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Washington, DC, September 24, 2017 (PAHO)- Health ministers, members of delegations, partners, and members of NGOs will have the opportunity to discuss issues outside the formal agenda of the 29th Pan American Sanitary Conference of the Pan American Health Organization Health (PAHO), held from September 25 to 29, at the regional headquarters of the organization in Washington, DC.

These are the parallel events according to the preliminary agenda:

Monday, 25 September

Launch of the photo exhibition: PAHO 5-years of achievements

Time: 10:30
Location: Room A

Launch of the exhibition: Breathe Life - Clean Air, Healthy Future

Time: 10:30
Location: Lobby 

Tuesday, 26 September

Side Event: Report on Progress on the Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas

Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Location: Room B or through livestream:

Main speakers:

  • Heidi Jiménez, PAHO Legal Counsel and Chair of PAHO's Cross Cutting Themes Secretariat
  • Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the University College London's Institute of Health Equity (UCL/IHE)
  • Dr. Karen Mayorga Quiros, Minister of Health of Costa Rica
  • Dr. Luis Fernando Correa, Vice Minister of Health and Social Protection of Colombia

Launching of the Sustainable Health Agenda for the Americas 2018-2030

Time: 16:00 - 20:00
Location: Room B


  • President of the Pan American Sanitary Conference
  • President of the PAHO Executive Committee
  • President and Vice Presidents of the Countries Working Group (CWG) for the SHAA2030
  • Delegations (diplomatic corps and representatives of the Ministries and Secretariats of Health)
  • Director General of the World Health Organization
  • Director of the Pan American Health Organization
  • PAHO staff

Reflections on the way forward: SHAA2030

  • Dr. Veronica Espinosa, Minister of Public Health, Ecuador
  • Dr. Miguel Antonio Mayo Di Bello, Minister of Health, Panama
  • Dr. Joy St. John, Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health, Barbados
  • Interventions from other Ministers/Secretaries of Health (on request)
  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, WHO
  • Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director, PAHO

Wednesday, 27 September

Side Event: Climate change and health: challenges, promising practices and financing in the Americas

Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Location: Room C or through livestream:

Main speakers:

  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, WHO
  • Dr. Carissa Etienne Director, PAHO/WHO
  • Hon Min Miguel Mayo Minister of Health Panama
  • Hon Min Nickolas Steele Minister of Health Grenada
  • Dr. Theresa Tam Deputy Head and Chief Public Health Officer, Canada
  • Dr. Juan Pablo Bonilla Manager Climate Change and Sustainable Development, IDB
  • Moderator: Dr. Isabella Danel, Deputy Director PAHO/WHO

Side Event: Migrant's Health

Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Location: Room B or through livestream:


  • Dr. Carissa Etienne Director, PAHO/WHO
  • Francisco Becerra, Assistant Director PAHO/WHO
  • Panelists from Bahamas, Chile, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico
  • Marcelo Korc, Advisor, Sustainable Development & Human Security, PAHO/WHO
  • Moderator: James Fitzgerald, Director, Health Systems and Services, PAHO/WHO.

Photo Exhibition: The Expanded Program on Immunization: 40 years and Counting

Time: 16:00
Location: Tent

Thursday, 28 September

Side event: Strengthening Health Services to Improve the Management of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs)

Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Location: Room B or through livestream:

Main speakers:

  • Dra. Carissa Etienne, PAHO Director
  • Dr. Miguel Mayo, Minister of Health of Panama
  • Dr. Marcia Cobas, Deputy Minister of Public Health
  • Dr. Winston De La Haye, Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health
  • Dr. Antonio Barrios, Minister of Health and Social Wellbeing

Side event: The use of regulatory policies to promote, support and protect healthy eating: challenges and achievements

Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Room B or through livestream:

Main speakers:

  • Carissa F. Etienne, Directora de la OPS/OMS
  • Dr. Michael Jacobson, President, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
  • Honorable Minister of Health of Chile, Dr. Carmen Castillo-Taucher
  • Dr. Douglas Slater, Assistant Secretary-General, CARICOM
  • Dr. Anselm Hennis, Director of the Department of Non Communicable Diseases and Mental Health, NMH/PAHO
  • Facilitator: Dr. Adriana Blanco Unit Chief, Risk Factors and Nutrition

Friday, 29 September

Exhibition: A secure and disaster resilient health sector in the Americas

Time: 10:30 - 14:00
Location: Tent C

Regional Consultation: Developing voluntary global performance targets for road safety risk factors and service delivery mechanisms

Time: 12:30 - 14:00
Location: Room C or through livestream:

Main speakers:

  • Carissa Etienne, PAHO Director
  • Anselm Hennis, Director NMH Department (PAHO)
  • Etienne Krug, Director NVI Department (WHO)
  • Antonio Carlos Nardi, Executive Secretary, Ministry of Health of Brazil
  • Patrick Pengel, Minister of Health of Suriname
  • Moderator: Eugenia Rodrigues, Advisor, Road Safety PAHO/WHO

You can follow these side events via our Twitter account @pahowho and the hashtag #HealthAmericas. For more information, visit: