Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
SALAZAR, Ligia de and VELEZ, Jenny Andrea. Searching evidence of health promotion effectiveness in Latin America. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2004, vol.9, n.3, pp. 725-730. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232004000300022.
Health promotion in the Latin America region has been expressed not only as a goal but as a political will of governments, health institutions and educative centers. The implementation of its principles and components is in itself a challenge in a region where health determinants and therefore the conditions to be healthy are far from the expected, demanding intersectoral actions and sometimes complex interventions that goes beyond the health sector and individual actions. It has been recognized the need to evaluate its achievements and effects in both, people capacity to deal with health problems and its determinants and changes in health status and conditions to be healthy. This task constitutes not only an ethical imperative but a methodological and political challenge which has been faced through the project Evidences of Effectiveness in Health Promotion in Latin America as an initiative of the IUHPE. Awareness, training, evaluation research, information dissemination and advocacy, are the main strategies and activities of the project, in order to strength the regional capacity and infrastructure to develop, publish and use evaluations results to influence decisions regarding health promotion.
Keywords : Effectiveness; Evidences; Evaluation; Regional Project; Latin America; Health Promotion.