Cultural diversity and health

Culture encompasses the various facets of shared living, especially the values, attitudes, ideas, norms, and internalized habits and perceptions, and tends to define a community of people who have similar cultural practices. A diversity of cultures provides the world with a mosaic of experiences and paradigms. Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the most diverse regions in the world, though it is also where one of the largest disparities in terms of socio-economic classes exist. PAHO recognizes the need to address the ethnic, social and cultural diversities that exist within its Member States in order to create health policies and services that are accessible to entire populations. Currently, PAHO is working to strengthen the exchange of knowledge between health services and indigenous people, Afro-descendants and Rrom through intercultural means and trace routes to solve these problems.