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  • The meeting will see discussions on major health issues facing the Region.
  • The discussions will also centre on the progress of efforts to improve neonatal health in the region.
  • Delegates include health authorities from PAHO’s 35 Member States.

Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson – along with a delegation from the Ministry – is among health ministers in the Americas attending the 52nd Directing Council meeting of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington, D.C. The meeting, which begins today, will see discussions on major health issues facing the Region including non communicable diseases, universal health coverage, human resources for health and immunization.

The discussions will also centre on the progress of efforts to improve neonatal health in the region, eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis, reduce tobacco consumption and drug abuse, improve workers’ health, and meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to health.

The PAHO Directing Council meets yearly—except for every fifth year, when the Pan American Sanitary Conference meets instead—to set the organization’s policies and priorities. Delegates include health authorities from PAHO’s 35 Member States and representatives of its four Associate Members, three Participating States, and two Observer States.