved during the 51st Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization, looks for countries to enact legislation on major risk factors, such as speed, alcohol consumption, and the use of seat belts, helmets, and child...

Climate Change on the Agenda at 51st Directing Council

The delegations from the countries of the Americas this afternoon discussed the Strategy and Plan of Action on Climate Change, which proposes the elements and framework for a plan of action to protect health from the effects of climate change in the Region of the Americas. Health authorities from the Americas discussed different strategies for assessing and addressing the implications of climate change for health and health systems, and other...

Interview with Dr. Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, Director for Knowledge, Management and Sharing, WHO

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Interview with Marcelo D’Agostino, Area Manager of Knowledge Management & Communications PAHO

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Directing Council Approves eHealth Strategy and Plan of Action

The 51st Directing Council today approved the eHealth Strategy and Action Plan, which seeks to improve access to and quality of health services through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Among other things, these technologies are expected to increase efficiency in the use of time and resources and improve inputs for complex decision-making, including for patient diagnosis and treatment....

PAHO’s International Health Program Celebrates 25th Anniversary

PAHO’s 51st Directing Council observed the 25th anniversary of PAHO’s International Health Program during the afternoon session of the 51st Directing Council. Minister of Health of El Salvador Dr. María Isabel Rodríguez, who served as the program’s first coordinator, said it had contributed “not only to the enrichment and reorientation of young health professionals in the region but also to the generation of new knowledge in international health and particularly to the deepening of...

Strategy and Plan of Action on Urban Health Approved

Countries in the Region of the Americas, with support from PAHO/WHO, will carry out a series of actions to improve health conditions in cities, where nearly 80 percent of the hemisphere’s population resides. Health ministers from the member countires, gathered in Washington, D.C., this week for the 51st Directing Council meeting of PAHO/WHO, today approved the Strategy and Plan of Action on Urban Health....

Interview with Dr. Alberto Tejada, Minister of Health – Peru

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Minister of Health of Peru Meets with PAHO Director Roses

Dr. Alberto Tejada, Minister of Health of Peru, met today with PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses to discuss Peru's health agenda and PAHO/WHO technical cooperation programs in the country. Dr. Tejada, a practicing physician, became Minister of Health in August, following his appointment by Pres. Ollanta Humala, who was elected in June....

PAHO and Chile Agree on Strategic Agenda for Technical Cooperation for 2011 to 2014 Biennia

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Delegates from the Countries, PAHO, GAVI Discuss Expanding Cooperation on Immunizations in the Region

Representatives from the Member States, and PAHO technical staff headed by Assistant Director Socorro Gross, met this afternoon with Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez, Board Representative for Developing Countries of the Americas and Europe from GAVI, and Alex Palacios, Special Representative of the GAVI Secretariat, working in immunization schedules....

Health Officials Discuss Antimicrobial Resistance, the Theme of World Health Day 2011

With the goal of analyzing socioeconomic implications, lessons learned, and successful strategies to achieve the goal of containing antimicrobial resistance, health authorities of PAHO Member States debated the issue at roundtables....

Expert Urges Resistance to Antimicrobial Resistance to “Preserve the Miracle of Antibiotics”

The Director of the Board on African Science Academy Development of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, Patrick Kelley, addressed the health authorities of the Americas gathered at PAHO's 51st Directing Council PAHO, urging them to prevent antimicrobial resistance to "preserve the miracle of antibiotics, the basis of global health during the last 50 years." The specialist said that "when public interest is threatened, it is time for governments to exercise their leadership."...

Member Countries Present Regional Analysis of the WHO Reform

The member countries of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) presented this morning at the 51st Directing Council their regional analysis on the Reform of the World Health Organization (WHO) and reaffirmed their willingness to continue participating in and contributing to the discussion process....

PAHO Directing Council Selects Spain’s Court of Audit as the New External Auditor

The 51st Directing Council has selected Spain's Court of Audit as the new external auditor of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for the 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 biennia....

Directing Council Appoints PAHO Executive Committee and BIREME Advisory Committee Members

The 51st Directing Council has elected Brazil, El Salvador, and Chile as the three new members of the Executive Committee, replacing Argentina, Guatemala, and Haiti. The Executive Committee consists of nine Member States, elected by the Conference or the Council to serve for overlapping periods of three years. The Committee, which meets twice a year, functions as a working group of the Conference or the Council. The Director of PAHO can convene special meetings of the Committee either on her...

Interview with Dr. Mauricio Hernandez, Vice Minister of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion for Mexico’s Ministry of Health

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PAHO Director Urges Member States to “Remain Vigilant” Against Rabies in the Americas

Although the Region of the Americas has plenty to celebrate in its fight against rabies, vaccination efforts and programs must be maintained, said Dr. Mirta Roses today, in recognition of World Rabies...