March 29, 2023 10:05 pm

Panama City, March 17, 2023 (PAHO) – In his initial nation pay a visit to considering that taking workplace, the Director of the Pan American Overall health Organization (PAHO), Jarbas Barbosa, met with the President of Republic of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo Cohen, and other national authorities to advance well being priorities of regional significance.  

For the duration of the meeting, President Cortizo Cohen and the PAHO Director discussed the require to strengthen regional manufacturing capacities for medicines and well being technologies, the digital transformation of well being systems and actions to mitigate the well being influence of climate modify, amongst other subjects.  

“Panama is a crucial PAHO Member State and strategic companion for the area,” Dr. Barbosa stated, highlighting the country’s leadership in the fight against non-communicable illness (NCDs). “Panama’s policies to lower tobacco, implement the HEARTS initiative for the management of cardiovascular ailments and efforts to enhance front-package labeling can serve as an instance to other nations,” the Director stated.  

President Cortizo Cohen thanked the PAHO Director for the “excellent relationship” in between Panama and PAHO and commended the Organization’s essential assistance to the nation in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also highlighted PAHO’s assistance in the digital transformation of Panama’s well being technique and underscored Panama’s strategic and logistical capacities for the distribution and attainable future production of medicines in the area.  

For the duration of the meeting, the President and the Director also discussed crucial lessons from the pandemic, which brought to the fore the require for additional equitable access to well being supplies, medicines and vaccines amongst nations.  

The PAHO Director emphasized the significance of active regional participation in the International Negotiating Physique (INB) for the new pandemic instrument, which will be place forward for adoption by Planet Overall health Organization (WHO) Member States in 2024. “We have a exclusive window of chance to involve equitable access into an international agreement,” Dr. Barbosa stated. “If we do not use it, we may possibly be in the similar devastating circumstance in the subsequent well being emergency, exactly where industry guidelines avert access to life-saving vaccines to smaller sized or significantly less economically effective nations.”  

For the duration of his pay a visit to to Panama, Dr. Barbosa also met with other national authorities and partners. On Thursday, he met with Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Franco, exactly where they discussed assistance to the well being of migrants, amongst other subjects.   

The PAHO Director also met with Dr. Luis Francisco Sucre, Panama’s Minister of Overall health, to talk about subjects such as advancing telehealth, strengthening main care to also cover NCD’s, and response to infectious illness outbreaks, such as malaria.  “PAHO will continue to operate closely with Panama to advance these regions,” Dr. Barbosa stated.   

The PAHO Director visited the Gorgas Memorial Laboratory (Instituto Conmemorativo Gorgas de Estudios de la Salud – ICGES), exactly where he met Director Juan Miguel Pascale. He thanked him for the institute’s help to Central American nations in tracking COVID-19 variants in the course of the pandemic, adding that the hopes to boost collaboration to strengthen regional surveillance capacity for other pathogens and antimicrobial resistance. 

Dr. Barbosa’s pay a visit to also incorporated discussions with the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Panama, Ana Patricia Graça, and with representatives of many UN agencies with which PAHO collaborates closely on the ground, such as UNAIDS, FAO, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA and OCHA. “Health is crucial to improvement,” the Director stated, underscoring that PAHO will continue operating with UN partners to “seek revolutionary options to lower inequalities and advance the Sustainable Improvement Target.”  

Panama became a PAHO Member State in 1947, and shortly soon after signed a cooperation agreement for technical help to assistance national public well being projects.  

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