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Mobilizing for Dietary Salt Reduction Policies and Strategies in the Americas: Expert & Country Consultation (Miami, Florida, 13–14 January 2009)
The purpose of this meeting was to document the policies and initiatives in the Americas Region aimed at reducing dietary salt to prevent and control chronic noncommunicable diseases (CNCDs), feature relevant country and regional experiences, and reach a consensus on initiatives that can advance dietary salt reduction in the Americas and identify next steps for each. This page provides all conference and background documentation, including the conclusions and recommendations, executive summary, agenda, and related links.(16/Jan/2009)
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AMNET Workshop: Health Analysis and Decision-Making, with Special Emphasis on Chronic Noncommunicable Disease (San Salvador, El Salvador, 12–15 November 2008)
This mini-workshop--a joint activity of the CARMEN Policy and the CARMEN School, held at America's Network for Chronic Disease Surveillance (AMNET)--was an introduction to the issue of public policies and decision-making with emphasis on health, within the context of surveillance, prevention, control of chronic noncommunicable diseases (CNCDs). This page offers a summary in English and access to conference documentation in Spanish (plus a link to an earlier such course with documentation in English). (15/Nov/2008)
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Fifth Regional Meeting on TB/HIV Collaborative Activities (San José, Costa Rica, 6-7 November 2008)
The objectives of this meeting were to: (1) Confirm the progress made in implementing TB/HIV collaborative activities in the countries and share experiences; (2) Review the most recent advances in TB/HIV, with emphasis on the "three I's" (Intensified case-finding / ICF, Isoniazid Preventive Therapy / IPT, and Tuberculosis Infection Control / IC); and (3) Program TB/HIV implementation activities. This page contains a summary in English, all conference presentations in English and/or Spanish, and conference documentation and the final report in Spanish. (7/Nov/2008)
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Fourth Regional Meeting on TB and TB/HIV in Prisons (San José, Costa Rica, 4-5 November 2008)
The objectives of this meeting were: (1) Review progress in implementing the Stop TB strategy; (2) Present new directions for tuberculosis control; and (3) Discuss TB/HIV collaborative activities in penal institutions. This page contains a translated summary, all presentations (in Spanish, English, and Portuguese, as presented) and access to the report in Spanish--as well as links to other meetings and materials on the topic of TB in prisons and TB/HIV.(5/Nov/2008)
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Healthy Caribbean 2008: Chronic Disease Prevention Civil Society Conference (Barbados, 16–18 October 2008)
The objective of this meeting was to plan the response of civil society to the chronic disease epidemic in the Caribbean, in light of the Declaration of Port-of-Spain that resulted from the CARICOM Summit held in September 2007. The plan for civil society is a deliverable that falls under a PAHO/IAHF letter of agreement. This meeting was complementary to the one on the Caribbean Private-Sector Response to CNCDs held in Trinidad in June 2008.(16/Oct/2008)
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Meeting on Chronic Noncommunicable Disease (CNCD) Surveillance with MERCOSUR Member and Associated States (Porto Alegre, Brazil, 15–16 September 2008)
The general objective of this meeting was to contribute to final improvements in the proposal on the creation of capacities to evaluate and use available information for decision-making in relation to the prevention and control of chronic noncommunicable diseases (CNCDs) and their risk factors (RFs) in the MERCOSUR countries. The general objective of the proposal is to Reduce the burden of chronic diseases as a result of changes in health policy, programs, and services based on timely noncommunicable disease (NCD) surveillance in MERCOSUR countries. This page includes a summary and access to meeting documentation and the proposal (in Spanish). (16/Sep/2008)
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Introduction to Social Marketing: Its Application for Promoting Healthy Lifestyles (Mexico City, Mexico, 28 July – 1 August 2008)
This 40-hour course was sponsored by PAHO's CARMEN School, the summer courses at the National Institute of Health of Mexico, and the University of South Florida. As a result, the technique of Social Marketing selected at the course will be used will be used for dissemination and application for social communication in the areas of obesity and overweight among children, physical activity, diabetes, cervical cancer, and limiting the sale of junk food and products from vending machines.(1/Aug/2008)
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Segundo Taller de Cuentas Satélites de Salud en la Región de las Américas: Avances y Uso de Indicadores en el Diseño y Evaluación de Políticas Públicas de Salud
Presentar los avances y resultados de los países en el desarrollo de las Cuentas Satélites de Salud y/o protección social; y presentar y discutir el uso de los indicadores económico y financieros derivados de estos estimados en el diseño y evaluación de políticas de salud y/o de servicios o sistemas de salud.(9/Jul/2008)
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First Congress on Early Detection of Childhood Cancer in Tamaulipas (Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, 16-17 June2008)
The objectives of this congress included: Providing updates on childhood cancer to as training for the health professionals who participated; Providing updates on childhood cancer as part of continuing education for health professionals; Raising the level of awareness of the population of Tamaulipas with regard to childhood cancer; Establishing dialogue among the associations active in the area of childhood cancer in Mexico; Ensuring that the public recognizes that 70% of childhood cancer is curable if diagnosed early. This document includes the summary report. (17/Jun/2008)
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PAHO Plan of Action for Cancer Prevention and Control: Cancer Stakeholders Meeting (Washington, DC, 11-12 June 2008)
The purpose of this meeting was to discuss an action plan for cancer prevention and control for LAC, with representatives from governments, cancer institutions, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), professional associations, and PAHO/WHO. This page contains a summary of the meeting with agenda and list of participants plus 4 fact sheets.(12/Jun/2008)
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Scaling Up Primary Health Care as a Major Strategy in the Prevention and Control of the Chronic Disease Epidemic (Global Health Council’s 35th Annual International Conference on Global Health, Washington, DC, 27 May 2008)
PAHO moderated a special session in this event devoted to strengthening primary care to deal with the chronic disease epidemic. This page contains a summary of the session plus the program, flyer, and four presentations.(27/May/2008)
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RIMSA 15: Inter-American Meeting at Ministerial Level on Health and Agriculture (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 11–12 June 2008)
Comprehensive new site: PAHO will once again hold its biennial meeting where ministers of health and agriculture discuss common concerns related to animal diseases, diseases transmitted to human by animals, and agricultural/livestock production and food safety. This year's theme is Agriculture and Health: Alliance for Equity and Rural Development in the Americas.(19/May/2008)
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RIMSA 14: Index of Documents
Index of documents presented at RIMSA 14.(18/May/2008)
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Workshop to Design a Comprehensive Strategy for Primary Health Care (PHC) for Controlling Chagas Disease in the Chaco Region: Elaboration of a Protocol and Intervention Guidelines in Three Pilot Areas (La Paz, Bolivia, 14–16 May 2008)
The objective of this meeting was to Validate a comprehensive and sustainable intervention strategy for the prevention, control, and treatment of Chagas disease in the biogeographical region of the Bolivian Chaco, which will contribute to the development of the region and improvement of the quality of life of its inhabitants. This page offers a summary in English and access to the 28-page meeting report in Spanish.(16/May/2008)
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Annual Meeting of the CARMEN Observatory on Chronic Noncommunicable Disease Policy: Mobilizing for Action (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 12-13 May 2008)
PAHO and the Public Health Agency of Canada have been collaborating for a number of years in the CARMEN Policy Observatory for Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases (CNCDs). In addition to the latest meeting proceedings, this site provides access to the documentation for this year plus other resources, in all four PAHO official languages.(13/May/2008)
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Caribbean Private Sector Response to Chronic Diseases (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 8-9 May 2008)
The objective of this meeting was to mobilize the Caribbean private sector to take a more active role in the reduction of chronic noncommunicable diseases by implementing measures to reduce the risk of these diseases affecting its own employees as well as the wider community, as well as supporting a Caribbean Wellness Day. This page offers a downloadable CD-ROM with all documentation and presentations. (9/May/2008)
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Promoting Physical Activity in the Caribbean (Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 6-7 May 2008)
This training course was held to educate participants in the value of physical activity in promoting health, with real-life examples of built environments, public spaces, and urban planning that promote walking, biking, and use of public transportation. The online presentations contain the latest data on obesity and hundreds of photos that speak for themselves and prove how these concepts have been applied effectively, with arguments as to their validity that refute common myths as to why it can't be done. This page offers all training materials.(7/May/2008)
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Workshop: Surveillance of Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases (CNCDs) in the Southern Cone (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 23–25 April 2008)
The MERCOSUR countries are working with PAHO and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver to strengthen their CNCD surveillance systems. They now have an excellent opportunity to push for this at the MERCOSUR Ministers of Health Meeting in November. The purpose of this workshop was to coordinate efforts towards this end.(28/Apr/2008)
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Caribbean Expert Consultation on Scaling Up Population-Based Screening and Management of CVD and Diabetes (Montego Bay, Jamaica, 4-5 March 2008)
This page offers access to the five presentations from this conference: the Caribbean situation, reducing CVD mortality, the single risk-factor approach, the Caribbean Diabetes project, and its context and objectives.(5/Mar/2008)
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Dominica's National Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases Summit (14 December 2007)
Three months after the CARICOM Heads of Government NCD Summit in Port-of-Spain on 15 September 2007, Dominica held a National CNCD Summit. The meeting was attended by the President, Prime Minister, cabinet, and civil society, including the private sector, NGOs, and the media. This page contains a summary and the report.(14/Dec/2007)
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PAHO/WHO Preparatory Meeting on Epidemiological Data Needed to Plan Elimination of Schistosomiasis in the Caribbean (St. George, Grenada, 13–14 December 2007)
Schistosomiasis or snail fever, a neglected parasitic disease affecting the poor, remains endemic in parts of Brazil, Venezuela, and the Caribbean. The primary objective of this meeting was to meet and interchange with national authorities and schistosomiasis specialists to gauge the level of interest and estimate the time frame and resources needed for elimination of Schistosomiasis in the Caribbean. It covered surveillance, treatment, ecological and epidemiological issues. This page contains a summary, the presentations, and the final report.(14/Dec/2007)
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Haiti: Meeting on Rabies Planning (11-13 December 2007)
This meeting was organized within the framework of ‘technical cooperation among countries’ (TCC) to “Strengthen activities for the control of dog-transmitted human rabies in Haiti” in collaboration with Haiti, Cuba, Brazil, Canada, and the Dominican Republic. This five-page report summarizes the context, regional and national situation, national plan, field visits, and exchange of experiences among the partners.(13/Dec/2007)
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VII Interagency Meeting on Stop TB in the Americas (Lima, Peru, 4–5 December 2007)
The objectives of this meeting were to: stimulate the formation of Stop TB partnerships in all priority countries; disseminate the achievements and challenges faced when implementing the Global Plan to Stop TB; determine the level of implementation of the new Stop TB strategy both globally and in the priority countries, as well as partner participation; look at successful experiences in Advocacy–Communication–Social Mobilization (ACSM) and the participation of those affected, and stimulate the implementation of the fifth component of the Stop TB strategy.(5/Dec/2007)
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Technical Consultation on Accidents InvolvingVenomous Animals in Latin America (São Paulo, SP, Brazil, 27–29 November 2007)
Every year nearly 5 million accidents involving poisonous animals are reported globally, of which between 50 and 75% require treatment in order to prevent death, amputations, or permanent sequelae. Particularly in the tropical countries, their magnitude is not well known because they often occur predominantly in rural areas far from health services. The impact of sequelae and deaths represents a great health, social, and economic burden for the countries of the Americas. The objectives of this meeting were to (1) Analyze the current situation and formulate recommendations for surveillance, prevention, and treatment of accidents involving venomous animals; and (2) Establish technical cooperation networks. This page contains key sections translated into English with access to the full-text report in Spanish.(29/Nov/2007)
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10th International Course on Physical Activity and Public Health: Move for Health (2nd Course of the CARMEN School in Guatemala, Antigua, 13-16 November 2007)
This course provided training for national and community public health professionals in Guatemala on the topic of physical activity and health.(16/Nov/2007)
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Fourth Technical Conference on the Principles and Practice of Chronic Disease Surveillance (Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico, 9–12 November 2007)
Activity of the Americas' Network for Chronic Disease Surveillance (AMNET): The main thrust of this meeting was capacity-building in a university environment. Various training modules, workshops, and discussion groups were held, all on various areas of CNCD surveillance. This page provides a summary and access to the conference flyer, as well as a link to AMNET, of which PAHO is one of the sponsors.(12/Nov/2007)
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Update of American Trypanosomiasis and Leishmaniasis Control and Research: Final Report (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 6–7 November 2007)
The objective of this meeting was to set up an information platform on control and research gaps in American Trypanosomiasis and Leishmaniasis in order to establish a road map for academia and control programs. This 176-page report contains a series of technical papers in two parts: (I) Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis), with 20 short papers and abstracts; and (II) Leishmaniasis, with 8.(7/Nov/2007)
