HEALTH COUNCIL | TECHNICAL GROUPS

The South American the Health Council (SHC) is composed of five Technical Groups (TG), which are responsible for analyzing, preparing and developing proposals, plans and projects that contribute to the South American integration in health, according to the alignments established by the Five-Year Plan (2010-2015). Each group has a coordinator country and an alternate with a term of two years.

Health Surveillance and Response

Coordination of surveillance and response networks of Unasur Member States, following what was established by the International Health Regulations (IHR), to enable the creation of indicators of risk factors, regional morbidity and mortality; setting up a Monitoring and Evaluation System (M&E) of the implemented surveillance network; creation of the Basic Capacity for Surveillance and Response to ESPIN (Public Health Emergency of National Concern) and ESPII (Public Health Emergency of International Concern), implemented in accordance with the IHR; implementation of consensual strategies for the prevention and control of chronic non-infectious diseases; creation of a Unasur-dengue fever network to mitigate the impact of dengue fever in the region; and incentives to the South American Immunization Program.

Development of Universal Health Systems

Creation of Universal Health Systems in South American countries, recognizing the inherent right of citizens and to access health care, with an inclusive approach. The goal is to improve levels of equity and access to universal and comprehensive health systems; create and implement a mechanism for monitoring and evaluating universal health systems; and ensure their democratization through the strengthening of citizens' rights and their active participation in decision making areas.

Health Promotion and Action on Social Determinants

Strengthen health promotion and action on social determinants with the purpose of reducing the inequities in each of the member countries, by means of generating information, intersectoral coordination and community participation in the formulation, implementation and monitoring of public health policies.

Universal Access to Medicines

Develop strategies and work plans to increase the access to medicines, aiming to establish a South American policy of universal access to medicines and foment the production and the use of generic drugs. Another goal is to provide a harmonized system of medicines’ surveillance and control in Unasur, in order to promote access to safe, effective and high-quality medicines. Another point is the formulation of a political pricing proposal that promotes access to medicines and reduces access barriers arising from the existence of intellectual property rights and the lack of incentive for drug innovation and development.

Human Resources Development and Management

Strengthen the conduction, design, implementation and management of Human Resources in health. The purpose is to create sustainable Human Resource policies in Unasur member countries – meeting the needs of the Health Agenda’s technical areas. One of its tasks is to produce an information map, focusing on the process of human resources development in the areas highlighted in the Health Agenda, including issues such as the migration of skilled personnel and its impact on health systems in the region, the development of studies and the promotion of leaderships for priority areas based on Isags programs and, also, the enduring capacity-building of networks of structuring institutions in the priority areas of Unasur Health Agenda.

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