Water and Sustainable Development: The Elimination of Cholera on the
WHAT: The objective of the panel is to promote the “Regional Coalition for Water and Sanitation to Eliminate Cholera in the
Hispaniola” and to present the action plans for increasing infrastructure coverage and delivery of water and sanitation services to eliminate cholera in
Haiti and the
Dominican Republic. The event is aimed at promoting the Coalition as a support mechanism for efforts of the two countries and at reaching out to new partners.
WHEN: Tuesday, 19 June 2012, 14:00 to 16:45
Dr. Luiz Augusto Cassanha Galvão, Area Manager, Sustainable Development and Environmental Health, (PAHO/WHO)
Dr. Joaquín Molina, PAHO/WHO Representative in Brazil
Dr. José Gomes Temporão, Former Minister of Health of Brazil
HOW to participate
South American Institute for Health Governance (ISAGS), Av. Nilo Peçanha 38, 5th floor, Centro,
Rio de Janeiro, RJ,
ONLINE: on the Internet at www.livestream.com/paho (please copy and paste this link on a new browser)
CONTEXT: The Region of the
Americas has evolved dramatically since “
Rio 92.” It has become more integrated into the global economy and more democratic; decades of economic crisis have been overcome and extreme poverty has been reduced. However, there are still large social and economic gaps that affect the health and well-being of its populations.
Recognizing that health should be at the core of sustainable development means recognizing that health has an impact and is impacted by social, environmental, and economic conditions, as well as by the model of development. It is also fundamental to recognize that improvements in public health require nations to confront a double challenge: combating acute infections and controlling chronic noncommunicable diseases, both of which are critical obstacles to sustainable development.
In this regard, the international community should act collectively to meet the challenge and support the efforts of affected countries. One such case is that of
Haiti and the
Dominican Republic, which are facing a serious cholera epidemic that also threatens other countries of the
Americas. Because of this, in January 2012 PAHO/WHO, jointly with other partners (CDC, UNICEF), issued a “Call for Action” to eliminate cholera on the
Hispaniola. In June it will launch the “Regional Coalition for Water and Sanitation to Eliminate of Cholera in the