Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Organisation panaméricaine de la santé (OPS)
Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS)
Organização Pan-Americana da Saúde (OPAS)

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Oct 1947, Buenos Aires (Argentina), as Pan American Sanitary Organization -- Organisation sanitaire panaméricaine -- Organización Sanitaria Panamericana, on approval of the Constitution, which was ratified 1950, Santo Domingo (Dominican Rep). Constitution amendments approved by Resolution XXXVII (1961), Resolution XXIV (1965), Resolution II (1968), Resolution I (1978) and Resolution VIII (1999). Establishment was envisaged in resolutions of the 12th Pan American Sanitary Conference. Executive organ/secretariat is Pan American Sanitary Bureau (PASB), set up Jan 1902, Mexico City (Mexico), as 'International Sanitary Bureau', adopted its current title in 1923 and became Executive Organ of PAHO upon its establishment in 1947. Present name was adopted at 15th Conference, Sep-Oct 1958, San Juan (Puerto Rico). PAHO is a member of the inter-American system, being the specialized organization for health of Organization of American States (OAS). At the same time it is linked to the United Nations system through the PASB, which serves within World Health Organization (WHO) as 'WHO Regional Office for the Americas'.


Ensure optimal health for peoples of the Americas; contribute to the wellbeing of their families and communities; lead strategic collaborative efforts among member countries and other partners to promote equity in health, combat disease and improve quality and length of life; encourage cooperation among the people of the Americas in charting a course to sustainable human development, leading to health for all and by all; work with the community to promote and protect health; collaborate with the international community, ministries of health, social security agencies and other government institutions, NGOs, universities, community groups and others to strengthen national and local health systems and improve health and wellbeing; defend the Americas against emerging or re-emerging dangerous infectious diseases; promote efforts leading to healthy public policies, healthy communities and health promotion, including measures to protect such high-risk groups as children, mothers, workers, indigenous peoples, the poor and the elderly.

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Relations with 62 inter-governmental organizations.
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  • Medicine
    • Pathology
  • Amenities
    • Living Conditions
  • Health Care
    • Health
    • WHO Bodies
  • Development
    • Sustainable Development
  • Community
    • Community
  • Peace
    • Humanity

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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9. Sep 2016
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