Pan American Sanitary Conference ends with agreement on new health agenda for the Americas


Washington, DC, September 29, 2017 (PAHO / WHO) – The 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) ended  today with the approval of a new health agenda for the Americas, and a series of strategies and plans of action to face health challenges in coming years


The Sustainable Health Agenda for the Americas 2018-2030 includes goals ranging from achieving universal health coverage to ending the HIV /AIDS epidemic.  They cover areas deemed essential for strengthening countries’ health systems, with the ultimate goal of guaranteeing that all people have access to the health care they need when they need it, without fear of financial difficulty.


PAHO Director Carissa F. Etienne welcomed regional agreements to strengthen health statistics, improve tobacco control, and maintain the elimination of measles, rubella and congenital rubella, highlighting the “critical need to reduce inequalities in region. She said she heeded the call of the countries on the urgent need to address the issue of climate change and its effects on health.


Ministers and delegates from the 35 member states of PAHO adopted the following strategies and action plans:

·         A strategy that seeks to guide national human resources policies to achieve universal health and the Sustainable Development Goals: