Dr. Mirta Roses, WHO/AMRO Regional Director leads the organization's delegation to the 63rd World Health Assembly where up to 3000 delegates from 193 nations are participating this week to discuss among others relevant global public health issues.
The delegation of the WHO's Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO) fulfills an intensive agenda of work which address some of the main health issues and public health policies currently in focus for the institution as the health agency for the Americas.
World Health Assembly
63rd annual session.
17-21 of May 2010.
AMRO's Delegation main public health issues and policies under attention:
During the celebration of the 63rd World Health Assembly the delegation of the Regional Office for the Americas (AMRO) fulfills an intensive agenda of work which address some of the main health issues and public health policies currently in focus for the institution as the health agency for the Americas.
Dr. Mirta Roses, AMRO's Regional Director and Dr. Halfdan Mahler, Director-Emeritus of WHO. (Photo© PAHO/WHO - Photography)
The delegation of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) - (WHO/AMRO) will have the opportunity to participate and carry out important meetings with global and regional health authorities with especially attention in the following meetings and subjects:
Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting;
Public policies for the prevention and control of the excess weight;
Health Reform Experiences in Brazil, China and the Netherlands;
Meeting with CARICOM Delegations and CARICOM Secretariat;
Outcomes of a global consultation on the health of migrants;
IHP, Global Compact Signing Ceremony;
IHP, Enhancing Mutual Accountability for Results;
Meeting with the Council of Women World Leaders Ministerial Initiative;
Meeting of the Member States of the Americas;
Ibero-America Integration, Education and Health;
Meeting the Challenges of Rural Healthcare;
South-South Cooperation in Health;
Meeting with the Ministers of the Non-Aligned Movement;
WHO code of practice on the international recruitment of health personnel;
GAVI Alliance Meeting;
The 2011 UN Special Summit on Non-communicable Diseases;
Non-Communicable Diseases and development agenda;
- Briefing on the 1st World Conference on the Development of Universal Systems of Social Security;
Protecction and Promotion of Nutrition to meet the MDGs;
Progress, opportunities and challenges of TB control;
Briefing on the US Global Health Initiative;
Briefing on the Conference on Social Determinants of Health;
Experiences from recent earthquakes. Are health services functioning when most needed?
21st Century Approaches to Public Health Governance;
AMRO's Delegation is composed by:
- Dr. Mirta Roses Periago, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO),
Regional Director for the Americas of the WHO (AMRO).
- Catherine Cocco, Chief of Staff, Office of the Director.
- Dra. Mariela Licha-Salomón, Coordinator, Country Focus Support Office.
- Dr. Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, Coordinator, CPC.
- Dr. Celia Riera, PAHO/WHO Representative, Ecuador.
- Dr. Ernest Pate, PAHO/WHO Representative, Jamaica.
- Dr. Ruben Figueroa, PAHO/WHO Representative, Paraguay.
- Dr. Diego Buriot, Disaster Adviser, Haiti.
- Piedad Huerta, Advisror, Governing Bodies.
- Karen Sealy, Advisor PAHO/WHO/UN.
The World Health Organization convenes their 63rd World Health Assembly to review among others relevant public health issues the implementation of the International Health Regulations adopted in 2005, Pandemic Influenza preparedness, the sharing of viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits; a global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol; the 30th anniversary of the eradication of smallpox; the Polio eradication strategy and the monitoring of the achievement of the health-related Millennium Development Goals.
"Time to get back on track to meet the Millennium Development Goals"
Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General's address to the Health Assembly
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