On 26 July 2011, Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director of PAHO/WHO, and Ted Wilson, President of the General Conference of the
PAHO/WHO will provide technical guidance to the Church’s local congregations and national ministries of health to establish and enhance community health centers with the overall aim of increasing access to primary health care. The
“Basing health systems on primary health care is the best approach for producing sustained and equitable improvement in the health of the peoples of the
Under the new partnership, PAHO/WHO and the Seventh-day Adventist Church will work together to improve the promotion of health in priority countries and conduct joint visits to enhance technical cooperation and support. Mental health will be included among the areas of work to develop.
The new collaboration is unique in that PAHO/WHO—a United Nations and Inter-American agency specializing in health and focused on the regional and national levels— will partner with a Church that has 16,307,880 members in congregations worldwide, is active at the community level with an impressive network of hospitals, clinics, and schools, and works with ministries of health of PAHO/WHO member countries.
For more information visit the PAHO/WHO website.