PAHO partners both with State and Non-State actors.
Government organizations, other United Nations agencies, academic and research institutions
PAHO relies on important partnerships with government organizations, especially among its own Member States, through cooperation with the Ministries of Health and other governmental agencies. Serving as the Regional Office for the Americas at the World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), PAHO works closely with many with United Nations agencies. As part of the Inter-American system, the Organization is an active participant in many hemispheric initiatives and human development arenas. Other important State actors include academic and research institutions within the governmental structure.
Nongovernmental organizations, private sector entities, philanthropic foundations, academic and research institutions
PAHO engages with non-State actors in view of their significant role in global health, for the advancement and promotion of public health.
Nongovernmental organizations are nonprofit entities that operate independently of governments. They could include, for example, grassroots community organizations, civil society groups and networks, faith-based organizations, professional groups, disease-specific groups, and patient groups.
Private sector entities are commercial enterprises intended to make a profit for their owners. This group includes, among others, business associations, companies, and private sector foundations.
Philanthropic foundations are non-profit entities whose assets are provided by donors and whose income is spent on socially useful purposes, which are independent of any private sector entity in their governance and decision-making.
Academic institutions are entities engaged in the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge through research, education, and training.