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An Integrated Approach to Controlling Tuberculosis in Indigenous Populations (Cochabamba, Bolivia, 23-24 October 2007)
Latin America is characterized as being a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural region of great diversity, with more than 650 indigenous populations. Indigenous peoples' right to health is limited by a series of obstacles to care, for which reason their rates of morbidity and mortality from prevalent diseases are higher than among the general population. To overcome these barriers, there is a need to study them and identify specific control strategies and care models that will work in places where health systems have yet to reach, with the ultimate objective of reducing the risk of illness and death. This page offers a summary, the recommendations, and the full-text report in Spanish.(24/Oct/2007)
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Workshop on Policy Analysis and Decision-Making with Emphasis on Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases (Bridgetown, Barbados, 15–17 October 2007)
This workshop was hosted by the PAHO/WHO Office for the Eastern Caribbean Countries as a joint activity of the CARMEN Policy Observatory and the CARMEN School. Aimed at high-level policy- and decision-makers, its purpose was to provide an introduction to public policy analysis, development, implementation, and evaluation. This page contains a summary, the agenda and list of participants, and all presentations. (17/Oct/2007)
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CARMEN Network Biennial Meeting: Sharing, Learning, Imagining, Planning and Partnering to Implement the Chronic Disease Regional Strategy within the CARMEN Network (Nassau, Bahamas, 4–8 November 2007)
This page contains the materials and eventual output from the Biennial Meeting for the CARMEN Network for the integrated prevention and management of chronic noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors in the Americas. The meeting will include a variety of presentation from four main areas: policy and advocacy, surveillance and research, health promotion and disease prevention, and integrated disease and risk-factor management. This page contains all meeting materials, including the final report.(15/Oct/2007)
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Capacity-Building in Prevention and Control of Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases: NCD Focal Points Meeting (Panama City, Panama, 10–12 October 2007)
This page provides complete orientation on what PAHO is currently doing in the area of chronic noncommunicable disease prevention and control: While the Noncommunicable Disease Unit plays a main role role in implementing the Regional Strategy on diet, physical activity, and health, it is a shared responsibility among all staff working in chronic disease prevention and control across several PAHO Units and Areas, Country Offices, and Centers. This meeting provided an opportunity for professional briefing, updating, and agreement for all involved personnel throughout the Organization. This page provides all meeting materials and presentations and gives a thorough overview of the current situation, strategic direction, and planned activities. (12/Oct/2007)
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Situation Analysis of National Programs to Prevent Brucellosis and Tuberculosis by M. bovis: Inter-Agency Meeting (Mexico City, Mexico, 28 September 2007)
This meeting provided a venue to conduct a situation analysis of national programs to prevent brucellosis and bovine tuberculosis from Mycobacterium bovis with staff from control and erradication programs in the countries, along with recommendations to international organizations and the countries to mobilize resources for cooperation.(28/Sep/2007)
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TAC 2007 - Third Meeting of PAHO’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on HIV/STI, held in Managua, Nicaraqua, September 16 - 18, 2007
Third Meeting of PAHO’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on HIV/STI, held in Managua, Nicaraqua, September 16 - 18, 2007(29/Aug/2007)
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Southern Cone Project for Hydatidosis Surveillance and Control: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay
Hydatidosis, or cystic echinococcosis, is an important zoonotic disease in the Americas, because it is registered with a significant frequency in many countries of the Hemisphere, with a diverse burden of presentation, affecting mainly dogs, cattle, sheep, and pigs and is of particular concern to the health of humans. This project resulted from a mandate issued at RIMSA 12 involving technical cooperation among countries to fight this disease.(16/Aug/2007)
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Trinidad and Tobago: Current Activities in CNCD Risk Factor Reduction, Diabetic Foot Care, and Wellness (CARMEN Biennial Conference, Nassau, Bahamas, 4-8 November 2007)
The CARMEN Network on Integrated Noncommunicable Disease Prevention and Risk-Factor Management will hold its meeting in November in Trinidad. This page offers information on three presentations to be made on activities in that country: National Plan for Risk Factor Reduction in the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, Diabetic Foot Care Management Programme, and Wellness Programme for Risk Factor Reduction in the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases.(15/Aug/2007)
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Workshop on Geohelminth Control in the Countries of Central America, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic (Copán Ruinas, Honduras, 24–26 July 2007)
Currently soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) cause serious illness and sometimes permanent disability. These parasitic diseases are much more frequent in women, children, marginalized populations living in extreme poverty, and migrant workers. This meeting presented the epidemiological situation and activities being carried out for prevention and control and explored opportunities for implementing or strengthening deparasitization/deworming programs in the countries. This page offers a summary and access to the final report in Spanish.(27/Jul/2007)
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Health discusses actions to eliminate and control Hansen’s disease: National Evaluation & Monitoring Meeting, National Program for the Elimination and Control of Hansen’s Disease (Brasilia, 23–25 July 2007)
The objective of this meeting was to discuss what actions to take to eliminate and control Hansen’s disease in the country by 2010, given that detection data has become the most important indicator for monitoring this endemic disease. This page includes a summary and the agenda plus 19 posters, 16 showing nationales and state data, one on system integration for rehabilitation and disability prevention, and one on data registry.(24/Jul/2007)
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First Learning Session of the CAMDI Collaborative Project (Managua, Nicaragua, 3–4 July 2007)
As part of the second stage of development of the Central American Diabetes Initiative (CAMDI) and its Collaborative Project, an intervention was started in four centers of Managua, Nicaragua, to improve care for people with diabetes, beginning with application of the Breakthrough Series Methodology (BTS). This page contains a summary, a link to the methodology, the agenda, and the meeting presentations.(4/Jul/2007)
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National Consultation: Strategies for a National Action Plan on Integrated Management and Epidemiological Surveillance of Chronic Diseases (Managua, Nicaragua, 2 July 2007)
The purpose of this meeting was to establish a National Action Plan as well as a National Operational Plan for the execution of the lines of action of the Regional Strategy on an Integrated Approach to Chronic Diseases in Nicaragua. This page offers a summary, the agenda, and the seven PowerPoint presentations made at the meeting. (2/Jul/2007)
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Regional Meeting of Heads of National Tuberculosis Control Programs (Rio de Janeiro, 12–14 September 2006)
The theme of this meeting was The Americas Facing the Millennium Development Goals, Planning for the Implementation of the Stop TB Strategy and the Public-Private Mix Initiative. This page offers a summary in English and access to the 37-page report in Spanish. (19/Jun/2007)
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Seminario Taller Respuesta sostenible para la vigilancia y control de la TB-MDR y la TB-XDR: Conclusiones y recomendaciones clave
Aquí se incluyen las conclusiones y recomendaciones claves del taller regional sobre la tuberculosis multidrogoresistente (MDR-TB) y extensivemente drogoresistente (TB-XDR), que pueda servir de guía para los laboratorios y programas nacionales para abordar este problema de salud pública alarmante y creciente.(7/Jun/2007)
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US-Mexico Border Diabetes Forum (South Padre Island, Texas, 20 May 2007)
The objective of this event was to create a forum where US-Mexico Border health professionals and non-traditional partners can dialog, debate, share, determine, and better implement health policies and programs based on available scientific evidence in the area of diabetes. The forum serves as a pivotal mechanism for the incorporation of new ideas, debates and dialogued on key public health issues(20/May/2007)
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Report of the Regional Consultation on Information, Education and Communication (IEC) on Congenital Chagas Disease (CLAP, Montevideo, 17-18 May 2007)
In epidemiological importance, congenital Chagas disease constitutes the third mode of Trypanosoma cruzi transmission to humans. This consultation lays the foundations for information, education, and communication on which to raise consciousness among individuals, families, communities, society at large, professionals, and policy-makers, in order to act in a timely and sustainable way to diagnose and treat newborns infected by T. cruzi. This 12-page report gives an update, 20 recommendations, the list of participants, agenda, and brief bibliography.(18/May/2007)
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Control of Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections in the English- and French-Speaking Caribbean: Towards World Health Assembly Resolution 54.19 (Kingston, Jamaica, 15–17 May 2007)
The overall objective of this workshop was to advocate towards the WHA 54.19 (2001) goals, specifically by (1) raising awareness of WHA 54.19 in the Caribbean and the 2010 goal to deworm 75% to 100% of school-age children at risk for worm infection and morbidity; (2) providing a forum for interchange on current deworming activities in the participating countries; (3) providing an opportunity for them to lay the groundwork for developing national action plans for deworming at-risk school-age children; and (4) presenting an overview of the technical resources available from PAHO/WHO and other partners. This page provides a summary and the full-text report in PDF. (17/May/2007)
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PAHO-NHLBI Awardees' Workshop: Promoting Heart Health in the Americas: Preparing for Success (Washington, DC, 30 April – 4 May 2007)
The Pan American Cardiovascular Health Initiative (PACI) was jointly developed by the PAHO Noncommunicable Disease Unit, Health Surveillance and Disease Management Area, in collaboration with the WHO Collaborating Center at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health (NHLBI/NIH) of the United States. One recent activity has been to support community intervention projects led by trained health promoters (non-professional health workers, or promotoras) in improving cardiovascular health in the Americas. The purpose of this workshop was to finalize the logical frameworks of the winning projects and to train the project teams in the use and evaluation of the basic project curriculum Your Heart, Your Life.(4/May/2007)
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Biannual Meeting of the CARMEN Network (Santiago, Chile, 19-21 October 2005)
In light of the projected increase of deaths due to chronic disease (a 17% increase), the objectives of the meeting were to present the PAHO Noncommunicable Disease Unit and its areas of technical cooperation; to review developments in CNCD prevention and control in CARMEN Member Countries; and to discuss the future of the CARMEN network. This strategic meeting was attended by 60 representatives from over 20 countries.(4/May/2007)
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A Turning Point 2007: Report of the Global Partners' Meeting on Neglected Tropical Diseases (Geneva, Switzerland, 19-20 April 2007)
An estimated one billion people--one sixth of the world’s population--are infected with one or more neglected tropical diseases. These diseases are largely ancient infectious diseases that thrive in impoverished settings, especially in the heat and humidity of tropical climates. This meeting of 200 key international partners declared to the world that control of these diseases deserves high priority on the global public health agenda and still greater determination to deliver appropriate health care to the millions of poor people in need.(20/Apr/2007)
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CARMEN Management Committee Workshop Report (Toronto, 15-16 March 2007)
The purpose of this meeting was to review progress to date and to discuss how a strengthened CARMEN initiatiive can support implementation of the PAHO Regional Strategy. Specific objectives included: (1) To report on progress to date; (2) To review the revised draft Terms of Reference; (3) To discuss future directions by reviewing the draft country profile tool, sharing information about supplementary tools, identifying possibilities for further development and piloting of tools and projects, as well as potential actions in support of the Regional Strategy and other actions to support an integrated approach to chronic disease; and (4) To begin planning for the next CARMEN Biennial Meeting (November 2007). (16/Mar/2007)
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Subregional Meeting of Representatives and Center Directors from Central America, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, and the US-Mexican Border Field Office (Belize City, 12–16 February 2007)
This consultation follows up on the one held in Panama in November 2007 on the implementation of the Estrategia regional y Plan de acción para un enfoque integrado sobre la prevención y el control de las enfermedades crónicas, incluyendo el régimen alimentario, la actividad física y la salud in Central America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean. This page contains a summary of the consultation, a PowerPoint presentation on the Regional Strategy as it relates to Central America, and the results of the Panama meeting.(16/Feb/2007)
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Annual Evaluation Meeting of the Amazon Network for Surveillance of Antimalarial Drug Resistance (RAVREDA) (Campos de Jordão, São Paulo State, Brazil, 7–10 March 2007)
The objectives of this meeting are to review the progress of the activities of RAVREDA/AMI during the last year and to discuss the implementation of the tools promoted by RAVREDA/AMI in the health services. The RAVREDA Member Countries will meet with the network's sponsors (USAID, CDC, USP, MSH/RPM Plus). French Guiana will be invited to join this year. (6/Feb/2007)
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Ist Meeting on the Practical Approach to Lung Health (PAL) Strategy (San José, Costa Rica, 4–6 December 2006)
The Practical Approach to Lung Health (PAL; in Spanish, Atención integrada de tuberculosis y enfermedades respiratorias, or AITER/PAL) is a syndromic approach to the management of patients who attend primary health care services for respiratory symptoms. The PAL strategy targets multi-purpose health workers, nurses, doctors, and managers in primary health care settings with successful TB control programs in low and middle-income countries. The objective of this meeting was to train the participating countries in how to adapt the methodology, elaborate plans, and implement and/or strengthen the PAL strategy within their health systems. This page offers a summary and the 60-pp report.(6/Dec/2006)
