Andean Cooperation in Health

Cooperación Andina en Salud (CAS)

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Nov 1987, Quito (Ecuador), during 12th Meeting of Ministers of Health in the Andean Region (REMSAA).


Make better use of the resources of the countries, the subregion and external cooperation agencies so that priority health problems may be addressed equitably and efficiently; help strengthen the ties of subregional integration in health and related sectors through cooperation between countries.

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Joint measures concentrate on 6 priority program areas, each the particular responsibility of one country: A. 'Development of the Health Sector Infrastructure' (Venezuela). Includes: human resources; management of local health systems; maintenance; essential drugs and biologicals. B. 'Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health' (Bolivia). Includes: reduction of maternal morbidity and mortality; integral care of mothers, children and adolescents; food and nutrition. C. 'Prevention and Control of Prevalent Communicable Diseases' (Ecuador), especially malaria and other vector-borne diseases, tuberculosis and cholera. D. 'Prevention and Control of Drug Dependency' (Colombia). E. 'Preparation for Health Care when Disaster Strikes' (Venezuela). Includes: interinstitutional coordination; reduction of earthquake hazards in hospitals; public information through the media; training materials; management of supplies. F. 'Environmental Health' (Peru). Emphasizes: water and basic sanitation; solid wastes; workers' health. Governments monitor and evaluate progress. Ministries of Health support the initiative as a whole and in each priority area in each country, coordinating actions within their own structures and with other government agencies and institutions. PAHO/WHO provides technical support, facilitates collaboration, promotes cooperation with nongovernmental and voluntary agencies, participates in framing proposals and mobilizing resources. Secretariat of the Hipólito Unanue Agreement supports the initiative, especially at policy-making level and with agencies of the region and internationally, and cooperates with PAHO/WHO in mobilizing resources and disseminating information.

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 2 inter-governmental organizations.
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Members in 5 countries
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Subjects *

  • Health Care
    • Health
  • Solidarity
    • Cooperation

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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