Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
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BUSS, Paulo Marchiori and FERREIRA, José Roberto. Regional cooperation and integration in health in South America: the contribution of Unasur-Health. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2011, vol.16, n.6, pp.2699-2711. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232011000600009.
The scope of this study is to discuss the process of integration of South America in the domain of health, from the constitution of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), in May 2008, through to the emergence of the Unasur Council of Health, in 2009, and its ongoing development in the past year (2009-2010). This study is descriptive in nature and the medium of investigation was the case study. The authors present the main constituent elements of the South-American Health Agenda, with particular emphasis on the area of development and management of human resources in health, which was coordinated by Brazil in the past year. The authors conclude that this interchange will contribute to minimization of the asymmetries amongst the countries, collaborating to improve the quality of life and health conditions in the region.
Keywords : Union of South American Nations; South American health agenda; Management of human resources in health.