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VIIIth CAMDI Workshop: Diabetes Surveillance and Control in Central America (Panama City, 28–29 November 2006)
The objectives of this meeting were to evaluate progress and results of activities related to the multinational survey on diabetes, hypertension, and risk factors for noncommunicable diseases (CAMDI-1); discuss the details of the multinational analysis and publication of the results; review plans for the intervention (CAMDI-2); and begin planning the extension of the surveillance project (CAMDI-3). This page includes a summary, the agenda, and all presentations.(29/Nov/2006)
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Central America-Mexico Regional Consultation: Regional Strategy and Plan of Action on an Integrated Approach to the Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases Including Diet, Physical Activity, and Health (Panama City, 27 November 2006)
The objective of this meeting was for the Central American countries and Mexico to search for and begin to identify the national and subregional mechanisms for implementation of the Regional Strategy and Plan of Action on an Integrated Approach to the Prevention and Control of Chronic Diseases Including Diet, Physical Activity, and Health, approved by the PAHO/WHO 47th Directing Council in September 2006. (27/Nov/2006)
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IInd Workshop on Implementation of Pan American STEPS Methodology for Risk-Factor Surveillance (Caribbean Epidemiology Center / CAREC, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, 15–17 November 2006)
The goal of this training activity was aimed at implementing the STEPwise Approach to Chronic Noncommunicable Disease Risk-Factor Surveillance in the Caribbean (Pan American STEPS): explain the rationale and ensuring uniform application. The expected result is that the countries will plan their first population survey on the surveillance of chronic diseases and their risk factors. This page includes a summary and access to all training materials. (17/Nov/2006)
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Expert Consultation: Rabies Transmitted by Vampire Bats in the Amazon Region (Brasilia, 10-11 October 2006)
The goal of this meeting is to strengthen systems to prevent vampir-bat-transmitted rabies in the Amazon by establishing an Amazonian Plan to Prevent Wildlife Rabies. Objectives are to establish coordination mechanisms for technical cooperation on rabies prevention in the Amazon; generate recommendations on risk mitigation; and promote multidisciplinary and multisectoral measures for the surveillance, prevention and control of bat rabies. This page contains the executive summary and access the presentations and full-text report, plus photos and links.(11/Oct/2006)
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Annual Report of the Monitoring/Surveillance Network for Resistance to Antibiotics, 2004 (Brasilia, Brazil, 27-29 July 2005)
The report of this annual meeting provides country data for 2004 on antimicrobials, bacterial and hospital (nosocomial) infections, and enteric and non-enteric pathogens.(6/Oct/2006)
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Conclusions and Recommendations from the Joint IPA-AMCHA Annual Meeting (Quito, Ecuador, 18–20 September 2006)
This joint Meeting constitutes the VIIth Annual Meeting of the Andean Initiative for Chagas Disease Control (IPA) and the IIIrd Annual Meeting of the Initiative for Chagas Disease Surveillance and Prevention in the Amazon Region (AMCHA), where the official government delegates from Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, French Guiana, Peru, Suriname, and Venezuela analyzed the current epidemiological situation as well as that of their control programs, arriving at the 30 conclusions and recommendations in this 4-page document.(20/Sep/2006)
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Consensus Statement on Prevention of Disability (Consensus Development Conference on the Prevention of Disability [POD], Cebu City, Philippines, 13–16 September 2006)
The objectives of the conference were to discuss POD activities in the context of leprosy and other chronic diseases, such as Buruli ulcer, lymphatic filariasis and diabetes; to agree on basic definitions; to agree on a basic, evidence-based approach to POD that is part of routine case management; to agree on the elements of home-based self-care; to agree on methods of monitoring and reporting POD activities; and to agree on priorities for further clinical and operational research in POD. This page contains the executive summary and access to the 9-page statement in PDF, with specific bibliographical references.(16/Sep/2006)
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XVth Meeting of the Southern Cone Intergovernmental Commision to Eliminate Triatoma infestans and Interrupt the Transmission of Transfusional Trypanosomiasis (INCOSUR-Chagas) (Brasília, Brazil, 6-9 June 2006)
This meeting reviewed the progress made by the six countries making up the initiative, issued a set of recommendations and conclusions, and made various decisions for the coming year. Highlighted was the situational diagnosis for Brazil, which achieved interruption of vector-borne transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi via Triatoma infestans throughout all of the 13 states where the vector is present.(29/Jun/2006)
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Workshop to Develop an Implementation Methodology for the Public-Private Mix for Tuberculosis Control (PPM) (Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, 1–2 June 2006)
The Public-Private Mix (PPM) is an initiative developed by WHO to facilitate the incorporation of all health providers, both public and private, into the fight against tuberculosis. There is evidence that PPM is at least as cost-effective as the publicly-offered form of DOTS and much better that conventional private non-DOTS care. It could thus be concluded that PPM-DOTS is a feasible initiative, both productive and cost-effective, for increasing case-finding, improving treatment results and offering equitable access to care and more affordable care for the poor. This page offers a summary in English and access to the 76-page full-text report in Spanish. (2/Jun/2006)
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Strategic Planning Workshop for Tuberculosis Control (Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 28–30 May 2006)
The objectives of this meeting, attended by the 11 priority countries, were to (1) define goals for case-finding and treatment success rates of in priority countries for the period 2006–2015, in line with the existing epidemiological burden and the current status of TB control; (2) prepare a plan for control activities aimed at reaching case-finding and treatment success goals, using the planning model developed for the Global Plan; (3) estimate costs for Plan implementation in priority countries, using the costs model developed for the Plan; and estimate the epidemiological impact at both country and regional level. This page contains a summary in English and access to the final report in Spanish. (30/May/2006)
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Ist Workshop on Implementation of Pan American STEPS Methodology for Risk-Factor Surveillance (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 10-15 May 2006)
The goal of this training activity was aimed at the countries implementing the STEPwise Approach to Chronic Noncommunicable Disease Risk-Factor Surveillance (Pan American STEPS): explain the rationale and ensuring uniform application. The expected result is that the countries will plan their first population survey on the surveillance of chronic diseases and their risk factors. This page includes a summary and access to all training materials.(12/May/2006)
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IIIrd Regional Workshop on TB Control in Prisons (San Salvador, El Salvador, 27–28 April 2006)
This activity, aimed at Prison Directors and Heads of National Tuberculosis Programs, included discussions on aspects related to tuberculosis control in prisons, sharing country experiences, discussing social-communication strategies for TB control in penal institutions, and establishing collaboration plans between Tuberculosis Programs and the prison sector. Special attention was devoted to the Salvadoran experience. This page contains a summary, conclusions, and recommendations and access to the full-text report.(27/Apr/2006)
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IIIrd Regional Meeting on TB/HIV Interprogrammatic Collaboration Activities (San Salvador, El Salvador, 24–26 April 2006)
The objectives of this meeting were to analyze the implementation strategies in the Guidelines for HIV Surveillance among Tuberculosis Patients, per country; share experiences on TB/HIV comprehensive care, with emphasis on counseling and voluntary testing; follow up on the action plans developed in the 2004 meeting; and learn about Salvadoran experience. This page provides access to the agenda, conclusions and recommendations, and the final report.(26/Apr/2006)
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Eighth Meeting of the WHO Technical Advisory Group on Leprosy Control (Aberdeen, Scotland, 21 April 2006)
The main objective of the meeting was to review the global leprosy situation (report contains tables on same) and discuss key technical issues, including the progress and results of ongoing drug trials. The most important agenda item was to approve the Operational Guidelines. This page contains the full-text meeting report.(18/Apr/2006)
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Regional Declarations, Charters and Commitments
Health promotion focuses on achieving equity in health. Health promotion action aims at reducing differences in current health status and ensuring equal opportunities and resources to enable all people to achieve their fullest health potential.(13/Mar/2006)
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Final Report: Regional Interprogrammatic Meeting on TB/HIV (Mexico City, 9–10 September 2004)
This page contains the agreements made at the meeting on TB/HIV co-infection and on collaboration between national TB and HIV/AIDS programs and the corresponding PAHO Regional Programs. It also contains access to the 50-page full text in Spanish, with the contents translated on this page for user orientation.(14/Feb/2006)
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Vth Meeting of the Surveillance Network for Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Amazon Countries
This yearly meeting was sponsored by PAHO and three US government agencies: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Agency for International Development (USAID). This page offers a summary on compliance with the past year's recommendations and the recommendations made at the meeting, as well as access to the final report in Spanish.(24/Jan/2006)
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Eighth Meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission of the Initiative of Central American Countries to Interrupt Vectoral and Transfusional Transmission of Chagas Disease (IPCA) (Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 7–9 December 2005)
This VIIIth Meeting of the Intergovernmental Technical Commission reiterated the need to actively maintain the process of international evaluations and specific technical meetings, for the countries to prepare Strategic Plans facilitating international cooperation to support the National Programs, and comprehensive care of populations of endemic areas. This page offers the executive summary in English and provides access to the full-text report in Spanish, complete with country presentations and recommendations.(9/Dec/2005)
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Brasilia Declaration
The ministers and the representatives of ministers of agriculture and health, the presidents and the representatives of producer associations, industry, and other entities representing the poultry production chain, and the representatives of international organizations in attendance at the Hemispheric Conference on Avian Influenza, expressed their commitment in this multilateral agreement at the Hemispheric Conference on the Surveillance and Prevention of Avian Influenza in Brasilia, Brazil, on 2 December 2005. Full conference proceedings(2/Dec/2005)
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Workshop on Planning Communication for Tuberculosis Control in the Americas: Summary Report : Informe resumido (Cochabamba, Bolivia, 6–7 October 2005; prepared by Silvio Waisbord, Academy for Educational Development / AED)
This expert meeting in communication provided a venue not only for bringing together specialized consultants but also for forming a regional working group to continuously advise PAHO on the use of communication for tuberculosis control. Objectives were to form a group of consultants to provide technical assistance in planning communication for the National Tuberculosis Programs (NTPs), reach agreements on the terms and principles of mass communication, and define criteria and work operations.(4/Nov/2005)
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Capacity Development under Program-Based Approaches: LENPA Spring Forum 2005: Synthesis Report (Washington, DC, 25–27 April 2005)
This report synthesizes key ideas and conclusions emerging from above-mentioned forum on strengthening capacities under program-based approaches (PBAs) sponsored by the Learning Network on Program-Based Approaches (LENPA). The page contains a summary, four case studies from Latin America, the full executive summary, and the full-text report.(31/Oct/2005)
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Hemispheric Conference on the Surveillance and Prevention of Avian Influenza (Brasília, Brazil, 30 November– 2 December 2005)
The objectives of this conference, co-sponsored by PANAFTOSA and the Ministry of Agriculture of Brazil, are as follows: Review, analysis, and dissemination of the global and Hemispheric knowledge of Avian Influenza (AI) and the risk of pandemic for humans, in order to forge a regional alliance and to discuss the bases of a public multisectoral and private plan, for surveillance and prevention of Influenza Avian in the Americas. This page is Portuguese but offers a link by which to register and the complete conference program in English.(28/Oct/2005)
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Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination in the Americas: 6th Regional Program Managers' Meeting, 5th Regional Program Review Group Meeting (San José, Costa Rica, 25–27 October 2005)
This page offers full conference proceedings (PDF report and all PowerPoint country, group and partner presentations) for the two back-to-back meetings on lymphatic filariasis elimination: the Program Managers Meeting (PPM) and the Regional Program Managers Meeting (RPMM). Here can be found the most up-to-date information available on the status of LF in the seven countries that participated in the meeting (Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, Guyana, and Suriname).(27/Oct/2005)
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Symposium Report: Lay Health Workers (Health Promoters) Project: Community Mobilization to Improve Cardiovascular Health in the Americas (Santiago, Chile, 17-18 October 2005)
The general objective of this meeting of the CARMEN network was to exchange information on emerging models for programs that rely on health promoters to carry out community interventions and to take any lessons learned into account in the planning of future programs. The meeting was co-sponsored by the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute (NIH/NHLBI) of the United States, which also participated in the meeting. (18/Oct/2005)
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PAHO/MSF Regional Consultation on the Organization and Structure of Health Care for the Sick or Infected by Trypanosoma cruzi (Chagas Disease) (Montevideo, Uruguay, 13–14 October 2005)
The objectives of this meeting were to define the scope and structure of omedical care; develop alternative and optional care models; outline the care provided to Chagas patients; establish aspects of concern in the areas of pediatric, mother-child, and transfusion care, etc.; define diagnostic needs and scope; establish both the scope and the facilities that patients should have within the health-care systems; define the total panorama of patient availability and access to etiological treatment; plan concepts and frameworks on the cost, impact, and effectiveness of developing a component for Chagas morbidity and care; establish the needs for operational research and for management.(14/Oct/2005)
