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PAHO and Caribbean countries working to strengthen subregional cooperation strategies
Kingston, Jamaica. 12-16 April, 2010.- As part of an official visit to this country, which coincided with the holding of the Caribbean Sub-regional Managers’ Meeting, PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses Periago met with Jamaica’s Prime Minister, the Honorable Bruce Golding, at Jamaica House.
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Women in Politics
Public health is a powerful tool to build a safer and durable world for all. "That is why I have devoted my entire career to public health; that is why pursuing a career in global health is so rich in personal fulfillment in spite of the occasional disappointments and all the limitations to be found; that is why more attention should be given to it both in policy and in politics." [ Director's Speech at Georgetown University, WDC. ]


AMRO-AFRO Areas of Collaboration
Washington, DC. February 24, 2010.- World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Directors for Africa (AFRO) and for the Americas (AMRO) met to discuss areas of collaboration between the two regional WHO offices. In recent years, PAHO and AFRO have worked together in important areas which include health systems strengthening, human resources for health, and vaccine-preventable diseases. The African Health Observatory/ Core health data initiative, Virtual Health Campus, and HIV/AIDS will be other important areas of collaboration.
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Dr. Sambo, AFRO Regional Director presentation at AMRO »

The impact of the crisis on a key social sector, HEALTH: new lines of action
New York. February 22, 2010.- Dr. Mirta Roses' presentation at the III Strategic Social Thinking Forum of Latin America, under the subject: "Toward an integrated and inclusive development in Latin America and the Caribbean." [only Spanish version available]
Presentación »

Special Report on PAHO's response to the Earthquake in HAITI
Washington DC. January 19, 2010.- Briefing by Dr. Mirta Roses, PAHO Director and Director of the WHO Regional Office for the Americas, to the Executive Board of the World Health Organization. Dr. Roses reported on the Pan American Health Organization's response to the humanitarian crisis in Haiti after the January 12 earthquake. PAHO leads the U.N. Health Cluster.
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Director's Newsletter Issue 2 - Haiti Special Edition

PAHO/WHO Coordinating Regional Efforts to Assist Haiti after Earthquake
Washington, DC. January 14, 2010.- The Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is coordinating the mobilization of efforts to help health authorities in Haiti meet the basic health needs of their people in the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake, through its country offices. All the countries in the Region have responded with great solidarity.
Read more: Director's Newsletter Special Edition - Haiti

Fostering Cooperation in Health
Washington, D.C. PAHO HQ. December 16, 2009.- "Public health is way more than a job for us: it is a passion, a heartfelt commitment, our whole life. We keep good company because, fortunately, it is that way not only for us but also for millions of people worldwide. Public health is a sort of a network of networks, where a broad and multifaceted umbrella which protects the well-being of humanity is held up every day by a myriad of individual's actions."
Welcoming remarks by Dr. Mirta Roses-Periago, Director of the Pan American Health Organization on the occasion of the South-South Development Solutions Forum on Global Health as part of the Global South-South Development Expo at PAHO HQ in Washington DC.

Advancing toward Health for All: Progress in Primary Health Care in the Americas.
Annual Report from PAHO Director, 2009.
There are countries in our Region and in the World that have managed to build health Systems that effectively guarantee universal and equitable access, that are collective and participatory, and that at the same time ensure efficiency, effectiveness, and quality. All of these systems are based on primary health care.
Annual Report of the Director 2009

Washington, D.C. 49th Directing Council. October 1, 2009.- Important dialogue between Ministers of Health of the Americas during the celebration of the 49º.Directing council of PAHO analyzes the impact of the world economic crisis for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, the most ambitious endeavor ever pursued against poverty, where the principles of equity, solidarity and the right to the highest attainable health are the core values of the PHC approach; while its guiding principles are the responsiveness to people's health needs, social justice, quality-oriented services, government accountability, sustainability, participation and intersectoriality.
Director's Newsletter

Director's Presentation to the OAS Permanent Council
Washington, D.C. September 23, 2009.- Briefing Session to the Permanent Ambassadors to the Organization of American States and others Estate Member’s Ambassadors.
PAHO 49th Directing Council

Inter-American Mission to Haiti assess the impact of the cooperation programs to support the socioeconomic development and political stability
Haiti. September 3-6, 2009.- PAHO Director on official visit as part of a high level Inter-American mission to Haiti to assess the impact of the cooperation programs by the international community on the process of development in Haiti, notably in Gonaives, Jacmel and Cité Soleil.
The high-level mission was comprise of Representatives of Member States, including the Chair of the OAS Permanent Council, OAS authorities and senior officials of PAHO, IDB, IICA and the PADF. This mission follows mandates emanated from the 5th Summit of America and the Resolution 2487 of the General meeting of OEA in support to socioeconomic development and to political stability of Haiti, particularly. This resolution asks the international partners of Haiti to continue coordinating their actions with the Haitian Government with the aim of getting better results at local level.
More information »
More in PDF »
L’OEA sur le terrain pour évaluer les progrès accomplis [UNMINUSTAH French version]

Caribbean Wellness Day 2009
Caribbean Countries Celebrate Healthy Lifestyles. On the week of 7-12 September, Caribbean countries will celebrate Caribbean Wellness Day 2009. CWD was launched in 2008 as a response to concerns about the physical, economic and social burdens caused by lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, and cancer. Among the activities this year are a lifestyle management seminar, a soca-erobathon, walks, health checks and healthy cooking demonstrations.
A message from PAHO Director

Public Health in crisis times
Buenos Aires, Argentina. August 19, 2009.- Conference of Dr. Mirta Roses in the Medical School, University of Buenos Aires, during the ceremony in memory of Dr. Carlos Canitrot, a recognized Argentine public health professional.
Presentation [only Spanish version]

