Washington DC, 7 February 2020 (PAHO)- As part of the joint work between the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the member countries of the Council of Social Security Institutions of Central America and the Dominican Republic (CISSCAD in Spanish), the Organization participated in the III Meeting of Social Security Managers of CISSCAD, in Guatemala City, from 5-7 February 2020.

CISSCAD is a technical, executive and specialized agency, assigned to the Central American Integration System (SICA in Spanish), which seeks to provide inter-institutional political and technical coordination support for the universalization and development of Social Security in the Central American region and Dominican Republic.

Some of the actions carried out by CISSCAD include the definition and approval of the 2018-2022 Strategic Plan, and the elaboration of the “Goals of the Decade in Social Security for Central America and the Dominican Republic, 2018-2028”. Also, the agency developed the Work Plan 2018-2028, which seeks to advance in the achievement of these goals.

The work of the CISSCAD member countries, and PAHO's participation through its Health Governance, Leadership, Policy and Planning Advisor, allowed the design, construction and presentation process of the strategic route.

The study “Avances y desafíos de la Seguridad Social en Centroamérica y República Dominicana,” carried out by PAHO with the collaboration of the CISSCAD, was the axis of the discussion developed in the framework of the First Meeting of Social Security Managers of CISSCAD, held in San José Costa Rica, in April 2017. It also served as the basis for the definition of the 2018-2028 strategic route, as an instrument of orientation for the development and growth of the subregion countries.

The III Meeting of Managers sought to discuss the technical analysis and to search for solutions to common challenges among Social Security institutions in the region. Also, it served to define the operational model and the measurement and monitoring mechanisms to be used to monitor the progress of the countries.


Organización Panamericana de la Salud, Consejo de Instituciones de Seguridad Social en Centroamérica y República Dominicana: situación actual y desafíos. Washington, D.C.: OPS, CISSCAD; 2020.