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Seventy-fifth Anniversary of the Pan American Health Organization


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XXV Meeting XXIX Meeting

Washington, D.C. September-October 1977

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At its XXIV Meeting, the Directing Council approved Resolution XXX requesting Member Governments to commemorate PAHO's 75th Anniversary by means of a public education campaign based on the theme "Community

Partici-pation in Health." The resolution also asked Governments to issue a com-memorative postage stamp and requested the Director to prepare a special

program to help mark the occasion.

As expressed in previous meetings of the Governing Bodies, PAHO's 75th Anniversary is an historic event which reaffirms the commitment of the nations of the Americas to continued cooperation in public health and develop-ment. Therefore, it is most important that the main commemorative activities be carried out at the local and national levels. The Pan American Sanitary Bureau is supporting these endeavors.

To date information has been received from 19 countries and two territories advising of the establishment of ad hoc committees responsible for developing and implementing special programs to commemorate PAHO's anniversary. These include the following: issuance of commemorative postage stamps; publication of articles in public health journals and

special issues dedicated exclusively to the anniversary; promotion with the mass media of feature articles and programs about community participa-tion in health; recogniparticipa-tion of the anniversary at meetings of health

science professionals; and celebration of special seminars and symposia dealing with the theme of PAHO's anniversary.

In addition, the Thirtieth World Health Assembly approved a resolution (WHA30.2) congratulating PAHO's Member Governments on the anniversary and encouraging them to recognize this special event in the history of the

Pan American Health Organization. Delegates to the X Inter-American Meeting, at the Ministerial Level, on Foot-and-Mouth Disease and Zoonosis Control

approved a similar resolution in March 1977.

For its part, the Bureau is carrying out the following supporting activities:


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1. A special anniversary logo was designed and is being used extensively

in various forms. It is printed on all official publications, and self-adhesive labels are being affixed to all correspondence. These labels,

in the four official languages, have also been made available to Govern-ments, at their request.

2. All centers, area and country offices have received a display

depicting the theme of community participation. It is portable and sturdy, designed to be used in several locations, as necessary, throughout the year.

3. Sets of 30- and 60-second radio spots have been distributed through

Area and Country Representatives. They reinforce the idea of active com-munity involvement in the attainment of better health. Each set is accom-panied by a questionnaire, making it possible to judge the acceptance the tapes have had in the countries.

4. An information kit containing several feature articles, a poster

and photographs related to public health in the Americas and the work of PAHO will be ready for distribution during the last quarter of the year.

5. A new set of slides summarizing PAHO activities has been distributed.

This material will be updated each year to reflect the changes that take place.

6. A special brochure describing PAHO priority programs and budget for 1977 was published this year. It is felt that this document, which will be published each year, will be a very useful tool in PAHO's efforts to increase extrabudgetary resources.

7. Throughout the year the journals Boletin de la OSP and Educacion

Medica y Salud, as well as Pan American Health,are featuring articles related to the anniversary. The August-September issue of World Health

is dedicated to PAHO's anniversary and features articles which describe community participation in health in the Americas. The World Health Organization's Chronicle will publish a series of articles on the same theme in its December 1977 issue.

8. The Bureau is promoting the anniversary at every opportunity with


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