World Fair on Municipalities and Health
Buenos Aires, Argentina. August 18-21, 2009.- Argentina hosted the first World Fair on Municipalities and Health: Rights, Citizenship, and Integrated Local Management for Development, one of the year’s most important international health events, with around 3,000 participants expected.
The first day of the Fair closed with a presentation by the Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, who talked about "Municipalities, Health and Integrated Management: An Opportunity to Support the Exercise of Civil Rights."
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Director's presentation » [only Spanish version]
With a declaration of commitment to work together for a most healthy world and with an appeal to promote the full development of its communities, the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Mirta Roses, closed the World Fair on Municipalities and Health.
Closing »

Welcoming Remarks of Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, PAHO's Director, to the Regional Advisory Committee On Health Statistics (CRAES)
The PAHO’s Advisory Committee on Health Statistics (CRAES) meeting took place in the Pan American Health Organization headquarters in Washington, DC on August 11-13, 2009. The Committee meets periodically to analyze the status of health statistics in the Region of the Americas while promoting improvements in the coverage and the quality of vital and other statistics of interest to the health sector.

PAHO, Humanitarian Clowns and Health Experts Join Forces, Using Art as a Bridge to Health and Development
Washington, D.C. - From 4 to 16 August, art becomes a bridge to health access for thousands of people in a remote and vulnerable community in Peru with the arrival of some 100 humanitarian clowns and international public health experts from 12 countries, as part of the Pan American Health Organization’s Faces, Voices and Places Initiative for the Millennium Development Goals.
PAHO VIDEO »Arte, Puente para la Salud (in Spanish)
Art and Health: together in the Belén Festival
PAHO Director, health promoters and humanitarian clowns will join Belén Festival in Peru
Humanitarian Clowns and Health Experts Join Forces, Using Art as a Bridge to Health and Development

Influenza A (H1N1): Lessons Learned and Preparing for the Future
High-level Meeting on Influenza A (H1N1). Mexico. 3 July 2009.- Director's closing remarks - 'I believe that we are reaping the fruits of years of planning and preparation, which have been very important and, since 2007, have put most of the countries on a rather similar and equitable plane in terms of their ability to participate and implement the International Health Regulations' ... 'this is the real political challenge, always bearing in mind the fundamental principles of protecting the population, solidarity, and equity, and above all trust among peoples and among authorities'.
DSpeech_MexicoSummitInfluenza_eng.htm Speech_DPAHO_InfluenzaAH1N1_MexJul09_eng.pdf

UN RDT/RDG: UN Regional Directors Group (RDG) Meeting
Panama. 29-30 June, 2009.- The Regional Directors Group (RDG) of UNAIDS Cosponsors in Latin America and the Caribbean had a very successful meeting in Panama this week, the last meeting under PAHO's chairmanship.
Dr. Mirta Roses, PAHO Director who delivered the opening remarks expressed that this gathering is a good time to measure progress made over the last year and propose some critical lines of action for the next joint RDG work plan 2010-2011.

Memorandum of Understanding between the Alliance for Rabies Control and the Pan American Health Organization
Washington, D.C. PAHO HQ. 24 June 2009.- Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, PAHO Director signed a memorandum of understanding between PAHO/WHO and the Alliance for Rabies Control (ARC), through their Executive Director, Deborah J Briggs; which outline their plan for cooperative activities to promote rabies prevention, surveillance, control and elimination.

PAHO, PAHEF AND GLOBAL BUSINESS FORUM luncheon discussion meeting
Washington, D.C. The Georgetown Club. June 16, 2009.- "Opportunities for Public Private Partnerships to Address the Challenges of Health in the Americas"
PAHO, PAHEF and the Global Business Forum(GBF) met to review important areas of cooperation in this the four year of PAHO/GBF interchange.
After introductions by PAHO Director on the general health situation in the region, the group established a dialogue around PAHO's priorities, and its efforts to work with the private sector and other constituencies as part of the multi partner approach.

HUMAN SECURITY: A Public Health Perspective
El Paso, Texas, USA. June 5, 2009.- Dr. Mirta Roses' presentation at the LXVII Annual Meeting USMBHA /AFMES (Human Security: A New Border Response).
Human security means protecting the vital freedoms. It means protecting the people exposition to threats and to certain situations, strengthening its strength and aspirations. It also means creating systems that facilitate for people the basic elements of survival, dignity, and life.
The threats to the safety of the people in general, to women, to communities, to the ethnic groups, were not sufficiently assessed as potential threats to the safety in general, neither the poverty, the spread of diseases, the destruction of the environment, the lack of access to water, the maternal health, the not to have a permanent work. Until the end of the cold war the states and governments, had not considered priority the daily insecurities that have to support common people, because the greatest threats were seen outside the borders within the framework of the confrontation among the large potencies.
Hunan security means the equitable access to education, work, and health, as well as the respect of the human rights, as essential components of the security, this without denying the obligation of guaranteeing national security by of the governments.
Presentation »

Passionate for Primary Health Care (PHC)
May 15, 2009.- Interview with Dr. Roses in Safe Observer International Observatory. "I believe we need to have in place well-functioning health systems that are: Able to protect the population under any circumstances; Resistant and resilient in the face of crises; Capable of reacting rapidly and developing urgent strategies; Skilled at rebuilding themselves as necessary to respond to current and future challenges arising from demographic and epidemiological changes."
Interview » [PDF]
Safe Observer - Original Publication
Health Systems Based on Primary Health Care for Social Protection. [PAHO Website]

Public Health Emergency of International Concern
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO) of the World Health Organization (WHO) coordinating the actions with the health authorities and governments of the Region in order to preserve the health, our most basic asset.
Director Office's Newsletters
Issue No. 10 - May 20, 2009
Issue No. 08 - April 29, 2009
Issue No. 07 - April 27, 2009