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Meeting of National Directors of Epidemiology and Malaria Programs (San José, Costa Rica, 7–10 noviembre 2005)
Participants in this meeting included representatives from 21 endemic countries, PAHO and the WHO Roll Back Malaria Global Partnership. The objectives were to update National Directors of Epidemiology and Malaria Programs in the Americas on the current situation of malaria worldwide and in the Region of the Americas; provide an opportunity for National Malaria Programs to present epidemiological data on the status of malaria in their country; and provide a venue for countries to share experiences, networking and exchange information. This page provides access to all meeting proceedings.(11/Oct/2005)
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IInd Regional Meeting of the CDIA-EC Project: Surveillance tools for Triatoma infestans and other triatomines (Santiago, Chile, 6–8 October 2005)
The purposes of this meeting were to support control and surveillance tasks in Chile and Uruguay, with the objective of eliminating T. infestans; develop protocols and models for control/surveillance and research aimed at elimination in the Southern Cone subregion; and recommend tools, methods and operational practices that operate effectively, sensitively, and with adequate applicability, to deal with the new realities of infestation, colonization, and dispersion of triatomines in the household environment (intra-, peri- and extradomiciliary areas). This page offers an introduction as well as the purposes, objectives, recommendations and conclusions of the meeting, along with the list of participants and links to project partners. (8/Oct/2005)
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CD46.R16: PAHO Gender Equality Policy
Resolution adopted at the 46th PAHO Directing Council in September 2005, which lays down the PAHO mandate for gender equality in health and development in the Americas, in accordance with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).(30/Sep/2005)
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Pilot Exercise on Integrated Triatomine Control (Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico, 23 September 2005)
The objective of this meeting was to develop an integrated triatomine control model for an endemic area in Mexico. This fact sheet indicates the organization and experts, the conclusions and recommendations, and the commitments made.(23/Sep/2005)
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Keeping Leprosy Under Control: Caribbean Leprosy Control Managers' Workshop (Georgetown, Guyana, 29 June - 1 July 2005)
This event, focusing on the Caribbean, is co-sponsored by PAHO/WHO, Netherlands Leprosy Relief (NLR), the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC), and the Ministry of Health of Guyana. It will provide a situation analysis, discussions on IEC and leprosy campaigns, the issues of tourism, and sensitivity and sustainability topics. Presentations will be made by the Caribbean delegates as well as those from Guyana and Suriname. This page includes an abstract and the summary report.(1/Jul/2005)
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Workshop on Communication and Tuberculosis in the Americas (Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, 31 May – 2 June 2005)
This workshop was organized by the PAHO Regional Program on Tuberculosis with technical assistance from the Stop TB Partnership and from Silvio Waisbord of the Academy for Educational Development in Washington, DC. Participants included Directors of National TB Programs (NTPs), staff in charge of communication and health promotion, representatives from patients' groups, and communications specialists. This page offers a summary and access to the final report in Spanish.(2/Jun/2005)
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TB Strategies to Meet the Millennium Development Goals: Regional Meeting of Heads of National TB Programs (NTPs) (Mexico City, 7–9 September 2004)
The final report (in Spanish) has just been published for this biannual meeting, the objectives of which were to become acquainted with the epidemiological and operational situation of TB of each country; evaluate progress made in applying the DOTS Strategy and in meeting the 2005 goals; become acquainted with the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT), the action plan, and the extent of DOTS application in those countries that will not achieve total coverage by 2005; to evaluate compliance with agreements and recommendations made at the last meeting in Cuba in 2002; and review and discuss the Regional Action Plan. (17/May/2005)
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Workshop on the Epidemiology and Surveillance of Influenza and Other Respiratory Diseases (Decatur, Georgia, USA, 9–13 May 2005)
The objectives of this meeting were (1) to discuss activities on the epidemiological and virological surveillance of influenza and analyze the subject of pandemic influenza, as well as present basic and advanced methods of influenza prevention and control; and (2) to find out the degree of progress made in the countries and coordinate development of National Preparedness Plans for a possible influenza pandemic, and to provide tools to assist in the planning process and discuss vaccines and antivirals as prevention and control methods, with a view to a possible pandemic. This page offers the executive summary and access to other conference documentation in Spanish. (13/May/2005)
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Workshop on management of dead bodies in disaster situations
A small group of experts met in Lima, Peru at a workshop on Management of Dead Bodies in Disaster Situations, co-organized by PAHO's Area on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief and the Assistance Division of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Selected experts from key organizations shared their experience and insights in this global effort to improve not only the adequate management of human remains after large disasters but primarily to provide better humanitarian assistance to survivors. (13/May/2005)
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VIth Meeting of the Andean Initiative to Control Chagas Disease (IPA) (Bogotá, Colombia, 5–6 May 2005)
The objective of this meeting was to approach three thematic areas: (a) implementing greater coverage and quality of anti-vectoral activities, according to risk criteria already published by the IPA Technical Advisory Group, taking into account the following: (i) diversity of species, with updated and integrated taxonomy criteria; (ii) interpreting the various epidemiological situations and (iii) the acceptability and viability of the proposals; (b) optimizing management and methodology in blood banks with regard to blood tests, with the goal of eliminating contaminated blood and treating infected individuals detected during testing, within the framework of blood-safety goals; and (c) generating in the member countries a component of morbidity and care for persons infected with or ill from Chagas in an accessible, timely, effective and effecient manner. This page offers the recommendations and decisions plus access to the full-text report in Spanish.(6/May/2005)
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Report of the Seventh Meeting of the WHO Technical Advisory Group on the Elimination of Leprosy (4–5 April 2005)
The main objective of this year's TAG meeting was to review and finalise the draft Global Strategy for Further Reducing the Leprosy Burden and Sustaining Leprosy Control Activities: 2006–2010. The large-scale implementation of the Strategic Plan increased the coverage of leprosy control activities and brought many previously undetected cases to health facilities for treatment. The plan will address the remaining challenges and further reduce the global leprosy disease burden. A highlight of this meeting was the presentation by Brazil. Included on this page are the recommendations and access to the full text.(5/Apr/2005)
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XIVth Meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission of the Southern Cone (INCOSUR) for the Elimination of T. infestans and the Interruption of Transfusional American Trypanosomiasis (Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, 28–31 March 2005)
This page includes the recommendations of the meeting, which include (a) upcoming advances in Brazil in interruping vectoral transmission of T. cruzi via T. infestans throughout all endemic areas in the country; (2) approval of a patient care component for Chagas victims; (3) a possible regional meeting of subregional initiatives in 2006; and (4) strengthening of partnerships with MSF-Spain, CIDA and Belgian Cooperation.(31/Mar/2005)
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VIth Meeting of the Southern Cone Surveillance Network for Emerging Infectious Diseases (Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, 4–5 March 2005)
This yearly meeting was sponsored by PAHO and three US government agencies: Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Agency for International Development (USAID). This page offers a summary on compliance with the past year's recommendations and the recommendations made at the meeting, as well as access to the final report in Spanish.(5/Mar/2005)
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Workshop: Capacity-Building for Tuberculosis Control, with Specific Focus on TB/HIV Control
Purpose: To build country capacity for tuberculosis control in the CAREC Member Countries (CMCs), taking into account that HIV epidemic represents the main threat for TB control. Objectives: Strengthen the National Tuberculosis Programs (NTPs) through the upgrading of knowledge and skills of managers and coordinators in all aspects of prevention and control of tuberculosis, including programme management, DOTS, surveillance, case detection, diagnosis, care and treatment and program operations; and improve the performance of National Tuberculosis Programs (NTPs) and National AIDS Programs (NAPs) regarding the control of the TB/HIV epidemic. This page offers access to the complete workshop CD.(18/Feb/2005)
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1st General Meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on HIV/AIDS/STI
1st General Meeting of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on HIV/AIDS/STI Boca Chica, Dominican Republic 22-24 January 2005(10/Feb/2005)
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VIH y consumo de drogas en las Américas
En esta página se encuentran manuales, materiales de trabajo o presentaciones que pueden orientar a los profesionales que trabajan en la vigilancia, atención y prevención del VIH entre consumidores de drogas en las Américas.(9/Dec/2004)
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Documento de trabajo de la Red de Laboratorios (Santiago de Chile, 6-7 diciembre 2004)
Este documento de seis páginas fue el que se usó en la Reunión de Laboratorios de Supra Referencia para Tuberculosis en las Américas. Contiene una sección con los antecedentes, con la mayor parte del texto dedicado al aspecto de la organización de la asistencia técnica supranacional a la Red Regional de Laboratorios, en detalle (estructura, avances diagnósticos, garantía de calidad, vigilancia de la resistencia a drogas antituberculosas, fortalecimiento de las redes de laboratorio, capacitación, movilización de fondos, actualización de normas, incorporación de nuevas metodologías). Esta página brinda un resumen y acceso al documento completo en PDF.(7/Dec/2004)
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Meeting of Supranational TB Reference Laboratories in the Americas (Santiago, Chile, 6-7 December 2004)
The PAHO Regional Program on Tuberculosis, with support from its Country Office in Chile and from the Institute of Public Health of Chile, will hold a meeting of the supranational TB reference laboratories certified by WHO for the Region of the Americas, from 6-7 December 2004 in Santiago.(6/Dec/2004)
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XVI Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Meeting on Vaccine Preventable-Diseases, 2004
Final report of the The XVI Technical Advisory Group(TAG) Meeting on Vaccine Preventable-Diseases of the Pan American Health Organization, held in Mexico City, Mexico, November 3-5, 2004.(24/Nov/2004)
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IInd International Workshop on TB Control in Prisons (Lima, Peru, 18–20 August 2004)
This second workshop is aimed at national TB program and prison-system directors. Objectives are to present, analyze and discuss recent epidemiological data on TB in prisons in the Region; assess the progress made by National TB Programs (NTPs) and prison health authorities towards the action plans for TB control in prisons (developed at the first workshop); and strengthen collaboration between NTPs and prison authorities in the Region. Presentations, key documents, and Action Plan (in Spanish and Portuguese), as well as conclusions and agreements, now online via this page.(23/Nov/2004)
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Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination in the Americas: 5th Regional Program Managers' Meeting, 4th Regional Program Review Group Meeting (Paramaribo, Suriname, 26–29 October 2004)
This page offers the complete conference proceedings for both meetings, combined in one volume, with PowerPoint presentations integrated therein. It outlines the progress made in eliminating lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), a dread disease of poverty causing permanent disability and thus constituting a major economic and social burden. Attending the meeting were those countries where the disease is still endemic or close to eradication, where major elimination efforts are underway.(30/Oct/2004)
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Charting New Directions for Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Prevention and Control in the Americas: A Joint NHLBI/PAHO Workshop (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA, 13–15 October 2004)
The main purpose of this workshop is to share experiences, identify complementarities, and propose a joint plan for a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)/Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Pan American Cardiovascular Initiative (PACI), by involving the CARMEN Network Members, selected programs and initiatives of the NHLBI and PAHO, and key partners.(29/Oct/2004)
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Recommendations of a Group of Experts: Standards for the Use of Automated Identification Systems for Bacteria and Susceptibility to Antimicrobials (Brasilia, Brazil, 26–28 October 2004)
The general objective of the Expert Committee was to define the processes that guarantee the quality of the information generated by automated systems for identifying bacteria and testing susceptibility to antimicrobial drugs. Specifically, they wanted to identify critical points and criteria for internal quality control, define a program for external performance evaluation, and prepare a short guide for technical evaluation visits. This page offers a summary in English and access to the full text in Spanish. (28/Oct/2004)
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Symposium on Diabetes Economics (São Paulo, Brazil, 27 September 2004)
The Declaration of the Americas on Diabetes (DOTA), the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), and PAHO--in coordination with the Latin American Diabetes Association (ALAD)--take pleasure in carrying out this symposium on one of the most important aspects of diabetes: what it costs. This page contains a summary, a fact sheet on the cost of diabetes, an agenda and the presentations.(21/Oct/2004)
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Regional Meeting to Analyze Access to Antitubercular Treatment in Indigenous Populations (Panama City, 13–15 October 2004)
