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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]
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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

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.
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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.
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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]
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"Informe Estado de la Región (2008)"
Estado de la Nación_Website
Presentación del Sr. Miguel Gutiérrez

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.
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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

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

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.
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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.
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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]

Globalization and injuries in the context of the Americas
Merida. Mexico. Marzo 15, 2008.- Director's presentation during the celebration of the 9th World Conference on Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion at the panel "Globalization and Injury", which had the participation of many ministers of health from the Americas.
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See also: Declaracíón Ministerial sobre Prevención de Violencia y Lesiones en las Américas [Spanish version]

Report of the Panamerican Health Organization to the permanent council of the OAS
Washington, D.C. March 12, 2008.- Dr. Roses delivered her presentation to OAS Permanent Council, briefing the PAHO health achievements and challenges from the last 5 years as an specialized health agency from the inter-american system.
Director's Presentation
Director's Speech Video [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

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.
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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

140th Session of the Executive Committee of PAHO Concludes with Commitments to New Goals for Health in the Region
Washington, D.C. PAHO HQ. Junio 25-29, 2007.- Relevant health topics were highlighted in the 140th Session of the Executive Committee of PAHO, an important meeting of the Organization's Governing Bodies preceding the 27th Pan American Sanitary Conference, scheduled for October 1-5. The Interim Financial Report of the Director for 2006, the Proposed Program Budget for 2008-2009, and the Proposed Strategic Plan for 2008-2012 were also important organizational topics that were discussed. Achievements, Challenges and Leadership, is the subject Dr. Roses addressed during the presentation of her proposed candidacy to the accredited members of the Executive Committee of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau.
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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]
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New Life for Primary Health Care: the Social Determinants of Health.
Vancouver, Canada. 7-9 June 2007.- Director presentation at the 8th Commissioners' meeting of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health. Any approach to improve health should be linked within a broader economic, social and political context, and should allow for the inclusion of multiple actors and sectors. PAHO understands Primary Health Care (PHC) as an integral part of the development of Health Systems.
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BAHAMAS. Director's Official Visit.
Nassau, Bahamas, February 27 - March 2, 2007. - During her visit the Director met important governments authorities, she visited the Minister of Health, and met Senator the Honourable Dr. Bernard J. Nottage (Minister of Health, National Insurance and Public Information), and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Fred Mitchell. She also delivered two presentations and had a live radio interview.
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Improving People’s Health through Healthy Environments
Washington, D.C. February 2, 2007. - Millions of families in the world exist – or struggle to survive – in environmental hazards. They are exposed to harsh weather, poor ventilation, little light and the need for constant repair. These conditions are especially oppressive for children – their bodies, their growth and development and their dreams. We need to find the ways to strengthen linkages between health and environment, and integrate our work to improve quality of life in the region.
Dr. Roses presentation in the plenary session at the 7th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment (NCSE), with focus on Integrating Environment and Human Health.
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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.

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.
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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.