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  • Cuba to Help Argentina Produce Cancer, Antiretroviral Drugs

    Thursday, January 29th, 2009

    Argentina’s Health Minister Graciela Ocaña has just signed an agreement with Cuba where the latter will aid the former in researching and producing antiretroviral medicines (ARVs), cancer drugs, vaccines and other treatments for diseases prevalent in Argentina.
    Last year, shortly after assuming her post, Ocaña established the Program for the Public Production of Medicines, Vaccines and […]

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    A Loan to Improve Health Care in Panama / Un préstamo para Mejorar la Salud Básica en Panamá

    Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    The World Bank Board of Directors today approved two loans totaling US$75 million for Panama to increase access to and quality of basic health services and education among the poor in rural and indigenous areas.
    “The central objective of the government’s program is to tackle poverty and inequality by improving access to health […]

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    Strengthening Primary Health Care in Argentina / Fortalecer atención salud primaria en Argentina

    Sunday, October 21st, 2007

    Temas Observation: I find two aspects of this loan particularly interesting: (1) the emphasis on integrating attention to chronic disease into the primary health care system, just as the recent World Bank report suggested; (2) the Bank support for integrating access to essential medicines and promotion of rational use of medicines into the primary health […]

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    A Health Agenda for the Americas

    Saturday, June 9th, 2007

    The annual General Assembly (GA) of the Organization of American States (OAS), held this year in Panama just last week, was used as the venue for formally rolling out the “Health Agenda for the Americas” developed over the last two years by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). […]

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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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