The purpose of this meeting was to analyze the status of TB in indigenous populations of the Region and to discuss alternatives to improve access to effective treatment, taking into consideration the geographical, cultural, and financial factors faced by these peoples. The objectives were to (1) get to know the specific situation of TB vulnerability found among indigenous peoples; (2) analyze the factors that can impede their access to adequate diagnosis, treatment, and adherence; (3) discuss innovative alternatives and strategies to allow health services to increase the detection of new TB cases, treatment adherence and cure rates among these populations; and (4) formulate workplans to deal with the problems identified and improve access to treatment and adherence. This page contains the translated executive summary and recommendations and access to the 168-page report in Spanish.(15/Oct/2004)
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Teaching Tuberculosis in Schools of Health: Report of an Expert Consultation (Cartagena, Colombia, 6–8 October 2004)
Tuberculosis is a serious public-health problem, against which the DOTS strategy constitutes the most effective global tool for TB control. Recent studies clearly revealed that one of the major limitations in DOTS expansion concerns the lack of human resources (HR), both in numbers and in terms of adequate skills and abilities. This is PAHO's second meeting in Columbia with teaching representatives from the countries, following up on the initial situation analysis and recommendations on how to improve teaching on tuberculosis in universities; it focuses on how to promote effective involvement of health schools in tuberculosis control. This page offers the summary in English and access to the full-text report in Spanish.(8/Oct/2004)
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International Meeting on Surveillance and Prevention of Chagas Disease in the Amazon Region (Manaus, Amazonas State, Brazil, 19-22 September 2004)
The purpose of this meeting was the implementation of the Intergovernmental Initiative for Surveillance and Control of Chagas Disease in the Amazon Region (AMCHA), focusing on surveillance, prevention and research.(22/Sep/2004)
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Regional Interprogrammatic Meeting on TB/HIV (Mexico City, 9–10 September 2004)
The overall objective of this second regional meeting is to speed up effective joint response in the Americas on the part of TB and HIV/AIDS programs to the epidemic of tuberculosis associated with HIV. Specifically, it will follow up on concerted action plans from last year's workshop, discuss operational terms for the surveillance of HIV prevalence among TB patients, implement the Building Blocks strategy for comprehensive care, and introduce clinical management protocols for co-infection. (10/Sep/2004)
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Annual Report of the Monitoring/Surveillance Network for Resistance to Antibiotics 2003
The annual report on surveillance of resistance to antibiotics in participating countries of the Region of the Americas is discussed and analyzed for the purpose of taking measures for continuous quality improvement of data and its usefulness in orienting clinicians on the rational use of antibiotics. This page offers a summary with recommendations and access to the full text in Spanish (presented at the meeting in Lima in 2004).(2/Jul/2004)
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Informal Consultation on Influenza Pandemic Preparedness in Countries with Limited Resources (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 23–25 June 2004)
The objective of this informal consultation was to get feedback on key elements of a draft influenza pandemic preparedness checklist prepared by WHO. Specific objectives were to: (1) raise awareness of the need and potential benefits of pandemic preparedness; (2) understand the processes involved in planning influenza pandemic preparedness; (3) reach some consensus on the priority components of a pandemic plan; (4) develop specific recommendations relevant to the high-priority areas of pandemic planning; (5) identify the way forward for Member States as they develop their pandemic plans; and (6) identify whether WHO assistance is needed and, if so, what form it should take. This page contains a summary and access to the full text.(25/Jun/2004)
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PAHO Consultation on Congenital Chagas Disease, Its Epidemiology and Management (Montevideo, Uruguay, 24–25 June 2004, in collaboration with the Latin American Center for Perinatology and Human Development, CLAP)
In this meeting there assembled a select group of researchers, clinicians, and those operating disease-managment programs, mostly from the Southern Cone and with the participation of the Free University of Brussels, Belgium. The objectives were to arrive at and update a situational diagnosis of the disease and its management; to develop guidelines for a management guide; to establish a risk and impact projection on the disease in the Region; and to generate guidelines to regularly and sustainably implement the necessary actions in the countries. This page offers the report with its 14 recommendations, the agenda, and the list of participants. (25/Jun/2004)
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Regional Meeting of the Tuberculosis Laboratory Network (Mexico City, 6–8 September 2004)
The PAHO TB Program has just published (in Spanish) the final report for this meeting, the objectives of which were (1) to analyze and discuss aspects related to the areas of quality control, National Tuberculosis Programs (NTPs) using current and new techniques, and TB Laboratory Networks managing information; (2) become acquainted with the experiences of selected countries that have successfully dealt with these areas; (3) get to know the work of the laboratories currently carrying out reference functions in the Region; (4) distribute and discuss regional proposals; and (5) promote collaboration and communication networks among those in charge of TB Laboratories and the Heads of National TB Programs. (9/Jun/2004)
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Final Report of the International Workshop on Tuberculosis Control in Prisons (San Pedro Sula, Honduras, 11–13 August, 2003)
Prisons represent a challenge for tuberculosis control authorities. They promote the transmission of the disease by sheltering a vulnerable population that often lacks access to timely diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Prisons have therefore been labeled as TB breeding grounds. This page offers a summary of the report of the August 2003 meeting on TB in prisons and access to the 25-page final report in PDF (with tables, figures and photographs) and a list of useful links.(31/May/2004)
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Vth Meeting of the Andean Chagas Initiative (IPA) (Lima, Peru, 6–7 May 2004)
The objectives of this annual IPA meeting were to analyze the situation of Chagas' disease in the countries that form the Andean subregion; define intervention strategies in accordance with entomological, epidemiological, and cost-effectiveness criteria; agree on lines of action related to vector control among the countries of the subregion; and strengthen ties and integration among the National Surveillance and Control Programs in the countries of the Andean subregion. This page offers the conclusions, recommendations, and decisions as well as access to the full-text report in Spanish. (7/May/2004)
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CAMDI V Workshop: Diabetes Surveillance and Control in Central America (Montelimar, Nicaragua, 29–30 April 2004)
The objectives of this workshop were to review the progress and results of the activities related to the multinational survey of diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and factors of risk for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs); to establish policies and procedures to follow for utilizing and publishing the survey data; and to contribute to designing the plan of action and strategies to be utilized for Phase 2 implementation. This page offers a summary and access to the 63-page final report, including the questionnaire. (30/Apr/2004)
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WHO Consultation on Priority Public Health Interventions before and during an Influenza Pandemic (Geneva, 27 April 2004)
The purpose of this technical consultation meeting was to approach the topic of preparedness for a flu epidemic. More than 100 experts from 33 countries participated, discussing a broad spectrum of measures to be carried out by WHO and national authorities before and during a pandemic. The three main objectives were to prevent potential pandemics as they appear, reduce transmission at national and international levels, and reduce high levels of morbidity, mortality and social impact. WHO link listed below provides access to the opening address, executive summary and to the full text, as well as other useful links related to this topic.(27/Apr/2004)
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Proyecto VIDA: Informe final de la 3era Sesión de Aprendizaje (SA3) (Hotel Posada Xalapan, Xalapan, Veracruz, México, 13-15 abril 2004)
La Sesión de Aprendizaje 3 (SA3) buscó reforzar las actividades de entrenamiento realizadas en los centros de salud haciendo hincapié en el control metabólico, seguimiento nutricional y cuidados de los pies, también presentarán los resultados obtenidos por los centros de salud en el Período de Acción 2 y se buscará lograr una mayor participación de los pacientes, empezando por una dramatización de su percepción de la atención de salud, seguido por grupos de trabajo para evaluación de lo vivenciado. Se presentaron los resultados de la evaluación ACIC y se abordarán los componentes del modelo de atención y los ciclos de mejoría.(15/Apr/2004)
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Proyecto VIDA: Presentaciones de la 3era Sesión de Aprendizaje (SA3) (Xalapan, Veracruz, México, 13-15 abril 2004)
Estas 11 presentaciones en PowerPoint abordan las actividades del proyecto con relación al control metabólico, al seguimiento nutricional y a los cuidados de los pies, al incluir los resultados obtenidos por los centros de salud en el Período de Acción 2 cuando se logró una mayor participación de los pacientes, seguido por grupos de trabajo de evaluación.(15/Apr/2004)
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XIIIa Reunión de la Comisión Intergubernamental del Cono Sur para la Eliminación de Triatoma infestans y la Interrupción de la Transmisión Transfusional de la Tripanosomiasis Americana (INCOSUR/Chagas) (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 29–31 marzo 2004)
La Comisión Intergubernamental de la iniciativa de INCOSUR/Chagas se reune anualmente para revisar y monitorear la situación de prevención y control de la enfermedad de Chagas en los países del Cono Sur. Está página brinda las recomendaciones y decisiones que resultaron de la XIIIareunión. El informe final aparecerá en breve a través de esta página.(2/Apr/2004)
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II PAHO-DOTA Workshop on Quality of Diabetes Care (Diabetes Research Institute/DRI, University of Miami, 14-16 May 2003)
To address the problem of the high prevalence of diabetes in English-speaking Caribbean subregion, this meeting was aimed at the following: to review the status of quality care for people with diabetes in the Caribbean; to discuss the results of the evaluation of quality of care in Jamaica, St. Lucia and the Bahamas; to review strategies to improve quality of care for people with diabetes; and to define an action plan for improvement of quality of diabetes care in the Caribbean. This page offers access to a summary, the conference presentations, and the final report. (25/Mar/2004)
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Workshop on Implementation Research (IR) in Leprosy (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 23–25 March 2004)
This workshop was co-organized by the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Twenty participants from ten countries and four TDR/WHO staff members took part in the event. Objectives were to develop a conceptual framework on challenges in leprosy elimination and integration; and for leprosy IR, to define research priorities, outline a priority plan, and develop a strategy for advocacy and fundraising. This page offers a summary of the meeting and access to the 11-page report and related links.(25/Mar/2004)
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Report on the Sixth Meeting of the WHO Technical Advisory Group on the Elimination of Leprosy (Geneva, 9-10 February 2004)
Since 1985, the global prevalence has decreased by about 90% and more than 13 million patients have been cured with WHO-recommended multidrug therapy (MDT). The strategy has been applied with full political and professional commitment in all endemic countries (including Brazil), resulting in the attainment of the global target of less than one case per 10,000 population. The strategy also helped in focusing special attention on countries with a high disease burden. To date, out of 122 countries where leprosy was considered a public-health problem, only 10 countries still have to reach the elimination goal. This link takes the user to the full-text report on the WHO site(19/Mar/2004)
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Third Joint Meeting of the Networks for Surveillance of Emerging Infectious Diseases (Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 26-28 February 2004)
The objectives of this yearly meeting were (a) to present and discuss subregional activities carried out by the EID surveillance networks; and (2) to identify commitments and activities for the period 2004/2005, taking into account the guidelines of the plans of action of each one of them. This page provides the executive summary and access to the 124-page report in PDF, with links to the individual chapters.(28/Feb/2004)
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Foro Regional Mitch mas 5--¿Dónde estamos y para dónde vamos?
Si los países de Centroamérica no se esfuerzan por reducir los altos índices de vulnerabilidad, los desastres naturales en 2050 dejarán unas 100.000 muertes y pérdidas económicas por 300.000 millones de dólares. Así se informó en la clausura del "Foro Regional Mitch más 5", que se celebró en Tegucigalpa, Honduras del 9 al 11 de diciembre de 2003, para analizar la vulnerabilidad de Centroamérica ante los desastres naturales.(15/Dec/2003)
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Reaching a Regional Consensus for Facing Disaster Situations
PAHO is in the final phase of the developement of the manual "Management of Cadavers in Disaster Situations" with the help of international experts. To aid in this project, the World Bank organized a teleconference with participants from Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru. The central topic of the dialogue was the analysis by each country of some chapters of the manual.(15/Dec/2003)
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Proyecto VIDA--Informe Final: 2a Sesión de Aprendizaje (SA2) (Hotel Calinda Veracruz, Veracruz, Veracruz, México, 26-28 noviembre 2003)
La SA2 consistió en conferencias de expertos nacionales e internacionales que abordaron los diferentes componentes del modelo de atención, así como grupos de trabajo que discutieron sobre la metodología de la intervención, evaluaron los cambios probados y resultados obtenidos. También se hizo una evaluación de recursos en salud (ACIC) y se realizaron conferencias de capacitación clínica. Esta página brinda un resumen y acceso al informe completo.(26/Nov/2003)
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Informe final: Taller Técnico de Estudio sobre Rhodnius pallescens, su Vigilancia y Control (Ciudad Panamá, Panamá, 16–17 septiembre 2002)
Esta página brinda el informe completo (42 pp) sobre R. pallescens, el vector principal para enfermedad de Chagas en Panamá, con estudios sobre el insecto, su epidemiología y entomología, y conclusiones y recomendaciones. También hay presentaciones especiales del Perú sobre R. ecuatoriensis y una contribución del Ecuador.(14/Nov/2003)
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Iniciativa de los países de baja prevalencia en tuberculosis
Esta hoja brinda un resumen de la iniciativa, una hoja informativa sobre la reunión de 2003, y los informes finales de 2001 y 1999, con resúmenes de la situación de los cuatros países involucrados (Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba y Uruguay), datos estadísticos, conclusiones, y recomendaciones tantas técnicas como operacionales.(14/Nov/2003)
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CAIS-2003-Visitas a áreas técnicas. Area de Desarrollo Estratégico de la Salud (DPM/SHD). Información Técnica.
