Delegates from PAHO Member States participating in the 52nd Directing Council today discussed a resolution on social protection in health.
Social protection is a broad concept that includes all measures taken by the State in the provision of priority services, such as housing, employment, education, pensions, and health. It incorporates health as a fundamental right and a requirement for human and social development.
The resolution calls on Member States to recognize, within their individual national contexts, the need to strengthen social protection in health initiatives with the goal of reducing poverty. The resolution also urges the countries to incorporate this concept as a basis for governance and health systems transformation, and to establish legal frameworks that define the measures related to social protection.
The Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Jamaica, Mexico, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, and the United States supported the draft resolution and proposed various changes.