A H1N1 - An Outbreak Timeline
Science Magazine. 8 May 2009.- "I'm amazed at the capacity we have with the information and communication technologies," says epidemiologist Mirta Roses Periago, head of the Pan American Health Organization. "We used to do things with our hands and smelling and looking at the patients." During the past few weeks, she notes, scientists have rapidly shared sequences of the viruses, digital images of patient x-rays, and electron micrographs of the new H1N1.
"At this point in history, this is the best surveillance we've ever had," said Keiji Fukuda, one of WHO's assistant director generals.
Read more in Science Magazine »
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Seventh Vaccination Week in the Americas
April 25, 2009 - May 02, 2009.- Vaccination Week in the Americas is an unparalleled effort led by the member countries of the Pan American Health Organization to vaccinate millions of people. In 2009, the seventh Vaccination Week in the Americas will happen between the 25th of April and May 2nd. This year, Vaccination Week will emphasize vaccination of the whole family, and the immunization of health workers.
A Message from PAHO Director »
Massive Multi-Country Drive Aims to Vaccinate 30 Million People [PAHO Press Release]

PAHO Director at the 5th Summit of the Americas
Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. 17 - 19 April 2009.- The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Mirta Roses, attended the meeting as the Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau of the Organization of American States (OAS), health agency of the Inter-American System with more than 100 years of existence, which is the world's oldest health organization. During the meeting, the Director of PAHO had the opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss important topics with leaders of the governments of the region, related to the public health organization that she leads.
Director's Picture Gallery »
Securing Our Citizens’ Future by Promoting Human Prosperity, Energy Security and Environmental Sustainability

PAHO Subregional Managers' Meeting for the Caribbean
Bahamas. 14-17 April, 2009.- PAHO Managers from the Caribbean region met to strengthen coordination among Country Offices (COs), the Subregional Office, Centers and Programs, and the regional entities, with emphasis on country focus and subregional technical cooperation processes; to better understanding of the national health situation and the technical cooperation program for and with The Bahamas. Participants updated on the economic crisis and its impact on the health sector analyzed and on subregional integration, subregional initiatives and relevant technical topics.
Dr. Roses, PAHO's Director chaired the meeting and took the opportunity to meet with the national health authorities at Bahamas to review relevant health issues of common interest.
Bahamas Media Release »
More on SRMM Bahamas » [Intranet Access only]
Director's Newsletter

Washington, DC. PAHO. 7 April 2009.- Director's article published in several countries in the region (Guatemala, Costa Rica, Barbados, República Dominicana, Caribbean Net News, Bolivia, Nicaragua)
When a disaster strikes, our most immediate concern is to save lives, help the injured, and restore well-being to the affected communities. This cannot be accomplished without a vital element: our hospitals. However, more than half of them--that is, over 8,000 in Latin America and the Caribbean, are located in high-risk areas. If these health facilities cease their operations because of a disaster, the repercussions will be infinitely worse. This year, therefore, World Health Day underscored the need for safe hospitals.
World Health Day 2009, PAHO

Report - State of the Region 2008 - for Central America and Dominican Republic
Washington, DC. PAHO HQ. Febrero 19, 2009.- Central America needs national and regional innovative responses. Despite profound changes in the last 20 years CENTRAL AMERICA faces today a new and more complex international situation.

[only in Spanish]
Más información »
"Informe Estado de la Región (2008)"
Estado de la Nación_Website
Presentación del Sr. Miguel Gutiérrez

AMRO takes the lead: Implementation of new WHO policy on Collaborating Centers
Washington, DC. February 2009.- With the rollout of the global electronic system known as eCC System in 2007, all WHO Regions transitioned to a paperless processing environment for (re)designations of the WHO Collaborating Centers. The mandate to do so was announced by mid 2008.
AMRO/PAHO took the lead as it kicked off 2009 in full compliance with this new policy.
This was accomplished thanks to the remarkable teamwork of all partners involved: ITT/AME and KMS/KCS, WHO development and support team for the ingenious eCC system; WHO staff at the country, regional and Headquarters in Geneva and most importantly, all the centers.

PRIMARY HEALTH CARE is the solution to key health problems facing our communities today
Asuncion, Paraguay. 12 February 2009.- PAHO's Director during an exchange that she held with representatives of different community organizations of the Central department in Paraguay that stated their experiences concerning the shares carried out to promote a healthier space; during the Subregional Managers' Meeting of the Andean area and Southern Cone of PAHO. [PDF Only in Spanish version]

PAHO promotes behavior change to combat DENGUE in the Region
Asuncion, Paraguay. 10 February 2009.- PAHO Director at a press conference during the PAHO Subregional Managers' Meeting of Southern Cone and Andean (SRMM).
[only in Spanish] “Creo que tenemos el conocimiento y la estrategia que funciona, pero todavía nos falta ese cambio de comportamiento. Tenemos que encontrar los caminos para hacer que la gente no entre en pánico ni alarma, ni trate de buscar al culpable afuera porque definitivamente el culpable está dentro, muchas veces, dentro de las casas”, sostuvo.
Director's Newsletter - SRMM

Health Care Must NOT Replicate Social Inequalities
Washington, DC. October 20, 2008.- The renewal of primary health care (PHC) as a crucial tool for overcoming existing weaknesses ... Our region is an acknowledged leader in the fight to ensure that the integrated vision of health expressed in the primary health care strategy becomes a priority on the political agenda and in public health policy-making. We must continue this endeavor, so critical for achieving the greater goal of health for all, with all, and by all, at every level of action in health throughout the life cycle.

