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Values, Vision, and Mission

Values, Vision and Mission of the Pan American Health Organization

The Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB), the oldest international health agency in the world, is the Secretariat of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The Bureau is committed to providing technical support and leadership to PAHO Member States as they pursue their goal of Health for All and the values therein. Toward that end, the following values, vision, and mission guide the Bureau's work.  


Striving for fairness and justice by eliminating differences that are unnecessary and avoidable. 


Achieving the highest quality in what we do.


Promoting shared interests and responsibilities and enabling collective efforts to achieve common goals. 


Embracing the dignity and diversity of individuals, groups and countries.
Assuring transparent, ethical, and accountable performance.


The Pan American Health Organization will be the major catalyst for ensuring that all the peoples of the Americas enjoy optimal health and contribute to the well being of their families and communities.


To lead strategic collaborative efforts among Member States and other partners to promote equity in health, to combat disease, and to improve the quality of, and lengthen, the lives of the peoples of the Americas. 

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