Health Surveillance

Based on the analysis of epidemiological changes in South America, the Health Surveillance area seeks to reinforce surveillance capacities in the region, strengthening the response to situations of epidemics and risks to the populations of the UNASUR countries.


Work Topics


Climate change and health

– Disaster risks

– Communicable diseases

– International Health Regulations

Eduardo Hage Carmo

Eduardo Hage Carmo

Eduardo Hage is graduated in Medicine, with a Master´s and a PhD in Public Health from the Federal University of Bahia. He is a member of the Expert Panel and Ad Hoc Advisor of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the International Health Regulations (IHR). The specialist was in charge of the Department of Surveillance of Communicable Diseases in the Secretariat of Health Surveillance of the Ministry of Health of Brazil.



End TB strategy: great challenges to conquer

      Introduction Tuberculosis is one of the main infectious diseases in the world, representing one of the ten leading causes of death, estimating around 1.6 million deaths and 10 million cases of this disease in 20171. Its association with infection by HIV and some chronic non-communicable diseases have added new challenges in the […]


Health surveillance in the framework of regional integration and its contribution to the improvement of the South American population´s health conditions

The South American region has presented an epidemiological pattern that maintains some similarities with other regions and, at the same time, has particularities framed by the permanence of social inequalities and their consequences in the health of the population. Among the similarities are the changes in demographic indicators (decrease in infant mortality, increase in life […]


UNASUR Technical Group of Surveillance and Health Response meets in Asunción

On April 13, the group formed by surveillance and response authorities from the South American countries held a meeting in Paraguay’s capital. In addition to representatives from Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay as well as from Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay (remotely), the event was attended by the ISAGS specialist on the subject, Eduardo Hage […]


Expert’s Corner: Information for Action, Disasters and Health in South America

The mitigation of the effects of natural disasters is a priority among the UNASUR public health initiatives, as well as to other mechanisms and institutions operating in the region. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) have developed initiatives aimed at strengthening their response capacities, including: “Protecting health from climate change”, […]


The 2018 Annual Operative Plan of ISAGS is under way

Every year, ISAGS submits to its Directing Council the work proposals for the following year. It’s the so-called Annual Operative Plan (POA 2018), which gathers and systematizes the main initiatives that will be carried out by the Institute’s different areas of action. “After an excellent year of activities and a good regional positioning in 2017, […]


The Sustainable Development Goals and Inequalities in Health

“Improve everyone’s life, leaving no one behind”. This statement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) lays out a clear relationship between achieving progress in improving the population’s living conditions (and health) through the reduction of inequalities. In 2015, 150 Heads of State and Government approved in the General Assembly of the United Nations the 2030 […]