Triangular Cooperation Experience between the Government of the Argentine Republic and the Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization

In a global context of economic, energy and environmental crisis, the countries of the Americas, most of them categorized as middle-income countries, face the challenge of playing a protagonist role in the new international cooperation scenario.  The countries are seeking to do so with the aim of consolidating a new paradigm based on the primary pillars of solidarity and working together, yet without disregarding their own national realities.Promoting equitable and inclusive economic growth as well as sustainable development are still questions of utmost importance for middle-income countries, which are increasingly in a position of providing technical cooperation to other countries, as well as receiving.   International cooperation, particularly South-South and triangular cooperation is quickly gaining ground and becoming an important aspect of the new global architecture.

The Argentine Republic has a long tradition of international cooperation, both as a country receiving the contribution of the skills existing in other countries as well as a cooperating country providing assistance in several areas.  The commitment and the will to play a significant role together with other sister communities throughout the developing world is strong within Argentina and they are actively seeking partner organizations to help them fulfill these goals.  One such example is the cooperation with the Pan-American HealthOrganization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

The following publication, published in 2009, discusses the successes as well as specific considerations in the collaboration between the goverment of Argentina and PAHO/WHO to maximize South-South cooperation opportunities, which may prove useful to other governments seeking to pursue similar endeavors with like-minded partners.

To read the publication, click on its picture above, or click here:




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Priority Setting in Health: Supporting health technology assessment in the Americas

Join PAHO at the following public event, hosted by the Center for Global Development in Washington DC:

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

**Reception to follow**

Harvey V. Fineberg
Institute of Medicine

Mirta Roses Periago
Pan American Health Organization

Amanda Glassman
Director of Global Health Policy
Center for Global Development

“The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is moving to tackle one of the most difficult and important challenges of health policy: strengthening regional mechanisms for assessing which health technologies are cost effective and therefore appropriate for public funding. It’s a sensitive issue that vexes poor and rich countries alike–including the United States. A recent PAHO resolution signed by the United States, Canada, and countries in Latin America and the Caribbean will strengthen a network created last year to improve the quality of Health Technology Assessment studies and their use in the allocation of public budgets.

The improved network would address problems identified in a CGD working group report, Priority-Setting in Health: Building Institutions for Smarter Public Spending, that urges the creation and strengthening of national and regional priority-setting institutions to improve the effectiveness of public spending on health. The CGD report shows that global health donors and both developed and developing countries could greatly reduce suffering from ill-health and save many more lives–and often money, too–by taking into account the cost-effectiveness of health interventions to better allocate healthcare funds.”


Register for the event on the Center for Global Development website:

CDG article about PAHO’s work in the region on technology assessment,”Pan American Progress on Priority Setting in Health: Strengthened Network Meets Needs Set Out in Center for Global Development Report,” available here:

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Australia is helping lead the world to reduce avoidable blindess – AusAID (August 23rd 2012)

According to AusAID:

“In the world today, there is an estimated 285 million people whose vision is impaired, of whom 39 million are blind and 246 million have low vision. Nine out of 10 of these cases are occurring in developing countries despite almost 80 per cent of them being entirely preventable or treatable. People with vision impairment are among the poorest and most vulnerable in society.

Australia has been a leader in the field of avoidable blindness— committing more than $80 million to blindness prevention work since 2007. In 2008, Australia launched the Avoidable Blindness Initiative (ABI) which has supported a number of eye-health and blindness prevention programs, including partnerships with organisations such as the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and the World Health Organization in the Western Pacific Region.”

To learn more about Australia’s ABI program and its accomplishments visit

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PAHO Launches Primary Health Care Collaborative Network to Promote Cooperation and Exchange of Experiences

An initiative of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) with support from the Ministry of Health of Brazil, the Andalusian School of Public Health (EASP), and other partners.

The Collaborative Primary Health Care Network—a virtual space where you can share and discuss experiences, practices and lessons learned in this field—was launched 31 July at the International Seminar on Primary Health Care organized by the Ministry Health of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro


This network is intended to strengthen health systems in the Region of the Americas through the incorporation of the principles, values and elements of the PHC strategy. Its purpose is to bring the knowledge to action and action to knowledge using information technology and communication in order to contribute to the transformation of health systems based on PHC in the Region of the Americas. Continue reading »

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Photos from Panama – Knowledge from the South Fair: Regional Solutions Exchange

Check out our photos from the Knowledge from the South Fair: Regional Solutions Exchange in Panama from May 8 – 10.  This is also where we officially launched the Cooperation among Countries for Health Development portal!

Feria Saber del Sur

The fair was a great opportunity to network, share, and learn from others.  Congratulations to the Government of Panama and the UNDP Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean for the successful organization of the first regional level south-south cooperation expo!



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Technical Cooperation Project Among Countries Joins Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, and Nunavut, Canada

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Health Canada are teaming up to support a technical cooperation project that seeks to strengthen ties between the countries and share information and experiences related to common health problems that affect both populations of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina and the Canadian town of Nunavut (located on the north end of the Americas).  These are some of the most isolated territories of the region that share many similar health challenges. 

The project began in 2011 and the communication between health authorities from the two territories is ongoing.   


 Read more here:

Press release describing the project (English only):

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Experts to analyze progress toward elimination of trachoma, the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness

Washington, D.C., 11 May 2012 (PAHO/WHO) — More than 2.2 million people in 53 countries around the world suffer visual impairment, and 1.2 million are permanently blind as a result of trachoma, an infectious disease that primarily affects people living in poor rural areas.

A group of experts working to eliminate the disease by 2020 will meet on May 14–16 at the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in Washington, D.C., to evaluate recent progress toward trachoma elimination and to determine next steps to achieve this goal. It is the 16th annual meeting of the WHO Alliance for Global Elimination of Blinding Trachoma by 2020 (GET 2020) and the first time the meeting has taken place in the Americas.   Continue reading »

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Pan American Forum to promote cross-sector action against non-communicable diseases

 Brasilia, 11 May 2012 (PAHO/WHO) — Representatives of the public and private sectors, civil society and academia agreed in Brasilia this week to create strategic alliances involving multiple partners to work together to prevent and control non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Americas.

 Agreement on the multisector alliances was reached during the first working meeting of the Pan American Forum for Action on Non-communicable Diseases (PAFNCDS), held May 8–9. 

 The Pan American Forum is an initiative of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) that tackles the NCD epidemic in the Americas by mobilizing different interest groups to work together to carry out actions for the prevention and control of chronic diseases. More than 250 representatives of governments, private companies, academic institutions and civil society organizations participated in the meeting.  Continue reading »

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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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