"Public Health and the Financial Crisis
Spain. October 17, 2008.- Radio France International Interviews Dr. Mirta Roses, PAHO Director, after the celebration of the Almaty Conference on the 30th Anniversary of Primary Health Care Declaration. "... Health for all and education for all, to construct safer and equitable societies ..."
[ Only in Spanish: ] Audio » / Interview »
Radio France Internacional note in Spanish»

Global Health Inequities
Almaty, Kazakhstan. Otober 7-8, 2008.- UN Radio Interview with Dr. Mirta Roses, PAHO Director, about the launching of The World Health Report 2008 and the 30th Anniversary of Alma-Ata Declaration on Primary Health Care and Health for All.
Audio only in Spanish »
Radio UN note in Spanish»
Director's Newsletter

Planning Public Health Action. A Collective Vision and Commitment to Better Health.
Annual Report from PAHO Director, 2007-2008.
Washington, D.C. September 29, 2008.- Dr. Mirta Roses Periago presents the 2007–2008 annual report on the work of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau, Regional Office of the World Health Organization. The report highlights the Bureau's major work in providing technical cooperation during this period within the framework of the Strategic Plans of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau.
"... strategic planning will allow us to strengthen health action, improve efficiency, increase accountability, and improve social protection and access to quality health care ..."
Director's speech » / Annual Report »

The effects of climate change on human health
September 2008. CNN interviews PAHO’s Director.
In an interview with CNN, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) underlined the effects of climate change on human health, the new challenges faced by global health, the importance of access to and quality of safe water and food for human consumption, as well as the high incidence on the health of populations due to the changes caused by the variations in the climatic behavior of our planet, concluding that joint action and individual responsibility is vital to preserve the planet and human health.
Climate Health and Human Health [Only Spanish version]
Cambio Climático y Salud Humana

Action Now: For the lives of mothers, newborns, and children
Chile. September 19, 2008.- Regional Launch of the Global Initiative.
"... There can be no delay. Every year, over 22,000 women in the Region die from causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, along with nearly 400,000 children under the age of 5. Worldwide, in the brief time required to read this article, four women who are pregnant or giving birth and 80 boys and girls under 5 will die ... "
PAHO-PMNCH Article »
WHO South-South cooperation for MDGs 4 and 5 »
Briefing video: Regional launching »

International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) to replace United Nations System Accounting Standards (UNSAS) as approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations
Washington, DC. PAHO HQ. September 9, 2008.- " ... This is a Corporate Initiative for PAHO - IPSAS supports and enhances objectives of Results Based Management. Furthermore, it ensures transparency in financial budgeting, accounting and reporting, and provides opportunities for comparability among and between international organizations ..."

PAHO address the critical issue of how to support women in the health sciences in Latin America
Washington, DC. PAHO HQ. September 3, 2008.- " ... I am delighted to have the opportunity to welcome you all here to think with us on how best to help the women whose scientific efforts provides an underpinning of all that we do ... women in Latin America do not enjoy the same social status as men. Gender equality is a goal yet to be achieved ... the current trend of the rates of HIV infections in women and girls across Latin America, particularly in Caribbean countries, is alarming, Women aged between 15 and 24 account for 45 percent of all HIV infections among adults globally ... I challenge you to think with us on how we could adapt the capacity building program for women researchers and use it to empower women working on AIDS, and women working on environmental health issues so they can take their place among the thinkers and change agents for a healthier world ..."
Director's opening speech » at the meeting of Women Experts on HIV and Environmental Health Research.

Better responses to the needs of people living with disability
A thoughtful interview for the health magazine “Patients for Patient Safety and the Right to Health” conducted by Garance Upham, the dynamic Chair of the disability and economics circle of the People’s Health Movement reminded me a few days ago about the requirement to keep improving the public health and public policy responses to the needs of people living with disability.
Dr. Roses Blog's article.

It's time to break the silence
Mexico. August 5, 2008.- "... preventing new infections is key to halting the HIV pandemic ... over 55,000 children under the age of 15 and 400,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 18 were living with HIV in 2007 ... only 4 out of 10 adolescents and young adults considered themselves well-informed about HIV ... let us undertake this responsibility with leadership, passion, and courage. Let us make our children’s right to protect themselves a reality ... "

Towards Elimination of Vertical Transmission of HIV and Syphilis as a public health problem in the Caribbean
Mexico City. August 3-8, 2008.- " ... The satellite session held on Sunday regarding achievement of Universal Access in the Caribbean and current realities clearly highlighted the potential of the region to make rapid progress towards the Universal Access goal. On the other hand, the need to ensure comprehensive quality care to pregnant women and their infants to sustain achievements on prevention of vertical transmission of HIV was identified as a must."
Dr. Roses address as keynote speaker » at the XVII International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2008.

PAHO Director co-chair an special session on HIV/AIDS for the Latin America region at AIDS 2008
Mexico City. August 3-8, 2008. XVII International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2008.- PAHO Director co-chair the special session on HIV for Latin America region with Carlos Passarelli, Deputy Director of the Brazilian National AIDS Programme and Director of the International Center for Technical Cooperation on HIV/AIDS. The session focused the discussion about the actions taken in the Latin American region since the FORO and CONCASIDA 2007 and what has to be done to establish formal links between regional conferences and International AIDS conferences.

