The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, highlited that PAHO is one of the inter-American system’s oldest institutions. He congratulated Dr. Roses for her leadership and commitment.
Ramdin emphasized how PAHO and the OAS work together to link the health agenda and the political agenda to implement joint policies that benefit the region. He stressed that this year, which marks the 10 year anniversary of the Inter-American Democratic Charter, it becomes clearer that the consolidation of democracy in the region also involves development. Democracy and development are not only interdependent, he said, they reinforce each other. In this regard, he emphasized the role of health in achieving this.
Randim also referred to the High Level Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases. He said that the expression of political will is not enough and that action must be taken. He congratulated the ministers of health for placing the issue on the table and asking for help in stopping this “epidemic.”