About Faces Voices Places
The Latin American region continues to have among the worst health inequities in the world. Particularly at the national and sub-national level, income disparities, and other social determinants of health create environments which foster the unequal distribution of disease among certain vulnerable populations and communities. These communities are often invisible in national statistics and are therefore not seen in nationally measured goals such as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 2006, the Faces, Voices and Places initiative (FVP) was launched by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) with the goal of advancing the MDGs within the most vulnerable communities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
The initiative focuses at the sub-national level in those communities where poverty, lack of access to services and other vulnerabilities have delayed progress towards health and development goals. This work brings visibility and attention to the needs and challenges within these communities and contributes to reducing health inequities within the region. The FVP methodology begins with the initial diagnosis of the MDGs at the national level, which is then used to help prioritize health and development needs at the local level through the participatory diagnosis process. Through this process a reference group made up of leaders at the local level is established, priority goals are set and key strategies and interventions are decided upon. The initiative aims to bring visibility to the needs of the most vulnerable and works collaboratively with vulnerable communities to advance the MDGs.