The Radiological Health Program of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) was established in 1960 and has essentially remained as a unit with activities revolving around research, training, radiation protection, and services in the area of public health and clinical medicine. Also, the program has committed to provide the highest level of technical cooperation to PAHO members states in areas such as Medical Imaging, Radiation Therapy, Health Technology Assessment and Management, Radiation Protection and Safety and Radiological Emergencies.
Since 2003, the main technical cooperation areas includes improving quality and access to medical imaging and radiotherapy services, promoting regulations to protect against ionization and non-ionization and strengthening of countries’ response to radiological or nuclear emergencies.
To strengthen the assessment, incorporation, regulation, management, and utilization of appropriate health technologies in medical imaging and radiotherapy services.
To provide technical cooperation to ensure radiation protection for the public, workers, patients and the environment.
What we do
As part of the Health Systems Based on Primary Health Care (HSS), the Radiological Health program includes:
- Diagnostic Imaging Services
- Radiation Therapy Services
- Health Technology Assessment and Management. - Incorporation of technology in Radiomedicine
- Radiation Protection and Safety, and Radiological Emergencies
- Quality Assurance in Radiology Facility
It also includes:
This section list a series of guides, magazines, books, presentations, courses, conferences and events on the incorporation of technology in the area of Radiology, as well as publications of the World Health Organization, guidelines, brochure and manuals, educations materials and articles.
Collaborating Centers may be departments, laboratories or divisions within an academic or research institution, hospital or government. They cooperate with a specified PAHO/WHO Technical Area, according to mutually agreed upon terms of reference. This agreement is initially for a period of four years and in some cases may be renewed for an additional period of up to four years.
Below are the lists of strategic alliances in the clinical field as the CIR, the ISRRT, the ALATRO, the ALFIM, and ALATRA, and in the field of radiological protection and safety to the IRPA, among others. All these organizations, schools, agencies, and authorities serve as collaborating entities in the area of Radiological Health.