Documento presentado durante la XXXVIII Reunión del Comité Asesor de Investigaciones en Salud (CAIS), Washington, D.C.. Noviembre 3–5 de 2003. Miembros del CAIS: André Contandriopoulos y Víctor Penchaszadeh(6/Nov/2003)
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ACHR-2003-05-The Research Grants Program Contribution to the Management of Knowledge
Document of the XXXVIII Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR). Presentation DR. Rebecca de los Rios. These reports emphasized the description of the number of projects that PAHO received, evaluated and approved for the different calls for proposals made in that period and the technical cooperation activities in support of implementation of multicenter projects and research competitions.(5/Nov/2003)
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ACHR-2003-06-Presentation InterAcademy Medical Panel
Document of the XXXVIII Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Health Research. By David Challoner, Foreign Secretary, US Institute of Medicine, (IOM) (5/Nov/2003)
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ACHR-2003-07 Health of Older Persons Some findings from the PAHO Multicenter Survey SABE
Document of the XXXVIII Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR). Presentation DR. Martha Pelaez, (PAHO's Information and Knowledge Mangement Area) (5/Nov/2003)
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Informe final: XIIa Reunión de la Comisión Intergubernamental del Cono Sur para la Eliminación de Triatoma infestans y la Interrupción de la Transmisión Transfusional de la Tripanosomiasis Americana (INCOSUR/Chagas) (26-28 marzo 2003)
Este documento (159 pp, PDF, mas un anexo en forma de una presentación en Powerpoint) se brinda en texto completo de la reunión de Santiago de Chile, por partes. Se incluyen--además de las recomendaciones y decisiones, antecedentes--los informes de la situación general y la de los países, y actualizaciones sobre la iniciativa en Centroamérica.(4/Nov/2003)
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Informe Final: VIa Reunión de la Comisión Intergubernamental de la Iniciativa de los Países de Centro América para la Interrupción de la Transmisión Vectorial y Transfusional de la Enfermedad de Chagas (IPCA) (Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 8–10 octubre 2003)
La VIa Reunión de la Comisión Técnica Intergubernamental se plantea la necesidad de buscar los mecanismos que le den sostenibilidad al proceso para alcanzar la meta de eliminación de la transmisión vectorial y transfusional, fijada para el año 2010 e incorporar el componente de tratamiento etiológico de la infección reciente en población menor de 15 años de áreas endémicas intervenidas como un objetivo colateral de la IPCA en vista de los avances de control de la transmisión vectorial. Esta página brinda el resumen y las recomendaciones y acceso al informe en texto completo.(10/Oct/2003)
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Southern Cone Workshop on Chagas Disease: Conceptualization of Epidemiological Surveillance (Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2003)
Epidemiological surveillance is understood to be a set of actions that are carried out both regularly and continually, that provide enough of the necessary information for timely intervention through adequate means of prevention and control. With Chagas disease, epidemiological surveillance needs to take into consideration both entomological (vectoral) surveillance and non-vectoral surveillance. The objective of this workshop was to incorporate into the INCOSUR-Chagas initiative a system of evolving instruments, strategies, and results of the surveillance systems that have been implemented in each country, as can be seen in the report that can be accessed via this page.(30/Sep/2003)
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IIIrd Meeting of the Coordinating Committee of the Central American Network for Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases (RECACER) (Panama City, Panama, 21–22 August 2003)
The objectives of this meeting were to examine the progress made by the countries of the subregion in the area of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases (EIDs); update knowledge on EIDs; and strengthen working ties between countries of the region to successfully face communicable diseases, especially EIDs. This page offers a summary and a link to the final report in Spanish.(22/Aug/2003)
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ACHR-2003-01-Agenda
Document of the XXXIII Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR).Washington, DC. 3–5 de de noviembre 2003.(7/Aug/2003)
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ACHR-2003-02-List of Participants
Document of the XXXVIII Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR),(7/Aug/2003)
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CAMDI IV Workshop: Diabetes Surveillance and Control in Central America (Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 7–9 July 2003)
To face the challenge of diabetes in the Region, this fourth meeting of the CAMDI (Central American Diabetes Initiative) was aimed at follow-up activities related to the multinational survey on diabetes, obesity, hypertension, and NCD risk factors; and at coordinating strategies for the 2nd phase of the project.(31/Jul/2003)
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Proyecto VIDA--Informe final, 1era Sesión de Aprendizaje (SA1) (Hotel Misión Xalapa, Xalapa, Veracruz, México, 1-3 julio 2003)
La 1era Sesión de Aprendizaje (SA1) del Proyecto Veracruz para el Mejoramiento de la Atención a la Diabetes (VIDA) consistió en conferencias de expertos nacionales e internacionales que abordaron los diferentes componentes del modelo de atención, así como grupos de trabajo que discutieron sobre la metodología de la intervención, en la identificación de fortalezas y debilidades y de recursos comunitarios y en la conformación de un plan de acción. Esta página brinda un resumen y acceso al informe completo.(3/Jul/2003)
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VIH y Comunicación: las estrategias de los Programas Nacionales de SIDA de América Latina
El propósito de la reunión fué examinar cómo los Programas Nacionales de VIH/SIDA de América Latina elaboran sus estrategias de comunicación, con énfasis en la planificación, la evaluación, el trabajo interinstitucional, el financiamiento y otros temas (16/Jun/2003)
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Framework for a Regional Program for Control of Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections and Schistosomiasis in the Americas (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 2–6 June 2003) (DRAFT)
An estimated 30% of the Latin American population suffers from soil-transmitted helminth infection. Ensuring the effective control of soil-transmitted helminth infections and schistosomiasis in the Americas is a challenge that cannot be put off--hence, this gathering of professionals committed to pooling their efforts and eradicating these parasitic diseases that afflict the most vulnerable populations. This page contains the situation analysis for Latin America and access to the 25-page full text.(6/Jun/2003)
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SARS: Developing a Research Response (30 May 2003, NIH/NIAID, Bethesda, MD, USA)
In order to address research needs on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), PAHO/WHO participated together with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, USA, in an all-day scientific workshop at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The workshop featured international experts in the fields of coronavirus biology, vaccine development, antiviral drug development, laboratory diagnosis, SARS epidemiology, etiology and clinical management. This page provides a link to the NIH site with the presentations made at the workshop.(30/May/2003)
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Annual Regional Report from Countries Participating in the Network for Monitoring and Surveillance of Resistance to Antibiotics (2002 data) (Buenos Aires, Argentina, 10–13 May 2003)
As part of the body of knowledge needed to combat the development of resistance to antimicrobials, since 1997 19 countries of the Region have been part of a network that makes yearly reports on the percentages of resistance to enteric bacteria found in the community and in hospitals. This report provides the data from 2002, by country, with maps, tables, and figures.(13/May/2003)
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V Reunión de la Comisión Intergubernamental (CI) de la Iniciativa Andina de Control de la Transmisión Vectorial y Transfusional de Chagas (Guayaquil, Ecuador, 7-9 mayo 2003)
Con la finalidad de reactivar la Iniciativa Andina de Control de Chagas, se procedió a convocar esta Reunión de delegados nacionales de Perú, Ecuador, Colombia y Venezuela, con Secretaría Técnica de de OPS. Los objetivos eran trazar prioridades de control antivectorial en la subregión y en los países, delinear estrategias y metodologías de acción, y conjuntar esfuerzos nacionales par la acción internacional de control de Chagas. Esta página ofrece un resumen, las recomendaciones e información sobre los participantes.(9/May/2003)
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IVth Meeting of the Southern Cone Surveillance Network for Emerging/Reemerging Infectious Diseases (Santiago, Chile, 14–16 April 2003)
This meeting involved the partication of experts from the Ministries of Health and academic institutions of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay; the US Department of Defense; and PAHO. The objective was to present and discuss topics of special interest to the area of EIO surveillance. Activites included evaluations of the level of compliance with commitments made; integration proposals for different subregional networks and activities involving global health security; surveillance of specific diseases; evaluation of the capacity of national reference laboratories; laboratory accreditation; and country reports. This page offers a summary with a link to the final report in Spanish.(16/Apr/2003)
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Report: Workshop on Dengue Burden Studies (Washington, DC, 5-7 November 2002)
The objective of this meeting was to review, refine and prepare study proposals to define the epidemiologic, economic and social burden of dengue illnesses. Expected outcomes are several finished country-level budgeted proposals for the study of the burden of dengue. Studies include Asia and Latin America. This page offers the full-text conference report (in small easy-to-view segments), with executive summary, report proper, notes and guidelines, a graph, contact information of participants, etc. (2/Apr/2003)
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IVth Meeting of the Surveillance Network for Emerging and Reemerging Diseases in the Amazon Region (Belém, Pará, Brazil, 15–18 March 2003)
Participants in the meeting included staff from the Ministries of Health and academic institutions of the Amazon Countries; USAID; CDC; NMRCD; the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); NMRCD; and PAHO/WHO. Objective: To report on and discuss topics of special interest regarding EID surveillance in the subregion. The participating countries reported on the current EID situation and on the fulfillment of the commitments made at the joint 2002 meeting in Atlanta, reviewed EID events detected during the past year and issued recommendations for 2003-2004 based on identified needs and established priorities. This page offers the abstract and recommendations and provides access to the executive summary and final report.(30/Mar/2003)
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XII Reunión de la Comisión Intergubernamental del Cono Sur para la Eliminación de Triatoma infestans y la Interrupción de la Transmisión Transfusional de la Tripanosomiasis Americana (INCOSUR/Chagas) (Santiago de Chile, 26-28 marzo 2003)
Esta XII Reunión de INCOSUR/Chagas tuvo por objetivo el revisar la situación subregional, desarrollar estrategias, y seguir con la lucha contra la enfermedad. Este año hubo una mesa de trabajo especial focalizada en la transmisión transfusional. Esta página brinda las recomendaciones generales y del grupo transfusional, las decisiones, un resumen, y la lista de los que participaban en la reunión.(28/Mar/2003)
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Pan American Health Organization's Proposed Contribution to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) / Latin America and Caribbean Bureau's Amazon Malaria Initiative (AMI): Project Proposal and Workplans for Years 2 & 3 (March 2003)
This proposal describes the activities and related budget for the AMI project to be implemented over the two-year period of 2003-2004 and to be completed by September 30, 2004. It provides access to the workplans for regional and national activities as well as for the organizations working together in the project. The page provides access to a summary, the full-text report, and the individual workplans.(11/Mar/2003)
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Recommendations of an Expert Committee: Performance Evaluation Standards for the Kirby-Bauer Antibiogram (Areas of Inhibition or Interpretation) (Santiago, Chile, 24–26 February 2003)
The objectives of this meeting were to define and document the standards that will be applied to the performance evaluation of laboratories participating in the Latin American Network for Monitoring Antimicrobial Resistance, document the basic quality control standards for the laboratories that participate in the national surveillance networks, and draft recommendations for maintaining performance quality in all participating countries. This page contains a summary and the full-text report. (26/Feb/2003)
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Fifth Meeting of the WHO Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Elimination of Leprosy (Yangon, Myanmar, 9–10 February 2003)
Although much progress has been made towards the elimination of leprosy as a public-health problem, major challenges remain in several highly endemic countries. This set of 14 points provides an update of the state of the art in the drive to eliminate the disease.(10/Feb/2003)
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XV Technical Advisory Group Meeting on Vaccine Preventable-Diseases (TAG)
Conclusions and Recommendations of the The XV Technical Advisory Group Meeting on Vaccine Preventable-Diseases (TAG) of the Pan American Health Organization, was held in Washington, DC, USA, November 22-23, 2002(15/Jan/2003)
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Guidelines for the Preparation of a Subregional Plan of Southern Cone Countries for an Influenza Pandemic (Santiago, Chile, 15-19 December 2002)
Influenza derives its importance from its rapid dissemination and high morbidity and mortality in certain risk groups. This is a cause for concern throughout the world, reflected in WHO Resolution EB.111R6, in which Member States are urged to intensify efforts to prevent and control influenza. A group of experts from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay was convened to develop recommendations (contained in this report) for the formulation of guidelines applicable to an influenza pandemic.(19/Dec/2002)
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III Assembly of the Pharmaceutical Forum of the Americas - Summary (spanish only)
Summary of the III Assembly of the Pharmaceutical Forum of the Americas, that was carried out in Quito, Ecuador on 26 November 2002.(26/Nov/2002)
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Informe de la Reunión de los Jefes de Programas de Control de la Tuberculosis (Ciudad de La Habana, Cuba, 11-13 septiembre 2002)
Este informe de 95 páginas incluye resúmenes de TB en el mundo y en la Región, una riqueza de datos de los países, e información sobre la MDR, el Fondo Mundial, planes de accion propuestos, y una evaluación epidemiológica y operacional. Las secciones son fáciles de acceder vía bookmarks en el documento.(30/Sep/2002)
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Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination in the Americas: Regional Program Managers' Meeting (Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, 4-6 September, 2002)
Filariasis elimination began in China in 1950s as an agricultural/economic issue. The success of its program relied on a sustained government commitment, and collective efforts allowed China to eliminate lymphatic filariasis as a public-health problem. The Americas Region could very well be the first to reach the elimination goal, with recent breakthroughs clearly indicating this as feasible. This page offers a summary of the meeting and access to the full-text conference report in bookmarked PDF. (6/Sep/2002)
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CAMDI III Workshop: Diabetes Surveillance and Control in Central America (Guatemala City, Guatemala, 12-14 August 2002)
The objectives of the meeting were to help develop the Initiative in participating countries; review the methodology of the Diabetes and Hypertension Survey to ensure comparability of results; to provide technical support on various aspects of the survey; discuss and contribute elements for a standardized instrument for use in the field; and start discussing the next phase. This page offers a summary and access to the presentations and final report.(14/Aug/2002)
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Health Promotion Forum of the Americas : Guidelines for preparing country reports
The commitments in the Mexico Ministerial Statement on Health Promotion are based on the recognition that health is a valuable resource for the enjoyment of life and is necessary for social and economic development. Health promotion is also seen as a joint responsibility of governments and all sectors of society. (19/Jul/2002)
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Iniciativa Intergubernamental del Cono Sur para la eliminación de Triatoma infestans y la interrupción de la transmisión de la tripanosomiasis americana transfusional: Once años de prevención, control y cooperación entre países
Este informe de 7 páginas, acompañada por una presentación de 13 diapositivas, brinda un resumen de los resultados concretos de once años de cooperación entre países por parte de la Comisión Intergubernamental del Cono Sur para el control y la eliminación de la enfermedad de Chagas.(1/Jul/2002)
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XXXVII Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR)
Documents of the Science, Health and Development: Achievements and Challenges in One Hundred Years of PAHO. Washington, D.C. 12-14 June 2002 (20/May/2002)
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Caribbean Charter for Health Promotion
The 13th Meeting of the Ministers responsible for Health in the Caribbean, seized of the relevance of Health Promotion as an important and significant process through which the Caribbean people might assume more control over and improve their health, called for the development of a Caribbean Charter for Health Promotion.(30/Apr/2002)
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Annual Regional Meeting of Countries Participating in the Monitoring/Surveillance Network on Resistance to Antibiotics (Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, 17-19 April 2002)
As part of the knowledge necessary to combat the development of antimicrobial resistance, since 1997 20 countries in the Region have formed a network that reports annually on the percentages of resistance to enteric bacterias. Since 2000, surveillance has expanded to other species found in communities and in hospitals. This page offers an executive summary and a link to the full-text document in Spanish containing the country reports.(19/Apr/2002)
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First Technical Coordination Meeting of the Amazonian Network for Surveillance of Antimalarial Drug Resistance (RAVREDA) and the Amazon Malaria Initiative (AMI) (Santa Cruz, Bolivia, 19-20 March 2002)
This meeting was attended by representatives from PAHO, WHO, USAID and CDC and the eight Amazon countries that make up the surveillance network and participate in the AMI project. This page offers the full-text conference report as well as links to other relevant documentation.(31/Mar/2002)
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2nd Joint Meeting of the Surveillance Network for Emerging Diseases in the Amazon and Southern Cone Regions (Atlanta, 23-24 March 2002)
Rapidly-spreading diseases from the group known as emerging infectious diseases require surveillance systems endowed with great sensibility allowing for immediate action to impede outbreak propogation or to control epidemics. In this context, a new paradigm of global cooperation has been established, where the objective is to reach common goals, work as a team, maintain a constant channel of communication, and know how to detect abnormalities.
