Parallel events at UN Rio+20 Conference Water and Sustainable Development: The Elimination of Choler

 Panel Discussion:
Water and Sustainable Development: The Elimination of Cholera on the Island of Hispaniola



WHAT: The objective of the panel is to promote the “Regional Coalition for Water and Sanitation to Eliminate Cholera in the Island of 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

In person:
 South American Institute for Health Governance (ISAGS), Av. Nilo Peçanha 38, 5th floor, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

ONLINE:  on the Internet at (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 Island of Hispaniola. In June it will launch the “Regional Coalition for Water and Sanitation to Eliminate of Cholera in the Island of Hispaniola."

Last Updated on Friday, 15 June 2012 18:05