Dr. Tejada, a practicing physician, became Minister of Health in August, following his appointment by Pres. Ollanta Humala, who was elected in June.
In discussions with Dr. Roses and her staff, Dr. Tejada said his priorities include promoting health equity and expanding health coverage, improving and expanding primary health care, addressing noncommunicable diseases, strengthening the ministry’s steering role in public health, and ensuring transparency in the public sector, including in social programs.
In the coming weeks, PAHO technical staff will be meeting with officials from Peru’s Ministry of Health to discuss cooperation in areas including disease control and prevention, water and sanitation, and the PAHO Revolving Fund. In addition, Peru will host an international meeting on nutrition and health in the Americas in mid-November.