PAHO launches open call for Strategic Advisory Groups

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Strategic Advisory Groups will advise the Organization on a variety of technical issues, including disease elimination, mental health, climate change, and maternal mortality, among others.

Washington D.C. 4 April 2024—The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, launched 12 open calls for experts to join the Organization’s Strategic Advisory Groups today. The Groups will advise the PAHO Director on strategic technical matters relating to specialized health areas.

The revised policy on Strategic Advisory Groups, including the open call, is part of a broader approach to increase efficiency, transparency, and accountability under the PAHO Forward Initiative. The creation of more standardized procedures aims to ensure transparent processes for establishing Strategic Advisory Groups and their membership, as well as to standardize terms of reference, application, and selection processes. This initiative will also allow better subregional and gender balance in advisory mechanisms of the Organization. The Strategic Advisory Groups will replace the current Technical Advisory Groups (TAGs).  Members will each serve for a three-year term, renewable once.

Twelve Strategic Advisory Groups have been created for the following specialized health areas:

  • Disease elimination
  • Universal Health and Primary health care
  • Sustainable Development Goals and health equity
  • Vaccine-preventable diseases
  • Noncommunicable diseases and risk factors
  • Mental health and suicide prevention
  • Epidemic and pandemic prevention and preparedness
  • Increasing regional innovation and production capacities for medicines and other health technologies
  • Climate change and environmental determinants of health
  • Information systems and digital transformation of health
  • Malaria
  • Reduction of maternal mortality

Prospective experts interested in joining the Organization’s Strategic Advisory Groups should submit their CVs using this link. Successful applicants will serve in an individual capacity and may not represent a country or an institution. The SAGs will convene twice a year, including at least one in-person meeting. 

The deadline to register your interest in joining the Organization's Strategic Advisory Groups is May 17, 2024.