Cuba is World Leader in Medical Care, According to PAHO
Cuba. Visita Oficial. Julio 28-31, 2008.- PAHO Director visited several health centers during her official visit to Cuba and pointed out that Cuba offers a wide variety of activities and services related to health, and is a founding member of PAHO, which was established 106 years ago, she also talked to the press about the work carried out by Cuba with respect to its aging population and said tha Cuba has met the needs identified several decades ago to train more healthcare professionals and provide more clinics in towns.
Media Release
[Spanish version]:Presentación de la Directora »
Resumen visita oficial de la Directora y cancelación sello postal en saludo al 60 aniversario de la OMS y el 30 aniversario de Alma Ata.
Newsletter »

Pan American Alliance for Nutrition and Development
Washington, D.C. Julio 25, 2008.- Top United Nations experts on Latin America and the Caribbean agreed on the establishment of the Pan American Alliance for Nutrition and Development.
PAHO Director Roses noted that, despite overall improvements in nutritional status at the aggregate level in Latin America and the Caribbean, 52 million people in the region are still undernourished, and 9 million children under 5 are chronically malnourished. The Pan American Alliance for Nutrition and Development would promote better nutrition not just through food production and distribution but with a broad range of actions, ranging from safer cooking stoves and safe water to urban agriculture and sustainable use of natural resources.
PAHO Press Release: U.N. Experts Warn on New Threats to MDG Progress in Latin America and the Caribbean
[Spanish version: Director's Presentation
Director's Newsletter

Common Challenges, Joint Solutions
Washington, D.C. July 24, 2008.- Director's Article: ' ...The concept that common challenges demand joint solutions has prompted all the Directors for the Region of agencies in the United Nations system, under the coordination of the UNDP, to develop a joint work program ... coordination is critical to the success ... formulating a work plan to ensure that specific achievements are attained over the next two years ... the Pan American Partnership on Nutrition and Development directed toward finding collective solutions to the food crisis ... '

PAHO became the new chair of the UNAIDS Regional Directors Group (RDG).
The Regional Directors Group of UNAIDS Cosponsors in Latin America and the Caribbean had a very successful biannual meeting at PAHO Headquarters on July 25, 2008. The RDG, as it is commonly called, adopted several policies to guide and strengthen the UN joint action against HIV/AIDS at country level.
Among these was a policy adapting the Division of Labor to better take into account the mandates and strengths of each of the UNAIDS cosponsors in Latin America and the Caribbean.
PAHO became the new Chair of the RDG for the 2008/2009 period, a role it played when the RDG was founded in 2003. UNICEF becomes the new Vice-Chair.

First Things First
CHILD AND MATERNAL HEALTH. Director's BLOG article where she invites to the lecture of an Op-Ed article written by Bernardo Kliksberg, respected Adviser of the UNDP´s Regional Director for Latin American and the Caribbean, focused on childhood and maternal health.
Director's BLOG »

Safe Surgery Saves Lives: a Pan-American Perspective
Washington, D.C. 25 June 2008.- 'PAHO participation on "Safe Surgery Saves Lives" is an important step to bring forward the patient safety agenda in the Americas'.
Dr. Mirta Roses, PAHO Director welcoming remarks at the Second Global Patient Safety Challenge: "SAFE SURGERY SAVES LIVES INITIATIVE".
See also: Director's Newsletter

Director's Presentation to the OAS Permanent Council
Washington, D.C. June 19, 2008.- Briefing Session to the Permanent Ambassadors to the Organization of American States and others Estate Member’s Ambassadors.
142nd Session of the Executive Committee Opens with Important Goals for the Health of the Peoples of the Americas

Global Health TV Interview with Dr Mirta Roses Periago, Director, Pan American Health Organization
Washington, DC. Global Health Council. Annual Conference 2008, May 30-31, 2008.- Stephen Horn of Global Health TV chats with Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), at the Global Health Council's International Conference. She addressed the conference about the challenges of implementing a health system based on primary health care as we mark the 30th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration.
Interview »

Primary Health Care: A New Vision for the Fourth Decade
Washington, D.C. May 30, 2008.- Director's speech at the special session on Primary Health Care at the Global Health Council Annual Conference 2008.
2008 mark the 30th anniversary of the Alma Ata Declaration. The principles of equitable access to affordable health care, using primary health care (PHC) as the tool to turn these principles into practice, remain as valid today as they did in 1978.

Primary Health Care for the New Century
Geneva Health Forum 2008. 25 May 2008.- 'In the spirit of this Forum, and to successfully address the health determinants and affirm the right to health, I invite you to join me in building a multi-stakeholder coalition of interested parties, to ensure that a health system based on Primary Health Care represents a feasible and politically appealing policy option.' Speech delivered by Dr. Roses, PAHO's Director in the opening ceremony of the Health Forum 2008 that took place during the celebration of the 61st World Health Assembly.

Global Health and the United Nations. Dr. Mirta Roses, Director of PAHO, attended a United Nations Secretary-General meeting
Atlanta, Georgia. May 8-9, 2008. Carter Center.- United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon met with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and about 40 global health leaders at the Carter Center to focus world attention on maternal health care.
At the Carter Center, health leaders discussed the United Nations Millennium Development Goals - eight goals to be reached worldwide by 2015.
Main messages from the meeting focuses on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as the best framework around which we can all rally to improve global health.

PAHO's Director brings leadership and knowledge to the Americas
APHA. Washington, D.C. May, 2008.- The NATION'S HEALTH, the official newspaper of the American Public Health Association (APHA published this month an interview with Dr. Roses who was also elected as APHA's vice president for Latin America at the Association's 2007 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.
The interview is published in the section Q&A with global health leader Mirta Roses Periago: Recognizing the 'interdependency' of this century

Solidarity in combating the global food crisis
Director's article. May 21, 2008.- PAHO's Director calls upon international community in order to promote the solidarity and cooperation among the countries to contribute to the production and food sovereignty of our people, eradicating malnutrition, and to the development of common strategies that make it possible for us to advance toward our health achievements, related to environmental protection and poverty reduction, achieved within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals.

