Washington, D.C., 13 September 2012 (PAHO/WHO) - The 2012 edition of Health in the Americas, which provides an update on the health situation in the 48 countries and territories of the Western Hemisphere, will be presented next week during the 28th Pan American Sanitary Conference of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), in Washington, D.C.
The report analyzes health progress made by the countries of the Americas as well as the major health challenges they face, and presents an integrated approach to address pressing health issues. A central theme of the publication is inequality in health conditions among and within countries.
“Each country is a mosaic of situations, places, and communities, and every number, every piece of information, and every statistic represents the face, life, health, and hopes of a single, unique individual,” said PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses Periago. “Each face has a voice, each voice expresses a need, and each need calls for action. I am confident that the wide use of this report will provide the best incentive for the generation, processing, and analysis of increasingly relevant, valid, and timely data to benefit health in the Americas.”
The publication includes seven chapters covering advances in public health in the Americas; health determinants and inequalities; the environment and human security; health conditions and trends; health systems and social protection in health; and knowledge, technology, and information. The final chapter presents a summary and outlook. A country volume contains reports on each of the 48 countries and territories of the Western Hemisphere.
More than 600 experts contributed to the production of this publication. Data from official sources, both domestic and international, as well as unofficial sources, were used in developing the content.
Health in the Americas 2012 will be presented at the same time as the Quinquennial Report of the Director, which describes the main achievements and results of PAHO/WHO technical cooperation during the first decade of the 2000s, with emphasis on the past five years.
This edition is the most recent in a series of similar reports prepared by PAHO/WHO since 1956, when an evaluation of the health situation of the population of the Americas was first published.
The report will be available online at no charge following its official presentation.
PAHO, which celebrates its 110th anniversary this year, is the world’s oldest public health organization. It works with all the countries of the hemisphere to improve the health and quality of life of the peoples of the Americas and serves as the WHO Regional Office for the Americas.
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