The Director of the Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Carissa F. Etienne, and the Argentine Minister of Health, Jorge Lemus, signed a new cooperative strategy with the country to be in effect until 2021, the objective of which is to move toward a health system with access and universal coverage for quality services and to improve the management of health risks resulting from environmental factors, climate change, and human activities.
The strategy also proposes to reduce inequality, with a priority focus on geographic areas and vulnerable populations, following a comprehensive approach to the life cycle; to efficiently address epidemiological and demographic changes, particularly with regard to chronic noncommunicable diseases; and to enhance and facilitate Argentina’s role in health development cooperation.
“The strategy represents the cooperation and work that we will do with Argentina during the next four years on topics that are a priority for the country as well as for the region and the PAHO,” stated Etienne.
In turn, Lemus emphasized his “commitment to move the agreement forward and to achieve the expected results” and stated that in addition to receiving support from the PAHO and the WHO, the country has “much to offer the other countries in the region” with regard to topics such as “regulatory aspects, transplants, and public health strategies.”
The strategy is also framed within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and is consistent with contributions from other United Nations System agencies, as expressed in the United Nations Strategic Cooperation Framework for Development in Argentina (Marco Estratégico de Cooperación del Sistema de Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo or MECNUD).