Staff training for the Human Milk Bank in Hospital Escuela (Honduras) to begin its operation

(available in Spanish only)

Según la oficina de la OPS en Honduras: “Del 23 al 27 de Abril 2012, Danielle da Silva e Isis Azevedo, técnicas de la Red Iberoamericana de Bancos de Leche Humana (BLH) de Brasil, brindaron la capacitación sobre procesamiento de la pasteurización de la leche materna a las personas encargadas del banco de leche del Hospital Materno Infantil.

El BLH ya funciona en el hospital  Mario Catarino Rivas de la ciudad de San Pedro Sula y se espera que al finalizar las capacitaciones impartidas por las técnicas brasileñas pueda comenzar su funcionamiento en el Hospital Materno Infantil de Tegucigalpa. El proceso de implementación de los BLH en el país comenzó en 2007 y desde sus inicios ha contado con la cooperación del gobierno brasileño con el que esta semana se firmó un nuevo convenio de cooperación y apoyo técnico.

Esta capacitación es parte del convenio de cooperación entre Brasil y Honduras. Se beneficiará a los niños prematuros, a los que presenten bajo peso y a los que por otros motivos necesiten de esta asistencia. …”

Read more on the PAHO Honduras webpage.

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Knowledge Sharing Tools and Methods Toolkit

There is increasing evidence that knowledge sharing is a key component to sustainable development.  The CGIAR, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the KM4Dev Community , the United Nations Children’s Fund and the United Nations Development Programme have joined together to create a public wiki page dedicated to knowledge sharing tools, methods and processes. 

The wiki has been created in consultation with practitioners around the world, and the tools can be adapted to a wide number of contexts, sectors and situations. 

For more information, you can visit the site at:

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Latin America, pioneering the new Global Partnership

Posted by Nils-Sjard Schulz on February 15, 2012 on South-South Opportunity Blog

“In a quickly changing world, today’s Latin America is pursuing development with increasing self-confidence and stronger capacities. At the same time, expectations are growing that a more prosperous Latin America also contributes to international development, for example through South-South cooperation. A key question is how the region will get involved in the global governance of development, and in particular in the new Global Partnership that emerged from the recent High Level Forum in Busan, Korea.

With this background, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador invited the Directors-General for international cooperation of Latin American countries, in order to assess the lessons learned in Busan and agree on a series of next steps. They were joined by a small group of representatives from civil society and academia. A total of twelve countries participated in this inter-governmental seminar held in San Salvador on 13 and 14 February. …”

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PAHO launches web portal for Cooperation among Countries and Health Development

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an active participant in the ongoing international dialogue regarding south-south and triangular cooperation as well as horizontal partnerships.  Both governments and development partners have expressed a need to develop and improve knowledge and information sharing mechanisms regarding these alternative cooperation modalities.

To respond to the needs and challenges identified, PAHO has established a web portal for knowledge sharing as well as the documentation and systematization of case stories related to all types of horizontal partnerships among countries for health development. The portal seeks to foster an interactive community of practitioners and encourage peer learning in order to develop more effective and sustainable models of international cooperation in health.

The portal aims to address some of the following key observations and findings regarding South-South and Triangular Cooperation:

  • need to document and systematize information on South-South cooperation
  • need to match supply and demand for cooperation in more systematic and informed ways
  • need to highlight Southern perspectives and approaches to South-South and Triangular Cooperation including providing Southern development partners opportunities to share their experiences at the Regional and Global levels
  • need to expand to include a wider group of relevant actors such as civil society and academia

By joining the community and participating in the portal, you too can contribute to the international dialogue and discussion regarding the role of horizontal partnerships as well as south-south and triangular cooperation in international cooperation. We look forward to your collaboration and active participation! Visit the site at


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Launch of Vaccination Week in the Americas 2012!

April 21st to the 28th will mark the 10th anniversary of the Vaccination Week in the Americas! 

Vaccination Week in the Americas (VWA) is an extraordinary effort led by the countries and territories of the Region to advance equity and access to vaccination. VWA activities strengthen the national immunization programs in the Americas by reaching out to populations with little access to regular health services, such as those populations living in urban fringes, rural and border areas and in indigenous communities. Since its inception in 2003, more than 365 million individuals of all ages have been vaccinated during campaigns conducted under the framework of VWA.

The initiative also provides a platform to raise population awareness regarding the importance of immunization and to keep the topic on the forefront of political agendas.  For more information please visit the PAHO/WHO VWA webpage.


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PAHO Launches New Platform to Promote Access to Health Technologies and Innovation

 The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) will launch the Regional Platform for Access to Health Technologies and Innovation on 7 May 2012. The objective is to improve transparency, information flow, and cooperation among countries of the region in order to promote access, innovation, rational use, and governance of essential drugs, biological medicines, and diagnostics in public health.

The interactive platform encompasses research, development, and innovation for health technologies; pharmaceutical policies and health technologies; access to and rational use of medicines; and regulation and management of intellectual property. It is a tool for health authorities in the Americas; national regulatory authorities; departments of science, technology, and innovation; scientists, researchers, and research institutes; civil society, nongovernmental organizations, and foundations that work with medicines and health technologies; and sectors of the pharmaceutical industry.

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Knowledge from the South Expo – May 8 to 10 in Panama

Come and join us in Panama for a regional expo highlighting successful cases of South-South Cooperation (SSC) in the Americas!  The expo is entitled “Knowledge from the South” and it seeks to highlight effective SSC experiences in the areas of social and sustainable development with proven results from throughout the region.  The focus is on four thematic areas:

  • Social programs and social protection systems
  • Fiscal policies to promote equity and social investment
  • Citizen participation, inclusion and public policies
  • Environment and disaster risk reduction

65 SSC projects and initiatives were nominated and 30 will be chosen through expert panels to be presented in more detail at the event.  There will also be a printed publication detailing the experiencies.

The Knowledge from the South Fair is generously hosted by the government of Panama with UN inter-agency support.   For more information, visit:


Feria Saber del Sur





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