Webinar No. 3 - July 12, 2021: Policy development from an integrative perspective

Despite the progress made in recent decades in health systems in the region of the Americas, with increased health financing, coverage and technological advances and greater health services infrastructure, many countries are experiencing structural deficiencies in responding to the complexity of the problems caused by the covid 19 pandemic.

The crisis of the covid 19 pandemic brings with it not only epidemiological and social challenges, but also questions the limitations of the institutional and political capacities of State and civil society to assume and strengthen the response to the challenges like the covid-19 pandemic. 

Objective(s) of the meeting: 

As part of the series of seminars on essential public health functions, organized by PAHO / FSS, this webinar will address issues related to the "policy development" stage, with the objective of deepening the debate on the processes of formulating policies. policies with a comprehensive and inclusive approach. perspective that includes the individual, collective and social determinants of health, and an analysis that allows to recognize the advances and challenges of the legislative and regulatory frameworks that facilitate this approach from a perspective of health as a fundamental human right.

Brief synthesis of the topics: 

  • Institutional capacities of health authorities and EPHF
  • Public Health Policy Agenda from a global perspective
  • Legislation in public health and strengthening of health systems
  • EPHF agenda from a Human Right perspective

Speakers. Brief summary of the curriculum: 

  • Alejandro Morlachetti, Regional legal advisor on human rights, (PAHO/WHO)
  • Ernesto Báscolo, Regional Advisor on Health Governance, Leadership, Policy and Planning, (PAHO/WHO)
  • Mukesh Chawla, Adviser for Health, Nutrition and Population at the World Bank
  • Mario Raymundo Fiad, President of the Health Committee of the Senate of Argentina 
  • Oscar Cabrera, Program Director of the Healthy Families Initiative, at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University.  PAHO/WHO Collaborating center.
  • Ignacio Ibarra, Regional Legal Advisor on Health-Related Law (PAHO/WHO)


Heatlh Systems, Health for All, EPHF.