In early 2001, the Canadian International Development Agency prepared a concept paper for a South America Regional Project for the Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases. The concept paper was approved by the Minister of International Cooperation of Canada, who announced a CAN$10.000.000 contribution to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for the execution of the Project.
The goal of the Project is to contribute to the prevention and control of the communicable diseases that cause the greatest burden of morbidity and mortality in children, young people and adults in Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela.
The purpose of the project is to strengthen the capacity of countries within the region to plan, manage and provide sustainable, comprehensive and gender sensitive programs for the prevention and control of the most prevalent communicable diseases that cause the greatest death and disability. The intent of the Project is to support and complement country program development frameworks and specific disease control programs by targeting interventions to meet the identified gaps in health service delivery in terms of programs, interventions and/or population groups in each of the participating countries.