Directing Council Coverage

The Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization meets once a year in those years when the Pan American Sanitary Conference does not meet. It acts on behalf of the Conference between sessions of the Conference.


58th Directing Council
2nd Session of the Regional Committee of WHO for the Americas
Virtual Session, 28-29 September 2020


News Related to Meetings of the Directing Council

30 Sep 2020
The Americas will most likely experience recurring epidemic waves and outbreaks of COVID-19, interspersed with periods of low-level transmission over the next 24 months, pending a safe vaccine     Washington, D.C., 30 September 2020 (PAHO/WHO) – Health ministers from countries in the Americas yesterday committed to maintain and expand sustained…
28 Sep 2020
Washington, D.C., 28 Sept. 2020 (PAHO/WHO) – Since well before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, a key area of the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) technical cooperation was building its member countries’ capacities to prepare for and respond to disease outbreaks and epidemics. Since the pandemic arrived in the Americas, PAHO has…
28 Sep 2020
Health authorities discuss effects of COVID-19 and strategies to combat the pandemic at virtual PAHO Directing Council meeting    Washington, D.C., 28 September 2020 (PAHO/WHO) – Countries must cooperate to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and adapt, innovate and reorient public health work, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization…
25 Sep 2020
Health authorities will discuss the region's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges on Sept.28-29. Colombia's President Ivan Duque and Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley are among the officials scheduled to open the virtual event.    Washington, D.C., 25 September 2020 (PAHO/WHO) -  Ministers of Health and other senior…
4 Oct 2019
Washington, D.C., 4 October 2019 (PAHO/WHO) – The 57th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) ended today following a week of discussions by ministers of health and other delegates on health priorities in the Americas. The meeting approved seven new regional initiatives, including a joint initiative to eliminate more than…
3 Oct 2019
With PAHO support, countries of the Americas will implement a six-year plan to end trans fats in processed foods, which currently contribute to 160,000 deaths each year. Washington, DC, 3 October 2019 (PAHO)—A new plan to reduce cardiovascular disease by eliminating trans-fatty acids from industrial food production by the year 2025 was agreed…
3 Oct 2019
Washington D.C, 3 October 2019 (PAHO/WHO) – Ministers of health from throughout the Americas have endorsed a series of actions to ensure that all people have equitable access to timely, efficient, safe, and quality health services that address health needs. The Strategy and Plan of Action to Improve Quality of Care in Health Service Delivery 2020…
3 Oct 2019
Washington D.C, 3 October 2019 (PAHO/WHO) – Ministers of health from throughout the Americas have endorsed a series of actions to ensure that people and communities of all ethnicities in the Region have access, without any kind of discrimination, to comprehensive, culturally appropriate, timely, and quality health care services. The Strategy also…
2 Oct 2019
In 2016, over 53,000 transplants were carried out in the Americas. While this represents a 6.8% increase compared to 2015, it still does not meet current needs Washington, D.C., 2 October 2019 (PAHO) - Ministers of Health of the Region of the Americas agreed today to implement a series of actions to increase …