Washington, DC, August 3, 2009 (PAHO) - The Minister of Health and Welfare of Paraguay, Dr. Esperanza Martinez, spoke today to a large audience of experts from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), at the organization's headquarters. Dr. Martinez gave a presentation on public policies geared towards quality of life and health with equity, and on the status of health systems and services in the first year of her tenure at the Ministry.
(Photo by David Spitz/PAHO)
40% of Paraguay's population is under 35 years of age, and in recent years the country has been in demographic and epidemiological transition. A high percentage of the rural population has been moving to marginal urban areas, and that has generated large concentrations of social inequalities and poverty.
PAHO Director, Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, welcomed Minister Martinez and thanked her country for supporting PAHO during the seventh Vaccination Week in the Americas, held in the South American Chaco
The Republic of Paraguay is located in central South America. The country is divided by the Paraguay River into two distinct regions, the Western Chaco, which has three departments, and the eastern
Dr. Esperanza Martinez graduated from the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Asunción, and earned two graduate degrees in Public Health, at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, in Brazil.