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

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

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.” He indicated that the emergence of a resistant organism affects a country and its neighbors and “requires a joint solution and international cooperation.”

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 own initiative or in response to a request from at least three Member Governments. The Committee has an auxiliary advisory body, the Subcommittee on Program, Budget and Administration.

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

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 Day.

51st Directing Council Agenda for Wednesday September 28

During this third day of PAHO’s 51st PAHO Directing Council, the Ministers of Health of the Americas and PAHO/WHO staff will address, among other topics, the following:

  • Election of Three Member States to the Executive Committee on the Expiration of the Periods of Office of Argentina, Guatemala, and Haiti
  • Election of Two Members to the Advisory Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information
  • Appointment of the External Auditor of PAHO for 2012-2013 and 2014-2015
  • Regional Consultation on WHO Reform
  • Salary of the Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau
  • Roundtable on Antimicrobial Resistance

Also scheduled for discussion during today’s session are: the adoption of a strategy and action plan to accelerate the reduction of maternal mortality in the Americas, addressed yesterday; and a strategy and action plan on urban health, discussed on Monday.

Among the issues discussed yesterday by the Council were: maternal mortality, which brought together several specialists from international organizations and NGOs, and WHO Reform, which included commentary from WHO Director-General Margaret Chan.

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PAHO, ACTO to cooperate on health and knowledge management in Amazon Region

Under a new agreement with the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), PAHO will provide support in health and knowledge management for one of the strategic lines of action in the ACTO Strategic Cooperation Agenda.

The agreement was signed today by PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses and Amb. Alejandro Gordillo, Secretary General of ACTO during PAHO/s 51st Directing Council meeting.

Abortion is a Public Health Problem, says Obstetrics Expert

The coordinator of the Working Group on Prevention of Unsafe Abortion in the International Federation of Gynecologists and Obstetricians (FIGO), Aníbal Faundes, said today that “induced abortion is a public health problem, due to its high frequency and consequences for women’s health”, during a panel on safe motherhood and universal access to health, held during the 51st Directing Council meeting of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

UNFPA Expert says Family Planning is Key in Reducing Maternal Mortality

Dr. Laura Laski, Chief of Sexual and Reproductive Health at UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) noted that family planning is one of the most cost effective interventions to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, and it contributes to improving the family poverty situation and to empowering women, if they are able to decide.

Interview with Dr. Jorge Venegas, Uruguay’s Minister of Health

For Bachelet, Women are the Best Investment for Democracy and the Economy of the Countries

Under-Secretary-General for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Michelle Bachelet, said that “there is no better investment for democracy and the economic growth of countries than to invest in women.”

So said the former president of Chile during a panel on Safe Motherhood and Reproductive Health, conducted within the framework of the 51st PAHO Directing Council.

Infanta Doña Cristina Stresses La Caixa Foundation’s Support for the Safe Motherhood Initiative

HRH the Infanta Doña Cristina placed emphasis on the support that the Safe Motherhood Initiative has recevied from La Caixa Foundation since 2010 with the presentation of an exhibit of photographs on maternity throughout the world by the journalist Bru Rivera.

The various activities carried out in the Region provided an opportunity to appeal to the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean to pay attention to the problem of maternal mortality, particularly with emphasis on vulnerable populations, said the Infanta Cristina. She added that, in spite of the advances, a great deal still remains to be done.

Though Progress Has Been Made in Reducing Maternal Mortality in the Americas, It’s Still Not Enough

“The Americas have made progress in reducing maternal mortality, but this will not be enough,” said Dr. Roses.

As part of the Panel on Safe Motherhood and Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Mirta Roses, noted that “the Americas have made progress in reducing maternal mortality, but not sufficient to meet the target set by the Millennium Development Goals by 2015.”

Dr. Chan Calls on Countries to “Make a Difference in Women’s Health”

Following the announcement by Canada’s Minister for International Cooperation, Beverley Oda, on the cooperation project with PAHO, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, stressed the need to “show results” when making commitments of that type.

Dr. Chan said that often there is talk but no action is taken on what is said. She said that on the one hand donors do not always do what they undertake to do, but on the other hand sometimes those who receive these donations do not follow through on their commitment. “It is important for countries to show results, for them to improve the health of women; with all that we know, these days not one of them should die during delivery,” she said.