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On Tuesday 5 April 2011 Cuba celebrated the accreditation of the Registro Público Cubano de Ensayos Clínicos (RPCEC) by the World Health Organization’s ICTRP, becoming the first Spanish speaking country to become a data provider to the ICTRP. The registry is also an important milestone for advancing in the implementation of PAHO’s Policy on Research for Health and WHO’s Strategy on Research for Health.

The existing 12 data providers offer key information of about 130,000 clinical trials identified in the past couple of years (

See the taped ceremony:

What's New

Who We Are

Our objectives, mission and vision

Why Invest in Research for Health?

A series of case studies examining the benefits of investment in research for health.


Framework & Mandates

Policy on Research for Health
The 49th Directing Council approved PAHO’s Regional Policy on Research for Health which offers a strategic approach to strengthen research governance and knowledge translation.

PAHO Advisory Committee on Health Research (ACHR)

Art for Research

Images that illustrate how research has quietly but consistently contributed to development.


PAHO/WHO Research Focal Points

PAHO has in-country representation throughout the region. Use the map provided to find the contact information for each PAHO focal point.


To read about internship opportunities in research at different PAHO entities, read testimonials from former interns, or apply, visit our internship section.

Contact us: in PAHO/HQ:; in the countries: list of focal points

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