Pan American Health Organization

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is an international public health organization with a century of experience dedicated to improving the health conditions of the countries in the Americas. Integration with the United Nations happens when the entity becomes the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO). PAHO / WHO is also part of the Organization of American States (OAS) and United Nations (UN) systems.

The Organization plays a key role in improving public health policies and services through the transfer of technology and the dissemination of accumulated knowledge through experiences produced in the member countries, a work of international cooperation promoted by technicians and Scientists linked to PAHO / WHO, specialized in epidemiology, health and environment, human resources, communication, services, zoonoses control, medicines and health promotion.

This effort is intended to achieve common goals such as multilateral health initiatives outlined by governments that are part of PAHO / WHO, always with special attention to the most vulnerable groups: mothers and children, workers, the elderly, the poor, refugees and displaced persons.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) demanded the first actions of cooperation with Latin American countries for the implementation and development of human milk bank in order to contribute to the promotion of health in the Americas in 2003. It was the beginning of the Global Network of Human Milk Banks (rBLH) expansion.

The organization promoted a technical cooperation among countries (TCC) project in which the following countries participated: Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala and Honduras. The project was implemented in 2009 with the purpose of reducing infant mortality, as well as the development of institutional and community responses to strengthen breastfeeding. PAHO also supported the implementation of the IberBLH Program.

In December 2009, during the 2nd Global South-South Development Expo-GSSD Expo and the celebration of the 6th Annual United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation in Washington, DC, the HMB initiative was recognized by PAHO / WHO and by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as one of the major contributors to human development in the Southern Hemisphere by providing practical solutions that can be replicated, expanded or adapted by other countries.

Finally, the Human Milk Bank Cooperation developed by Fiocruz in the Ibero-American region was chosen by PAHO to be a "case" to be studied by the South-South Cooperation Task Force of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The research resulted in the document "A Model of Horizontal Cooperation: The Ibero-American Network of BLH", presented at the IV High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, held in Busan, South Korea, in November 2011.