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Buenos Aires, August 20, 2009 (PAHO) - The social and environmental aspects of primary health care, sustainable development, reproductive health, road safety and the use in the health field of new information technologies were some of the topics covered in the second round of the World Fair on Municipalities and Health, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 PAHO stand at the fair
Photo Harold Ruíz - PAHO/WHO
"Health in all policies: new challenges for the sector" was one of the lectures of August 19. The central point of the conference was the address of the manager of Sustainable Development and Environmental Health at PAHO, Luis Augusto Galvão, who emphasized that "we are at a historic moment for the renewal of policies in Primary Health Care," because "while we are making an extensive review of the concept of social determinants of health, we have the opportunity to renew the concept of primary care, including social and environmental aspects."

Another important presentation of the second day of the Fair was made by Eleonor Faur, an official of the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA) in Argentina, who elaborated on the inequities and inequalities in sexual reproductive health among Argentine women from different regions. According to the Argentine sociologist, the difference between the average number of children per woman, the rate of babies born to adolescents, the frequency with which women perform medical checkups during pregnancy and other indicators are the result of the lack of access to education and other factors that perpetuate this situation.

Parallel to these lectures, the World Report on Road Safety was presented. 1.2 million people die in traffic accidents every year all over the world, according to a study by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and World Health Organization (WHO). If this trend continues, researchers project that the statistics for 2030 will increase to 1.9 million.

This is the first study of its kind undertaken by these international agencies and involved 178 countries. "We cover 28 percent of world population," said Eugenia Maria Silveira Rodrigues, Regional Road Safety Consultant for PAHO/WHO, who stated that the investigation was based on interviews done with over a thousand people, and information provided by health departments, police and transit authorities of each nation.

The use of new Information and Communication technologies such as Web 2.0, intitutional blogs and wireless was also the subject of a very busy panel.

The roundtables, conferences and workshops will continue today, August 20. Among them are the literary café "Youth policy and participation", a talk on the "Benefits of Physical Activity for Health: clinical and epidemiological evidence," and the presentation of the paper "First People", by the economist and senior advisor of the UNDP, Bernardo Kliksberg.

For more information please contact the PAHO/WHO Office in Argentina, Sebastian Oliel, Communications Officer, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel + 011-54-11 4893-7600, ext.16.

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