From Diversity to a Common Ground: Dissimilarity in a comprehensive approach to health

Our experience in Nunavut.

We left Ushuaia on a Friday afternoon. Several airplanes, airports, and delays later, we arrived at our destination: Nunavut, Canada. Officially we were made up of a ministry of health delegation from the Tierra del Fuego, Antarctic Territory and South Atlantic Islands Province. Our group, which included the Minister of Health, Dr. María Grieco, the Secretary of Community Health, Dr. Nora Guastini, and me, as well as Dr. Andrea Carbone from the Ministry of Health of the Nation, was on a Technical Cooperation among Countries mission organized by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). We knew that we carried an enormous responsibility: to continue on a journey that had already begun; an encounter between the opposite ends of the Americas. An encounter between people separated by a vast geographical, historical and cultural distance, yet capable of building a common agenda: a comprehensive approach to health and its determinants, with each party offering a different vision, one that is as different as it is complementary.
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