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El Salvador´s Health Reform: The Right Path to Reduce Maternal Mortality

USAID sponsored a course for more than 40 delegates from the Ministries of Health and Finance from the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, El Salvador and Peru to learn about strengthening health systems and implementing Universal Health Coverage in March, 2015. Photo: Marina Delgado, 31, is expecting her second child. She lives in the rural area of Cerro Colorado, El Salvador. Thanks to the Health Reform implemented by the Government, Marina is receiving the appropriate health care during her pregnancy. ©SM2015

Within the framework of the event, we took the opportunity to talk to representatives of some of these countries to learn about their experiences in reducing health inequities, which is the objective of the movement A Renewed Promise for the Americas, of which PAHO/WHO is a member. In an interview with delegates from the Ministry of Health of El Salvador, we learned about some of the advances that have been made in reducing maternal mortality.

Challenges in reaching the rural areas before the reform
In 2009, the Ministry of Health of El Salvador initiated the Health Reform. Before the Reform, major inequities were identified: primary care coverage was limited only to some municipalities –often leaving remote rural areas aside - reaching only 40% of the population of the 80 % that corresponded to the Ministry of Health. Furthermore, it was found that a so-called "voluntary fee" was being charged, which required patients to pay a dollar per visit.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 March 2015 11:35

In Memoriam - Mario Chaves

Mario Chaves, 92, a Public Health Professional, Dentist and Medical Doctor who worked at the Kellogg Foundation in Rio de Janeiro with responsibilities for the Foundation’s activities in Latin America and the Caribbean, died February 28, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Dr. Mario Chaves worked at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, DC as their first ever-dental health officer (1954-1963). He subsequently moved to the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva to become the chief dental health officer.


Dialogue to strengthen capacities on gender and health, through the PAHO Virtual Health Campus

A structured dialogue took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 29-30 October 2014, with the majority of academic coordinators and tutors of regional and decentralized versions of the gender and health virtual course, FGL/GD and Virtual Campus staff. The dialogue was organized around guiding questions to foster an exchange of lessons learned from the implementation and monitoring of the virtual course in gender and health (in the context of cultural diversity and human rights). The meeting was possible through financial support of the Gender, Equity and Human Rights team of WHO. PHOTO: Participants of the structured dialogue on gender and health capacity building with Dr. Ariel Karolinsky of the PAHO Office in Argentina. 

Last Updated on Friday, 05 December 2014 08:30

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women 2014

Each year, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is observed on 25 November, followed by 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, ending on 10 December (Human Rights Day). This year, PAHO will participate in a number of events leading up to and during this important period of action and awareness:

18 November - Responding to intimate partner and sexual violence against women: WHO guidelines and tools

The first event is a webinar that will be held on Tuesday, 18 November, one week before International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. To access the webinar beginning at 10:00 a.m. (EST), go to the following link: 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 11:27
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