Peru elected member of Pan American Health Organization’s executive committee

Peru has been elected a member of the executive committee of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), daily La Republica reported Health Minister Oscar Ugarte as saying.

Peru was elected to the PAHO’s executive committee for a three year term along with the United States and Granada. The countries replace Bolivia, Mexico and Surinam. The committee meets at least twice per year.

Representatives from Peru were also selected to participate in the coordination board for a program on research and training about tropical diseases, Ugarte said.

The program is administered by the PAHO and supported by the United Nations Development Program and the World Bank. The aim of the program is to produce new instruments for the prevention and control of tropical diseases and strengthen the research capacity of countries affected by the disease.

Its board is made up of 30 members, of which 12 government representatives are selected by the regional committee at the World Health Organization.

The Pan American Health Organization is based in Washington D.C. and has more than 100 years of experience. It is an international public health agency that serves as the regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization and is part of the United Nations system.

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