March 2014
Bringing you these news on the WHS Regional Meeting - Latin America:

- Welcome Message of Arthur Chioro, Minister of Health, Brazil
- Speaker Update
- Session Introduction
- Final Program
- About the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo

Welcome Message of Minister Arthur Chioro

Minister Arthur Chioro (c) Agência Brasil

"The debate about health and its relation with social development has taken a prominent role in the discussions regarding public policies in Latin America in the recent years.  Although the region has achieved significant results in the public health field, expanding services and coverage, especially for those living in vulnerable conditions, there are still serious challenges to be tackled.

Therefore, the reflection based on the different perspectives and experiences of these countries will contribute to build up a fortified response to improve our health systems and to maintain and increase our successes already attained, indeed.

In this context, I am deeply glad that Brazil has this chance to host Latin America’s World Health Summit Regional Meeting. This meeting will certainly encourage a profound reflection on such an important theme to our region. The opportunity has also huge potential to result in positive outcomes amid the sectors involved – researchers, health experts, academia, civil society, policy makers, and private initiatives.

Finally, I reiterate my expectations of an excellent meeting and wish to all participants a fruitful and rich event."

Arthur Chioro
Minister of Health, Brazil

Speaker Update

Paulo Saldiva
Head, Department of Pathology, University of São Paulo

Paulo Saldiva is a medical pathologist, chief of the laboratory of experimental air pollution and head of the department of pathology at the School of Medicine of the University of São Paulo, Brazil.

For more than 24 years his research has focused on the health effects of ambient air pollution, including experimental, epidemiological and clinical studies. He is the coordinator of the National Institute for Integrated Analysis of Environmental Risk of the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology and of the Autopsy Research Center.

Laura Andrade
Chief, Psychiatric Epidemiology, University of São Paulo

Laura Helena Andrade is a psychiatrist, working since 1982 at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of São Paulo Medical School . Currently, she is the Chief of the Section of Psychiatric Epidemiology and professor of the post graduation program in Psychiatry at FMUSP. 

Dr. Andrade has been actively engaged in psychiatric epidemiologic research for more than 20 years. The major areas of her research are large scale population based studies of mental disorders including risk factors for psychiatric disorders, and other chronic medical disorders.

Evgeniy I. Sidorenko
President, Russian Pediatrics Ophthalmology Association

Evgeniy I. Sidorenko represents the Russia State Medical Academy and is president the Russian Pediatrics Ophthalmology Association. Since 1989 he is head of the ophthalmology department in Moscow.

His scientific activity is mainly devoted to five areas: the use of infrasound in medical practice, hypoxia and its role in ophthalmopathology, retinopathy of prematurity, refractive surgery, laser therapy and surgery.

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Session Introduction

Building Universal and Equitable Health Systems

This session reflects a global movement to achieve universal health care coverage which increased swiftly in the last decade.  True universal health care remains a meaningful goal, and emphasizes health as an essential element of international development, addressing the challenges of providing all people with access to affordable quality health care services.

Each speaker is invited to present their country's experience and knowledge gained through their commitment to universal health coverage. Special attention is also given to the many challenges in building universal and equitable health systems.

Health in the post-2015 Development Agenda

The need to determine a future agenda for global development is evidenced by the rapid approach of the date on which the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) should be achieved – 2015.  Therefore, policy makers and scientific communities need to urgently engage in debate on the content and form of the post-2015 development agenda.

This symposium addresses the rationale for the creation of a credible and realistic post-2015 agenda that is universal and focused upon ending poverty and achieving sustainable and inclusive growth, with a special focus on Latin America.

These sessions are organized by:

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Final Program

The WHS Regional Meeting – Latin America, São Paulo, will focus on Latin America´s health challenges. Ministers of Health from all over Latin America will be invited to share their firsthand experience of policy and health system reform.

The program will be organized along five tracks and feature keynote lectures, symposia and interactive workshops.

Please find all information on speakers, topics, tracks, etc. in the printed program (pdf download):
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Program >>>

About the Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo

Founded in 1912, the USP Medical School is characterized by integration of education, research and health care. FMUSP offers undergraduate courses in medicine, physical therapy, speech, and occupational therapy, together with post-graduate courses and residency programs in primary care.  Education and clinical experience is combined at  the university hospital and at the largest hospital in Latin America: Hospital das Clínicas (FMUSPHC).

The School has 359 professors, 1,382 undergraduate students, 1,337 medical residents in all specialties, and 2,047 graduate students. Currently, FMUSP contributes 14% of scientific output in medical sciences, and 4% of the total Brazilian scientific output across all areas through its 200 research cores and 62 clinical investigation laboratories.

FMUSP: Venue of the WHS Regional Meeting - Latin America

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