This page offers PDF access to the full-text conference report, with country reports and disease recommendations organized separately.(24/Mar/2002)
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The DOTA Workshop on Quality of Diabetes Care (Ocho Rios, Jamaica, 11-12 March 2002)
Diabetes care and education are among the most important aspects in the fight against diabetes. Improvement in diabetes control is linked to better quality of life and survival. One of the most important challenges for public health in the field of diabetes is to monitor quality of care with the aim of introducing measures to assure better outcomes. To better tackle suboptimal care in Latin America and the Caribbean, The first DOTA Workshop on Quality of Diabetes Care was held on March 11-12, 2002 in Ocho Rios Jamaica with the participation of Barbados, Bahamas, Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica and St. Lucia.(12/Mar/2002)
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Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion
The first International Conference on Health Promotion, met in Ottawa on November 1986. This conference was primarily a response to growing expectations for a new public health movement around the world. Discussions focused on the needs in industrialized countries, but took into account similar concerns in all other regions.(9/Mar/2002)
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Desafíos Futuros para la Comunicación Social en Programas de Prevención y Control del Dengue y de la FHD: Reunión Técnica de Comunicación Social--Carta de Guayaquil, Informe Final (27 febrero-1 marzo 2002)
Actualmente gran parte de la población de los países de la Subregión Andina presentan el riesgo de desarrollar el dengue y dengue hemorrágico debido a los altos índices de infestación por Aedes aegypti y a la circulación de varios serotipos del virus del dengue. Esta reunión se llevó a cabo para dar frente a estos nuevos desafíos y desarrollar estrategias para combatir este nuevo fenómeno. Esta página brinda un resumen en HTML y acceso al texto completo en PDF.(1/Mar/2002)
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Executive Report: Subregional Meeting of the Central American Network for the Prevention and Control of Emerging and Reemerging Diseases (RECACER) (Costa Rica, 21–22 February 2002)
This five-page report provides the 2002 update on the RECACER Network. The objectives of this second meeting were to share advancements made by the National Technical Groups for national and subregional capacity-building in the area of the surveillance, prevention and control of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases; to review the activities and results of actions developed by the subregional component of the Post-Mitch project insofar as it relates to emerging and reemerging diseases; and to formulate a follow-up agenda for the RECACER Network Coordinating Committee.(22/Feb/2002)
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Lecciones, desafíos y experiencias: Participación comunitaria Dengue (Proyecto Post-Mitch, Informe Final; San José, Costa Rica, 5–6 diciembre 2001)
Este documento, parte del proceso de seguimiento del Sector Salud después del Huracán Mitch, describe la importancia central de la comunicación y la participación comunitaria para la prevención y el control del dengue. Esta página ofrece un resumen con recomendaciones de política, y da acceso al informe en texto completo (69 páginas), el cual se puede bajar por capítulo en archivos de PDF.(31/Jan/2002)
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Grupo de Trabajo OPS para Consulta en Planificación, Operativa, Estrategia y Evaluación de Etapas Avanzadas del Control Antivectorial en Enfermedad de Chagas (Montevideo, Uruguay, 13-14 noviembre 2001)
Para un programa nacional de control de Chagas, un estado avanzado de control, es aquel donde se ha logrado esta meta de interrupción. Hoy esta situación es una realidad en la totalidad o en áreas parciales de su territorio para cuatro países de la Iniciativa Chagas del Cono Sur: Uruguay (1997), Chile (1999), Brasil (2000) y Argentina (2001). Es necesario entonces preparar a los Programas Nacionales de Chagas para posicionarse y actuar en escenarios de baja prevalencia, con nula ó mínima transmisión, creando condiciones de sustentabilidad adecuada, eficaz, eficiente y oportuna, a los efectos de desarrollar la imprescindible vigilancia. Esta página brinda acceso a la colección de doce trabajos (introducción, 10 artículos, recomendaciones), cada uno en archivo PDF.(14/Nov/2001)
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Technical Advisory Group on Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI TAG): Report of the First Meeting (Miami Children's Hospital, Miami, FL, 5-6 Sept 2001)
This page offers access to the complete conference proceedings, by chapter. Objectives were to present, analyze and discuss the proposed terms of reference; present and review the current state of IMCI’s implementation in in the Region through three major areas, i.e. health workers, health systems, and communities; analyze and discuss the most important achievements to date of the Healthy Children: Goal 2002 Initiative; and put together a set of recommendations and proposals to strengthen the process of implementation and expansion of the IMCI strategy. (6/Sep/2001)
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Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination in the Americas: 2nd Regional Program Managers' Meeting (Georgetown, Guyana, 20-22 August 2001)
This second meeting focused on country progress in the elimination of LF (elephantiasis); the report contains country reports from the seven endemic countries participating (Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago) and plans of action for the coming year. This page contains the 39-page full-text report.(22/Aug/2001)
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CE128.R13 - Dengue and Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever
Resolution adopted during the 128th Executive Committee in Washington, DC, June 2001. It lays the foundation for the PAHO mandate for dengue.(28/Jun/2001)
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Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) and Its Risks: Animal and Public Health, International Trade
The identification in 2000 of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in native-born cattle in European countries previously thought to be free of the disease has led to increased concern about the extent of the BSE epidemic and raised questions about the possible risks for public health(15/Jun/2001)
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Reunión de Ministros de los Países Andinos y Cuba para la Prevención y Control del Dengue (Guayaquil, Ecuador, 7-8 de junio de 2001)
De acuerdo con la Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS), dos quintas partes de la población mundial vive en riesgo de ser infectada por dengue y más de 100 países han sido afectados por epidemias de dengue o fiebre hemorrágica de dengue (FHD). La OMS estima que anualmente ocurren más de 50 millones de casos de dengue y dengue hemorrágico; 500.000 casos hospitalizados y 20.000 defunciones. El 95% de los casos son niños; las tasas de ataque llegan hasta 64 por 1.000 habitantes. El control de la enfermedad es costoso y las epidemias ocasionan un importante impacto negativo en el desarrollo socioeconómico de los países.(7/Jun/2001)
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4th Meeting of the Emerging Disease Surveillance Network of the Southern Cone (Asunción, Paraguay, 30 May—1 June 2001)
The movement of people throughpout the world currently constitutes an important risk factor for diseases spreading from one place to another. It requires both organization and communication to confront the ever-growing threat of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases (EID)in the Region. The objectives of this meeting were to renew contacts and maintain communication among laboratories, generate minimal information, identify areas in need of strengthening, plan the future and incorporate other illnesses or problems that require attention or prioritization, and design prevention and control strategies. This page offers access to the recommendations as well as the full-text conference report in PDF, with instant access to individual country and disease data.(1/Jun/2001)
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Strengthening National and Subregional Capabilities for the Surveillance, Prevention and Control of Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Diseases (San Salvador, 7-9 May 2001)
This six-page document summarizes the recommendations of the national directors of epidemiology and public-health laboratory services of all Central American countries, Haiti and the Dominican Republic who participated at a Subregional Meeting on Emerging and Reemerging Diseases, 7-9 May 2001, in San Salvador, El Salvador, organized by PAHO’s Communicable Diseases Program, Division of Disease Prevention and Control. PAHO’s participants included advisers from Communicable Diseases, Laboratories, Vaccines and Immunizations, Health Analysis and Human Resources programs and from the Assistant Director’s Office.(9/May/2001)
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Report of the 2nd Stop TB Americas Meeting (Brasilia, 27-29 March 2001)
The 2nd Stop TB Americas Meeting was held from 27 to 29 March 2001 in Brasilia, Brazil in which National Program Managers, authorities from the Ministries of Health and representatives from other health sector institutions analyzed the challenges for DOTS expansion in their countries (Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Peru and the Dominican Republic). Strategic partners in TB control in the Region presented their current projects, perspective for future collaboration and took the opportunity to discuss possibilities for improved coordination efforts. This web page provides a short summary and offers access to the full-text meeting report.(29/Mar/2001)
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X Reunión de la Comisión Intergubernamental para la Eliminación de T. infestans y la Interrupción de la Tripanosomiasis Americana Transfusional (Montevideo, Uruguay, 26-28 marzo 2001)
Este informe (disponible en archivos PDF) constituye un libro con secciones separadas sobre la situación en cada país del Cono Sur además de Colombia y Nicaragua; más de 40 cuadros, mapas y figuras; evaluaciones de los países; secciones sobre laboratorios y bancos de sangre y sobre la resistencia a insecticidas; y recomendaciones de la Comisión y su cumplimiento hasta ahora.(28/Mar/2001)
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Annual Regional Meeting of Countries Participating in the Network for Monitoring/Surveillance of Resistance to Antibiotics (Asunción, Paraguay, 31 January–February 2001)
This HTML page offers the executive summary of and recommendations from the conference in English, with a link to the Spanish page containing the full-text document (138 pages, in PDF) with glossary, country data, performance and laboratory evaluations, quality-control systems, list of participants, bibliography, etc.(28/Feb/2001)
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Roll Back Malaria in Meso America: Report of the Meeting Held in the Dominican Republic with the Participation of Central American Countries, Mexico, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic (San Pedro de Macorís, 20-24 November 2000)
The main themes of this meeting were to introduce the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) initiative in Meso America, review the current malaria situation and prepare country work plans. This page contains access to the full-text technical report, including country data and plans organized separately by country, 16 color maps and graphs, subregional and national conclusions and recommendations, and the list of participants (all downloadable in PDF).(24/Nov/2000)
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CAMDI II Workshop on Diabetes Surveillance and Control: Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras & Nicaragua (Tegucigalpa, Honduras, 13-14 November 2000)
This meeting follows up on the First Regional CAMDI Workshop aimed at setting up national diabetes programs to face the current epidemic. The general objective of this Second Meeting was to coordinate activities related to the Multinational Survey on Diabetes, Obesity, Hypertension and Risk Factors for Non-Communicable Diseases, and specifically to work on the survey design. This page offers a summary of the meeting and access to the full-text report.(15/Nov/2000)
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XIV Technical Advisory Group Meeting on Vaccine Preventable-Diseases (TAG)
Conclusions and Recommendations of the The XIV Technical Advisory Group Meeting on Vaccine Preventable-Diseases (TAG) of the Pan American Health Organization, was held in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, October 2-5, 2000(7/Nov/2000)
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Regional Evaluation Meeting of National TB Control Programs (Mexico, 11-14 September 2000)
The Regional TB Meeting included the participation of program managers from 19 countries in the Region, as well as representatives from international organizations that support TB programs. This page offers a short summary with the objectives of the meeting and subsequent recommendations, as well as access to the full-text meeting report.(11/Sep/2000)
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The Roll Back Malaria Initiative in the Rainforest Region of South America (Cartagena, Colombia, August 2000)
Nine countries attended this meeting: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. The objectives of the meeting were (1) to evaluate and to discuss the implementation of Roll Back Malaria (RBM) action plans; (2) discuss the establishment of national technical support groups through linkage between national researchers and malaria control staff; and (3) establish and reinforce RBM inter-country co-operative programs. This page offers access to the full-text conference report, with instant access to individual country reports and chapters, as well as epidemiological maps. (31/Aug/2000)
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Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination in the Americas: Report, First Regional Program Managers Meeting (Dominican Republic, 9-11 August 2000)
