PAHO Director cites “a clear Pan American consensus” in favor of universal health coverage, as 52nd Directing Council ends

Dr. Carissa F. Etienne“A clear Pan American consensus has emerged that universal health coverage is essential if we are to improve human health and well-being; to eradicate or eliminate diseases; to reduce morbidity and mortality gaps; and to especially reduce those inequities that perpetuate human suffering in our countries, thus inhibiting the full realization of human dignity and human potential and preventing the full participation of each and every person in our region’s development”, said PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne in her closing remarks for the 52nd PAHO Directing Council meeting. Continue reading

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Executive Committee sets dates and agenda items for its future sessions and the next PAHO Directing Council

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The 53rd Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and 66th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Americas will take place 29 September–3 October 2014, as established by the 153rd Session of the Executive Meeting today.

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Brazil elected to the Presidency of PAHO’s Executive Committee for 2013-2014

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The Secretary of Health Surveillance of Brazil’s Ministry of Health, Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, was elected as President of the Executive Committee of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for 2013-2014. The delegates from Canada and Chile were elected as vice president and rapporteur, respectively, for the same period.

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Executive Committee meets

153rd Session of the Executive Committee (32)

Representatives of the countries that make up the Executive Committee met today in the 153rd Session.

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Bolivia: The challenge will be to turn the consensus into reality

Dr. Juan Carlos Calvimontes

“We have big challenges, but the most important one is to put into practice all that we have agreed upon together over these past five days,”  Dr. Juan Carlos Calvimontes, Bolivia’s Minister of Health and Sports and Vice President of the 52nd Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), noted during the meeting’s closing session. Continue reading

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Resolution approved on cooperation for health development in the Americas

Proposed Resolutions Pending Adoption (66)

Health authorities approved a resolution to strengthen cooperation for health development in the Americas and adapt it to a broader concept of cooperation among countries and partnerships.

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Progress in evidence-based policy-making for national immunization programs

Progress in evidence-based policy-making for national immunization programs

With the goal of strengthening national capacities for evidence-based immunization decision-making, top-level health authorities of the Americas approved today a resolution calling on the Region’s countries to take note of the policy approaches described in the document Evidence-Based Policy-Making for National Immunization Programs.  Continue reading

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