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“Our goal must be a world in which good health is a pillar of individual well-being, national progress, and international stability and peace. This cannot be achieved without partnerships involving governments, international organizations, the business community, and civil society.”

— Kofi A. Annan, ex-Secretary-General of the United Nations

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The 2006 World Health Day (April 7th) honors health workers, and we join the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization (WHO) in this celebration of these valuable resources for health care.

The WHO World Health Report 2006 - Working together for health addresses the current crisis in the global health workforce — an estimated shortage of almost 4.3 million physicians, midwives, nurses and support workers worldwide, especially in the poorest countries.


  • For nearly 40 years, PALTEX (The Expanded Textbook and Instructional Materials Program) has provided nearly 6 million books and instruments to students and health professionals (physicians, nurses, dentists, nutritionists, veterinary doctors, etc.) at 550 institutions in 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries. In addition to textbooks for professionals, PALTEX now publishes and distributes affordable manuals and other materials focused on the needs of health service personnel at all levels of the health system that are available for Spanish-speaking people in the United States and Canada.

    Premio Moore 2006, Proyecto Aldea Global

  • Through the Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Program each year, PAHEF presents international awards that recognize excellence in inter-American health. The awards help stimulate the growth of the next and rising generation of leaders working together to improve health and health care in the Americas. They acknowledge leadership in inter-American health, bioethics, veterinary public health, health literature, and voluntary service.

PAHEF-Supported Projects in Human Resources Development:

  • The Physician Training Program in Gerontology in Latin America supports the expanding network of universities that are establishing programs in aging, the Latin American Academy of Medicine for Older Adults (ALMA). The project includes meetings and training in cardiovascular care of geriatric patients for primary health care physicians and about workforce training issues in geriatric medicine, outreach to the aging coordinators in the Ministries of Health of 10 countries, establishment of a forum to promote dialogue and develop linkages among public health decision-makers and specialists in aging, and design and develop the ALMA website to manage and disseminate information on aging.
  • Through technical assistance in the development of medical professionals in primary care, public health, and community services and through the use of appropriate curricula and educational materials, the Towards A New Medical Professionalism: Reorienting Medical Education through the Mobilization of Stakeholders, Resources, and Competencies project aims to improve the capabilities and expertise of physicians resulting in strengthened national health care systems better able to provide quality, accessible health services to the people of Latin America.


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  • Through a grant from the Walter Reed Army Technical Institute, PAHEF supported the Computer-Assisted, Laboratory-based, Public Health Surveillance Workshop sponsored hosted by the Department of Defense’s Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response Systems and PAHO’s Essential Drugs and Technology program. Thirty-eight laboratory professionals from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean received the training, which led to the establishment of a regional public health laboratory surveillance network that in turn was linked to the Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System.
  • In addition to other agenda items, participants in the First Meeting of the Working Group on Good Laboratory Practices designed and made plans for an educational workshop on good laboratory practices with the aim to strengthen official quality control laboratories in the Americas. They also agreed to a work plan for the biennium.