Pan American Health Organization Approves Policy on Research for Health

| 01 March 2010

Following an extensive period of negotiations among the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Member States, PAHO's 144th Executive Committee submitted its Policy for Research on Health to the organization's 49th Directing Council and it was unanimously approved in September 2009. This is the first regional policy on health research to be approved by PAHO Member States (see Table 1). The document incorporates a multipronged strategy aimed at using research to improve equity, health and development regionally and internationally and establishes a formal approach to advance research governance and stewardship and strengthen essential public health functions. The policy applies to all work throughout the organization and will be reflected in institutional policies; program budgeting and planning; implementation, monitoring and evaluation; human resource management; and knowledge management. Given this region's ongoing struggle to increase public access to healthcare coupled with its pressing need to implement communicable disease prevention and control measures, the policy offers Member States the prospect of hope and direction to initiate promising healthcare reforms.


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