2008 World Day for Safety and Health at Work
Washington, D.C. May 1st., 2008.- Director's closing remarks at PAHO HQ Ceremony.
'Since the launch of the PAHO Workers' Health Regional Plan of Action in 1999, several milestones have been attained to help improve the lives and well-being of million of workers, their families, and communities in the Americas. Over the years, there has been an increase in awareness of the role and influence of our environment and workplace environment on our health. This has been possible through the advocacy and work of local, national, and international leaders in the field of occupational and environmental health. This day provides us with an opportunity to recognize the commitment of the global community that works towards a common goal: improving the health and safety of workers.'
Director's closing remarks »
Director's Newslettter - 2008 World Day for Safety and Health at Work »

Venezuela carries out with universal standards on vaccination
Venezuela has achieved to carry out with the universal standards on vaccination, ratified the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Mirta Roses.
The maximum health authority of the continent expressed that the coverage reached by Venezuela show that there is a great sense of organization and coordination for the work, not only with the campaign against rubella but also what is being fulfilled with the Vaccination Week in the Americas.
VEN_VaccineCertificate08_spa.htm DVEN_Vacunacion_eng.pdf

PAHO and UNICEF Working Together to support LAC Countries
PAHO Press Release. Washington, D.C., April 25, 2008.- Top officials and technical experts from UNICEF visited the Pan American Health Organization to discuss areas of joint collaboration including water and sanitation, nutrition, social support for mothers and children, work in health emergencies and risk communications focusing on pregnant women, children and adolescents.
Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director of PAHO and Dr. Nils Kastberg, Director of the UNICEF Regional Office shared the moral imperatives of helping excluded populations to address the unfinished agenda and accelerate progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
Read more »
OPS XXI en acción. Dr. Mirta Roses' presentation at the opening of the meeting. [Spanish version]
PAHO - UNICEF: Comprometidos por la Salud
Poem written by Dr. Nils Kastberg, UNICEF's Director on the occasion of Dr. Roses inauguration ceremony on February 1st, 2008. [Spanish version]

Director of the Pan American Health Organization opens the first Latin American Conference in Research and Innovation for Health
Global Forum for Health Research. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 15 - 18 April 2008.- In her visit to Brazil, Dr. Mirta Roses fulfilled an extensive agenda, she also accompanied the visit to PANAFTOSA of Dr. Luis Sambo, WHO's Regional Director for Africa, which reflects the history of joint effort from the organizations, and represents an important exchange for the information systems and basic data in Health.
See also: 2o. Congresso da Comunidade dos Países de Língua Portuguesa (CPLP) sobre DST-AIDS. Mesa coordenada pela Diretora da Organização Pan-Americana da Saúde (Opas), Mirta Roses Periago.

A message from PAHO Director. 6th. Vaccination Week in the Americas.
19-26 April 2008.- "Vaccination Week in the Americas is an example and reminder of the best of Pan Americanism," said PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses. "We are consolidating a true participatory culture for prevention throughout the Americas."
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Vaccination week in the Americas advances on goals

PAHO Director at the launching of the VI Vaccination Week in the Americas
April 19-26, 2008.- Vaccination Week in the Americas 2008. Pictures from the launching event.

PAHO working to improve public health, equity, and health systems at the 42nd Session of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR/CAIS)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 13 - 15 April 2008.- Dr. Mirta Roses, PASB Director, convened the 42nd Session of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 13-15 April, 2007.
Although research has been always present in PAHO's activities, this is the first time that the Organization is developing an explicit policy for consultation with member states, to guide its research activities in keeping with international mandates that underline the key role of research in attaining the Millenium Development Goals and in improving public health, equity, and health systems.

TIME TO ACT: Protecting Health from Climate Change
Google News. April 11, 2008.- Google News asked Dr. Roses to write a special comment related to the theme of the World Health Day 2008 celebration: “Protecting Health from Climate Change”.
Global health put at risk by climate change. "The effect of climate change over health is neither a minor issue nor a theoretical possibility: it is already happening, here and now, and it is related to major public health problems.
You are also invited to comment at her BLog: Comment from Google News by Mirta Roses, Director, Pan American Health Organization »

PAHO Director presents the award Champion of Health to Fundación Selva Negra
Washington, D.C., 7 de April del 2008.- The PAHO designation honors Selva Negra's efforts in environmental conservation and social development, causes that are being promoted as part of the 2008 World Health Day campaign, "Protecting Health from Climate Change."
PAHO Press Release

WHO Global Policy Group (OMS GPG)
Beijing, China, 26-28 March 2008.- WHO Senior policy-makers meeting.
WHO Director General and Regional Directors met in China in a Global Policy Group Retreat to discuss about WHO main policy issues.

Canada, PAHO sign strategic cooperation framework
Washington, D.C. November 20, 2007.- The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Mirta Roses, and the Permanent Representative of Canada to the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Graeme C. Clark, today signed a master framework document that represents an important step forward in the strategic relationship between PAHO and the Canadian government.
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Equity and Primary Health Care
November 8, 2007. News Release - Article.- In the health sector, the fastest and most effective way to reduce the social gaps that affect the Region is to apply the primary care strategy, because decentralizing care and reaching out to people generate enormous benefits for individuals, families, and society as a whole. Mirta Roses-Periago, Director, Pan American Health Organization.
Equidad y Atención Primaria en Salud

Action Against Diabetes
November 14, 2007.- "PAHO’s Strategy and Plan of Action for the Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases promote better diabetes prevention and control in the Region. Emphasis is placed on the organization of services, access to diagnostic methods and treatment, and prevention." Dr. Roses article celebrating World Diabetes Day 2007.
Acción contra la diabetes (spanish version)

Partnership for Health Development
Geneva, Switzerland. November 12, 2007.- "The achievement of MDG related with health, is a crucial event to sustain the achievements of others MDGs and to improve life conditions of opulations. Partnerships for Health Development (PHDs) have a major role to play in this endeavour. Indeed, a key reason for establishing such partnerships and funds stemmed from global concern about the burden of disease pandemics, and the need to accelerate action substantially if global targets were to be achieved.  
A fundamental strategy of Partnerships for Health Development has been to work in new ways to expand effective collaboration – including promoting greater participation by civil society and the private sector - and increase access to resources to serve those in need".
Dr. Roses presentation at the Plenary session on Partnerships and WHO.
Partnerships for Health Development - Background Document
Three Day Policy Dialogue Agenda

