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IAPO Latin America Programme 2013 - 23-25 September 2013 - Mexico City, Mexico

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In September 2013, IAPO held a series of meetings with the aim of strengthening the patient voice in Latin America and the report from the events has now been published. The report includes details of the activities as well as the key outcomes and next steps for the regional network in Latin America.


PAHO Declaration 2013

In 2013 IAPO conducted a consultation with its members and a common problem highlighted here that patients’ organizations face is how social inequalities prevent easy access to healthcare treatment for certain groups. It was particularly felt that the relationship between policies and their implementation on the ground needs to be strengthened.Therefore at the 2013 Regional Workshop patients' organizations developed a statement to be delivered at the 52nd Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and to be used for further advocacy efforts.

Based on feedback gathered from the pre-meeting consultation, and the agenda for the Directing Council, it was decided that the focus of the declaration would be on access to healthcare, linked to the post 2015 development agenda. A draft was developed and shared with participants prior to the meetings in Mexico and was further developed based on discussions and debates during the meeting. The statement focused on universal health coverage (UHC) as crucial in the provision of services and treatment for patients across the region and called for WHO and PAHO to clearly define UHC and support Member States to scale up the development of this. The main call in the statement however was to ensure that UHC strategies are developed to be patient-centred.

“Achieving universal health coverage and access to essential quality medicines are the pillars of effective primary healthcare. Only through a patient-centred approach will WHO be able to capitalise on the achievements we have made so far in providing better access to healthcare.” Paragraph from the declaration.


During the Multi-stakeholder seminar Dr. Oleg Chestnov, Assistant Director-General in Non-communicable Diseases & Mental Health at the World Health Organization (WHO) also shared a statement specifically developed for the seminar which shared information on global strategies to address NCDs. Read Dr. Chestnov’s statement

View the slides from the seminar

View the slides from the workshop

Read the Media Alert and the Press Release from the events

View more photographs from the meetings on IAPOs Facebook page

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