Archives for ‘Directing Council’

(Español) Entrevista a la Dra. Maria Isabel Rodriguez, Ministra de Salud, El Salvador

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El Salvador Worries Over Prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease

The prevalence of chronic kidney disease in some areas of El Salvador was one of the issues addressed by the Minister of Health and Welfare of the country, Dr. Maria Isabel Rodriguez, and the Director of PAHO, Dr. Mirta Roses, during the 51st Directing Council of the Organization....

Strategy for Creating National Epilepsy Plans Approved

With the support of the Pan American Health Organization, the countries from the Region of the Americas will work on the creation of national programs to deal with epilepsy, a neurological disorder that affects approximately 50 million people worldwide, of which 5 million live in the Americas....

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

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Plan of Action to Reduce Harmful Use of Alcohol

Ministers of health discussed, during the morning session of the 51st Directing Council, the proposed Plan of Action to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol, which seeks to lower levels of per-capita alcohol consumption and reduce alcohol-related harm. According to WHO data, alcohol consumption was the leading risk factor for deaths and illnesses in the Americas in 2004 and was responsible for more than 347,000 deaths. The most common pattern of consumption in the hemisphere is the most risky...

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

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Delegates Approve Strategy for a Public Health Approach to Reduce Psychoactive Substance Use

The delegations of the countries of the Americas approve this morning a plan of action to include the consumption of psychoactive substances as a public health priority in national plans, as part of the 51st Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)....

Directing Council Agenda for Thursday September 29

During the fourth day of the 51st Directing Council of PAHO, health authorities and officials of the Americas,PAHO/WHO, and others, are set to discuss the following topics: Plan of Action to Reduce the Harmful Use of Alcohol Plan of Action on Psychoactive Substance Use and Public Health Strategy and Plan of Action on Epilepsy Strategy and Plan of Action on Malaria   Other matters scheduled for today's session are the approval of the Plan of Action to Accelerate the...

PAHO Director to Visit Spain to Participate in International Meetings and Meet with Health Authorities

During a meeting with Spain's Director of Public Health and International Health, Dr. Carmen Amela, PAHO Director Mirta Roses defined the agenda for her visit to Barcelona and Madrid, where she will participate in several events between October 13 and 21....

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....

25th Anniversary of the International Public Health Program

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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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