During their twenty-eighth meeting, held in March in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, the Ministers of Health of the Andean Region reaffirmed their commitment to the Andean health sector disaster plan. They agreed to expand support for health sector emergency and disaster operations committees in each of their ministries. The Ministers recognized the need for a regional mechanism that would ensure that cooperation among their countries in emergency and disaster response would become the norm.

These commitments by the Ministers open the way to reinforcing national health programs for emergencies and disasters. They will also help to secure programs for bilateral cooperation in disaster response. Together with the development of a regional response team, these mechanisms will strengthen the response of the health sector in Andean countries to disasters. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..