Abstract in English:To implement an education initiative on school health in the Region, PAHO and other agencies will disseminate knowledge and experiences to schools in various countries throughout the Americas, organize meetings and workshops for the purpose of strengthening institutional capacity to identify the needs of local health education systems, and put into practice strategies to promote health and strengthen schools involvement in this area. To determine a countrys ability to set up and evaluate school health programs, the rapid assessment and analysis methodology will be used. This methodology, which arose in response to the need of governments to make decisions, formulate policies, and design programs on the basis of knowledge of the individual and collective behavior of their beneficiaries, is a useful tool for decision making and facilitates coordination mechanisms between the health and education sectors. In addition, it contributes quantitative and qualitative information for program review and analysis in an average of two months. This information is obtained through the compilation of data from secondary sources, interviews with key informants, and discussions with focal groups made up of formal and informal community leaders.
Abstract in English:The leaders of 21 Ibero-American countries came to Viña del Mar (Chile) for the sixth meeting of the now-traditional Ibero-American Summits. The Declaration that resulted from the Summit reiterated the commitment of these nations to the principles of democracy, the rule of law, and political pluralism. The development of efficient and participatory systems of democratic government was one of the most important of the topics dealt with at the meeting and served as the framework for the discussion and the search for solutions to common problems, such as poverty, arms trafficking, unequal opportunity for men and women, and inappropriate government practices. The leaders also supported a series of initiatives and international programs in the technological and cultural arenas that will strengthen the ties and unite the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries.