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Dominican Republic, 2011

More than 200 million people in the region of the Americas live in poverty, invisible below the national averages. We need to identify those locations, see their faces and hear their voices.

PAHO, with the initiative Faces, Voices and Places supports countries to close equity gaps and ensure that every community, every family and every individual be a protagonist in the processes to ensure their health and progress towards compliance of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The First Interagency Report of the MDGs in 2005 states that: America is the most unequal region in the world and that requires work to expose inequities hiding behind national averages.The MDGs represent global mandates, regional and national commitments, which require to be adapted by the communities to be turned into local actions. 

PAHO launched in 2006 the Faces, Voices and Places, with support from the Spanish Cooperation, as an initiative to achieve the MDGs supported by the social determinants of health.

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