Dr. Chan's opening remarks at the Fourth Global Meeting of Heads of WHO Country Offices
Geneva, Switzerland. 12 November 2007.- "We all know that health problems, and the capacity to address them, vary considerably from region to region. Each country has its own unique set of threats to health. Health is affected by cultural beliefs, such as those that influence the status of women or stigmatize people with certain diseases. Health is influenced by political systems and the quality of governance. Health systems are themselves highly context-specific, shaped by history, and by the social, cultural, and political environment.
These observations lead us to an obvious conclusion: this Organization’s decentralized structure is an asset. It follows a time-honoured principle: delegation of responsibility to the level of greatest operational efficiency."
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Spanish Cooperation and Health in the Americas
Madrid, Spain. October 29, 2007.- Spanish cooperation with PAHO to promote public health in the Americas, in addition to its bilateral cooperation with the countries, has been tremendously important. Launched in Central America in the 1980s with the program “Health, a Bridge for Peace,” it has continued to grow and set an example.
Article - Director's BLOG (PDF)
Versión español

Six countries take formal, concrete step towards preventing patient safety problems.
A group of six countries, including two Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Member States, took a bold step today in Washington, D.C., to vigorously develop and implement standardized protocols related to patient safety solutions over the next five years. Dr. Carissa Etienne, Assistant Director along with several PAHO leaders and experts attended the ceremony.
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Seis países acuerdan implementar soluciones para prevenir problemas de seguridad del paciente.

Another Step Forward in Gender Equity
Washington, DC. October 28, 2007.- Breaking the "glass ceiling," an expression used to describe the often invisible but nevertheless very real obstacles to women assuming positions of the highest responsibility is critical to achieving gender equity.
Article-Director's BLOG
Artículo - BLOG de la Directora (spanish)

Serving our hopeful, striving peoples who aspire to better living and health conditions is the purpose of our efforts.
Director's Election Video
Washington D.C.
October 3, 2007.-

"With humility, unwavering dedication, and the steadfast support that all of you and our partners and allies in health development have given me, I shall continue to advance PAHO’s noble mission on behalf of public health in the Region.

The 27th Pan American Sanitary Conference, the most important meeting of the Governing Bodies of the Pan American Health Organization, today reelected Dr. Mirta Roses Periago as Director of this prestigious health institution serving the Americas for five more years.
Acceptance Speech:
English / Spanish / French / Portuguese

Quinquennial Report from PAHO Director, 2003-2007.
Washington, D.C. October 2, 2007.- "Leading Public Health in the Americas into the 21st Century". The report by Dr. Mirta Roses Periago analyzes the most relevant information on compliance with the technical cooperation program during this period, within the framework of the strategic and programmatic orientations defined by the Governing Bodies of the Pan American Health Organization for the quinquennium 2003-2007.
Quinquennial Report from PAHO Director 2003-2007

Health in the Americas. Edition 2007.
Washington D.C. October 2, 2007.- Launched the 2007 edition of Health in the Americas at the 27th Pan American Sanitary Conference, publication that offers an updated, comprehensive presentation of the health situation throughout the hemisphere generally and specifically in the 46 countries and territories of the Americas,and it describes and analyzes the progress, constraints, and challenges of PAHO Member States in their efforts to improve the health of the peoples of the Region.
Health in the Americas 2007

Hemisphere's Health Authorities to Gather at PAHO in the 27th Panamerican Sanitary Conference.
Washington, D.C., September 27, 2007 (PAHO)— The annual meeting of the Americas' top health authorities is taking place at Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) headquarters in Washington, D.C., on October 1-5. The 27th Pan American Sanitary Conference bring together ministers of health and other high-level delegates from PAHO member countries to discuss health policies and actions to address the region's major health challenges.
PAHO Press Release

Autoridades de Salud de las Américas se reúnen en la OPS en la 27a Conferencia Sanitaria Panamericana.

Strengthening information exchange to more effectively assist member countries with disaster response, says PAHO Director.
Washington, D.C. OAS HQ. September 24, 2007.- PAHO Director Mirta Roses Periago spoke about the organization’s role in the IACNDR and in emergency operations as well as collaborating with humanitarian organizations, underscoring the importance of strengthening information exchange to more effectively assist member countries with disaster response.

New Initiatives and Opportunities for Global Health
New York, NY. September 20-21, 2007.- Dr. Mirta Roses, Director of the Pan American Health Organization attented an important meeting last week organized by the Rockefeller Brohers Fund. The Director participated in a Panel named Pandemic threats & public health surveillance, under the Public Health subject. Emerging infectious diseases have caused significant global human and economic loss and disproportionately threaten the health and livelihoods of poor people.

Dr. Roses' Talking Points at the Regional Summit on Chronic Non_Communicable Diseases.
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. September 15, 2007. - "I am honored to have been invited to this special Summit of CARICOM Heads of Government. Let me congratulate you for the leadership and strategic vision you are demonstrating in uniting to stop the chronic disease epidemic that is undermining human and economic development prospects of economies which can ill afford them. It is clear that for the Caribbean, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) need to include NCDs, since the current epidemic also needs to be curbed before 2015."

A Consensus to Reduce Neonatal Mortality.
BLOG's article.- Every three minutes, a neonatal death occurs in Latin America. This is completely unacceptable, as the available knowledge should permit a substantial reduction in that rate through relatively low-cost measures. Tens of thousands of newborn lives could be saved each year, and the Region would achieve the reduction in child deaths contemplated in the Millennium Development Goals. PAHO Director's BLOG Article.
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Improving Health in the Americas. How Far We Come and How Far Do We Have to Go?
Bahía, Brazil. July 17, 2007.- Director's presentation at the UFBA (Federal University of Bahia) before the national authorities and foreign delegations, event that is part of the activities of Abrasco 2007.
Presentation. Improving Health in the Americas

Social Cohesion and Protection in Health, important objectives for constructing more inclusive societies in Ibero-America
Iquique, Chile. Julio 9-10, 2007.- The Ministers of Health of Ibero-America have concurred that health "constitutes one of the pillars" of social cohesion, and affirmed their support for equal access to this right on the first day of the IX Ibero-American Conference of Ministers of Health, held in Iquique, Chile.

