Recently I had an interview with the Harvard College Global Health Review (HCGHR). It was a wide-arching questionnaire, ranging from the Primary Health Care approach to PAHO’s role in collaborating with Haiti to address the huge challenges resulting from the catastrophic earthquake it suffered in January 12, 2010, and passing through the fight against health care inequity and the successes and challenges of the Vaccination Week of the Americas.
Among all the questions made in the interview, one related to “Health for All” and the younger generations was particularly thought-provoking. In effect, how to convey the meaning of “Health for All” in a world that has grown notably jaded over time and where such ideals tend to be discarded almost automatically?
My answer to that question was that “health is a powerful tool to make a safer and durable world for all”, which comes on top of the moral imperatives that call for effectively addressing the exclusions and inequities depriving people from reaching the highest attainable level of health. But I realize that there could be other and better answers.
The interview with the HCGHR, originally available only in English, caught the attention of Bernardo Kliksberg, Principal Advisor of the UNDP’s Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean and Director of the Spain-UNDP Fund. Bernardo, one of the foremost world experts in the fight against poverty, kindly had the text translated to Spanish and included it in the last number of the Fund’s Bulletin. Allow me to invite you to read the interview and share your comments.
- Interview with Harvard College Global Health Review
Pan American Health Organization