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  • To eradicate, eliminate, prevent and control disease.
  • To strengthen the capacity of PAHO member states to do so by
      • Promoting technically feasible, economically viable, and socially acceptable programs in the areas of communicable diseases, noncommunicable diseases, zoonoses, and foot-and-mouth disease.
      • Aiming its technical-cooperation activities at having a positive impact on public health that can be sustained by the countries of the Region.

  • To develop sustainable capacity to effectively address public-health problems, which requires
      • Adequate, reliable data on health problems.
      • Evidence-based policies and plans.
      • Allocating sufficient financial resources to support effective interventions.
      • Human resources with the proper training to implement plans.
      • High-quality programs in place throughout the Region.
      • Ongoing evaluation and quality control to ensure effectiveness and to address changing needs.
      • Improving country statistical data and information systems that collect, validate, analyze, and disseminate mortality and morbidity data, as well as other relevant indicators of health and development, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

  • To provide technical cooperation to thus assist countries at each of the aforementioned levels, depending on the health problems being addressed and the existing capacity and committment of the country: while older initiatives focus more on implementation issues, new ones focus on collecting reliable data and developing sound policies.
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