Pan American Health Organization PAHO/WHO - October 2007
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"....The Regional Volume includes an opening chapter that provides an overview of health in terms of the Millennium Development Goals; of the health status continuumthe unfinished agenda, the protection of health gains, and the confrontation of emerging threats; and of the national and international health sector response to that health status. Also added is a final chapter that contemplates a vision of the future of public health in the Region in the context of the Health Agenda for the Americas, 2008 - 2017, with commentaries from a number of distinguished international experts.
Each of the intervening chapters commences with an introductory summary, which is set off from the main text with a different format. Color is used throughout the volume to assure the clarity of graphic material. Finally,as one of the main purposes of the series Health in the Americasis to trace regional trends in health conditions and health systems over time, complementing this edition are quotations from the Directors of the Organizationfrom Hugh S.Cumming in the 1920s to Mirta Roses Periago in the 21st century that are germane to the subjects of the various chapters.
The Country Volume presents maps of each country and territory, as well as short notices that highlight a specific health challenge and the response of the national health sector to that challenge.
Throughout both volumes, text boxes are introduced to provide additional material; figures and tables are inserted as close as possible to their in-text mention; and bibliographic references are included.
In addition to the present iteration of past trends in the Region this edition provides a vision of the future of health in the Americas. Distinguished leaders with profound experience in international health offer their remarks on the "Health Agenda for the Americas, 2008-2017". These leaders include: George A.O. Alleyne, Stephen Blount, Paolo Buss, Nils Kastberg, Gustavo Kourí, Jay McAuliffe, Sylvie Stachenko, Muthu Subramanian, Ricardo Uauy, and Marijke Velzeboer-Salcedo.
The two volumes of Health in the Americas, 2007 Edition, present information for the 2000-2005 period.
Volume I examines health in the Americas from a Regional perspective. Among other issues, the volume's six chapters analyze:
- the political, social, and economic context of health, as well as important demographic and mortality trends;
- the leading diseases and health problems in the period and efforts to prevent and control them;
- the structure and functioning of health systems in the Region and efforts to reform them, and
- the scope and impact of international cooperation in health.
Chapter 1: Health in the context of development
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Chapter 2: Health conditions and trends
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Chapter 3: Sustainable development and environmental health
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Chapter 4: Public policies and health systems and services
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Chapter 5: Health and internacional cooperation
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Volume II Country Volume tackles these same issues from a national perspective and includes information on progress towards attaining the Millennium Development Goals. This volume has 46 chapters covering information and analysis for each of the countries or territories in the Americas.
A series of highlighted profiles on health challenges and how the respective national health sector is responding to those challenges are presented for each of the countries.
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