The Pan American Health Organization /World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), in its commitment to promote and support the elimination of lymphatic filariasis in the Americas, hosted and co-sponsored this meeting together with the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other key partners. Key issues focused on the implementation of a Regional Program to eliminate lymphatic filariasis in the Americas. This page offers access to the full-text report, including country data.(8/Aug/2000)
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ACHR-00-06-PAHO Technical Cooperation for training and exchange of researchers
Document of the XXXV Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR), Habana, Cuba. 17 to 19 July 2000.(17/Jul/2000)
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Report: Third Meeting of the Surveillance Networks for Emerging Infectious Diseases in the Amazon and Southern Cone Regions--Atlanta, Georgia,15-16 July 2000
The aim of this meeting was to promote the enhancement of emerging infectious diseases (EID) surveillance networks of the Amazon and Southern Cone (SC) regions. Participants represented their respective countries’ epidemiology and laboratory units of their disease surveillance system--thus promoting coordination and collaboration among them. The integration of epidemiology and laboratory diagnosis is critical for the strengthening of each region’s disease surveillance network. For the first time, a representative from the Caribbean Epidemiology Center (CAREC) attended a meeting of this kind. This page offers access to the Executive Summary and full-text conference report.(15/Jul/2000)
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Promotion of Sexual Health: Recommendations for Action
The emergence of new problems, notably the HIV/AIDS pandemic, has raised our awareness of current urgent needs for enhanced sexuality training and much more concerted and comprehensive approach to addressing sexuality problems. In order to extend and enhance previous efforts, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in collaboration with the World Association for Sexology called a regional consultation to re-examine how to promote Sexual Health including the role of the health sector in the achievement and mainte-nance of Sexual Health. This document is the result of this consultation held in Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala, on May 19 to 22, 2000. (PDF 818 KB)(19/May/2000)
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Promoción de estrategias para el estímulo de la participación comunitaria y la educación popular en el control del dengue a través de la comunicación social (Reunión subregional países andinos, Lima, Perú, 25-27 abril 2000)
Informe de la reunión subregional de países andinos sobre la promoción de estratégias para el estímulo de la participación comunitaria y la educación popular en el control del dengue a través de la comunicación social, realizada en Lima, Perú, del 25 al 27 de abril 2000.(25/Apr/2000)
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CAMDI I Workshop on Diabetes Surveillance and Control: Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras & Nicaragua (San Salvador, El Salvador, 8-9 March 2000)
Diabetes is a health problem of global proportions. It is estimated that the number of people with diabetes will reach 65 million by 2025. The objective of this first meeting, held at the Hotel Camino Real in San Salvador in March 2000, was to start coordinating activities for diabetes surveillance and control in the participating countries. This page summarizes the meeting and provides access to the full-text report.(9/Mar/2000)
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ACHR-99-10-Report of the Research Grants Program
Document of the XXXIV Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR)Washington, DC, 12-14 of July 1999(12/Jul/1999)
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ACHR-99-11-Research Activities of the Latin American Center of Perinatology
Document of the XXXIV Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR)Washington, DC, 12-14 of July 1999(12/Jul/1999)
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Proceedings of the CAREC/PAHO Sub-Regional Dengue Meeting, Port of Spain Trinidad, June 1-3, 1999
The objectives of the Dengue Meeting were as follows: to further sensitive Regional Directors of Vector Control of the seriousness of the emerging issues of Dengue and Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF) in the Caribbean; to help strengthen programs in the region for increased action for surveillance, prevention and control of the vector(s) and of dengue/DHF; to receive and to discuss regional country reports on their dengue control/elimination programs; to analyse and discuss the results of a Sub-Regional Dengue Questionnaire; to review the PAHO draft document "A Blueprint for Action for the Next Generation: Dengue Prevention and Control".(1/Jun/1999)
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Second Meeting of a Surveillance Network for Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) in the Southern Cone Region (Brasilia, Brazil, 11-13 May 1999)
The goal of this second meeting was to continue efforts to establish a functional network of laboratories within the greater Southern Cone Region--Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay--capable to obtain accurate, high-quality laboratory results on new, emerging and re-emerging infections found in the Region.(13/May/1999)
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XIII Technical Advisory Group Meeting on Vaccine Preventable-Diseases (TAG)
Conclusions and Recommendations of the The XIII Technical Advisory Group Meeting on Vaccine Preventable-Diseases (TAG) of the Pan American Health Organization, was held in Hull, Quebec, April 12-16, 1999. Formed in 1985 during the polio eradication campaign, the TAG meets every two years and functions as the leading forum to promote regional initiatives aimed at controlling and eliminating vaccine-preventable diseases. One of its main objectives has been to strengthen the policy dialogue on immunization among governments in the Region and participating agencies.(30/Apr/1999)
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XIth Inter-American Meeting, at the Ministerial Level, on Animal Health (RIMSA) (Washington, D.C., 13–15 April 1999)
This page provides access to the documentation proceeding from this regional biennial RIMSA meeting. It contains documents related to animal health and food safety. Its greatest relevance is in the formulation of health policy in the Region.(15/Apr/1999)
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Taller Regional para la Presentación y el Análisis de los Materiales: AIEPI Comunitario (Santo Domingo, República Dominicana, 15-16 abril 1999)
Los objetivos de este Taller eran (1) presentar los materiales genéricos que en este momento están disponibles para el componente comunitario del AIEPI, al conversar con las madres sobre AIEPI y el Curso AIEPI para Agentes Comunitarios de Salud (ACS); y (2) analizar los materiales en el marco del proceso de implementación de la estrategia AIEPI según las características operativas de cada país. Se elaboró una propuesta preliminar para la adaptación de los materiales genéricos al país, un plan de trabajo y un calendario para el fortalecimiento del componente comunitario del AIEPI. Esta página brinda un resumen del taller y acceso al informe en texto completo en archivos de PDF.(15/Apr/1999)
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Second Meeting to Establish a Surveillance Network for Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) in the Amazon Region (Tarapoto, Peru, 14-16 April 1999)
The objectives of this second meeting were as follows: to continue efforts to create a functional network of laboratories in the greater Amazon Region, including Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Venezuela; strengthen the capability to obtain accurate, high-quality surveillance results on EID; review and/or modify the plans prepared during the first meeting held in Manaus in 1998; describe the current status of EID in the countries; and discuss ongoing surveillance activities as well as possibilities for cooperation among participating countries and international reference laboratories. This page offers the executive summary and access to the 58-page report.(14/Apr/1999)
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Conclusions and Recommendations of the Meeting on Evaluation of Preparedness and Response to Hurricanes Georges and Mitch, 1999
More than 400 professionals from 48 countries met at this meeting to identify lessons learned with regard to the preparedness for and response to two of the most devastating hurricanes of the last decades: Georges and Mitch.(1/Apr/1999)
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Prevention and Control of Antimicrobial Resistance in the Americas: Strategic Plan for Surveillance of Resistance to Antibiotics
In light of the threat to public health posed by the growing problem of drug resistance, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) convened an expert group meeting, which was held in Asunción, Paraguay, on 27-29 January 1999 (see List of Participants in Annex 6). The participants drafted a three-year program for addressing this problem in the Region. The program's resources will support interventions aimed at the control and prevention of antimicrobial resistance in the following countries: Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Peru. The document is available in MS Word (243 KB) and pdf (193 KB). (27/Jan/1999)
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Recomendaciones de la Conferencia Panamericana de Resistencia Antimicrobiana en las Américas (Caraballeda, Venezuela, 2-4 noviembre 1998)
Este documento contiene recomendaciones sobre: Educación sobre el uso apropiado de antibióticos para el profesional de la salud; Desarrollo de una red panamericana de vigilancia de la resistencia a los antibióticos; Control de calidad y formas de lograr resultados de laboratorio coherentes y comparables; Uso clínico y abuso de antibióticos. (2/Nov/1998)
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XXXIII Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR)
Documents of the XXXIII Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR) Research in health and environment. Caracas, 1-3 of June 1998 (3/Jun/1998)
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Tratamiento etiológico de la enfermedad de Chagas
Este documento contiene las conclusiones de un consulta técnica realizada en Brasil. Se convocó a investigadores de varios países de América Latina para que informaran sus experiencias y para colaborar en la elaboración de las recomendaciones pertinentes, que se encuentran al final de esta publicación.(28/Apr/1998)
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Meeting to Establish a Network of Laboratories for the Surveillance of Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) in the Southern Cone Region: Buenos Aires, Argentina, 17-19 April 1998
The main goal of the meeting was to create a functional network of laboratories within the greater Southern Cone Region--Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay--capable of obtaining accurate, high-quality laboratory results on new, emerging and re-emerging infections found in the Region. This page summarizes the objectives and conclusions of the meeting and provides access to the full-text conference report.(17/Apr/1998)
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Final Report: Meeting to Establish a Network of Laboratories for the Surveillance of Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) in the Amazon Region (Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil, 9-11 February 1998)
The basic aim of this meeting was to create a functional network of laboratories within the greater Amazon Region, able to obtain accurate, high-quality laboratory results on new, emerging and reemerging infections found in the Region. This page offers access to a summary as well as the full-text conference report in PDF.(11/Feb/1998)
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XII Technical Advisory Group Meeting on Vaccine Preventable-Diseases (TAG)
The Twelfth Technical Advisory Group Meeting on Vaccine Preventable-Diseases (TAG) of the Pan American Health Organization, was held in Guatemala, September 8-12, 1997. Formed in 1985 during the polio eradication campaign, the TAG meets every two years and functions as the leading forum to promote regional initiatives aimed at controlling and eliminating vaccine-preventable diseases. One of its main objectives has been to strengthen the policy dialogue on immunization among governments in the Region and participating agencies.(12/Sep/1997)
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XXXII Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR)
Documents of the XXXII Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR).Washington, DC,16-18 of July 1997 (16/Jul/1997)
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ACHR-97-10-Nurses Making the Difference: WHO Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifery Network
Document of the XXXII Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR).Washington, DC,16-18 of July 1997(16/Jul/1997)
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ACHR-97-18-Report of Biotechnology Subcommittee
Document of the XXXII Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR).Washington, DC,16-18 of July 1997(16/Jul/1997)
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Meeting of the Task Force on Surveillance for Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases (Toronto, 13-14 November 1996)
This document describes the meeting held to examine the conditions for surveillance, response and prevention of outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases in Latin America and to define priorities for technical cooperation. Priority areas for this were identified whereby stressing the need of implementing adequate surveillance systems to monitor public health problems. Anti-microbial drug resistance was considered one of the most alarming threats among other problems presented.(30/Oct/1996)
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