The opening session of the 52nd Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO), and the 65th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Americas begins today with a series of activities.
The Minister of Health of Panama and outgoing President of the Directing Council, Javier Díaz; the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bill Corr; and the Manager of the Social Sector of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Héctor Salazar-Sánchez, will open the session. The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza; the Director-General of the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan; and the Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Carissa F. Etienne, will also participate in the opening session.
Of note among the agenda items that the health authorities of the Americas will discuss is the Annual Report of the Director of PAHO, which will focus onthe Organization’s work over the course of the previous year. The President of the Executive Committee will also present his annual report.
Several art exhibits will also begin today, and this evening a special ceremony will take place to recognize individuals and institutions for their contributions to leadership in public health, science literature, veterinary public health, volunteer service, bioethics, and universal health care coverage. These awards will be presented by PAHO and the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF).