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    If You Can’t Find It Here, You May Not Find It

    Friday, February 1st, 2008

    Quite a few Temas Blog readers noticed the absence of new posts for several weeks. I was fully occupied with work day-and-night on the final stages of the total revamp and re-launch of my main site, temasactuales.com Although work continues on the Spanish and Portuguese versions (coming soon!), the burden has lightened enough […]

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    Argentina Seeks a Healthier Lifestyle

    Monday, May 21st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Last Thursday (17 May) Argentine President Kirchner formally launched a “National Healthy Life Plan.” The government, concerned by recent statistics about the health of Argentina’s population — particularly growing obesity and rising incidence of cardiovascular disease — has decided to push stress health promotion and prevention — promoting the adoption now […]

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    WHO Calls for Combatting Occupational Cancers

    Sunday, April 29th, 2007

    Yesterday was World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Although the WHO press release reproduced below has a global scope, its message is very relevant for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). There are still some LAC nations that do not have comprehensive occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation, some which have […]

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    Argentina Gets a Mine Safety Regulation

    Friday, March 30th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: After a wait of nearly three decades, Argentina finally has a Regulation on Safety and Hygiene in Mining Activity. When Argentina passed its Workplace Hygiene and Safety Law in the 1970s creating its Workplace Risk Superintendent (Superintendencia de Riesgos del Trabajo – SRT) and unusual occupational safety and health (OSH) system, […]

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    Support for Uruguay’s Tough Tobacco Controls / Apoyo Ciudadano para las Medidas Contra Tabaquismo en Uruguay

    Sunday, January 21st, 2007

    An Unusual Survey/Una Encuesta Distinta

    In December the Public Health Ministry (Ministerio de Salud Pública – MSP) of Uruguay released the results of a survey regarding public attitudes about tobacco issues and the 2005 decree on smoking in enclosed public places such as bars, restaurants, schools, discotheques, shopping malls, casinos, etc. (only in effect since March […]

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    Ahora hay un glosario en español en la colección de herramientas de Temas

    Monday, December 18th, 2006

    ¿Se ha preguntado cuáles son estas organizaciones que menciono yo en The Temas Blog? ¿La OCDE, la OLADE, la CCAD, el PNUD o la OPS?
    ¿No seguro de la diferencia entre la Convención de Cartagena y el Protocolo de Cartagena? ¿Preguntándose lo que cubre la Convención de Estocolmo en realidad? ¿No conoce el Tratado de […]

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    What to Expect from WHO’s New Director-General

    Wednesday, November 15th, 2006

    On Thursday 09 November 2006 the World Health Organization (WHO) elected a new chief executive, and it wasn’t a Latin. Dr. Margaret Chan of Hong Kong (but representing China in the contest) beat out Mexican Health Minister Julio Frenk for the post of Director-General (DG) — first for the WHO Executive Board (EB) endorsement, […]

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    The Elections for WHO’s DG: The LAC Connection

    Wednesday, November 8th, 2006

    On Thursday the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) will elect a new chief executive (Director-General – DG) and the campaigning has been more intensely and publicly contested than in prior elections. One of the leading candidates and lightning rods of the campaign is Mexico’s Health Minister, Dr. Julio Frenk.
    So what?
    You may ask why you […]

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    Organismo Andino de Salud desarrollará acciones en cuatro áreas prioritarias

    Friday, September 29th, 2006

    Synopsis in English: The Andean Health Organism — the health policy cooperation organ whose member states include Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela — has agreed to a work plan for the 2006-2008 whose priorities include epidemiological monitoring, access to medicines, frontier health and worker health.
    Desde la Oficina de Prensa de la Secretaría General […]

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    Quantifying the Health Impact of Poor Environmental Management

    Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

    The Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) recently released an interesting report on the linkages between environmental conditions and public health. It should be required reading for health, environment and aid officials and policymakers in all nations, but particularly in developing nations such as those in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It certainly […]

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