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What: The objective of the panel is to promote the “Regional Coalition for Water and Sanitation to Eliminate Cholera in the Island of Hispaniola” and to present the action plans for increasing infrastructure coverage and delivery of water and sanitation services to eliminate cholera in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The event is aimed at promoting the Coalition as a support mechanism for efforts of the two countries and at reaching out to new partners.

When: Tuesday, 19 June 2012, 14:00 to 16:45

Where: South American Institute for Health Governance (ISAGS), Av. Nilo Peçanha 38, 5th floor, Centro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Who: Dr. Luiz Augusto Cassanha Galvão, Area Manager, Sustainable Development and Environmental Health (SDE), Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
Dr. Joaquín Molina, PAHO/WHO Representative in Brazil
Dr. José Gomes Temporão, Former Minister of Health of Brazil

How: In person or live on the Internet at http:/www.livestream.com/paho

Context:  The Region of the Americas has evolved dramatically since “Rio 92.” It has become more integrated into the global economy and more democratic; decades of economic crisis have been overcome and extreme poverty has been reduced. However, there are still large social and economic gaps that affect the health and well-being of its populations. Recognizing that health should be at the core of  sustainable development means recognizing that health has an impact and is impacted by social, environmental, and economic conditions, as well as by the model of development. It is also fundamental to recognize that improvements in public health require nations to confront a double challenge: combating acute infections and controlling chronic noncommunicable diseases, both of which are critical obstacles to sustainable development.

In this regard, the international community should act collectively to meet the challenge and support the efforts of affected countries. One such case is that of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which are facing a serious cholera epidemic that also threatens other countries of the Americas. Because of this, in January 2012 PAHO/WHO, jointly with other partners (CDC, UNICEF), issued a “Call for Action” to eliminate cholera on the Island of Hispaniola. In June it will launch the “Regional Coalition for Water and Sanitation to Eliminate of Cholera in the Island of Hispaniola."

Contacts:

In Brazil: Paulo Lyra, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Phone. +55 21 6856 2443, or Vivian Zanatta, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Phone. +55 11 5576 3898, Cellular +55 11 7333 3701

In Washington: Ary Rogerio Silva, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Phone. +1 202 974 3497, or Donna Eberwine-Villagran, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Phone. +1 202 974 3122, Cellular +1 202 316 5469, or Leticia Linn, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Phone. + 202 974 3440, Cellular +1 202 701 4005 Knowledge Management and Communications, PAHO/WHO,  www.paho.org


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