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Posted: Monday 2 October, 2017 at 1:01 PM

Pan American Sanitary Conference ends with agreement on new health agenda for the Americas

By: (PAHO), Press Release

    Washington, DC, September 29, 2017 (PAHO / WHO) - The 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) ended  today with the approval of a new health agenda for the Americas, and a series of strategies and plans of action to face health challenges in coming years.


    The Sustainable Health Agenda for the Americas 2018-2030 includes goals ranging from achieving universal health coverage to ending the HIV /AIDS epidemic. They cover areas deemed essential for strengthening countries’ health systems, with the ultimate goal of guaranteeing that all people have access to the health care they need when they need it, without fear of financial difficulty.
    PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne welcomed regional agreements to strengthen health statistics, improve tobacco control, and maintain the elimination of measles, rubella and congenital rubella, highlighting the "critical need to reduce inequalities in region. She said she heeded the call of the countries on the urgent need to address the issue of climate change and its effects on health.
    Ministers and delegates from the 35 member states of PAHO adopted the following strategies and action plans:
    ·         A strategy that seeks to guide national human resources policies to achieve universal health and the Sustainable Development Goals:

    PAHO aims to reduce shortage of health workers in the ...
    A new strategy approved today by the 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) aims to guide national policies on human ...

    ·         An action plan to strengthen vital statistics on the population of each country:

    Vital Statistics in the Americas to be strengthened under new accord | PAHO WHO
    Health authorities of the Americas today agreed on an action plan to strengthen vital statistics systems of the population of each country, during the 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference

    ·         A plan of action to sustain the elimination of measles, rubella and congenital rubella syndrome:

    PAHO WHO | Ministries of Health of the Americas pledge ...
    Ministers of health from the countries of the Americas approved a plan today to keep the Region free of measles, rubella, and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS ...

    ·         A strategy and action plan to strengthen tobacco control and completely free the Region from exposure to tobacco smoke in the next five years:

    Region of the Americas aims to be smoke-free by 2022 | PAHO WHO
    High-level health authorities from throughout the Region of the Americas agreed today to adopt legislation that will create 100% smoke-free environments in all countries of the Region by 2022,

    ·         A policy on ethnicity and health to improve the health of indigenous, Afro-descendant and Roma people:

    Countries of the Americas pledge to improve the health of ethnic groups | PAHO WHO
    Ministers of health from the countries of the Americas committed to combat the barriers to health faced by indigenous, Afro-descendant and Roma peoples with the approval today of a

    ·         A new PAHO report on ‘Health in the Americas+ 2017’ launched at the Conference shows improvements in health, but highlights new challenges related to emerging and noncommunicable diseases:

    Life expectancy in the Americas increases to 75 years | PAHO WHO
    The population of the Americas has gained 16 years in life expectancy on average in the last 45 years, and a person who is born in the hemisphere can
    PAHO’s Director presented a 5-year accountability report highlighting major health progress and challenges in the Americas during 2013-2017 and the role of PAHO’s technical cooperation in those developments:

    PAHO Director highlights regional health achievements and ...
    In a key accountabilily report presented today, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, highlighted major health progress ...
    During the meeting, Dr. Etienne, a native of Dominica, was re-elected for a second five-year term as PAHO Director, starting in February 2018. She told health ministers news of her election brought a welcome lift to residents of Dominica, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma.

    Dr. Carissa F. Etienne re-elected for second term as PAHO ...
    Dr. Carissa F. Etienne was re-elected today for a second five-year term as Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) by the Member States of the ...
    A series of exhibits and side events were dedicated to sharing experiences on topics including equity in health, climate change, migrant health, better chronic disease management by health services, and the use of regulatory policies to promote healthy eating. Costa Rican doctor Stella Bolaños Varela received the PAHO Award for Management and Leadership in Health Services 2017.
    Paraguay's Minister of Health, Dr Antonio Barrios, chaired the Conference and the new Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, participated for the first time in this regional meeting of health ministers. Dr Tedros stressed the importance of global health security, the need to achieve universal health for all, and the challenges that must be overcome in the fight against noncommunicable diseases.
    The hurricanes that devastated parts of the Caribbean and the United States, and the earthquakes that caused deaths in Mexico, also occupied a central place in the debates. PAHO "stands in solidarity with you as you rebuild your lives, homes, livelihoods, physical infrastructure and the mental health of your people," Etienne said, addressing the delegations of affected countries at the close of the Conference.
    For more information, photos and videos on the 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference, visit:

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