Globalization and Protecting Health Achievements
Director's Blog article.- "... Many activities that would appear to be completely innocent and even worthwhile, pose real challenges to health that undermine the improvements that the countries have worked so hard to achieve..."
Globalization and Health.
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Health is essential for sustainable democracy in Americas.
Washington, D.C. PAHO HQ. June 20, 2007.- Ambassadors' pronouncement during the presentation of Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director of the Pan American Health Organization to the OAS Ambassadors Permanent Council on the upcoming 140th Session of PAHO's Executive Committee, which will be held next week at PAHO HQ.
Director's presentation. Briefing Session to the Permanent Ambassadors to the Organization of American States.
[Release is available in Spanish, English version will be updated soon]

Fulbright-PAHO Interns in Public Health and Interns from the PAHO Internship Program meet the Director
Washington, D.C. PAHO HQ. June 21, 2007.- "Senior PAHOs Interns" as the Director called them meet to celebrate the second year of the Fulbright-PAHO Internship in Public Health. The Pan American Health Organization has a 23 years history of developing international public health professionals through their International Public Health Professional Program and more recently their Internship and Fulbright Internship Programs. Several hundred professionals have graduated from these programs that are an invaluable partner for the work and leadership of the Organization in the region and across the world.

PAHO in the 21st Century: Leadership and Cooperation in Public Health.
Convinced that “exchange and cooperation among countries and institutions are the essence of the work of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)”, this publication presents the progress toward fulfilling the initial commitments to cooperation in public health in the period of 2003-2007 developed by the Organization to the Member States. Includes the subjects: Greater Resources for Health, New Cooperation Instruments and Modalities, Greater Solidarity and Pan-American Action, Strengthening the Regulatory and Governance Level, and, Recognition of our Progress.

The global inter-relatedness of disease control
The Lancet Infectious Diseases has highlighted the crucial need to stress the global inter-relatedness of control of infectious diseases. Control of vaccine-preventable diseases across borders is a key function of the regional immunisation programme of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). PAHO's Inmunisation Programme article at The Lancet Infectious diseases.

Latin America and the Caribbean: United in Diversity toward Universal Access
Buenos Aires, Argentina. 20 April 2007.- Turn the HIV epidemic around through an integrated response… prevention, care, and treatment, in a social environment marked by respect and the exercise of human rights, including the right to health, inclusion, and zero tolerance for stigma and discrimination. Closing remarks of Dr. Mirta Roses, PAHO's Director at the IV Latin American and Caribbean Forum on HIV/AIDS/STI.

We welcome you to the daily struggle to ensure that together we do live out the Organization's values to the fullest.
Washington, D.C., HQ. April 27, 2007.- Welcome remarks Dr. Cristina Beato's swearing in ceremony delivered by Dr. Carissa Etienne, PAHO's Assistant Director.

PAHO's message of love to Haiti children. A contribution to the live of our children in Haiti's communities.
Washington, D.C., Diciembre 6, 2006. - Dr. Carissa Etienne, PAHO's Assistant Director send a thank you message to all PAHO staff for their generosity and response to the appeal for toys for the children of communities in Haiti.

World AIDS Day, 2006. Message from Director. Stop AIDS, keep the promise
Washington, D.C.December 1st, 2006. Fighting AIDS: personal and professional commitment. Almost 200 deaths a day from AIDS in our Region that could be avoided.

The obesity epidemic in Latin America. Healthy Eating and Active Living: A Public Health Priority.
Fundraising Obesity Campaign. Miami, Florida. October 27, 2006. The Pan American Health Organization, improving public health through healthy eating and physical activity. Dr. Roses promoting PAHO anti-Obesity Campaign.

The UN and You: Making a Difference Together. PAHO Director presentation.
Washington, D.C., October 26, 2006. - During the celebration of the United Nations Week 2006 at George Washington University, College of Public Health, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Mirta Roses Periago deliver a presentation at a special panel to discuss : Meeting the Millennium Development Goals: The Shortage of Health Workers and other Public Health Challenges.

Strategic alliance between LDS, BYU and PAHO, an opportunity to accelerate achievement of the MDGs in an intersectoral environment
Representatives from the Brigham Young University (BYU), College of Health and Human Performance and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) met at PAHO Headquarters to develop plans to designate BYU as a PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center for Family and Community Health and establish a regional partnership between LDS and PAHO in the area of family and community health.

PAHO Director met U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Washington, D.C., October 23, 2006. - The Director of the Pan American Health Organization, Dr. Mirta Roses Periago met the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Mr. Mike Leavitt. The meeting took place at the U.S. Secretary of Health. Main issues discussed were guided toward the commitment to collaborate and work together to improve the health in the Region.

Leaders and Experts in Mental Health meet in PAHO in a Special Forum. World Mental Health Day 2006.
Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), address today the Opening Remarks at the Special Forum of Panel Presentations to commemorate officially the "World Mental Health Day 2006. Theme: "Building Awareness - Reducing Risk: Mental Illness and Suicide", taken the opportunity to focus the attention on suicide as a major health public problem and its link to mental disorders.

Faces & Places: Empowering Vulnerable Communities.
Dr. Roses presentation at the 47th Directing Council. September 25, 2006. Director's closing presentation at the Panel Discussion of Strategic Alliance for the Attainment of the Development Goals of the United Nations Millennium Declaration.