28th Pan American Sanitary Conference Begins Today PAHO/WHO
Ministers of Health of all the countries of the
During the Pan American Sanitary Conference, PAHO Member States will elect the next Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau, the secretariat of PAHO. The director-elect will begin his or her five-year term on 1 February 2013, taking over from Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, of
The 2012 edition of Health in the Americas, a publication that provides an update on the health situation in the 48 countries and territories of the Region, will also be presented. The report describes the progress made by the countries of the
Member States will also decide on the admission of
The Pan American Sanitary Conference is the supreme governing authority of the Organization and meets every five years to determine its policies and priorities. The Conference also serves as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas relating to the prevention of disease; the preservation, promotion and restoration of mental and physical health; and the promotion of health.
The meeting will begin on Monday 17 September at 9:00 a.m. and will take place at PAHO Headquarters,
The Director of PAHO, Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, will present the organization’s quinquennial report, which highlights the public health achievements of the past decade and pending challenges in the
Various activities will be held in parallel with the Pan American Sanitary Conference, including a meeting of the Regional Coalition on Water and Sanitation for the Elimination of Cholera from the
Finally, the Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health of the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) and the PAHO Award for Administration will be conferred.
PAHO, which celebrates its 110th anniversary this year, is the world’s oldest public health organization. It works with all the countries of the Hemisphere to improve the health and quality of life of the peoples of the
What: Opening of the 28th Pan American Sanitary Conference of PAHO, 64th Session of the Regional Committee of WHO for the
When: Monday 17 September 2012, starting at 9:00 a.m.
Where: PAHO Headquarters,
· Luis Castillo, Undersecretary of Assistance Networks, Ministry of Health of
· Mirta Roses Periago, Director of PAHO/WHO
· José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States
· Howard Koh, Assistant Secretary for Health for the
· Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization
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