Continuous support to strengthen health systems and better respond to health threats
The CDC has been a critical strategic partner of PAHO and is one of the major contributors to strengthening public health systems in Latin America and the Caribbean. The long-standing collaboration has been formalized through several multi-year Cooperative Agreements that have led to substantial achievements.
PAHO collaborates with CDC on multiple technical programs through direct engagement with various centers, institutes, and offices across the Agency. Also, the Organization receives critical financial support in priority areas of operation. The CDC's deep involvement extends beyond routine monitoring of project implementation and focuses on mutual support and constructive collaboration for the benefit of the people of the Americas. This collaborative effort has provided a platform to share knowledge and expertise at the regional, subregional, and country levels.
Acknowledged as a strategic partner in PAHO’s annual and multiannual plans, CDC collaborates with PAHO at the regional level and in multiple Latin America and the Caribbean countries. Also, CDC supports the ministries of health of several countries in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean through its five Country Offices and one Regional Office. Across all venues, CDC puts its extensive technical resources and expertise to the service of local governments to build country-level capacities on numerous public health topics.
PAHO and CDC continue to work together to strengthen national immunization programs. The collaboration focuses on reducing the number of children who have never received a single vaccine dose, improving epidemiological and laboratory surveillance, protecting and maintaining the elimination targets set against polio, rubella, measles, CRS, hepatitis B, and neonatal tetanus, developing greater in-country capacity to respond to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases, expanding vaccination services across all stages of the life course, strengthening immunization information systems, implementing a regional AEFI surveillance system, and implementing evaluations of the national immunization programs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC funds were essential to maintain these core functions and allow persons of all ages to continue receiving life-saving vaccines.
Given its public health expertise, extensive knowledge of health systems, and networks of subject-matter experts throughout the world, the CDC is an exceptional partner for PAHO. Its ongoing technical and financial partnership contributes to positive health outcomes in the Americas. The Agency’s commitment to the countries of the Region and willingness to share its knowledge and resources has made it possible to provide technical support to countries beyond a single organization’s capacity.