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Washington, D.C., 31 August 2019 (PAHO/WHO) – On August 22 and 23, PAHO´s Workers’ Health Program in the Unit on Health Promotion and Social Determinants/FPL held the 2019 Meeting of the PAHO/WHO Collaborating Centers (CCs) on Occupational Health in Washington, DC. Representatives from 14 Collaborating Centers, 4 candidate institutions and a delegate from the Latin American Occupational Health Association (ALSO) joined the meeting. PAHO colleagues from FPL and KMP together with delegates from the Organization of American States (OAS) and the International Labor Organization (ILO) greeted and updated the attendees on their current policies. The purpose was to review the achievements and final contributions of the CCs for the implementation of the PAHO Action Plan on Workers Health 2015-2025 (APWH 2015-2025), identify the challenges for its implementation and discuss new opportunities of collaboration.

In preparation to this meeting, twelve e-meetings were held in June and July with the directors and technical bodies of the CCs, to address key topics defined during the 2015 CCs Meeting held in Montreal, Canada. These meetings served to discuss and learn about the CCs activities done during the last four years, exchange experiences and build proposals focusing on their achievements. Topics included regional initiatives to: eradicate silicosis and asbestos-related-diseases, prevent occupational cancer, care for health workers, prevent Chronic Kidney Disease of non-Traditional Causes (CKDnt) in agricultural workers, promote workers’ health, address occupational diseases, strengthen workers’ surveillance and metrics, address inequalities and universal health coverage for the informal workforce, and consider the effects and impacts of climate change at work.

During the two days of the face to face meeting, the results achieved by the CCs contribution to the PAHO/WHO APWH 2015-2025 were acknowledged. Several presentations led by PAHO together with ILO and some CCs highlighted current challenges and difficulties for the following years. Discussion groups on the key topics met to determine different alternatives for improving effective collaboration, enhancing communications and yielding contributions for effective information dissemination about their results. Groups reported back to the plenary during the last day of the meeting, providing feedback on the ways of work and next steps to move forward in the years that follow.

The PAHO/WHO CCs on Occupational Health Network is one of the largest collaborative networks in PAHO. Their commitment and support to the PAHO/WHO APWH 2015-2025, as well as for organizing and results of this meeting, demonstrates the importance they have for attaining the ambitious goals of this plan. A complete report of this meeting and its results is expected to follow in September 2019.


WHOCC HP SDH Group PhotoOn August 19 and 20, 2019, PAHO´s Unit on Health Promotion and Social Determinants held a meeting of the WHO Collaborating Centers for health promotion (HP) and the Social determinants of Health (SDH) in Bogotá, Colombia. Representatives from eight centers from around the Region attended with the aim of reviewing their recent work in the framework of HP and SDH, and develop a collaborative work plan in line with the Strategy and Plan of Action on Health Promotion in the Context of the SDGs 2019-2030, which will be presented to PAHO Member States at the 57th Directing Council in Washington, DC, next month. 

This meeting aimed to further guide the work of the WHO Collaborating Centers within the framework of the new Strategy and Plan of Action on Health Promotion. The Centers represented at the meeting constituted a wide range of specializations, from health promotion practices and research, to healthy housing, work to recognizing health impacts of the built environment, to incorporating social determinants at the local level. Their work strengthens the capacity of Member States through providing research and guidance, strengthening intersectoral work, building a regional consensus around health as a transversal axis of the SDGs, and advancing health promotion as key for the achievement of universal access to and coverage of health.

During the two days of the meeting, discussions were held on the Strategy and Plan of Action with the aim of identifying areas where centers could align their work with its four strategic lines, the current needs of the Region of the Americas with regards to Health Promotion and Social Determinants ,and identified opportunities for work with PAHO/WHO as well as between each other to achieve these deliverables. At the meeting’s end, a Work Plan was set out, committing to specific products that will further the implementation of the Strategy; these products will lead the work of these organizations with the Health Promotion and Social Determinants Unit at PAHO during the remainder of their designation periods and inform work plans for the re-designation of these Centers.

The Collaborating Centers meeting’s main successes lie in developing products that will tangibly advance the implementation of the Strategy and Plan of Action on Health Promotion in the Context of the SDGs and allowed for a further expansion of the CC’s network.


In 1994 the Region of the Americas was the first one in the world to be certified. This achievement from the ’90s becomes relevant now when there are only two countries is now – Pakistan and Afghanistan – where wild poliovirus still circulates (66 in 2019, as of 20 August. Source: WHO). Today, only one of three types of wild poliovirus remains active and humankind prepares to say goodbye to polio.


Durante los días 26 al 29 de marzo del 2019, se dio lugar en Bogotá, Colombia, la reunión nacional de desarrollo de capacidades para mejorar la calidad en la atención en salud de adolescentes y jóvenes, en la que participaron las entidades y secretarías de salud de 30 departamentos del país. Se capacitó en los estándares mundiales para servicios de salud de calidad para adolescentes y para aplicación de una plataforma electrónica para monitorear y mejorar la calidad los servicios de atención de salud para los adolescentes.

Se contó con la presencia autoridades nacionales del Ministerio de Salud y Protección Social: Dra. Aida Milena Gutiérrez – Directora de Promoción y Prevención; Dr. Ricardo Luque Núñez y Dr. Diego Alejandro Quiroga Díaz de la misma dirección. Por parte de la OPS/OMS, estuvieron presente, Dra. Gina Tambini, Representante OPS/OMS, Dra. Sonja Caffe, Asesora Regional de Salud del Adolescente de OPS/OMS; Dra. Valentina Baltag, Asesora de Políticas de Planificación y Programas de las OMS; Dr. Rodolfo Gómez De León, Asesor Salud Sexual y Salud Reproductiva CLAP/SMR; Dra. Ivy Lorena Talavera, Asesora Familia, Promoción de la Salud y Curso de Vida, OPS Colombia.

Es importante señalar que el esfuerzo del país para avanzar en el desarrollo integral de adolescentes y jóvenes es la sumatoria de las acciones interagenciales que se desarrollan, por lo cual también estuvieron presentes: Dra. Martha Lucía Rubio Mendoza, Oficial encargada oficina UNFPA Colombia, Representante Auxiliar Fondo de Población de las Naciones Unidas; Dra. Luz Angela Artunduaga, Especialista de Supervivencia y Desarrollo Infantil UNICEF Colombia, con sus equipos técnicos.

Con este taller, se espera contribuir y orientar sobre las recomendaciones de la Guía AA-HA!: Aceleración mundial de las medidas para promover la salud de los adolescentes y sobre las normas mundiales de la OMS/ONUSIDA para la atención sanitaria de calidad.

Los participantes compartieron las normas nacionales, se socializaron los avances, estrategias territoriales, lecciones aprendidas y prácticas para mejorar el acceso y la atención en los servicios de salud para adolescentes y jóvenes.

Como producto de la reunión, se elaboró un plan para la implementación de la aplicación piloto de la plataforma electrónica en sitios seleccionados y se definieron acuerdos y compromisos programáticos que permitan contribuir al desarrollo integral de los adolescentes y jóvenes.

Sabemos que los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (los ODS) y la Estrategia Mundial para la Salud de la Mujer, el Niño y el Adolescente (2016-2030), destacan la importancia estratégica de la población joven en el éxito de la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible, y nos urgen aumentar nuestros esfuerzos para garantizar que los adolescentes no solo sobrevivan, sino que también prosperen.


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