Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
Print version ISSN 1020-4989
PENCHASZADEH, Víctor B and BEIGUELMAN, Bernardo. Medical genetic services in Latin America: report of a meeting of experts. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 1998, vol.3, n.6, pp. 409-420. ISSN 1020-4989. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49891998000600013.
During the Ninth International Congress of Human Genetics which was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 16 to 18 August 1996, a group of experts under the coordination of the authors discussed at length the state of medical genetics in Latin America. The facts and ideas presented at the meeting, which was sponsored by the Human Genetics Program of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Maternal and Child Health Program of the Pan American Health Organization, are examined in this document under three broad headings. The first verses on the history and current status of medical genetics in selected Latin American countries. This is followed by a discussion of the general features of medical genetics in the Region and by a final section of recommendations for promoting medical genetics in Latin America.