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  • 11/03/2014 - While the World Health Organization debates the strategy for universal health coverage – based on the extension of the service package – with its member states, the South American Institute of Government in Health (ISAGS), an organism part of UNASUR (Union of the South American Nations), receives the visit of Theodore Marmor, Professor Emeritus Yale University and a defender of universal health systems. On November 12, at the Institute’s headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Marmor will present the conference “Challenges for universal health systems on the 21st century”, which will be broadcasted online at 11am (GMT-3) in English through the link tedmarmor.isags-unasur.orgwith simultaneous translation for Spanish and Portuguese.
  • 10/29/2014 - WHO convened a meeting with high-ranking government representatives from Ebola-affected countries and development partners, civil society, regulatory agencies, vaccine manufacturers and funding agencies yesterday to discuss and agree on how to fast track testing and deployment of vaccines in sufficient numbers to impact the Ebola epidemic.
  • 10/24/2014 - The Regional Program on Bioethics of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Latin American Forum of Health Research Ethics Committees (FLACEIS) invite you to participate in a series of virtual seminars to discuss cases in WHO’s Casebook on Ethical Issues in International Health Research (published by PAHO in Spanish). The hour-long seminars will take place the fourth Tuesday of each month. Different research ethics experts in the region will be in charged of the presentations, which will focus on specific cases in the book. The sessions will be in Spanish and no translation will be provided.
  • 10/23/2014 - Some 65,000 people take their own lives in the Americas each year—more than 7 per hour—according to a report released today by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). The report, Suicide mortality in the Americas, is based on data from 48 countries and territories in the Western Hemisphere. It shows that suicide is a significant health problem and one of the region’s leading preventable causes of death.
  • 10/20/2014 - The sixth session of the Conference of the parties (COP6) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) concluded today in Moscow. Several landmark decisions were adopted in the course of the six-day session, regarded as one of the most successful in the WHO FCTC’s history. In her opening speech, WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan said that "as implementation of the Framework Convention reaches new heights, the tobacco industry fights back, harder and through every possible channel, no matter how devious those channels and practices are".
  • 10/09/2014 - ISAGS exclusively interviewed UNASUR's new secretary general, Ernesto Samper. Samper highlighted that health as a right is not a mere philosophical postulate, but something that needs to be consolidated into actions. 
  • 10/08/2014 - Despite remarkable health gains, inequities persist between and within countries in the WHO European Region, and Sweden is no exception. Actions to effectively tackle health inequities need to be carried out at all levels of government. Regions have a key role to play because they are close to their populations and have the power and skills to develop efficient public health policies that may help to reduce health disparities by changing the distribution of the social determinants of health. 
  • 10/08/2014 - The goals of universal health coverage (UHC) are to ensure that all people can access quality health services, to safeguard all people from public health risks, and to protect all people from impoverishment due to illness, whether from out-of-pocket payments for health care or loss of income when a household member falls sick. Countries as diverse as Brazil, France, Japan, Thailand, and Turkey have shown how UHC can serve as vital mechanisms for improving the health and welfare of their citizens, and lay the foundation for economic growth and competitiveness grounded in the principles of equity and sustainability. Ensuring universal access to affordable, quality health services will be an important contribution to ending extreme poverty by 2030 and boosting shared prosperity in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), where most of the world's poor live.
  • 10/01/2014 - At the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly in May 2014, the World Health Organization was requested to develop a Global Strategy on Human Resources for health, to be presented to the Executive Board in January 2016 and finally to the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly in May 2016. To ensure that the views and contributions of all interested stakeholders are considered in the development of the global strategy on HRH, GHWA is inviting feedback on the 8 thematic papers from all relevant organizations, institutions, networks, civil society groups. This online consultation will be held between 24 September and 16 November 2014. 
  • 09/26/2014 - On World Heart Day, held 29 September, WHO is calling on countries to take action on the overuse of salt by implementing WHO’s sodium reduction recommendations to cut the number of people experiencing heart disease and stroke, and, in turn, save lives.