Issue No. 12 [2008]
PAHO, Catalyst for Health in the Americas. Health: Our Most Basic Asset.
May 23, 2008

Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting at the 61st World Health Assembly

Geneva, Switzerland.
World Health Organization.

The election of chair for this meeting fell on Hon Mr John Maginley, Minister of Health of Antigua and Barbuda. Delegations from Caribbean Countries were headed by Ministers of Health from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago.

Ministers of Health were requested to reminder that Alma Ata and Primary Health Care were defined to address the increasing inequities in health and this is another opportunity to address this pending debt and move us closer to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG)
Director's Office news and speeches from MOHs of the Americas »


Virtual Conferencing at PAHO
'The use of emerging technologies for better management'

Director's article celebrating 'World Telecommunication and Information Society Day'
Theme 2008: Connecting Persons with Disabilities: ICT Opportunities for All

Washington, D.C.
May 17, 2008.

A total of 1,913 Virtual Conference sessions have taken place in PAHO which included the Regional Office, 28 Country Offices, 8 Pan American Centers, Ministries of Health, academic institutions, other WHO regions and international networks and partners.

Using these technologies has helped create a stronger sense of belonging, common understanding and ownership of policies, breaking the chronic barriers to participation due to high cost or time availability.

The adoption of this new and innovative way of working is in direct support to PAHO's results-based management approach moving the Organization to a learning organization that is horizontal, cross-cutting and knowledge based.
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Respuestas solidarias para la crisis alimentaria

Artículo de la Directora publicado en varios medios de comunicación de la Región
May 9, 2008.

Directora de la OPS hace un llamado a la comunidad internacional para promover la solidaridad y cooperación entre países que permita contribuir a la autoproducción y a la soberanía alimentaria de nuestros pueblos.

'Esta crisis encuentra a América Latina y el Caribe en un momento crucial de concentración de esfuerzos para erradicar la mal nutrición y desarrollando estrategias que atacan tanto los efectos más visibles como las causas de un problema crónico con efectos deletéreos sobre las posibilidades de desarrollo actual y futuro de sus poblaciones.' - señaló.
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Dr. Mirta Roses, Director of PAHO, attended a United Nations Secretary-General meeting which main topic on Global Health and the United Nations.

Ban Ki-moon gathers global health experts to improve care for world's poorest.
Atlanta, Georgia.
May 8-9, 2008.
Carter Center

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and global health leaders meeting at the Carter Center in the United States city of Atlanta agreed on measures to help make childbirth safer and tackle other challenges facing the world's poorest and most vulnerable people.

Dr. Chan said women's health is critical. "The world in the last 20 years failed to take care of its women"

President Carter said this was "one of the most important meetings" that he would attend this year. He stressed that to address global health problems, "it is not only a matter of health care but of economic progress for the poorest people on earth."
- Global Health and UN, a global strategy

- UN News Centre online

- Strengthening Health Systems: Towards New Forms of Global Cooperation
Dr. Julio Frenk's keynote address.

- The Kampala Declaration and Agenda for Global Action.


Geneva. WHO HQ. 19-24 May 2008

Primary Health Care
for the New Century

Dr. Mirta Roses, Director of PAHO/WHO will address the opening ceremony of the Geneva
Health Forum 2008
this Sunday 25 May 2008.

WHO 60th Anniversary Video
The 61st World Health Assembly opened at the Palais des Nations with a special video presentation to mark the 60th anniversary of WHO. The video entitled "Our health, our future" paid a fitting tribute to WHO's 60 years by bringing together leading health figures, Goodwill Ambassadors and WHO staff to breathe life into the Constitution which was signed by 26 Member States back in 1948.

61st World Health Assembly Key Issues:

World Health Statistics 2008: full report

World Health Statistics 2008 presents the most recent health statistics for WHO’s 193 Member States. This fourth edition includes 10 highlights in health statistics, as well as an expanded set of over 70 key health indicators. It includes, for the first time, trend data where the statistics are available and of acceptable quality.


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