The second International Congress on Health Promotion was held in March in Havana, with debates focused on strategies and projects for preventing diseases like the zika virus and HIV/ AIDS from spreading further in Latin America, as well as debates on food sustainability and nicotine poisoning in the region.

With the motto „Health in All Policies: the Sustainable Development Challenge“, the congress was held in parallel with two events: the 10th Regional Workshop on Health Promotion and Education in Schools and Universities, and the Symposium on Communication and the International Exhibit of Communication Materials.

The second International Congress on Health Promotion was held in March in Havana, with debates focused on strategies and projects for preventing diseases like the zika virus and HIV/ AIDS from spreading further in Latin America, as well as debates on food sustainability and nicotine poisoning in the region.More than 300 delegates from Ecuador, Uruguay, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Italy, El Salvador, Argentina, Chile and Cuba attended the congress, which was sponsored by the Pan-American Health Organization, the National Sexual Education Center, the UN Children´s Fund, and the Cuban Ministries of Health and Education.

On the first day of the congress, Alfonso Contreras, the advisor of the Health Promotion in Latin America, gave a teleconference on the importance of creating a regional health platform that encourages healthy lifestyles amid a world panorama characterized by an aging population and an increase in cardiovascular and carcinogenic diseases.

Meanwhile, Panamanian experts presented a digital database that keeps a record of the patients´ afflictions and treatments, known as SEIS.

The legal advisor of Panama´s Health Ministry, Jaime Paolo, explained that SEIS allows access to the patients´ medical history from any health institution, in case the patients are outside of their birthplace or in case of accidents.

Also presented by the Panamanian delegates was the program Casa Humos (Smoke House), which warms Panamanian children and youth about the negative consequences of smoking, so that they can talk about this in school and within the communities.

As part of the technological achievements in medicine, Cuban specialists showed multimedia on nutritional education in adolescence and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS.

Commenting on the importance of an event of this kind for fighting AIDS, the representative in Cuba of the UN Development Program Myrta Kaulard, recognized Cuba as being one of the countries with the lowest incidence of HIV in the region, thanks to its free, solid and functional health system and the formation of human resources in all walks of life, she noted.

Kaulard stressed that Cuba is ready to cope with new challenges in health and for this; the UNDP will keep in place a cooperation program until 2030 that includes the donation of supplies, tests to study and detect sexually transmitted diseases, and antiretroviral treatments.

When referring to the importance of the International Congress on Health Promotion, the representative said it resulted in the creation of new strategies to prevent diseases and promote healthier lifestyles in Latin America.

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