Mercosur countries sign disease control agreements

The Ministries of Health of Mercosur signed, at the Piratini Palace in Porto Alegre (RS), seven agreements that establish integrated actions for disease control and prevention. The documents aim to contribute to the reduction in the number of cases and deaths from Leishmaniasis,  Tuberculosis ,  Dengue ,  HIV/AIDS  and Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases in the region.

The Minister of Health, Alexandre Padilha, highlights the importance of the initiatives. “The Ministries of Health of the Bloc’s member and associated countries undertake in an innovative way to strengthen their ties even more, to increase the quality of health of their populations”, observes the minister.

During the meeting, Padilha presented the results of the Brazilian Plan of Strategic Actions to Combat Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD), launched last year. NCDs ( diabetes ,  cancer , chronic cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, among others) are responsible for 72% of deaths in Brazil. The objective of the Plan is to reduce by 2% the total number of deaths from this group of diseases in 10 years.

The meeting, which took place on Thursday (15), also saw the delivery of the Pro Tempore Presidency, previously held by Brazil, to Uruguay. Delegations from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Uruguay were present at the event.

10th. ABRASCO CONGRESS  – During his visit to Porto Alegre, the minister participated in the opening of the 10th Congress of the Brazilian Association of Collective Health, at the Salão de Atos of the Pontifical Catholic University (PUC-RS). Padilha recalled that the event is fundamental for reflection on the current and future panorama of Public Health in Brazil and highlighted important actions in the Unified Health System in recent years, such as the reduction of infant mortality, the number of people infected by tuberculosis and expanding access to HIV/AIDS medication.

On the occasion, the minister awarded the director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Mirta Roses, the Brazilian Medal of Honor to Medical Merit, due to her services rendered to public health in the Americas.

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